Frequently Asked Questions
What factors should I consider when making a
choice of course?
Select the courses according to the area you
are interested in studying and look carefully and thoroughly at the
content of each course by consulting the page of the respective
department within the pages of the individual institutions. If,
after looking at this information, you still have doubts about the
course, you should contact your IDP counselor.
Apart from the course, it is very important that you feel happy
with the facilities being offered by the relevant university.
Are the courses and institutions that I have
chosen of a high standard?
The UK government does not have an official
ranking of all universities and institutions. While the primary
responsibility for academic standards and quality rests with
individual universities and colleges the Quality Assurance Agency
(QAA) checks how well they meet their responsibilities through
institutional audit and subject reviews. For research courses, the
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) conducted every five years
reviews the research activity of institutions and the quality
profile determines the grants received for research from various
What financial support is available for
There are a limited number of awards available
for international students. The amount varies from level of study
as well as the institutions. The scholarships are competitive and
you need to demonstrate exceptional academic achievements.
What opportunities are there for working and
studying at the same time?
Many universities have a dedicated job centre
on-campus for students that offer or advertise a range of job
opportunities to help students develop skills. The university
Careers Advisory Service is also a useful source of information and
advice. If you pursue a course of degree level or above you are
permitted to work for 20 hours a week during the term and full time
during the vacations.
How can I find accommodation?
Most UK universities and colleges will
guarantee accommodation to international students if they have
accepted the offer and applied for the accommodation within the
deadline. The student housing officers at the university will be
able to offer advice and guidance on finding suitable
accommodation. Private accommodation outside of the University or
college will be cheaper if you are prepared to share the facilities
with another student and are suitable to postgraduate or mature
students. Undergraduate students in their first year of the course
are recommended to stay in the halls of residence on-campus. A
number of universities and colleges now manage their accommodation
in line with government-approved codes of practice.
When should I begin the application process
for September intake?
It is recommended that you begin you
application process at least a year in advance to give enough time
to the institutions to process your applications.
Does IDP have any special relationship with
Yes, IDP has signed up with specific UK
institutions which will certainly give you the benefit of better
turnaround time for application assessment and other
Will IDP help me with the pre departure
Yes, IDP will organize a pre-departure
orientation program which will help you transition to life as a
student in the UK.