What you’ll want to know earlier than learning… within the UK

The third favorite destination for French students, the United Kingdom is still massively attractive, despite the uncertainties linked to Brexit. Perspective changes, accommodation, cost of living… L’Etudiant tells you everything you need to prepare for your mobility.

For several years, the UK fluctuated between the first and second place of the preferred Erasmus destinations of the French🇧🇷 It is the third country in the world where French students go most massively: more than 12,000 students completed part of the course there in 2016, according to data from Campus France). But with the prospect of Brexit, some concerns are being expressed about university exchanges across the Channel. If (like the British) you don’t know where to go, don’t panic, the Student advises you to prepare for your departure🇧🇷

World-renowned universities

Oxford, Cambridge, King’s College… These names of English universities are known – and recognized in the job market – all over the world. I’University of Cambridge ranks third in the 2019 Shanghai ranking of the best universities in the world. It is the first European institution to feature in this international ranking. Oxford appears in the seventh position and the University College of London (UCL) is placed in the fifteenth. Other universities are also doing well in terms of reputation, such as Manchester, Bristol or Glasgow.

English higher education consists of two stages: the “University student“which leads to a single (equivalent to our license, i.e. a bac+3), then the “postgraduate studies” which corresponds to Teacher (bac+5). The duration of the cycles varies according to the universities, which are autonomous.

To prepare for entering a specialized course (such as an artistic or engineering course), there is a second path, called “foundation grade” (in two years after the baccalaureate). These more professional training courses are often carried out on a work-study basis.

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An uncertainty called Brexit

Since 2016, the United Kingdom is shaken by a phase of uncertainty linked to the Brexit process. The country’s exit from the European Union is well formalized since February 1, 2020 and won’t have no impact on students currently in the UKor even for those planning to leave by January 1, 2021. Gray areas still reign, particularly in terms of agreements between French and British universities. Some even started to tie bilateral partnerships to continue exchange programs.

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With regard to student mobility, once the departure has been completed, they should be able to continue to travel without a visaonly with one Passport or one valid identity card🇧🇷 Just one certainty: ECTS credits (European credit transfer and accumulation system) purchased at a UK institution will remain valid across Europe🇧🇷 Also remember to bring a European Health Insurance Card🇧🇷 Just ask your insurance company: the card is free, valid for two years and allows you to be covered in case of illness.

Wait, continue to exit through the program Erasmus+ seems like the best plan to adopt for French students: less expensive in terms of registration fees, it also often facilitates the search for accommodation in the country (with proposals for vacancies in university residences). Notify your bank of your departure anyway. In the UK, the currency is the pound sterling, so be careful with exchange rates.

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Anticipate your expenses, which are higher than in France

The cost of living is quite high in the UK., especially in some cities like London. According to Cost of Expat estimates, daily life is, on average, 36% more expensive than in Paris🇧🇷

Cost in Paris Cost in London percentage difference
Monthly rental of a room in the city center € 1,175.49 € 2,186.13 + 86%
Monthly pass for public transport €75 € 181.97 + 142.60%
Modest restaurant for one person €15 € 19.02 + 26.80%
fast food menu €8.90 €7.61 – 14.50%
Water bottle (1.5L) €0.88 €0.96 +9.10%
Local draft beer (0.50 L) €6.50 €6.34 – 2.50%
Rice (1kg) €1.83 €1.62 – 11.50%
Potatoes (1kg) €1.92 €1.56 – 18.80%

If you leave without an exchange program, also expect quite hefty tuition fees : can range from €4,000 per year (Wales and Northern Ireland) to €10,000 (in England).

On the scholarship side, you can benefit from the help offered by your Erasmus+ program (between 270 and 370€ per month) or eveninternational mobility assistance (€400 per month). Some scholarships are also offered by regions : Consult your Regional Council.

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Prioritize campus studios

hard to find one affordable housing in many British cities, and particularly in London, where rents are rising. Try as much as possible to opt for rooms on campuses (count between 350 and 450€ per month) or in shared apartment (even though rents for a room often start at €600 a month). Two websites can help you find that rare pearl: Spareroom and Easyroomate.

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good student plans

Remember to ask your International Student Card (ISIC)🇧🇷 Offers some discounts on some tourist activities for international students: the Shakespeare Globe Theater and the London Eye are yours! Another good plan to know: the European Youth Cardvalid for one year for €10, it allows you to enjoy discounts across Europe.

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