Application to the UK

All applications to UK universities are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Simply fill in a UCAS application form on the UCAS website. Non-EU candidates can submit an application to UCAS any time between 1 September and 30 June prior to the beginning of the academic year they will enter university. However, the earlier you send off your application, the better your chances, particularly for top universities, and the more time you will have to begin making arrangements, in the event that you receive an offer.

1. The first step is to registration with UCAS and submit all of your personal details.

2. Having first identified a course you are interested in studying, you can use The Complete University Guide (CUG) Course Chooser. The search engine lets you narrow down your options by preferred course, university, entry requirements, length of course, and region in the United Kingdom. The Course Chooser also ranks the results on entry requirements, CUG subject table rankings, employment prospects and student satisfaction! Each course, as well as each university, comes with its own UCAS code, necessary for the application process. You may also use The Degree Course Finder Pearson Edexcel to choose an appropriate course of study.

3. Each student has the choice of 5 different universities or courses. You may apply to 5 different universities for the same course, 5 different courses at the same university, or mix-and-match universities and courses. Be careful, however, to make sure that the courses are all fairly similar, as you will only have one personal statement, which must persuade administrators for all your chosen courses to offer you a place.

4. Your personal statement is your way to sell yourself to your university and your chosen faculty. As such, it has to be focused on your subject, and must explain how you chose it and why you’re passionate about it. The key is to convince the admission officers that you are excited to study the subject, and know what it will entail. Include any extracurricular activities which are relevant to the subject, any lectures you have visited or books that made an impression. You should also demonstrate other key skills, such as teamwork, commitment, or ability to complete independent research. Make sure not to use clichés, make it personal and memorable!

In the event you’re invited for an interview, make sure to prepare thoroughly. Your answers need to be course and university specific, and you need to be able to say what exactly attracted you to both.

6. Once the application is sent off, you have no choice but to wait, and revise ahead of exams, to meet any conditional offer that comes your way!

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