The United Kingdom is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It has a long history as a major player in international affairs and fulfils an important role in the EU, UN and Nato.
The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and eighth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence internationally.
The UK has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946. It has been a member of the European Union and its predecessor the European Economic Community since 1973; it is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G8, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization.
England is part of the United Kingdom (along with Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland). It is situated to the west of Eurasia and has an extensive coastline. Such a positioning is responsible for its fairly complex climate, which demonstrates the meeting of the dry continental air and the moist maritime air. This creates rather large differences in temperature ranges and also leads to the occurrence of several 'seasons' over the course of one day.
Generally speaking, the parts of England closest to the Atlantic Ocean experience the mildest temperatures, although these are also the wettest and experience the most wind. The areas in the east, on the other hand, are drier and less windy, but also display cooler temperatures.
England is warmer and sunnier than any of the other countries making up the United Kingdom. The month with the most sunshine is July, which is also England's driest month.
On average, the sun shines for about 1340 hours every year in England. The south coast has the clearest skies (i.e. the least cloud cover) due to the prevailing winds in that area. This means that counties like Kent and Sussex benefit from significantly more sunshine, attracting local and international visitors to their shores. The cloudiest areas are in the northern and western parts of England as well as in the mountainous areas.
Britain has four distinct seasons of fairly equal length - spring, summer, autumn and winter. In winter it is colder and wetter and the days are shorter than in summer.
Different parts of the UK experience slightly different regional climates. These can be summarised as:
- North East - cool summers, cold winters, steady rain all year
- North West - cool summers, mild winters, heavy rain all year
- South East - warm summers, mild winters, light rain all year, especially summer
- South West - warm summers, mild winters, heavy rain all year, especially winter
Can you work in UK as a student?
- Up to 10 hours / week during term time if attending a Publicly Funded College
- Up to 20 hours / week during term time if attending University
- Up to 40 hours / week during holidays
- Students attending Private Colleges are not allowed to work in the UK
- Minimum Wage: £6.31/ hour
* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ and https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates for the most up to date information
Post Study Work Scheme
The UK no longer has a post study work scheme. However, provided you have studied a course of at least 12 months in length, your Tier 4 visa should expire four months after your course completion date.
During this four month period you can work full time provided you have finished your course, including handing in all outstanding course work and dissertations.
At the end of the four months you must either leave the UK, or have applied for another visa. If you apply for a work visa (Tier 2), you may continue to work full time while the UKBA processes this.
* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ for the most up to date information
LNAT Exam – Law Aptitute Test – Required by some Universities for entry onto an Undergraduate Law Course. Please refer to http://www.lnat.ac.uk/ for more information.
UKCAT exam – UK Clinical AptituteTest – Required by most Universities for entry onto Medicine Course. Please refer to http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/ for more information
Visa Application Can be submitted online.
Students are then required to take an appointment online to deposit all required documents with the British High Commission in Port Louis.
Documents are then sent to Pretoria, South Africa for processing.
Visa Application Fees
ZAR 4000 - 5000
Visa Processing Time
Processing time for Student Visa is 3-6 weeks. Applications can be lodged 3 months prior to applicants' date of departure.
Student should be able to demonstrate the ability to finance the course and cost of living for the 1st year of their study. Please get in touch with a PTC Advisor for further details.
British High Commission in Mauritius
7th floor, Cascades Building
Edith Cavell Street, P.O. Box 1063
Monday to Thursday: 7:45 am to 3:45 pm
Friday: 7:45 am to 1:30
Monday to Thursday: 11 am to 1 pm
Friday: 9 am to 11 am
Visa and passport applications are received by appointment only between Monday and Thursday. Applications cannot be submitted on Fridays.
* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-port-louis for the most up to date information