The UK post-study work visa allows international students to stay back in the UK to search for work for a period of 2 years after completing their graduate studies. The new visa rules will come into effect from September/autumn 2020 or later.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain. UK is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe. The UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and north, the North Sea in the east, the English Channel in the south, and the Irish Sea in the west. The United Kingdom consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northan Ireland. Total population of United Kingdom is 6.72 crores (2020).


The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world’s sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and Eighth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It was the world’s first industrialized country and the world’s foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence internationally. It is a recognized nuclear weapons state and its military expenditure ranks fourth in the world. CURRENCY OF UK – GREAT BRETAIN POUND (GBP)

    • The education system provides facilities such as international students’ societies, planned social activities, academic support, and academic counselors. UK has one of the lowest ‘dropout’ rates.


    • Its quality is unrivaled throughout the world.


    • Encourages relevant skills that are marketable and sought by today’s top companies.


    • UK institutions use a variety of teaching and assessment methods to encourage independence, as well as mastery of the subject.


    • Students are expected to use the information they are given to stimulate their original thinking.


    • Numerous scholarships and bursaries offered by UK institutions.


    • Almost free health care by National Health Service.


    • Student discount facilities provided free through National Union of Students membership for all students.


    • Vast choice of institutions, academics and subjects.


    • Flexible programs.


    • Diverse, stable social environment


    • Compared to other educational destinations shorter duration programs Undergraduate – 3 years, Postgraduate – 1 year



In UK “O” level is equivalent to SSC, “A” levels ( 2 years) is equivalent to HSC, Bachelors is for 3 years, 4 Years are Sandwich program , masters for 1 year and PhD for 3 years


In UK Alphabetical system of grading is followed i.e. From A to E. A: excellent/outstanding; B: above average; E: fail. Highest on scale: A Pass/fail level: D/E Lowest on scale: E. Apart from the alphabetical grading system, the Numerical system is also used in UK.

The main intake offered by all Universities is September / October few universities offer Jan / Feb or mid intake alsointake also.
    • IELTS minimum score of 6.5 for Postgraduate and 6.0 for Undergraduate Studies.


    • TOEFL minimum score of 90 (Internet Based Test) for Postgraduate and 80 (Internet Based Test) for Undergraduate Studies


    • PTE is also accepted.


Exemption is possible on special cases.


    • 65% and above for humanities in XIIth.


    • 70 – 80% and above for Science, Commerce, Engineering in Std. XII / Diploma.


    • 2nd class could also be considered by some Universities if there is some additional qualification / experience. (Foundations and Diploma programs are available for students who have secured below 60%).


    • Completed / will complete 18 years of age before joining a degree program.


    • Portfolio is required for certain art based programmes or architecture.



60% and above in 1st degree is required by most of the Universities for Masters and Research courses. Some universities may even accept student at 55% and above in the 1st degree. GMAT scores ranging between 600-700 is considered by many Universities for Management Programs if required. Full time work experience of at least 2-4 years after 1st degree required by many Universities for Management Programs (MBA). The same may vary from University to University All AMBA accredited universities require a minimum of 3 years above work experience and an age criteria of 25 years plus as a minimum age requirement. MBA study without GMAT or work experience is a special attraction of UK.


British Universities do not have a formal ranking system but the government does take the responsibility to monitor and control the quality of education provided by each university through the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The Government conducts a Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) once in every 5 yrs. which determines the level of research activity in a university department. The departments are graded as high as 5* and as low as 1.


Part time employment in the UK

    • Students can work upto 20 hours a week during term time and 40 hours during vacations.


    • Students can earn around £ 6 – £ 8 per hour i.e. approx £480 – £640 per month during term.


    • Students could look out for part-time jobs by looking in the local newspapers and job shops as well as the Universities and Colleges career cells where information is available about vacancies. Student Unions also play a good role in the same.


    • If you are going to the UK as a student for six months or less, you must ask the Entry Clearance Officer for permission to work


Employment in UK

Points-based system (PBS) is a new system for managing migration, for those wishing to enter the UK for work or study. UKBA has introduced Tier 2 of point based system whereby student who graduate from UK university will be able to take graduate level job in the UK with the registered companies paying a minimum of £ 20000 a year and work for 3 years. There is possibility of later extending for 3 years more.

There is also and introduction of new visa for graduate entrepreneurs. This scheme will allow students who have world class innovative ideas and there are approximately 1000 places this year.


On 11 September 2019 the UK Government announced the creation of a new graduate immigration route through which international students who have been awarded a degree at undergraduate level or above at an institution with a track record of compliance with the Home Office’s immigration rules will be entitled for stay and work in the UK at any skill level for maximum period of two years. It is expected that students entering the UK in the 2020-21 academic year intake will be eligible for this route. Graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements will be able to switch into skilled work, which is a route to settlement.

The visa will be two years long and would be a separate visa, requiring a new application (including payment of a visa fee) and payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge. The exact visa fee will be set out in due course.

The webpage Travel to England from another country during coronavirus Covid-19 > Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated says the following about being ‘fully vaccinated’:

“Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

“The vaccine must be administered under either:

the UK vaccination programme
an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK.”
You can read further guidance on Countries with approved Covid-19 vaccination programmes and proof of vaccination.