How to Apply to an International University in the UK in 2017 Get accepted to university

The United Kingdom is one of the most popular academic study destinations in the world. In order to help you successfully get through the application process for your dream university in the UK, we have provided an easy to use extensive guide with key information.

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1. Choose the right subject degree in the UK

There are plenty of disciplines you can pick from to study in the UK. Here are just of few of the most popular options to consider:

2. Choose the right British university

Here are some top British universities you should consider for your study abroad adventure:

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3. Prepare to apply

1. Make sure you choose the right degree. UK Bachelors and Masters are very specialised, answering diverse student interests.

2. Take into consideration course tuition costs:

  • International students outside the EU and EEA (European Economic Area) pay full tuition at UK universities. Also, non-EU students will not be eligible for loans and grants.
  • Students from the EU pay the same fees as British nationals.

3. Check your scholarship eligibility. Find scholarships for studying in the UK

4. Check entry requirements, and if you need to take any language test such as IELTS or TOEFL.

5. Consider hiring an experienced adviser to guide you through the application process.

Find and compare information about Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the UK.

4. Where to apply
Undergraduate students

All applications for Bachelor’s degrees in the UK are submitted using the UCAS application website (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). The majority of universities will only accept your application through the UCAS system.

Follow these few easy steps to apply through UCAS:

  • Register and create your application on the UCAS website;
  • Apply to up to five courses, at the same or different universities in the UK;
  • Complete personal information;
  • Include previous educational qualifications;
  • Add financial information;
  • Write a personal statement;
  • Some universities may require additional tests such as the UKCAT or BMAT for medicine, or the LNAT for law degrees.

You can save your application and return to it as many times as you like before submitting the final version.

Find and compare 15,691 Bachelor's degrees in the UK

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Postgraduate students

1.Future Master’s or PhD students can apply directly to their chosen university. Most universities allow you to send your application throughout the year, but some degree courses have their own deadlines. It’s best to contact your chosen university to find out specific details about their graduate application process.

2. Apply via UKPASS system. You can complete all your details online and scan and upload any required documents such as a copy of your passport and previous Bachelor’s degree certificates.

3. For PhD programmes, applicants are usually expected to also choose a suitable supervisor at the university.

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5. Language requirements for the UK university application

In universities from the UK, you have a plethora of degrees taught in English you can choose from. For this reason, unless you come from an English-speaking country, you will have to deliver proof of advanced English language proficiency. Accepted language tests are:

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Cambridge Advanced
6. Required application documents

Along with your personal information, you will need to submit photocopied evidence confirming your identity and academic history. These may include:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport, national identification card
  • Reference letters, if required;
  • Evidence of English competence (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE Test scores)
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates;
  • Academic transcripts;
Graduate applicants may also be required to submit a research proposal.

Most or all of the document copies will have to be verified by a professional authority who will confirm their authenticity.

If a document/statement is not in English a translation may be required, from a recognised translator – confirmed by an official stamp.

In some cases, universities may ask for additional documents after you have submitted your application. To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your evidence with plenty of time in advance.

7. University application deadlines for the UK

Here are some of the most important deadlines to consider when applying for a university in the UK:

  • 15 October – deadline for all medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine courses
  • 15 January – UCAS deadline for EU students. High ranking universities will not accept bachelor’s applications after the UCAS application deadlines.
  • 30 June - International students from a non-EU country.
  • Many universities have different deadlines for international students (especially for graduate applicants). Check specific university deadlines on university websites.
  • August – The UCAS Clearing process. Universities open up all their remaining places from late university applicants who still want to start their degree studies in the current academic year.

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8. Final steps after receiving your acceptance letter

Studying in the United Kingdom means a few extra steps after the application process:

1. Settle your health insurance. If you are coming from an EU country, you can use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If health insurance is not valid, you will have to pay 80 – 160 EUR per month to cover this.

2. Apply for the UK student visa if you are coming from outside the EU.

3. You might need to register at a police office within seven days after your arrival in the UK (this is only required if your visa sticker in your passport states ‘Police registration’).

4. Some UK universities require you to pre-enrol online on the university website before arriving in the UK.

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