Paperwork, insurance coverage, language check… what are the formalities to review within the UK?

England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales… A study trip to the UK requires preparation. Overview of the steps to be taken to serenely reach our British neighbours.

waiting for the possible Brexit effects on student mobility (2019 horizon)the administrative formalities to study with our British neighbors remain very low, especially in the context of a university exchange with Erasmus+.

No visa (for now)

As a European, you do not need a visa to study in the UK. A valid ID card is sufficient. After 2019, however, Brexit could lead to a shift in trade deals.

Read too: Brexit: British government reassures European students

take out insurance

To get your UK healthcare costs reimbursed, ask for the EHIC (European health insurance card) to your health insurance fund. You can do it online from your ameli account, no later than fifteen days before departure (if you missed the deadline, your fund will issue a provisional replacement certificate).

the map is free and valid for two years. It guarantees coverage of your medical care under the same conditions as for the British. Please note that some rates may be higher than those charged in France: do not hesitate to supplement your social protection with health insurance.

Schedule a language test

If you register yourself through UCAS, you are applying in the same way as a British candidate. To enter a university in the UK, you will need to prove your level of English. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the most widely used exam, but universities also accept its equivalents, such as the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language).

The score required by each institution is indicated on its website. “This is usually very demanding,” warns Marianne Garcia, project manager at the British Council. A minimum score of 6.5 out of 9 on the IELTS test (over 80 out of 120 on the TOEFL) is required to enter the cycle of “graduation”. It goes up to 7 out of 9 (over 90 out of 120 on the TOEFL) for the “graduate” cycle. “The expected level depends on the subjects, continues the British Council representative. It will be higher if you have to practice writing and speaking than in scientific courses.”

Don’t wait until the last moment to train : even if you have a very good level of English, each of these tests has a method that requires preparation. Count €230 for IELTS and €182 for TOEFL.

The British Council website provides information on language tests. The government agency offers English courses and organizes the passing of IELTS and Cambridge English tests.

Study in the UK: follow the guide!

Your decision is made: you will study in the UK. But how to choose the university? How much will your registration cost? Where to stay? We take stock of the measures to be taken.

• Test: Are you ready to study in the UK?
• How to choose your university in the UK?
• Study costs, scholarships, jobs… what budget for the UK?
• Accommodation, transport, budget… UK student life

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