Studying in the UK. 8 important information international students need to know

1. General information about the UK

Geography and climate

Many people think that England and Great Britain are the same country. This is a serious mistake. England is only one part of Great Britain. The United Kingdom is made up of 4 main parts. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and many islands and archipelagos.

England’s climate

Winters are not too cold, with a minimum temperature of 0 degrees Celsius. Summers are not too hot, with a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius. The weather in England varies from day to day like Dalat. Therefore, the average temperature of the four seasons differs by only a few degrees. Spring and summer are dry and autumn and winter are wet and windy, harsher than winter in Vietnam.

Scotland’s climate

Scotland’s climate is colder than the rest of the UK. Winters can be as low as -27 degrees Celsius. Mist covers the whole day and it often snows. Spring and autumn are slightly warmer. Summers are the warmest. However, the temperature does not exceed 18 degrees Celsius.

Climate of Wales

Wales is characterized by cloudy, rainy and windy conditions. The average temperature in summer is 19 to 22 degrees Celsius. Temperatures in autumn and spring are above 14 degrees Celsius. Winters are snowy, with temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius, but milder than the rest of the UK.

Northern Ireland Climate

It is a combination of the climate of England and the climate of England and Scotland. Winters are milder than the other 3 regions. It is drier than Scotland and Wales, but wetter than England.

Traffic conditions

The roads are beautiful, wide and clean, with many trees and flowers lining the roads. The public transportation system is very well developed. You can easily explore from the city to the countryside, from England to France to Italy, without spending much time or money. Public transportation options include

Trains. If you go often, consider buying a season ticket to save a lot of money

Double-decker buses

Buses. If you are a student or between the ages of 16 and 26, you can purchase a coach card (with about a 30% discount).

Cabs: Convenient but expensive

Bicycle. It is a cheap, healthy and active form of transport. Please note that you must also wear a full helmet when cycling in the UK.


The UK economy is ranked fifth in the world and second in the European Union. Major industries include information technology, life sciences and creative industries. Also, the quality of education in these industries is very good and there are many job opportunities in these industries.

Life in the UK for International Students

International students in the UK do not need to grind in lecture halls or learn a lot, they are mainly self-taught. Due to social and cultural differences, you will need to work actively to get a firm grasp of what is being taught. UK law also allows for limited part-time work.

Schools in the UK have many field trips and teamwork marks for each subject. You can easily travel to Europe during weekends or holidays. Shopping is also convenient because all famous brands are available in the UK and international students can get discounts of up to 10%.

2. Conditions for studying in the UK

Educational requirements for studying in the UK

An overall GPA of 6.5 or above. Some schools will also consider grades in subjects related to your major. 10th, 11th, 12th or even high school graduates should first take a university preparatory course to familiarize and acquire knowledge.

English Language Requirements

IELTS score requirements vary by school and subject. There are even schools that do not require an IELTS certificate, but do require you to pass an English language entrance exam. In general, most UK universities require the following minimum scores.

♦ Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Environmental Technology …… IELTS 6.0

Business Administration, Accounting, Banking, Quality Management, …… IELTS 6.5

Financial Requirements

If you wish to study in the UK, you must demonstrate that you or your family have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and to cover living costs for the entire period of your studies here. Therefore, there will be international students who will need more money and international students who will need less money in their savings books.

Outside London London

Courses under 9 months Full tuition fee and £1,265 (living costs/month) Full tuition fee and £1,015 (living costs/month)

Courses over 9 months First year tuition fees and £11,385 (living costs/year) First year tuition fees and £9,135 (living costs/year)

Please note.

Passbooks and bank cards must be opened 28 days prior to the date of submission of your application.

In addition, if you extend your visa to continue your studies, you must continue to prove the above financial resources

The procedure for proving your financial situation to study in the UK depends on the type of UK student visa the student is applying for.

3. Costs of studying in the UK

The cost of living in the UK is about 10 times the cost of living in Vietnam. If you live in a town, it will cost approximately £7,200 – £9,600 per year. If you live in London, the cost will be higher, about 9,600 – 12,000 GBP/year. Specifically.


East End. £435 – £750/month for a single room in a shared apartment.

East Central. £340 – £450/month for a double room.

North West England: £210 – £550/month for a single room in a shared apartment.

Central London: 1 small room at least £500/month.

Dormitory: £50 – £80/week.

Meals while studying in the UK

Eating in a restaurant in the UK costs about £12 per meal. It is much more economical to cook your own meals. You can buy goods on sale or pick them up at a cheap supermarket. All in all, it costs about £25-42 per week. Household items such as detergent, shampoo, shower gel and spices also cost a lot, from £35-55/week.

Other costs

Electricity, water and gas: £10/week

Telephone £5/week

Internet. £5/week

Travel: £10/week

Books and documents. £7/week

Insurance. £4-£75/week

Entertainment: £20-30/week

4. Scholarships for studying in the UK

Chevening Scholarships offered by the British government

The Chevening Scholarship is usually used to study for a master’s degree. It is a full scholarship. This means that your tuition fees, living expenses, insurance and return economy class airfare are fully funded. chevening scholarships are awarded to scholars from all countries, whether they are poor, developing or developed.

British Government Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development. This scholarship is less competitive. This is because it is only for students from developing countries. Commonwealth Scholarships are only available for Masters and PhD studies. The Commonwealth Scholarship is also a full scholarship. You will receive return flights, full tuition fees, living expenses, examination fees, an initial stage stipend, insurance and possibly dissertation support.

Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most prestigious scholarship, established in 1902 under the will of Cecil Rhodes. It is a full scholarship

(including tuition fees, living expenses, round-trip airfare and insurance) for master’s and doctoral studies. Rhodes Scholarships are only available to outstanding international students selected by Oxford University from selected countries.

University of the West of England Scholarships

The University of the West of England offers a large number of scholarships to students and PhD students each year. The value of the scholarships is very high, ranging from 30-100% of tuition fees, and students from all over the world can apply. Students need to be careful when considering scholarships as there are times when the University will give priority to sponsoring more scholarships and higher scholarship values.

International Scholarships at the University of Westminster

The University of Westminster sponsors scholarships for many disciplines (pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate). In particular, full scholarships (including tuition fees, living expenses, return flights and insurance) are available for students from developed countries. However, full scholarships are only available to full-time Master’s students in research disciplines at the University of Westminster.

5. Universities in the UK

University of Manchester

University of East Anglia

University of Southampton

Imperial College London

University of Bristol

Queen Mary, University of London

University of Birmingham

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6. Popular disciplines in the UK

Construction engineering industry

Mechanical manufacturing technology industry

Electronic Engineering Technology

Automotive engineering technology

Control and automation engineering

7. Study Abroad Programs in the UK

Study abroad programs in the UK are very diverse in the world to choose from. From elementary school, high school, pre-university, undergraduate, master’s to PhD. There are also short-term professional training courses, summer study abroad programs, joint training, etc. CHD would like to introduce 4 educational programs that are quite new to Vietnamese, including pre-university, pre-master, minor and summer study abroad.

Pre-University Program

For those students who have graduated from high school or completed 11th grade in Vietnam. The Pre-University Program will equip students with knowledge, study skills and effective teamwork before entering the university lecture hall. The length of the College Prep program depends on the student’s GPA and IELTS scores.

Joint Training Program

The Joint Training Program is a form of integration of two training programs between two universities in two countries and two regions in order to promote the quality of education. Upon completion, students will receive 2 university degrees. This is a great opportunity for students to save a significant amount of tuition and time. Currently, most major universities across the country are promoting training programs that link undergraduate and master’s systems. The joint undergraduate training programs at East Asia University of Science and Technology include the 2+2, 3+1 and on-the-job training master’s systems.

The Summer Study Abroad Program (International Summer Camp) is a short-term program that takes place during the summer. The program helps students to improve their foreign language skills, become more independent, and work better in groups. And, especially for students, those who are interested in studying abroad will have the opportunity to get familiar with the study and living environment abroad.