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Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by greenhouse2012: 1:05am On Jun 15, 2015
You have probably seen the adverts on Linda’s blog and newspapers and you thinking may be its time to go and study abroad, in the UK. However, before you take that huge leap, take a step back and evaluate your options. Having studied the system I have come up with the following reasons why studying in the UK is not as attractive as it is painted.

1. There are no Jobs
It is the dream of everyone going to study abroad to get to practice their skills in the environment where they have learned them. Unfortunately, however, for migrants coming to study in the UK, the chances of getting a job after completion of their study are very slim and there a few reasons for this. But most importantly is that there are simply no Jobs. The UK has an unemployment rate of about 6% and there are about 1 million UK citizens receiving job seekers allowance. So you see, jobs are difficult to come by.

2. Immigration Rules
The immigration rules in the UK are quite complex and sometimes even officials in the universities do not understand many of these rules as it is none of their business. The UK immigration system has been deliberately designed to deter migrants from coming into the country. Unlike in the past, the Tier 4 student Visa does not have enough time allowance for foreign students to apply for Jobs and attend interviews after the completion of their study. You would usually on get between 2-4 months to stay after handing-in you dissertation. This is usually not enough time. In addition, to be eligible for a job interview, the company must ensure that there is no suitable UK citizen for that job. This is almost always impossible except for few fields such as medicine and nursing.

3. Excessive Visa application fees and expensive tuition
Applying for a Tier 4 student Visa could be a nightmare. At present, it costs £322 (NGN 100000). This is excluding costs associated with planning, consulting and logistics. In addition, you have to have a “maintenance fund” in your bank account for 28 consecutive days at least 31 days before your Visa application. This includes a full year tuition fee which could be about £12000 (NGN 3.6 Million) and living expenses of about £10000 (NGN 3 Million). These are definitely not easy to come by, even by well to do UK Citizens. More recently, there has also been an addition of a “Health Surcharge” of about £150 pound (NGN 50000) a year and you don’t get a refund if during the year you do not use the health system.
In terms of Tuition fees, the average tuition fee for a non-UK citizen for most one-year courses is about £12000 (NGN 3.6 Million) which is about twice the amount a UK citizen pays for the same course.

4. Discrimination
Although not overt, there is a subtle but palpable air of discrimination towards immigrants in the UK, more so in recent years where many people face financial hardships. Many UK citizens have been made to believe that immigrants are the cause of their difficulties, however many independent studies would disprove this. The truth however remains that many Britons would prefer that you stay back in your home country.

5. It is not worth the hassle
Considering the financial implications, job prospects and the shock associated with relocating, it is only wise to think and think again before taking that step towards coming to the UK to study. Even UK citizens with all the benefits they have being citizens do not find it easy coping with their own system.
UK universities make money off immigrants hence the widespread media campaigns and open days, however they do not influence policies in a positive way so as to make it a wise investment for young people hoping to break new ground. Therefore, before you take that step, think, “Would I be better-off investing the money and resources in other more fruitful ventures?”
This is not to discourage you. Many people come to the UK and settle in nicely, but you must weigh the pros against the cons before you take your decisions.

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Lee29: 4:57am On Jun 15, 2015
Well on Point!

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by saintneo(m): 6:32am On Jun 15, 2015
Makes a lot of sense.



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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by dayo4(m): 6:58am On Jun 15, 2015
Nice piece. An eye opener

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by rattlesnake(m): 7:14am On Jun 15, 2015
Why the face?I'd he the prime minister

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by clefstone(m): 7:52am On Jun 15, 2015
Ok
Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by prelinctus: 8:34am On Jun 15, 2015
UK is Nigeria annex. Lol

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by SpongeBobSP: 9:25am On Jun 15, 2015
#word Realised this a long time ago....UK study is over rated...

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Ekpekus(m): 9:44am On Jun 15, 2015
Eye opener however many will still ignore this.
Nigerians just need to develop and build Nigeria. sad

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Bsmartt(m): 9:53am On Jun 15, 2015
Thanks @OP. This is a vital information for prospective students in the UK. however, Corporate organizations in Nigeria need to stop the specifications in vacancies that a UK graduate is preferable to a graduate from Nigeria university. I hope they listen!

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by DjHypno(m): 9:55am On Jun 15, 2015
Let's build this country together, then we can forget about these overseas studying.

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Matttthew(m): 9:55am On Jun 15, 2015
Huh
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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Nobody: 9:56am On Jun 15, 2015
Lol

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by jamex93(m): 9:56am On Jun 15, 2015
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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by coldsummer: 9:57am On Jun 15, 2015
i totally agree with you
Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by chamboy(m): 9:57am On Jun 15, 2015
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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Nobody: 9:58am On Jun 15, 2015
Good reasons. Points taken
Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by millionboi(m): 9:59am On Jun 15, 2015
I prefer canada

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by TheDauraMallam: 9:59am On Jun 15, 2015
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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by horlabiyi(m): 9:59am On Jun 15, 2015
Your point on " excessive visa and application fee and expensive tuition fee " it's not compulsory to study abroad so if you can't afford it just sit in your country.

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Matttthew(m): 9:59am On Jun 15, 2015
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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by chamboy(m): 9:59am On Jun 15, 2015
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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by winetapper: 9:59am On Jun 15, 2015
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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by DjHypno(m): 10:00am On Jun 15, 2015
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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by DMainMan: 10:00am On Jun 15, 2015
Nice point. People apply there because it is only 1year while US and Canada is 2 years. While will one waste 1 year.

Also, most Nigeria overseas scholarships opportunities are constrained towards UK universities.

However, only apply to russel universities and not second-tier universities. There is discrimination.

www.russellgroup.ac.uk/our-universities/

Most Employers go to only the russel universities and preference is given to UK/EU students. If however, u are exceptionally gud or that company has a branch in Nigeria, then u wil b considered.

Also subscribe to UK sites for job. Some guys don get job already even without finishing their studies yet. Some guys in US and Canada still de look for even when there are more opportunities.

IT IS ALL ABOUT LUCK, PERSEVERANCE HARD WORK AND INFORMATION MY PEOPLE.

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Adesiji77: 10:00am On Jun 15, 2015
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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Guyman02: 10:01am On Jun 15, 2015
It is easier to work and study in the US but not in the UK. All the money you spend in UK has to come from Nigeria if your sponsors are based at home. Many Nigerians dont even know that despite all their shakara, there are many UK citizens looking for jobs in Nigeria and Africa.

Take note of this:
- to be eligible for a job interview, the company must ensure that there is no suitable UK citizen for that job.
- UK universities make money off immigrants hence the widespread media campaigns and open days

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Re: Five Reasons Not To Apply To A UK University by Ijaya123: 10:01am On Jun 15, 2015
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