Coventry university is a forward-looking modern university, announced even the Modern University of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and ranked 15th among UK universities in the Guardian. Furthermore they are University of the Year for Student Experience and 94% of the graduates are employed or in further stufy after graduation. Coventry is also in the top 4% in the world (QS). Voted Entrepreneurial University of the Year by the Times Higher Education Awards 2011, Coventry has a long tradition as a provider of education with strong links to business and industry. Coventry is strong in Economics, Media and Film Studies and Civil Engineering. They have great facilities for students, including flight simulators, wind tunnels. They have also built the Hub, a gathering place for students that has a cinema, many cafes and bars etc.
Coventry is an evolving and innovative university and their aim is to keep on improving: they're investing heavily in developing their state-of-the-art facilities.
Over 20,000 students, including 5,000 international students from more than 130 countries are a part of the diverse and vibrant campus. Opportunities to benefit from a global culture are embedded into the curriculum, research, student services and societies.
Why choose the University of Coventry?
- Work placements
- Co-operation with enterprises – e.g. The BBC , PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jaguar, Zurich Insurance, IBM, E.ON
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Affordable accommodation
- Spirited and pro-active Students' Union
- City centre campuses in Coventry and London
- Courses with sandwich or study abroad options available
- 2 year fast track degree option
- Scholarships and discounts available
- Modern University of the Year 2015
- High level of student satisfaction
- History of innovation (Jaguar)
- Great facilities
- Great infrastructure
About the UK
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (which is usually shortened to just the UK or United Kingdom) is a political union made of up of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The UK is still a major political and economic force in the world, with membership in the G8 and an economy that is the fifth largest in the world and second largest in Europe. The UK’s colonial history also means that it has been subject to a multitude of international influences and influxes of people, helping to create the multi-cultural society that exists today.
Education in the UK
Hundreds of thousands of international students study in the UK each year, making studying in the UK the number two choice for international students in the world, second only to the USA. For students worldwide that would like an English-language education, what better place to study than the country that invented the language?
With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions at every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer.
Studying in the UK will provide students with an academic qualification respected and valued throughout the world. It gives students the experience of living in the UK, providing them with a vibrant, energetic educational experience, whilst enabling them to enjoy charismatic surroundings and a traditional British culture.
Financing your studies in the UK
Besides savings, support of parents and relatives, scholarships and student jobs you can finance your studies in the UK by taking a student loan.
Max student loan for 2010/11 is £3,290.
Positive side here is that you don’t need to start paying back your loans until you reach the repayment threshold. This means that you will begin making repayments when your gross earnings are more than either: £1,250 a month or £15,000 per year (9% what is over the minimal earnings needs to be paid back monthly).
More info: www.direct.gov.uk
Why study in the UK?
- Academic excellence - the quality and standard of UK higher education which combines the best elements of tradition and modernity.
- Worldwide recognition – the quality of UK education is recognised across the world by employers, universities and governments. When looking for work in the future, this can be a great selling point in your favour.
- Value for money – courses in the USA can be over $25,000 a year in tuition alone. Tuition for the majority of UK higher education institutions is around £6,000 to £7,000 a year. Unlike the equivalent programmes in the United States or Australia, most UK Masters programmes can be completed in one year.
- Improve your English skills – studying in the UK will give you the opportunity to improve your English language skills as English is the language of business, science and technology.
- Experience of living in the UK – a multi-cultural and multi-faith country which offers both strong tradition and a diverse culture to any international student choosing to study here.
- International education - the UK has always welcomed students from all over the world. Universities are used to looking after the welfare of non-UK students and have well-developed support services and social networks on campus. At postgraduate level, students from outside the UK form over 30% of the entire student body.
More info about studying in the UK:
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Education: Please find this information on the left side of this page.
Living costs. Below is an approximate guide to the minimum amount you should expect for living expenses in the UK:
For your stay in the UK you will need approximately £700 per month to cover these costs but remember that this is only a guide.
£150 per month
£15 per month
£50 per month
£15 per month
£10 per month
£75 per monthˇ
£50 per month
Fortunately, Coventry University offers several grants for you to cover your living costs. You can find more information about study funding from here.
Whilst you are staying in the UK, you will have a variety of accommodation options available to you. Your choices will depend largely on whether your college or university has halls of residence, what city you are located in, and the amount of your monthly budget.
When you sign up for a particular college or university, you will need to indicate that you will require accommodation. Do not assume that you will automatically be given accommodation, but generally as an international student you will be given priority over other students.
One important tip - once you have been accepted into a program, start looking and arranging accommodation right away! Places fill up quickly and demand generally exceeds supply.
Halls of Residence
Halls are a great way to meet new people. They are large buildings, sometime divided into flats where you will have either a single room or share with another student. The room itself may be basic, and if it does not have an en-suite bathroom, communal ones will be provided. Generally the hall will provide basic furniture such as a bed, desk and chair and the rest you will have to supply.
Most halls of residence have a canteen where food is supplied (at a cost) to students. As an international student the food may be unfamiliar, but a good way to immerse yourself in the culture of the UK. Halls are either single or mixed sex, so if you have a preference for either you should make this clear to your university from the beginning when choosing where to live.
Self Catered Halls
Many international students prefer the self-catered option because it allows them the freedom to cook their own food and on their own schedule. Self-catered halls are very similar to standard halls of residence, but there is also a communal kitchen available to all hall residents. Be warned, though - communal kitchens can become places where only the stout of heart dare to venture!
Typically students live in halls during their first year, as it makes adjusting to campus life much simpler and helps in making friends. In their second and third years, some students opt to move into a house or flat which is not part of the university.
If you do move into a flat or house, you will have to sign a tenancy agreement, which is a legal document outlining the terms of the tenancy. Be very careful to make sure you fully understand the terms and issues of the contract, and if you do have any doubts talk to your international student advisor who can assist you further.
A flat or house is generally more expensive than any other option, and you may find it hard to find accommodation that is close to your campus. However many students like the freedom to live where they choose, live with whom they like and choose the type of place they want to live in.
For more information about student housing and renting accomodation as a student in the UK please see our two articles covering What you need to know about student renting in the UK and Student Housing Overview fo the UK
Accommodation in Coventry
Living in university accommodation is a great way of meeting new friends and gaining a new-found independence. Check out the accommodation options in Coventry:
International students who are studying on a course lasting longer than six months are normally allowed to work for 20 hours per week during term-time and unlimited hours during vacations. Students may find part-time jobs as administration assistants, receptionists, customer service assistants etc. Students may find job ads in newspapers or at school. Finding job may be difficult but if you really need and want it, you will find one.
You should keep in mind to have at least 4 month’s money before arrival as it may take time to find a job. If you don’t then it is advisable to work for some time before you start your studies.
Student jobs hourly wage minimum is around £4.83 per hour if you are aged 18-21 years and £5.80 per hour if you are 22 or over.
You can find more information about student jobs and job databases on the following pages:
Information, Advice and Guidance
Coverty University's Careers & Employability Advisers are available to:
- Help you with your choice of course and modules
- Help you plan your career, whether you know what you want to do or not
- Give you the opportunity to recognise and then develop important graduate employment skills
- Guide and encourage you to market your skills effectively, for example, when filling in application forms and writing your CV
- Explore all potential opportunities in employment, further study, work abroad, time out or anything else
- Help you identify employers and vacancies that will be of interest to you
- Offer guidance, support and encouragement throughout recruitment and selection processes
Search and apply!