How to Get Admission to UK Universities

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In the United Kingdom, the application process for university is more standardized than in the United States; all schools begin with one basic application form that can be completed once and sent to up to five different schools. This process requires that you know exactly which schools you wish to enter, so it is crucial that before starting the process you research which universities in the U.K. offer the programs you desire.

Things You'll Need

  • UCAS application
  • £15 application fee
  • Get in contact with the university's international admission office via email or phone. Even if the school's website lists information for international students, many admissions offices encourage you to contact them, as they have counselors who can advise you of any additional information needed specifically as a foreigner, such as standard exams, visas, interview procedures, housing, international costs and specific resources to help you with the process.

  • Access the website of the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) at ucas.ca.uk to start your application to any university or higher education course in the U.K. The majority of institutions in the U.K. require that you go through the UCAS rather than directly applying. The UCAS application is one single online application form that can be sent to up to five universities in the U.K. at a time. UCAS was designed to make initial application to U.K. universities easier, more standardized, and better organized.

  • Register and complete the application form. You must know what five universities and courses you are applying to before you submit the application, therefore researching the universities that work best for you is crucial before applying. The application form requires your personal information, education, work history, qualifications and certifications, and a personal statement. You will list up to five U.K. universities on the application that you are interested in attending. The £15 application fee is due at the time of submission.

  • Wait for UCAS to print and send your applications to each of your listed universities. The universities will contact you via mail with their decision based on the primary application. If the school approves your application, you may be asked to send additional documents such as writing samples or completed questionnaires. Oftentimes an interview is necessary during the application process. However, if you are in the U.S. when applying, there may be alternative representatives near you who can conduct your interview if necessary. The policies of each school vary.

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