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Low Tuition Universities in the UK

HinterhaltHinterhalt Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited July 2013 in United Kingdom
Hello, everyone! I would like to apologize in advanced if there information I put within this forum that should belong elsewhere. (There are no descriptions and is unclear on what goes here)

I'm currently a first year student in a community college in California, United States. Overall, the United States does have prestigious schools, but I'm really not too impressed. What I am seeking is a different environment, a set of new people, new style of living and something i have never experienced. (Yes, I may get that from some parts of the U.S. but I would like to experience what another country has) I'm seeking cold temperatures and nothing hot. My ideal temperature is like Norway for example.

On my free time all I catch myself doing is scouring through university pages. Though, I can never find one that I like or if I do, they do not carry the program I am seeking. I have checked the European area as they mention free tuition costs; however, I find reviews from people saying it only applies to EU residents and not international students. Being that I live in the United States I am not sure where I stand or how much the tuition would generally run.

My current GPA is 3.7 and I intend to transfer to the university into the Bachelors of Nursing program. I'm trying to seek a good university at a good tuition prices along with fairly priced costs for living and food expenses. I'm open to any areas and any suggestions on cheap tuition would be greatly appreciated!

Once again, my sincerest apologize if this is not the correct forum.
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  • cupcakecupcake Registered User Posts: 1,703 Senior Member
    You usually cannot transfer into a UK united. They don't really have the concept of transferring. You would have to start again in the first year.

    I am also not convinced there is a bachelors of nursing (though I may be wrong). I've only met a few nursing students in the UK and they do some kind of 3 year practical diploma sponsored by the UK national health service (I don't know their policy on admitting foreign students but I expect it would cost a lot). Then they go away and work. I believe to up grade to a bachelors degree they have to complete more assignments while working, but most don't. I do have a friend who is a nurse and did a PhD in mental health this way though.

    The business model in the UK is foreign students subsidise the system so it will not be cheap for you.

    You also need to check out whether qualifying as a nurse in the UK will allow you to practice nursing in the US.

    I'm sorry that this post contains more questions than answers, but hopefully it might direct you to find the information you need. Google Royal College of Nursing. They are in charge of nurse training in the UK I believe.
  • jay555jay555 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    You can get a Bsc in Nursing (usually in a speciality - adult, paediatrics etc) in the UK and it is as cupcake suggests quite practical with placements in hospitals and nursing homes from the start but it would not have thought it would be recommended for someone from the US as your nursing licensing requirements vary by state.
  • TheRealKEVPTheRealKEVP - Posts: 986 Member
    And I am pretty sure you will not find that the "free tuition" is for foreign students, unless they are from the EU.

    Some people find they can save money overall by going to school in England, where they can earn a degree in three years rather than four. But if you go to a school in London, the higher cost of living for this city might offset what you are otherwise saving. But of course there are also English colleges outside of London.

  • worriedmom777worriedmom777 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    Many other European countries have free tuition, but not the UK. You should be aware that in most cases the teaching is not done in English. In Germany many universities are changing, so prospective students have to do research.
  • boomtingboomting Registered User Posts: 716 Member
    This is quite a good bit of info for international nursing students, though it does seem to be a few years old - nursing students can no longer do a diploma; instead, everyone does a degree http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-infosheets-nursing.pdf

    Unfortunately nursing does seem to be somewhat problematic with regards to funding and places for international students, due to NHS involvement. Anything you read about it being easier to get in as an international student doesn't apply to nursing.

    With regards to a cheap cost of living, make sure you live outside London.
  • 4mummy4mummy Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    A good place to start finding information about nursing is on the NHScareers website. It is aimed at UK students but gives a list of courses (all are BSc these days) which should be supplemented by a UCAS course search. 50% theory and 50% practical placement is required. Extended academic years (in some cases of 45 weeks) are usual.
    You would also need to check which courses are available for international students as UK students are usually funded by the NHS.
    I agree with the others that London is expensive, and cheaper options are available elsewhere in the UK.
  • HinterhaltHinterhalt Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I appreciate every ones information and the links that were provided. However, as far as the low tuition universities go, are they strictly for the people who reside is EU and not students who live in the United States per se? Would the tuition differ? Thanks for the note of the high living costs, as usual a lot of places are high priced and really living on bordering cities in not bad at all.

    What is NHS?
  • cupcakecupcake Registered User Posts: 1,703 Senior Member
    NHS = National Health Service. The nationalised health care in the UK. And here lies the crux of the problem and why your nursing education in the UK is likely to be very different from the US!

    There are NO special low tuition universities in the UK. I don't know where you got that idea from. The same unis charge foreign students more. It is based on payment of taxes in the EU, not citizenship. So unless your parents have been paying income tax in an EU country for the last 3-4 years at least, you will have to pay the higher foreign student fees.
  • MeIsHMMeIsHM Registered User Posts: 316 Member
    Cupcake, I believe that he's talking about NHS-sponsored degrees, or NHS bursaries, which are given to UK students studying approved courses such as medicine, midwifery, nursing.

    Unfortunate, he's not eligible for them as a foreign student. Furthermore, competition is intense for foreign students intending to study any NHS course, as there are government limits on foreign students for these courses.
  • stressedoutttstressedouttt Registered User Posts: 4,111 Senior Member
    You usually cannot transfer into a UK united. They don't really have the concept of transferring. You would have to start again in the first year.
    Not necessarily. Some UK universities allow someone to enter after doing a year at a US university (though it's not called transferring). You have to check with individual universities though to see if you're allowed to do this.

    From the UCL website:
    "Alternatively, the High School Graduation diploma plus SAT I with a minimum score of 1950/2400 or an ACT of 29 in the Composite Score and 29 in the Combined English/Writing Score. In addition the successful completion of one year of study at a recognised US university, Community or Junior College is required."

    This is just an example. UCL specifically is located in London, and if you're trying to avoid high costs you should probably avoid it. But there maybe other universities with similar concepts.
  • cupcakecupcake Registered User Posts: 1,703 Senior Member
    Stressedout - have you actually read the page you linked to? It specifically says
    The US High School Graduation Diploma on its own does not satisfy UCL’s general entrance requirement for undergraduate degree programmes.

    UCL won't even let you start in the first year, never mind transfer. What they are saying is a high school diploma is not enough to begin in the first year. You have to either complete a foundation year at UCL or at least a year at a US college before admittance into THE FIRST YEAR (with zero transferred credits). With some very rare exceptions (mostly second undergraduate degrees) you cannot transfer foreign credit (and quite often not even UK credit) in the UK. You can ALWAYS begin with a clean slate in the first year though. It doesn't matter how many times you have begun before and dropped out. You can always effectively be a new "freshman" (not that anyone would use that word here).
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