By Esther Onyinyechi Mark
A number of international students find the UK as a choice destination for their studies, be it undergraduate, Masters or PhD. Basically, UK universities offer a three-year undergraduate degree course, and a one year Masters degree while PhD goes for 3 years.
If you fancy the UK as a choice destination for your studies, you would need to do a whole lot of research, and that is why we are here for you!
- First, you need to research. What university would you want to attend? What course would you want to study? What are the course and university requirements and do you meet the eligibility criteria?
- While some institutions have basic entry requirements for every level of study, there are specific requirements for each course. So you want to search through the university, go through their website and see the requirements. If you meet them, then you can proceed to the next stage.
- All universities in the UK make use of the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) system for its applications.
- To apply, you will need to log into your preferred university website and click on the Apply button. This redirects you to the UCAS system where you can then begin your application.
- Create an account on UCAS by registering your details as specified.
- Fill the UCAS application form by providing details of everything asked.
- Each course has a course code assigned by UCAS. You need this code to apply. This is why it is advised you apply directly from the university website as this redirects you to the UCAS system and automatically fills in the unique UCAS institution and course code.
- The beauty of UCAS is that it allows you to apply for up to five different choices on one application form. This means you can either apply to five different universities for the same course or five different courses at the same university.
3. Prepare your personal essays and statements
- To apply to a UK university, you must write some personal statements and essays that details why you want to study in the institution, the courses you enrolled for and the motivation behind your choice.
- Take your time to write and edit these essays, and possibly, hand them over to someone to read and edit.
- Upload your personal essays
- upload your transcripts, and other certificates, as requires.
4. Be mindful of the deadline(s)
- Most UK universities take two weeks of application to offer candidates admission into their required courses.
- Try as much as possible to send in your application before the specified deadline. With the exception of top universities in the UK, others
- Be prepared to wait for two weeks, and in-between, always be on the lookout on your email for other correspondences.
- Some institutions schedule both skype and voice call for interviews before offering a place. So be prepared to have an interview scheduled, and also, prepare your best for the interview.
- If successful, you would receive an official letter of admission from the university congratulating you.
5. Specific Deadlines
We talked earlier about deadlines for specific courses and universities. In a nutshell:
- International students applying from a non-EU country should submit an application to UCAS From September 1 to June 30, in the year preceding the academic year that studies commence. For example, if you plan on applying to the University of Westminster and schooling in 2019, you’ll need to send in your applications from September 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.
- It is strongly advised to apply before the deadline, as most universities have limited spaces for their courses and once it is filled up, they close the application system for that course.
- This also gives them ample time for immigration-related issues so as to sort out travel, accommodation, and other arrangements.
- The University of Oxford normally has a January deadline for MOST of its courses.
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