Have you considered applying to an international university in the United Kingdom, one of the most popular academic study destinations in the world? If the answer is yes, we have created an easy to use extensive guide with key information that will help you successfully get through the application process for your dream university in the UK.
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:
- Masters in Health Sciences in the UK
- Masters in Language Studies in the UK
- Masters in Design in the UK
- Masters in Computer Science in the UK
- Masters in Environmental Management in the UK
- Masters in International Relations in the UK
Choose the right British university
Here are some top British universities you should consider for your study abroad adventure:
- University of Oxford
- University of Nottingham
- London Metropolitan University
- University of Birmingham
- The University of Hertfordshire
- The University of Edinburgh
You can also check out more universities offering great online Masters:
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 fees:
- 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. Still, if you go study in Scotland, you will be eligible to receive 5.500 GBP to pay off your tuition fee, so be sure to check out the SAAS website before you leave.
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.
Where to apply
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 programmes, 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.
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.
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:
- C1 Advanced
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 competency (TOEFL, IELTS, C1 Advanced 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, an official notarised translation may be required.
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.
University application deadlines for the UK
Here are some of the most important deadlines to consider when applying for a university in the UK:
- mid-October – deadline for all medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine courses
- mid-January – UCAS deadline for EU students. High ranking universities will not accept bachelor’s applications after the UCAS application deadlines
- end of 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
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 station 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.
Do you want more? Here's a step by step guide to your Bachelor's studies in the UK.
More about the UK student visa based on your nationality
Here is detailed information about the student visa application process for students coming from a non-Eu country: