Now that you have decided to study in the United Kingdom. Choosing UK was not difficult but now comes the tough part which is applying to University/college in the UK?But with too many choices and too little time, how to find the perfect course/University based on your interests and career goals?
Here are 6 steps which will help you in applying for college in UK:
1. Choose a destination, study program and then a university
Once you have decided to study abroad, choosing the right course and University is very important to decide the career path one needs to take. First and foremost is deciding the course which you want to study and from where? With over 37,000 undergraduate courses at over 370 providers in the United Kingdom, we understand your confusion and we are here to make this process easier for you. If you are confused about which course to pursue, we will assist you in shortlisting the options relevant to your profile and preferences.
Our expert counsellors imparted with years of research and detailed knowledge of admission processes across countries will help you in connecting with students in institutions you plan to enrol in as well as contacts relevant for your admission process. The fact that the UK has a whole lot of options for you to choose from will ensure that you will get the best as per your interests and academic preferences
We would also suggest you make a list of all Universities which offer degree courses of your interest and then go through their course structure, modules, fee structure and other facilities. Be assured that we will also provide you with comprehensive options but research at your hand will be beneficial for you to have a clear goal in mind and what you are looking for. From this list, you have to filter out options which do not match as per your interests. Also, don’t limit yourself to only one University. Try to have more options so that your chances of getting admission are increased and full-proof.
Our admission advisor will help you through the admission process and will improve your chances of acceptance.
What all you should consider while selecting a course or University
1. To choose the right degree – UK Bachelors or Masters – Study more about them as both of them are very specialised designed keeping in mind diverse student interests. Research and compare between Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the UK.
2. Consider the course tuition fees: International students outside the EU and EEA (European Economic Area) have to pay full tuition at UK universities. They do not get any scholarships or grants. Also, non-EU students will not be eligible for loans.EU students pay the same fees like their British counterparts. But if you decide to study in Scotland, then you will be eligible to receive 5.500 GBP to pay off your tuition fee. Therefore, make sure to check out the SAAS website.
3. Check admission entry requirements as most of the UK institutions require you to take a language test such as IELTS or TOEFL.
4. Consider hiring an experienced adviser to guide you through the application process.
2. Meet the Application Requirements
Once you have decided your course and College in the UK, the next important step is knowing the application requirements. You can check their website to know more on their application requirements.
Let us tell you that the admission process varies largely between universities and courses so you have to do multiple checks and if possible, take notes to remember it in detail. At this step, every detail is very important as even a trivial mistake can get your application rejected. Even the least important document can delay the whole admission process.
Here, timing is very crucial so make sure that you send all your required documents well in advance. There may be unexpected delays so don’t take any chance and don’t wait till the last moment. While preparing for your language proficiency test, you have to simultaneously complete your application which means you have to multi-task.
Due to this, there are chances that you may not be able to submit your application on time or even if you submit, the application gets rejected for missing documents. Our advice to all students is to start your preparations at least three months before the university open calls for available places.
University application deadlines for the UK
Here are some of the most important deadlines for students who are applying for a UK university
mid-October – for medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine courses
mid-January – UCAS deadline for EU students.
Top ranking Universities and Colleges comply with UCAS application deadline
End of June – International students from a non-EU country
Some universities have their own deadlines for international students (especially for graduate applicants). For this, you need to check their website.
August – The UCAS Clearing process.
For students who applied late for admission, they have a chance to apply August onwards when the Universities open up all their remaining places from late university applicants for the current academic year.
At the time of submission, make sure that you have done all the paperwork and have attached all the documents required. Go through our checklist to see if you haven’t missed out on any document. All items ticked, then you are ready to apply for your desired college or University.
For applications in the UK, it is generally done online through the UCAS online application platform. First, create a personal account in UCAS, then select your course and submit the application. Also, some Universities have their own application platform and you need to apply through their portal or jointly with UCAS.
Required application documents
Here is a list of documents that you may need at the time of your admission:
To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your evidence with plenty of time in advance.
Where to apply
For undergraduate students- Applications for Bachelor’s degrees have to be submitted using the UCAS application website (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).Most of the UK universities will only accept your application through the UCAS system.
Here’s a breakdown of how you can apply through UCAS:
You can also complete your application part by part and can return to it as many times you want before submitting it. Just don’t forget to save it each time.
4. Wait for the Admission Letter
After submission of your application, you will get a confirmation email from your University as soon as they receive the application. There is no timeline as such within which the University has to respond. The admission committee will go through your application paperwork, make sure that all documents are there and then will respond on email. Since thousands of students apply every year to UK universities, it takes considerable time to process application requests by all students. Generally, this process lasts for several weeks and it will depend on how many applications the university has received for this application semester/fall.
Another advantage of applying through UCAS is that you can track your application anytime you want.
5. Manage your Finances
For all non-EU and non-EEA students in the UK, having a viable financial plan is a must to let you stay and study there. Your bank account should have a certain amount which generally varies depending on a lot of factors. This includes location of the university you will attend, the duration of the course and other living expenses.
For example, if you are planning to study in London then your expenses would be in the range of around £1,200 every month at the minimum.
This means you must have at least £1,000 every month for living expenses in UK.
You will get enough time to plan your finances as there is a considerable gap between your application submission and university admission notice. But still, we would suggest you to start early as you can apply for various scholarships and grants offered by various institutions. Worry not, we will assist you in getting financial aid as there is plenty of financial grants available in the UK for international students.
We will help you plan your budget and manage your finances with ease, without having you to worry at all. Not only this, we will help you in managing your finances. Like you can lower your cost of living by sharing accomodation, student discount cards and cook food instead of dining out.
6. Get your Student Visa
If you’re a non-EU and non-EEA citizen, you need a student visa to study in the UK.
The student visa in the UK is labelled as TIER 4 (General). The day you are given a place at the university you must reach the British embassy to seek guidance on student visa requirements in the UK.
Attached with the admission letter your university will send you a reference number known as Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You’re going to need this number at the British embassy to prove that you have been awarded a place at a UK college and therefore are eligible for a student visa.
Types of study visa
Short-term study visa – Issued to students who wish to do a short course of study in the UK, such as an English language course or a training course. You can be allowed to stay an extra period of 30 days if your total stay would be not more than 6 months or 180 days. Not more than 11 months if you’re both of these- age 16 or over and studying an English language course.
General student visa (Tier 4) – Following conditions have to be met with in case you are applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK :
Child student visa (Tier 4) – Following conditions have to be met with in case you are applying for the Tier 4 (Child) student visa for those who aged between 4 and 17 to study in the UK :
UK Visa Process - We have made the whole process simpler in these 7 steps
Step 1 : Online Application
Step 2 : Visa Appointment
Step 3 : Visa Processing Time
Step 4 : Completing The Application Process
Step 5 : Documents delivery
Step 6 : Submitting your biometric information.
Step 7 : After submission