Moving to the UK

  1. Hello all:

    How is everyone? Hope in good spirits. I have 2 questions that I would love to post and hopefully answered.

    1) I am a caribbean citizen residing in the US, and want to come to the UK to do my schooling for nursing (i chose there because my sis and bro lives there). I am looking for sponsorship and was wondering if hospitals sponsor students, pay for their schooling in return for that student working for them for like 3 - 5 years? If so, does anyone knows of any such hospitals? I have asked three schools to send me their catalogs (University of Central Lancaster, University of Wales, Bangor, and Oxford Brooks University). Is anyone famaliar with any of these schools?

    2) One school sent me along with the catalog a Bursary Rate sheet (non-means tested). What does this means??

    Any answers will be greatly appreciated. I want to move in May so that I can visit schools and get as much info for September 2004.

    Thanks.
    Antoinette
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  3. by   donmurray
    A bursary is a financial grant from the government to assist with living expenses during your education, much like the sponsorship idea. I believe some hospital trusts do sponsor their own untrained staff some circumstances, but that varies.

    http://www.doh.gov.uk/hcsmain.htm

    explains it better. The UK system of further education is very different to the US. Hopefully a student, who will know more than I do on the subject, will be by in a minute!
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Caribbeanfem
    Hello all:

    How is everyone? Hope in good spirits. I have 2 questions that I would love to post and hopefully answered.

    1) I am a caribbean citizen residing in the US, and want to come to the UK to do my schooling for nursing (i chose there because my sis and bro lives there). I am looking for sponsorship and was wondering if hospitals sponsor students, pay for their schooling in return for that student working for them for like 3 - 5 years? If so, does anyone knows of any such hospitals? I have asked three schools to send me their catalogs (University of Central Lancaster, University of Wales, Bangor, and Oxford Brooks University). Is anyone famaliar with any of these schools?

    2) One school sent me along with the catalog a Bursary Rate sheet (non-means tested). What does this means??

    Any answers will be greatly appreciated. I want to move in May so that I can visit schools and get as much info for September 2004.

    Thanks.
    Antoinette
    I am not sure about hospitals offering sponsership in the UK. I do know of a few people who would love to train as a nurse but cannot afford it.

    Bursary is usually a monthly payment that the student receives whilst thay are training. The payment is dependant on your individual situation. Usually if you have children the pay is a little bit more. This payment does not always cover living costs.

    Also be prepared that there is a waiting list for the university and you may not necessary get a date for September 04 to start your training.

    Hope this is of some use.
  5. by   Nuru99
    Hi,

    I was wondering why you chose those particular schools. It's been a while since I did my training but I tend to do a bit of mentoring in my workplace.
    A bursary is a kind of grant but the difference between the grant and bursary is that you are more likely to get a bursary if you are a caribean citizen. If you decide to do a degree in nursing you generally have to get a scholorship of sorts (not always easy), because of this alot of people tend to do a diploma in nursing (entitles you to a bursary) and then top it up later (when they are working and earning cash) to a degree (usually takes just a year extra).
    It might be an idea to look at university based hospitals espeacially if you are planning to stay for up to 5years. They tend to have alot of educational benefits.

    Are you trying to avoid London (lots of university based hosps there)
    Quote from Caribbeanfem
    Hello all:

    How is everyone? Hope in good spirits. I have 2 questions that I would love to post and hopefully answered.

    1) I am a caribbean citizen residing in the US, and want to come to the UK to do my schooling for nursing (i chose there because my sis and bro lives there). I am looking for sponsorship and was wondering if hospitals sponsor students, pay for their schooling in return for that student working for them for like 3 - 5 years? If so, does anyone knows of any such hospitals? I have asked three schools to send me their catalogs (University of Central Lancaster, University of Wales, Bangor, and Oxford Brooks University). Is anyone famaliar with any of these schools?

    2) One school sent me along with the catalog a Bursary Rate sheet (non-means tested). What does this means??

    Any answers will be greatly appreciated. I want to move in May so that I can visit schools and get as much info for September 2004.

    Thanks.
    Antoinette
  6. by   Caribbeanfem
    Quote from Nuru99
    Hi,

    I was wondering why you chose those particular schools. It's been a while since I did my training but I tend to do a bit of mentoring in my workplace.
    A bursary is a kind of grant but the difference between the grant and bursary is that you are more likely to get a bursary if you are a caribean citizen. If you decide to do a degree in nursing you generally have to get a scholorship of sorts (not always easy), because of this alot of people tend to do a diploma in nursing (entitles you to a bursary) and then top it up later (when they are working and earning cash) to a degree (usually takes just a year extra).
    It might be an idea to look at university based hospitals espeacially if you are planning to stay for up to 5years. They tend to have alot of educational benefits.

    Are you trying to avoid London (lots of university based hosps there)

    Hello:
    I'm not trying to avoid London. Anywhere I can go to school and get some financial help will be greatly appreciated. I went through the UCAS website and went through the schools listed there, and picked the ones I though that looked like a place I would like to study. Oxford Brookes I like because it was the only one listed Nursing with ER or OR as a concentration, and those are the fields of Nursing i'm looking to go into.
    Any additional info you would like to send me will be very thankful.

    Antoinette
  7. by   BethannSiv
    If you have lived outside the EU/ Britain for more than three years, you are no longer eligible for a bursary ... even if you lived in a commonwealth country.

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    from http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk

    Bursary Eligibility for Overseas Applicants

    In order to qualify for bursary support, those applying for NHS funded courses will have to:

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1. Have been ordinarily resident in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man throughout the three years preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course, other than for the purpose of receiving full-time education.

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2. Have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 on the first day of the first academic year of the course.

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]3. Be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the courses.
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    Go to this web page for more information and for contact details for the agencies that handle bursaries and funding

    http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/nhs-kno.../data/225.html


    If you want to get a diploma, you could get NHS funded education (although without a bursary), but if you want a degree any financial assistance would be means tested, and there are restrictions on access to funding for degrees for overseas applicants.

    And the reason you were advised to avoid London is because the cost of living is extortionately high.



    Bethann
    Last edit by BethannSiv on Mar 2, '04
  8. by   Caribbeanfem
    Thanks to all who replyed to my question. I truly appreciate it

    My sister (who live there) told me that I should come up there and apply to schools while I'm there instead of applying for a student visa from outside. How accurate is she?
  9. by   BethannSiv
    Quote from Caribbeanfem
    Thanks to all who replyed to my question. I truly appreciate it

    My sister (who live there) told me that I should come up there and apply to schools while I'm there instead of applying for a student visa from outside. How accurate is she?
    Disclaimer: IN the UK, only people who are certified in giving immigration advice can legally give that adivce...

    I'm not certified (but may be certifiable! LOL) but...
    if you come in on a visit visa, then try to change your visa status, they can and often do give you a hard time. I would say tho to come in on a visit visa, look for schools, and then contact the Immigration Advisory Service, a free charity that gives excellent immigration advice
    Bethann
  10. by   Caribbeanfem
    Thanks Bethann. I would look up the organization online.

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