Studying abroad is both an exciting and an expensive affair. A large percentage of Indian students are opting to continue their education in the UK; be it graduation or post-graduation. The UK is known to be the world leader in many areas of education, such as Business and Management, Science, Engineering, Law and Finance, etc. The number of Indian people going abroad to study is expected to increase by 50 per cent over the next five years, the reason being an increase in family disposable incomes.
Benefits of studying in the UK
UK universities consistently rank among the best institutions in the world. Qualifications acquired from UK universities are internationally recognised and valued. Four of the top six universities in the world are located in the UK. What better reason than this to study there? Also, UK produces nearly 14 per cent of the most frequently cited papers in the world.
Nice place to reside
The UK is an interesting place to live. It is a people-friendly country. It comprises of people from different cultures who will usually greet you with a nice gesture and people from the countryside might even call you home for some tea and biscuits. The UK is also full of historical landmarks and amazing events to keep you entertained.
Discover. Create. Innovate.
The UK carries out 5 per cent of the world’s scientific research. It is one of the most productive and exciting places in the world for creativity, research, and innovation. Courses in the UK encourage students to develop creativity, hone their decision-making skills and help you in improving your career prospective with employers all over the world.
Value for money
One of the benefits of studying in the UK is that it offers you a good value for money. Most of the under-graduate courses take three years, which is shorter than the time period in other countries. You can get done with your post graduate degree in one year as opposed to the two-year course period prevalent in other countries.
Essentials for Indian female students going to study in the UK
Studying in the UK can prove to be quite a pricey affair. All the female students going to the UK need to know how to manage their finances in a better way. Below are few essentials that would help you take care of your finances in the best way possible.
Get a job on campus
Universities in the UK provide a lot of opportunities to international students to work on their campus during their study period and they also offer graduate career advice. On campus work can go a long way in helping you pay your bills or budget any other student activities that you might be involved in. Students in the UK are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours a week during academic session and 40 hours a week during vacations, according to the visa regulations. There are many opportunities available for the Indian students to work in the student cafeteria, student’s union, computer center etc.
Stick to your weekly budget
You will feel a lot in control if you are always on top of the situation. Draw up a budget on the start of every week and stick to it. Avoid spending money unnecessarily. Before you buy anything, ask yourself if you really need it and also if you can afford it. There are few budgeting apps that you can download for free and use it to manage your day-to-day expenses.
Online part time job
Working while studying in the UK is the best way a female Indian student can manage her finances. Working on-campus part-time is one option. Another option is to opt for a part time online job. How is this better than on-campus job you ask? For starters, you can take your work anywhere you go. No fixed work timings. Plus you can take a job with your choice of field.
Save on public transport
The UK is a beautiful country, both the city and the countryside. Make a habit of walking and cycling to nearby places. Try to save up on public transports. If walking or cycling is not an option, then share a transport whenever possible. This way you will be able to save more.
Try and avail discounts wherever possible
In the UK, there is a body called NUS, the National Union of Students which aims to shape the future of education and create a better world for the students. If your university is a part of NUS, you will be able to avail discounts in various places. Make sure to check that out. Also, in most of the universities, during fresher’s week, a lot of discount coupons are handed over. Make sure to save them as they will prove to be useful later.
Above mentioned are a few ways how a female student can make the most of her time while studying in the UK and take care of her finances in an efficient way.