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 discuss with your IDP counselor.
Look carefully at the content of each course in the individual
university website or brochure.
Apart from the course, it is very important
that you should think of other factors as well : Location, Ranking
Your counselor will be able to advise you
about the relevant Institutions who meet with your
Are the courses and institutions
that I have chosen of a high standard?
All universities and colleges that provide
higher education in the UK are autonomous. These institutions are
not owned by the state, but most receive government funding
distributed by the separate higher education funding councils for
England, Scotland and Wales, and the Department for Employment and
Learning in Northern Ireland.
Each university and college of higher
education is responsible for the standards of the awards it makes
and the quality of the education it provides to its students. Each
has its own internal quality assurance procedures.
QAA checks how well they meet their
responsibilities, identifying good practice and making
recommendations for improvement. They also publish guidelines to
help institutions develop effective systems to ensure students have
high quality experiences.
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 funding bodies.
What financial support is available
for international students?
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. The
British Government and other organizations also provide a number of
scholarships and awards to help international students study in the
Your IDP counselor will have details of
various scholarship schemes.
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 at 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
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. Your IDP counselor will be able to offer advice and
guidance on finding suitable accommodation at the Institution.
Private accommodation outside of the
University or college will be cheaper if you are prepared to share
the facilities with another student and are more suitable to
postgraduate or mature students. If you are looking at this option,
you should get some temporary accommodation booked and plan to
travel to UK 1-2 weeks before your course starts. The accommodation
officer can provide you the list of private accommodation available
in the surrounding areas and advise you on other formalities such
as signings the lease document, etc.
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
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 UK institutions?
Yes, IDP has signed up with specific UK
institutions which will certainly give you the benefit of better
turnaround time for application assessment.
Will IDP help me with the pre
Yes, IDP will organize a pre-departure
orientation program which will help you transition to life as a
student in the UK.