Student details SI-UK application journey in The Indian Express

03rd Jan 2024

A student who used SI-UK's application services has detailed her journey of applying to and studying in the UK amid the global pandemic.

Garima Malhotra spoke to The Indian Express about her experiences applying to study in the UK, detailing the benefits of using SI-UK's counselling and visa service, securing scholarship funding and working part-time to support her studies.

Learn more about Garima's experience below, and if you would like to join the thousands of other international students who have used SI-UK's free consultation service, book your free appointment today.

Starting the journey

"I embarked on my bitter-sweet journey to the UK in the middle of a raging pandemic in September of 2021. I am in my second year of the integrated master’s course in Electronics and Computer Engineering at the University of Sheffield and have come a long way from home."

Applying via SI-UK

"The admission process is quite straightforward for universities in the UK. I applied via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and submitted a single application to all the universities.

"Other than the support from my parents, SI-UK’s free counselling organised question and answer sessions with different universities across the United Kingdom. This helped me make my top five choices for universities and the courses they offer."

Smooth visa processing

"Once I received my conditional offers from the universities, I had to nominate a top preference. After this, I started my visa process as I waited for my Class 12 board exam results and confirmation of admission. SI-UK guided us through the visa process as well."

Securing a scholarship

"I applied for and received the International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship at the University of Sheffield. This scholarship is renewed for consequent years upon achieving 60 per cent and above results each year at university. At the time, the application required an additional essay regarding my future aspirations and how the scholarship would help me realise them. I believe that my high school grades and statement of purpose also played a big role in my success with this scholarship."

Managing financially

"I use a combination of strategies to manage my cost of living at the university. I work part-time at the university as an ambassador. The pay is quite good, and I can sign up for shifts or work whenever I feel I have time to spare, as there are no fixed hours. I also try to work during summer break. This summer, I worked as a paid undergraduate research assistant and did a short summer internship."

Gaining independence

"My experience at Sheffield has certainly made me a more independent person. Keeping in constant touch with family and friends back home made the transition much more bearable. Moreover, the atmosphere at these universities helps you become a more open-minded individual. It is strange to think how a place that seemed so foreign has now become a second home to me."


What our students have to say about SI-UK

I utilized the services of SI-UK in Chennai which proved invaluable for me. They provided great assistance throughout my application process, guiding me from evaluating my choices to selecting the university that best matched my profile.
Masters in Business Analytics, Lancaster University
Nidhi Agarwal
"SI-UK has been a crucial part of my UK journey. They assisted me in obtaining my bachelor's degree in August 2019 and now, they've aided me in securing admission to a top design university in London for my master's. The counselors at SI-UK offer personalised support to each applicant, helping us in each and every step including the final stage of obtaining our CAS letter once we receive the offer."
Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal
MSc Design Innovation, Loughborough University
"The entire team at SI-UK was incredibly supportive. They provided me with a list of universities to consider, and I ultimately chose Aston University. With their assistance, I applied and received an offer along with a £5000 scholarship. I am grateful to my counselor and the entire team for guiding me through the visa application process and every other aspect. Thank you, SI-UK, for helping me pursue my dream."
Engineering, Aston University
Saumya Sharma
"Last year, I reached out to SI-UK, Jaipur for my Master’s journey, and it has been an incredibly fulfilling and successful experience. From guiding me through the application process to assisting with letters of recommendation and statement of purpose, and even following up with universities, SI-UK provided comprehensive support at every step of the journey. They went the extra mile, assisting with admissions, fee processing, accommodation arrangements, visa guidance, and coordination on medical checkups. I firmly believe that my admission to the University of Birmingham wouldn't have been possible without SI-UK. I highly recommend SI-UK to anyone seeking admission to a UK or Ireland university."
Saumya Sharma
Saumya Sharma
MBA , University of Birmingham
Jehabuz Khan
In September, I sought assistance from SI-UK for my studies in the UK, with a planned intake for January 2023. With the support of my counsellor who made exceptional efforts, I smoothly navigated the application process which culminated in the timely acquisition of my UK student visa hassle-free. I wholeheartedly endorse SI-UK to fellow students aiming to pursue their dreams of studying in the UK. Thank you!
Jehabuz Khan
Jehabuz Khan
MSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde
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Do UK universities and courses have quality assurance?

Yes, the universities in the UK are expected to meet the standards set by the quality assurance system in the UK. Their universities are globally recognised for the strong academic and research departments that offer a diverse range of courses and for the friendly, multicultural communities in the campuses that offer a space where everyone can belong.

How do I find and apply for a course to study at a UK university?

SI-UK’s course search has a database of over 80,000 courses at all study levels, allowing you to find a course in the UK that is most suitable for you.

Where can I find scholarships and financial support for studying in the UK?

A wide range of scholarships and financial support options are available for international students who dream of studying in the UK. The SI-UK scholarship search leads you to hundreds of scholarships provided by universities and government organisations.

How can SI-UK help my study abroad journey?

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