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Students make a beeline for U.K. Education Fair

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, FEB. 17. Hundreds of students aspiring to study in Britain made a beeline for the two-day U.K. Education Fair that commenced here today.

Fifty-five universities and educational institutions are taking part in the interactive fair organised by the British Council.

Popular courses

The most popular courses among the students seem to be business, management studies, engineering, information technology, law and medicine.

Many universities and colleges participating in the fair are also offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in journalism, art and design, environment studies, health sciences, hospitality and tourism management, marketing, economics, e-commerce and many more.

Other disciplines, including life sciences subjects such as biotechnology, genetics and molecular biology, paramedical courses such as physiotherapy, psychology and occupational therapy; textiles and architecture and service sector courses such as call centre training, hospitality management, tourism and retail management, have become popular.

Counselling

Representatives of various universities are counselling students on admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the qualifications required, the fee structure, accommodation and scholarship possibilities.

Nearly 175 academics and representatives from various institutions will be travelling across the country this month to promote education in the U.K.

As part of the fair, seminars on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, vocational courses and visa procedures are being held for the benefit of students.

Most of the U.K. educational institutions recognise the 12th standard CBSE and ICSE and some State qualifying examinations for entry to undergraduate courses.

According to British Council representatives, students have to pass the IELTS examination for proficiency in English and have to give evidence that they have financial support to take up courses in the U.K. universities.

The exhibition has been held in Delhi and Hyderabad. After Bangalore, it will be held in Mumbai and Chennai. In 2004-05, 15,000 students obtained visas. Most of them are postgraduate students, but there has also been an increase in the number of undergraduates.

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