In last few years the number of students going to study abroad for higher education has increased significantly. A number of scholarships, grants and easy education loans from leading banks have brought “study abroad” dreams within the reach of the masses. The most popular study abroad destinations for students looking to pursue educational opportunities in English abroad are the U.S., the UK, Australia, and Canada..

MBA STAR helps you to fulfil your study abroad dreams basis your career objective, qualification budget related to cost of living & study, visa requirements, course eligibility, work & placement opportunities etc.

If you are thinking to choose between US & UK, below are some analysis that can help you take informed decision

Study Abroad : Popular Courses in US & UK

Popular courses in the U.S. Popular courses in the U.K.
·         Engineering

·         MBA

·         PhD

·         IT and allied fields

·         Sports Management

·         Computer Science

·         Electrical Engineering

·         Biotechnology

·         Physiotherapy

·         Hospitality

·         Business and Management studies

·         Law

·         Art and Design

·         Psychology

·         Education

·         Nursing

·         Biosciences

·         Dentistry

Study Abroad : Popular Universities / Colleges in US & UK

University of Cambridge Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University College London Harvard University
University of Oxford Yale University
Imperial College London University of Chicago
University of Edinburgh Princeton University
King’s College London California Institute of Technology
University of Bristol Columbia University

Study Abroad : Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criterion for the U.S.

  • For undergraduate courses, 12 years of regular schooling and the SAT examination needs to be cleared.
  • For post graduate courses, 16 years of regular education is required.
  • The traditional Indian education system comprises of 12 years of regular schooling and then 3 years of graduate courses. In order to study in the U.S., a student has to take some 1 year course to cover up the difference. This is so because some of the U.S. universities do not accept 3 years of degree.
  • In post graduate courses, for the management courses, GMAT exam has to be cleared and for the science courses, GRE exam has to be cleared.
  • In the U.S. universities, there is no criterion of shooting out the cut off lists. So, you have to score the best you can in all the exams.
  • Irrespective of your degree, there are some language exams also which you have to get through like IELTS, TOEFL and others.
  • For MBA courses, you should have some years of work experience.

Eligibility criterion for the U.K.

  • For undergraduate courses, earlier the universities required 13 years of regular schooling but now the rule has changed. They easily accept CBSE schooling and two certificates for the admission in any course.
  • For post graduate courses, 3 years of regular graduate degree is required.
  • For the management courses, GMAT needs to be cleared; but for the science courses, it is not mandatory to get through the GRE exam. It is advisable to check this with the university first.
  • Just like the U.S., for MBA courses you need to have some years of work experience.

Study Abroad : Cost or Fees of Studying in US & UK

Particulars Cost of Courses offered in the U.S. Cost of Courses offered in the U.K.
Undergraduate Course Post-graduate Course Undergraduate Course Post-graduate Course
Tuition $10,000-$30,000 per year $15,000-$45,000 per year £8,000-£15,000 per year £10,000 and £12,000 per year
Room and Living expenses $10,000-$15,000 per year $10,ooo-$15,000 per year £12,000-£15,000 per year £12,000-£15,000 per year
Duration of course 4 years 2 years 3 years 1-2 years
Total $20,000-$45,000 per year $25,000-$60,000 per year £20,000-£30,000 £22,000-£27,000 per year

* Cost mentioned is tentative. For updated cost / fees, contact our Counsellors

How to go? Understand the Visa  Process

Visa Process in the U.S. (F1 visa)
Full time visa for students is called F1 Visa and below are the regulations for it:

·         Personal interview is must and with that, a biometric appointment is also compulsory.

·         Even after the completion of your academic study, you can stay in the U.S. for 60 days.

·         Students need to pay  basic cost to apply for VISA

·         You should take proper holidays, and you cannot work more than 20 hours per week. Also, the students can only work in the commercial firms like bookstores or cafeterias.

Visa Process in the U.K. ( Tier 4 (General) student visa)
Full time visa for student is called Tier 4 (General) and below are the regulations:

·         It is only for a full time study. For example, for diploma courses it is for 3 years and for degree courses, it is for 4 years.

·         Students need to pay  basic cost to apply for VISA

·         Personal interviews are not compulsory here.

·         Being students, you are not allowed to work in part time jobs in the U.K.

Study Abroad Scholarships

The students can also get scholarship to purse their dream course in both the countries. Some of the popular scholarships available for Indian students are below
Scholarships offered for the U.S. Scholarships offered for the U.K.
Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarships British Council GREAT scholarships for Indian Students
Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund Sir Ratan Tata Fellowships for South Asian Students at LSE
Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowships for Indian students Oxford and Cambridge Society of India (OCSI) Scholarships
Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowships Cardiff Business School India Scholarships
S.N. Bose Scholars Student Exchange Program for Indian Students Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships
Tata Scholarships at Cornell Heriot Watt SML International Merit Scholarships for Indian Students
Asian Cultural Council Individual Grants London Metropolitan University Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship for Indians
East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship Newcastle University Undergraduate India Scholarships
Yale University Fox International Fellowships University of Aberdeen Indian Master Scholarships
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships Program Westminster International Partnership Scholarships

Study Abroad : Earn while Learn

In US & UK , students can work up to 20 hours a week during their course. Wages are nominal but it provides a vital opportunity to the students to earn extra pocket money as well as some great business practices, which can help them during the full time job placement. Information about part time work opportunities & wages can be obtained from University / College placement & training cell.

Student Life: UK versus the US

In addition to getting admission into a good institution, studying your ideal course, and the availability of part-time jobs, many other influential elements remain for a student’s decision. Local culture in the US in the UK: your impending social life, daily conveniences, and the types of people you will surround yourself with at your institution should factor into your decision.


Choosing another country to study is a tough decision for anyone. Everything is different, ranging from the work environment, the climatic conditions and much more.

In the U.S., the climate varies from place to place, while in the U.K., in summers the temperature varies from 25°C to 15°C. In winters, it is around 7°C to 0°C.

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