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1. Posted by manuka (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

ok...this is gonna be a long story but i really need ya'll to help me.
have heard a lot bout UK and its dreadful prices but still ver sure that most of my perceptions about it are just nonsense.
alright...i got lots of questions..firtsly let me introduce my self, my name is Kirill, ethnically korea born in Uzbekistan thus have uzbekistan passport. currently am studying in malaysia. about to finish foundation. majoring business psychology
1. will i have lots of problems with entry to uk with my passport?
2. i got offer from middlesex..please everything you know about middlesex and pros and cons( living there studying there etc)
3. want to consider other ways and please tell me about very affordable ones
4. adding to question 3 need some place where i can study having part time job so i can almost cover my living expenses( once more: almost)
5. have the smallest budget in the universe therefore any additional advices are most appreciated
notes to be reminded: i am going to survive there so please share with me your priceless knowledge and experiences...
thank you all so much in advance!

p.s. if you get there i ll post again and again my regards and thxs!!!!!
oh yeah if its gonna help me, know that"
speak russian english uzbek and roughly korean...
love sport and travelling... got toefl 95/120!!!!
if any addtional info needed i ll try to post it immediately

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y

uzbek passport is a bit of a problem, difficult to get visa, only possible if you can assure the UK government that you can afford to study in the UK

Middlesex is practically London, you really should be worried about prices

See to get a basic idea of what you are looking at.

If you speak Russian very well (is it your main language?) and are not afraid of learning yet another language maybe you should look into studying in Eastern Europe. Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia or maybe Ukraine come to my mind, as it would be easy for you to learn these languages with your background. Live is a lot cheaper there (think about 400-800 EUR per month to cover all expenses).

And if you are looking at doing masters I would also check out other countries for english-speaking courses. While undergrad studies in Germany are always in German, course programs leading up to masters are often in English. Similar is true for France, Spain and other European countries.

For info on studying in Germany look at . Also feel free to ask me for more details.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

1. Possibly. It might not be quite so bad if you're going for a study visa.
2. t_maia is right. Middlesex Uni is in London, North London in fact, so expensive. Accommodation is particularly expensive. Its academic reputation varies, but is considered to be quite strong for business studies.
3. If you want to come to the UK, the North is going to be more affordable. Look at Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield - all have excellent universities and are a lot cheaper than London.
4. If you have a student visa this will permit you to work part-time. There are plenty of low-skilled jobs in any English city, though the economic climate has made them a little harder to come by of late.

4. Posted by manuka (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

thk you very much! I have read lots of posts in the web about living in London; basically what people say is that it is more expensive than any other city however wages are higher as well. as a result, in the end of the day it is more profitable to live in london...
what can you say about it?

5. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y

I can't say too much about living in London, but of the universities I know in my area the University of Strathclyde (in Glasgow) is the best and cheapest option in terms of living costs for a business oriented degree. I don't know how it compares for price with the rest of the UK, but might be worth looking at as an option.

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y

Quoting manuka

what people say is that it is more expensive than any other city however wages are higher as well. as a result, in the end of the day it is more profitable to live in london...

Please take the following into account: You are only allowed to work part-time, so your income will never be able to cover all your costs. Your main source of financing your studies still has to come out of your savings or from your parents.

If you need 1000 GBP each month for studying at Middlesex, make 500 GBP from your part-time job and are studying for a period of 2 years you need to have 12000 GBP in the bank. Now I live in a large university town in Eastern Germany and here a student needs roughly 750 EUR per month to survive. A typical student job pays 400 EUR per month, so you'd need 350 EUR per month out of your savings. This works out to about 7000 GBP over a period of 2 years, a difference of over 5000 GBP! Still think that it is more profitable to live in London?

7. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Shop at Lidl .........

What about a part time job as a translator?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 20, 2008, at 4:35 AM by andy11 ]

8. Posted by manuka (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

ok, i theory than uk actually can be affordable failed. uk is expensive and the least affordable in the world...
then can anyone tell me about other countries in europe which i can consider...good unis with affordables fees and cheap living particular heard bout Germany Netherlands and finland...what can you say?

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y

You might want to open new threads (studying for XXX in Netherlands, Finland, etc ) in order to get the attention of the experts for these countries.

I could tell you a ton of about studying in Germany (including visa and cost of living), but all this is useless unless you already have a specific uni in mind. There are just too many universities to choose from, plus cost of living varies a lot. In some Laender (=states, Germany is a federal republic like the USA) tuition is free, in others it is 500 EUR per semester. Go to and look up which universities in Germany offer degrees that suit you. You know best what you need. If you got a specific place in mind come back and ask. :)