GENERAL INTRODUCTION ABOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM
Location: The United Kingdom is a country located in North West of Europe and consists of four main sections: England (London capital) , Scotland (Edinburgh capital) , Wales (Cardiff capital) and North Ireland (Belfast capital) .
The large cities : Manchester , Birmingham , London , Oxford , Lincoln , Cambridge , Glasgow , Liverpool , Leeds , Sheffield , Edinburgh , Bristol , Sunderland .
Area : 244 820 km2
Population: 62.2 million (2010)
Official language: English
Climate: The UK has temperate climate, the temperature limit of this country is not less than 0 ° C in winter and not higher than 32 ° C in summer. Climate is often wet and changeable. The coldest months are January and February, while July is normally the warmest. The months of warm weather with little precipitation is May, June, September and October.
Electricity: The electric system used is 240 V / 50 Hz AC as Vietnam . The different characteristic is the socket with 3 square feet. Students must use the adapter .
Water: Water can be drunk from the tap because it is very clean and guaranteed.
Telephone: There are 2 types of public telephone: using coins or using phone cards. This card can be purchased at post office or news stand, the value of a card can be 2GBP, GBP 5 GBP 10 and GBP 20. To choose the cheap international calls, ask the shop Swift call service called PIN cod , which can be purchased at the news stand .
Health and accident insurance: free services of health care called a system of NHS (National Health Service) provides the free basic tests such as headache and stomachache without surgeon. All students studying in the UK in the period from 6 months and older are received the free health insurance through the National Health Service. Therefore, you do not need to concern the cost of health insurance when planning your study abroad budget.
Education: The UK has the top quality education in the world. This UK maintains a special quality management system which guaranteed the standards of quality in all areas .
Britain now has more than 180 universities, more than 50 colleges, 60 boarding school … all welcome foreign students to study.
It creates a great opportunity for you to improve your English, not only through the specific language courses , but simply by living and learning in an perfect English environment.
More than 800,000 foreign students are enjoying the advantages of education in the UK and Vietnam is one of 10 countries with the world’s largest international students in the UK.
Cost of living : Cost of living is different in regions . The cost includes basic living expenses and other necessary expenses. This figure in London, Oxford, Cambridge is 7000-8500 GBP each year , in other regions is 5800-7200 GBP each year .
The figures below are based on the national average. In London, the price is more expensive . Costs in other cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham is also higher than average prices , while prices in the city in northeastern England was lower .
Part – time job: Students studying in schools in England can do part – time job during the semester or in holiday without permission of local agency . International students can also work under the program of courses combining learning with practice without working permission.
Regulations on working hours, type of work that students are allowed to do :
– Students must not work more than 20 hours per week during the semester, except the courses combining learning with practice without working permission.
– Students are not allowed to do business or become a professional athlete or professional performers in the entertainment.
– Students are not allowed to work full-time and permanently.
Under the new work licensing laws, the international students after graduation having the expertise in the fields of electronics, construction engineering , and medical technology will be stayed and worked in the UK in a time allowance.