7 steps of UK university application process
Step-by-step guide for international students
Once you made up your mind about what course you want to study and picked the university that suits you, it is time to apply. We would like to give you a simple step-by-step application process guide.
Send an application to the university with all the supporting documents. One of the key compounds of your application is your personal statement as it is paramount for the overall success of your application.
For top universities you need apply for the course in autumn a year before you intend to start your studies. In most other universities the deadline for international applications is in spring or early summer as you will need time to apply for a student visa.
You will be glad to learn that majority of UK universities do not have entry exams. University’s decision to accept a student is based purely on their academic background, IELTS results, and motivation letter. Although, if your goal is to get into one of the top universities, you should expect to sit an internal exam.
3. Academic interview
Some universities conduct an interview with their prospective students before offering a place on the course. It is especially common for master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as in most top UK universities. The purpose of the interview is to make sure that candidate is highly motivated and suitable for the course. An interview can be conducted over the phone or Skype.
Depending on the education institution consideration of your application can take from less than 2 weeks up to a few months. So bear it in mind and apply early.
If your application pack is complete and you meet university requirements, you will receive an offer from the university. There are 2 types of offers: unconditional or conditional. In case of an ‘unconditional’ offer, the name speaks for itself: you have met all requirements and can proceed to the next step. If you receive a ‘conditional’ offer letter, there is a condition that university wants you to meet. For example, if you yet to provide one more piece of documentation.
Once you receive an offer from the university, you must pay a deposit to secure your place on the course. Deposit amount can vary between universities. Usually a deposit is equal to 30 - 50 per cent of annual tuition fees. If you are applying close to deadlines, keep in mind that it might take up to a week for your payment to come through.
After university receives your deposit payment, it will issue you a CAS. What is a CAS? It is a virtual document, actually, it is a unique number that is given to each international student. You will use this CAS number for your student visa application. You will not get student visa without a CAS number. Majority of universities issue CAS within 1-3 weeks from the day your deposit has been received.
When you have a CAS number, you can start your student visa application process. Make sure that you leave enough time for this process as it might take from 2 weeks and up to 2 months in some countries. On the official website of Home Office you can find average visa processing times for your country.
We hope that this guidance has made it easy for you to understand all the steps involved in the UK university application process. If you wish to get our support throughout the entire process or have more questions, contact us today.