Study in the UK

In an ever more globalized world there is no better place to start your higher education journey, and you will find yourself reaping the benefits of your time at a study abroad university for years to come. There are many things to enjoy as a student studying abroad in the UK, and many things you will be unfamiliar with. INTO will help you to adjust to British life and culture in every way. The following section features important information about students studying abroad in the UK, ranging from visas and banking to entertainment, public transport and health services.

It's important to plan your expenses as an international student in advance. Use the following section for advice on budgeting
Practical information

We do not advise carrying large sums of cash with you on arrival. We recommend that you bring enough cash with you to cover your first two weeks in the UK - no more than £250 for your immediate needs. It is safer to bring large sums of money in travellers' cheques which can be cashed in banks, post offices and airports, but be aware that there is often a minimum commission charge. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in the UK, MasterCard (Access) and Visa being the most common. Diners Club and American Express are less commonly accepted. You can withdraw money from a cash machine (also known as an 'ATM' or cash point) if you have a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for that card.

You may want to inform your current bank that you are moving to the UK and ask if you can use your card here.
Currency across the UK is the pound sterling (£GBP). One pound is divided into one hundred pence (100p). Notes are issued to the value of £50, £20, £10, and £5, and coins to the value of £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p. Please note that £50 notes are very uncommon and should be avoided as they can often be the target of counterfeiters.
Bank accounts
UK banks are open 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays, and some are open on Saturday mornings. If you are going to be here for longer than six months, we strongly recommended you open a UK bank account when you arrive.
For further advice on opening bank accounts in the UK visit the UKCISA site.

Living costs
It is important to plan for the cost of living in the UK in advance. It is estimated that an average student needs approximately £650-£750 a month to cover their basic living expenses. This is just an indication and should be adjusted depending on your lifestyle and spending habits. Click here for an international student cost calculator to help with planning your finances.

Do you need a visa?
A visa is generally needed if you (or your family) are nationals of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. This visa is called "entry clearance" because it gives you permission to enter the UK.

If you are a national of the EEA or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to enter the UK.

You can check your status and whether you need a visa on the UK Border Agency website.
We advise that you check these websites for up to date information on visas:

Personal safety
While you're unlikely to be affected by crime as a student in the UK, it is important to take basic security measures. Health and safety in-centre is everyone's responsibility, and if you do see something that concerns you or your classmates, please report it to our reception staff who will make sure it's dealt with immediately.

At each of our centres we provide students with an emergency contact number which can be used at any time, day or night. You can also report a crime at any time by phoning 0800-555-111. This call is free from anywhere in the country. The police use this system to receive information without asking the identity of the caller.
Uniplan medical and travel insurance

Uniplan Insurance is a comprehensive insurance policy designed for international students in the UK. Full medical and travel insurance is mandatory for all INTO students, and Uniplan insurance will automatically be added to your course fees unless proof of suitable cover is provided.
Students under 18
Under the law of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, any person under the age of 18 is regarded as a child, and is the responsibility of their parents. INTO Student Services look after the welfare of all INTO students, but particularly those under the age of 18 who may need extra help and support. Our Student Services staff have extensive experience in providing pastoral care for international students, and in some cases have been overseas students themselves.
To parents of students under 18
While INTO will do everything possible to care for your child during their studies, we cannot take full parental responsibility for them. We strongly recommend that you appoint a guardian who is a resident in the UK for your child. A guardian is someone who can act in your place if there are any problems or emergencies. They will provide an added level of care for your child and give you extra peace of mind.

Guardianship options:
1. If you have a trusted friend or relative living in the UK who is over 21 years of age, they will be eligible to act as your child's guardian
2. There are a variety of guardianship agencies in the UK. You should look for one that is a member of AEGIS

Pay or cost Study in London ( Living expenses )

Cost/living Expense money for study in London (estimate)
It may be obvious that you need to have enough money before you start your course , but working out the costs may be a little more tricky! It’s impossible to know exactly how much you will spend whilst you are here, but the following forms a break down of the estimated average student expenditure for the next academic year.

Please remember that this is an estimated cost of attendance table so you’ll need to increase or decrease the figures to meet your circumstances. The number of weeks is generally 39 for pre-clinical students and 52 for clinical students. The tuition fees shown above will also vary depending on your course.

It is important that you have enough money to cover all your costs, but it is also sensible not to take out larger loans than you need.

International Student Calculator

UKCISA have teamed up with UNIAID to develop a new online tool to help international students plan and manage their finances for studies in the UK. We thoroughly recommend you make use of the International Student Calculator. It enables students to:

* Build a lifestyle budget and see how it balances by week, month or over a year
* Understand how you will spend your time as well as your money in the UK
* Get information on insurance and banking as well as guidance on the costs of living
* Learn from case studies and top tips from other students
* Save your budget information so you can use it before arriving or during your study

Medical Study in London | St George's, University of London

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St George's, University of London (SGUL), previously known as St George's Hospital Medical School (SGHMS), is a specialist medical college of the University of London, and one of the United Hospitals. The college has its origins in 1733, and was the second institution in England to provide formal training courses for doctors (after the University of Oxford). As of 2008 the medical school accepted around 100 graduates, 175 undergraduates and 10 students from overseas making it one of the larger UK medical schools.

St George’s was the first institution in the UK to offer a Graduate Entry Programme to Medicine open to graduates from any discipline. We are the only specialist, independent medical and healthcare institution within the University of London. There are currently 2,900 full-time undergraduate students and 400 postgraduate students and our location means that students can walk the corridors from clinical teaching room to laboratory to hospital ward.

One of the unique features of our courses is that undergraduate students from most subject areas are taught together in the first semester. This gives our students an opportunity to share learning with other future healthcare professionals and to make a start on the team-building that is vital to the delivery of modern healthcare.

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St George’s, University of London
Cranmer Terrace
London SW17 0RE
Telephone +44 (0) 20 8725 2333