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Guide: how to apply to a UK University

Guide: how to apply to a UK University

Do you want to enter the British universities yourself and go all the way to a prestigious, high-quality, prestigious education? This article will help answer the most important questions - SMAPSE experts have written down  in detail for you the sequence of actions and every step on the way to the universities of Great Britain. Remember that in case of difficulties, you can always turn to professional educational consultants - SMAPSE does not take a commission for your enrollment in foreign institutions and is ready to help in any, even the most difficult (as always seems) situation.

So where to start?

Choose a university

View the rankings of educational institutions, descriptions on SMAPSE website and official university pages on the Internet, social networks, read student feedback, see photos, learn about the selection of educational courses, programs and specialties.

Be precise with the priority specialty

In general, this stage goes even in parallel with the previous one: you need to decide not only with the institution where you want to study, but also with the profession, specialty, the direction on which you plan to build a career. In the description of each program, you can get acquainted in detail with its structure, the list of subjects taught, teachers, even exams and prospective internships or production practices. Be sure to focus on international forecasts for the most popular professions - SMAPSE consultants will tell you which areas are the most progressive and promising in the modern international community.

Log in to the UCAS system

The special online program UCAS was created in order to simplify and speed up the process of filing documents with the British universities: today more than 300 institutions and higher schools, 40,000 study programs and directions are connected to UCAS.

After you register in the UCAS system, you will have access to your Personal Area, you can quickly track all the news from university admissions commissions, admission requirements, the dates of additional examinations and tests.

Additional bonus: UCAS allows you to send applications directly to 5 institutions or to 5 priority programs (if you choose medical courses - the choice is limited to 4 programs). The filing of one application costs 11 £, and a few - 23 £: the benefits are obvious!

If you are applying for a place on the master's course - you can use a similar program UKPASS or contact the university directly.

Prepare the package of documents

Yes, every British university can set the norms of admission and a set of documents, but it is still possible to allocate general laws and rules.

The lower the competition in your university and your specialty - so, accordingly, there is less effort to enroll. If you have chosen a top, ranking university or a specialty with a high competition (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmaceutics, law) - prepare to work very carefully on your documents. You will need to send the selection committee:

  • Motivation letter

This is a small essay that the student writes on his own - an original answer to the questions: "Why do I want to study at this university? Why did I choose this specialty? Why am I worthy to study here? What goals do I want to achieve? ". Admission commissions consider the motivation letter very carefully, therefore, it is necessary to approach it carefully.

  • Letters of recommendation

These are the characteristics and recommendations that the student is provided by his teachers, curators or employers.

  • CV (personal resume)

It is always required for admission to the magistracy and sometimes for bachelor's courses. Try to imagine yourself in the best possible way (of course, without distorting the facts and not inventing too much): tell about your strengths, achievements, strengths and useful personal qualities. Try not to "pour water": ideally your CV should fit on one sheet of A4 and DO NOT duplicate recommendatory and motivational letters.

  • Certificates and diplomas about education

All documents you received earlier - school certificates, bachelor's or professional degrees, advanced educational courses, certificates of additional classes, etc. It is also advisable to prepare a report card with grades from the previous place of study and a list of the subjects studied (it is especially important if you do not have a certificate yet).

Prepare for and pass the international English proficiency exam

All foreign students are required to provide an IELTS or TOEFL certificate when enrolling in a British educational institution (the first option is preferable). Each institution independently sets passing scores for each program - carefully read these requirements.

Prepare a portfolio and prepare to pass additional exams and tests

The complex of additional requirements to the entrant depends on the chosen specialty and faculty - carefully look through the list of requirements of your particular high school. For example, for a specialty in art, creativity, design, fashion and architecture, a personal portfolio of works is required, entrants of medical directions will be asked to pass a BMAT test, and students entering the business and finance programs (especially prestigious, ranking universities) will most likely be asked to take the GMAT.

Attach to the package of documents a receipt for payment of the registration fee

Usually the registration fee is 20-100 £ - this is the amount you pay the admissions office for reviewing your application and documents. For each selected university fee is charged separately.

Send the application - and wait for answers!

After the application has been drawn up - put it aside for 1-2 days so that the "fresh look" will be checked and corrected, if necessary. If you are sure, send!

Some universities give an answer within 1-2 weeks, from some (the most prestigious and large) waiting for an answer can take up to 2 months. The answer will come in the UCAS system: remember your registration number and do not forget to update the data in the Personal Area!

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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