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Admission Process - UK

Admission Process - UK

Some quick understanding and checklist:

Intake: The main intake offered by all UK Universities is September / October. Several UK Universities also offer January / February start

Best time to apply to UK Universities: One should generally apply at least 8 months in advance to the semester start. Ideally, we recommend that you apply in November of the previous year. The UCAS deadline for undergraduate applications is 15th January except if one is applying to University of Oxford and Cambridge University for which the deadline to apply is 15th October

English Language Proficiency: UK Universities require students to take one of the UKBA approved English language test for eg. IELTS or TOEFL or Pearson (PTE) Academic. One does NOT need to have appeared for one of these tests before making the applications to UK Universities. These could be updated later. However, these tests are valid for a period of 2 years and sooner a student applies for it, it is better.

For more understanding of these tests, please visit the Tests Required section of our website

Application Procedure for postgraduate applicants:

  1. Collect all the required documents:

    1. Academic mark-sheets from 10th std. to final year of studies (including all certificates). Academic documents must be attested. ILW counsellors can attest these for you after reviewing your original documents. Transcript are not essential when you apply, but may be required later
    2. Recommendation letters: Two recommendation letters from your School / College teachers or employers (on the letter headed paper of the School / College or employer)
    3. Statement of Purpose: 1.5 to 2 pages essay talking about your educational experience, your learning, reasons to study in the UK, at a specific University, long-term plans, career goals or any such information that you find necessary that the admissions committee must know
    4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Must list your study objective, education background, work experience, personal information, information on additional activities undertaken (eg. social service, participation in sports, etc.)
    5. Portfolio (in case of students applying for art, design and architecture courses). Students can also have this uploaded online (on sites like Flickr) so that Universities can be sent a link to view the work online
    6. All extra-curricular activities' certificates

  2. Fill out the application forms of all Universities. It could paper or online applications. If it is online application, the confirmation of submission can be immediately available on the email
  3. Send the documents to the Universities. ILW counsellors can check the list of documents and present it correctly to the Universities
  4. Collect offer letters from all Universities applied to
  5. Make a final decision on which University to join. Mark all the deadlines for accepting admissions. Many UK Universities would allow a specific period of time to accept an offer
  6. Make an advance fee payment as mentioned on the offer letter. This money can be paid via bank transfer or by sending a demand draft in favour of the University. Several Universities accept credit card payments. Such information about methods of payment will be available when receiving the offer letter. Update the University as soon as the payment is done
  7. Students will then receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which is essential for (Tier 4) visa application
  8. At one of the stages above, students must begin to look for the right accommodation. If one aims to live in the University Halls of Residence, then booking this early would be good
  9. Apply for the student visa. Attend a pre-departure briefing to learn more about life in the UK, what to carry, opening a bank account, buying forex, insurance facilities and more
  10. Book your air ticket. Fly. Reach before the orientation, which is when students have a good opportunity to learn more about the place, the university, meet more people

Application Procedure for postgraduate applicants:

  1. UCAS allows applying to a maximum of 5 UK Universities. Register with UCAS
  2. Select your list of courses and Universities
  3. Fill out the application form that include details about you, your educational background, personal statement, referee details, more
  4. Register your referee online so that an email is received at their end to be able to submit an online reference. Only once this is submitted, students will be able to submit their application through UCAS. Hence, working on the referee section first in the UCAS application form will be a good idea
  5. Personal statement requires to be only of 4000 characters and should be only of 47 lines. It would be a good idea to write this beforehand and paste it while doing the application. Read it carefully and edit if required
  6. Check the application thoroughly and SUBMIT the application. Students will receive a confirmation on the email confirming the submission of application
  7. Universities may get in touch with the students to provide an update on the application and/or request for some documents
  8. As soon as there is a change in the status of application of a specific University, it would be updated on the UCAS. One must regularly login to check the status of application
  9. After all decisions have come, students can select one University as confirmed choice and the second one as an insurance choice. Kindly note that if the student meets the requirement of the confirmed choice, the other choices are automatically deactivated. Hence, make the decision wisely, about which is the most preferred University
  10. If all Universities reject the application, then students can make use of UCAS Extra, which will allow students to select one additional University at a time. If nothing works yet, UCAS clearing will list all the programmes at all UK Universities that still have places and students can select one of these options
  11. As soon as the A Level (12th std., IB Diploma) score arrives, the same must be sent to the University for changing the offer to an unconditional offer

UCAS provides a list of key dates. Students must follow these dates

ILW counsellors can help undergraduate students to apply through UCAS, booking accommodation, guiding through fee payment procedure at the Universities, visa guidance, meeting with other students, pre-departure briefing and more


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