The UK is a popular study abroad destination for Indians owing to its world class universities, top global ranks, and strong career prospects because of the country’s most favourable post study work visa regime for students in all of Europe. The latest changes to the UK post study work visa (PSW) have further added to its popularity amongst international students particularly those studying STEM courses in the UK.
Records show that over the past ten years a huge number of Indians studying in the UK have chosen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based undergraduate and postgraduate courses .
The latest changes in PSW policy indicate the UK government’s efforts to promote STEM related expertise in the country and attract global talent in these fields for which it has relaxed the post study work visa rules for all international graduates and postgraduates studying in the UK.
Learn more about the PSW benefits of studying STEM courses in the UK below and if you wish to apply for a UK study visa or enquire about studying undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Medicine, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the UK, book a free consultation with SI-UK India today.
New post study work visa policy in the UK
All international students starting an undergraduate course in the UK in the academic year 2020/2021 are eligible for a 2-year post study work visa. This relaxation would mean that international graduates in the UK can now stay back for up to 2-years unlike earlier, upon the successful completion of their undergraduate course. This extended time period will allow international students to look for work opportunities within the UK and set forth in their global career.
The post study work visa is applicable to all graduate students studying courses at any of the government approved UK higher educational institutes. The UK is home to more than 200 public universities together in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The new PSW is a very positive policy change by the Boris Johnson government aimed at retention of global talent in the UK and giving a major boost to the UK economy. The 2-year post study work visa has been reintroduced in the UK after it was revoked in 2012 resulting in a fall in the number of international students in the UK. After the announcement of the new PSW, there has been a significant increase in the number of applicants due to the many advantages, such as:
- Students are given residence and work permit even after completion of their course
- Students can start an international career in the UK
- Not many other countries in Europe have such liberal student work visa policies
- There is a better chance for a smooth transition to the general Tier 2 work visa after the 2-year PSW period
- STEM graduates will get better opportunities to continue their postgraduate studies at the research oriented UK universities
Impact of the 2-year PSW on STEM graduates studying in the UK
Last year the Government relaxed the work visa rules for PhD researchers and highly skilled professionals in the UK who are interested in studying or working there. This included removal of the cap on the number of work visas granted to researchers and PhD level scholars for work and research in the UK. This coupled with the creation of a fast track route for scientists paved the way for a smooth transition of highly skilled professionals to the Tier 2 UK work visa.
However, from 2020 onwards, work visa relaxation will also be applicable to graduate level students under the new PSW in an effort to cement UK’s status as a superpower in the STEM sector. The UK is keen on welcoming students from India and the world for studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses at UK universities and continue to work and research in the field contributing to UK’s economic growth and stability.
The number of Indian students in the UK has consistently increased and reached almost 22,000 in June 2019. Almost half of the students have been enrolled onto STEM courses demonstrating the huge scope for STEM graduates in the country. Whereas earlier STEM graduates could only stay upto 4 or 6 months in the UK post completion of their degree, now they will be able to work in any role for upto 2 years after completion of degree and later on apply for a general work visa under Tier 2 category.
Best universities to study STEM undergraduate courses in the UK
Some of the best universities in the UK for studying STEM undergraduate courses are:
- University of Bristol
- University of Oxford
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Warwick
- University of Cambridge
- University of Manchester
Study in the UK
If you want to study Science, Medicine, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at UK universities and learn more about working in the UK under the new PSW UK visa, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK India today. Our friendly team can help you understand the UK entry requirements and assist you with your university applications.