Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Eyeing English shores


The majority of Nepali students are getting attracted to international degrees and opting to go overseas to pursue their higher education. Among different nations, the UK is one popular destination for Nepali students.Choosing to study in the UK means a world of best opportunities is open to students once they complete their education and get the degrees. "The UK offers an outstanding education system that provide international recognition, good value for money and shorter courses," informed Sudeep Khanal, Education Promotion Officer at British Council Nepal.

But if anyone wants to have a happy and secure life in the UK as a student, some things must be taken into consideration before proceeding. fusion of students, Khanal suggested, "Every institution that a student chooses must be registered with the UK Broder Agency (UKBA)."

And regarding the applications, he stated, "Undergraduate application can be made through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), while postgraduate application can be made directly to the institutions at any time." Working hours · As per UKBA policy -· Degree level and above students can work 20 hours per week · Below degree level stu dents can work 10 hours per week · Student can work full time 40 hours per week during vacations Shorter courses Compared to other places in the world, the UK offers short-term courses for students. There are over 150 institutions in the UK (Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales) that are permitted to award a variety of degrees to suit most educational aspirations. "Except in the Scotland, students can complete their undergraduate study in three years and post graduate in just a year," informed Khanal adding, "Students can save their time and money besides getting highly recognised international degree."

Universities and institutions of Scotland however offer four years undergraduate studies and two years post graduate degrees.Eligibility criteria "Largely the rules and criteria of the universities and institutions determine the placement of a particular student," informed Khanal. "Students who have completed higher secondary level course in Nepal need to complete a foundation course in colleges or universities in the UK," he stated.
Foundation course is a one-year preuniversity course and students need IELTS score of at least 4.5 or equivalent to get entry on to a foundation course. The case is similar for those willing to pursue post graduation in the UK. "Stu dents should have at least 16 years of formal education, otherwise they have to do a year of foundation course," he informed.

Cost of living and e s studying Students expect to fulfil their living o and study expense by working in the t UK. But Khanal suggested, "The exe penses in the UK are comparatively r high and it is not possible for students d to continue to work and study together.It is impossible for students to earn e money from part time jobs to pay their g tuition fees," he stated. "They should opt to choose the UK as their educa tional destination only if they are able to bear living and studies cost."

Students getting scholarship may t find it easier but Khanal opined, "Strong academic background, in volvement of students in volunteer works, work experience especially for post graduate students are very much e important requirements students e should have with them to apply for a " scholarship."
e And students may get partial to full l scholarships in universities.

Choosing and applying for universities d t "The registration of many universities in the UK had been dismissed in o earlier years, so I am in dilemma and unable to determine which university f is a good one," opined Pragya Sharma, e who is eager to pursue her under grade uation in the UK.

source:Sharada Adhikari , 23 feb 2011, The Himalayan times