How to go to study in England? Instructions for beginners.
If you are thinking about going to study in the UK, but do not know where to start, this is the instruction for you. We will help you to make a clear picture of the whole process, from the idea to collecting the suitcases.
Decide on the subject.
The first step is to decide what you want to learn.
The subjects in the UK are very, very many, and you can find new specialties that were not even thought of.
Each university annually publishes a brochure with a list of specialties and brief information about each course. Download brochures from several universities (this can be done on the university's website) and click through. You are sure to find new ideas about what you can study at the university.
Specialization in British universities is narrow, aimed at training experts in a certain field, but students have the opportunity to choose subjects studied in each semester.
Choose a university.
Studying the ranking of universities in the UK is a good start. But it is important to understand these ratings correctly.
Students sometimes aim at prestigious universities, without finding out how strong they are in their area of interest. When reviewing the ratings of universities, pay attention to the fact that the university has received an assessment on the subject chosen by you.
Even if the university is not heard by the general public, but it trains in your specialty at a high level, it will be well known to the future employer.
Also, it is important to consider the introductory requirements. When you enter the UK, your previous academic success at school / university plays a huge role. All universities have clear requirements on what grades applicants should have in order to get a place on the course.
Here it is worth checking whether your results are appropriate and choosing the right university.
Estimate the cost.
If you opted for the UK, you need to have a clear idea of the cost of training, housing, transportation and everyday expenses.
Please note that London, Oxford and Cambridge will be more expensive than other cities in the UK.
If you plan to study in London, your costs will be on average 12-13 thousand pounds to pay for the course and about the same for all other expenses.
Most students in the UK work part-time in their spare time. This additional income can ease costs. With regular work, you will be able to cover a significant portion of your daily expenses.
Check your language skills.
To enter the university, you need to prove your knowledge of English with the IELTS test. The required score depends on the level of the curriculum. Grades 5.0 may be sufficient for the Foundation preparatory course, whereas for the Master's program it is necessary to score 6.5.
Are you sure that your knowledge will be enough? If not, then builds to think about this in advance. In any case, it is recommended to pass the course of preparation for IELTS, even if you have a good level of English.
The length of the course can vary from four weeks to several months, depending on your knowledge. The goal of the course is not only to improve your level of language, but also to familiarize yourself with the structure of the test and the "traps" contained in it.
In some schools of English, there are special programs to prepare for admission to a British university. Such courses are good if you feel that your knowledge is not enough to hand in IELTS.
If the result of your IELTS turned out to be slightly lower than required, and only a few months left before the course starts, then you have a spare option: preparatory courses at the university. You can arrive 1-3 months earlier and finish the language program at your university, after which you will automatically be transferred to the chosen course.
Submit documents to the university.
Submission of documents is carried out online. For some universities, you will need to fill out a form on the university's website. For others, submit through centralized systems for accepting applications, such as UCAS and UKPASS.
Consideration of documents takes from a week to two months.
Before filling out, be sure to read the instructions. Your application form can tell a lot about you to the admissions committee: how much are you really interested in the chosen subject, what are your academic achievements and how much you value the opportunity to study at this university.
A motivation letter is a short essay about your academic and other successes, your reasons for choosing this course and university and your ambitions. This is a great opportunity to show yourself, so modesty here is not appropriate. It is worth mentioning achievements in any field: leadership, sports, charity, olympiads - all this matters to the university.
About what to expect after submitting documents, you can read here.
Get an offer on the place. Conditional / Unconditional offer.
If the university is fully satisfied with the documents you provide, you will be offered a place on the course (Unconditional offer). All you need to do is pay a fee to secure a place for you, and apply for a visa.
However, if the university requires additional documents, they can make you a conditional offer. That is, you get a place when certain conditions are met. Perhaps you have not finished school yet and that's why you can not provide your diploma, or you are still preparing for the IELTS test.
Apply for a visa.
Once you accept the offer of a place from your university, you will need to pay a deposit of 20 - 50% of the cost of the year of study in order to secure your place on the course.
After that, the university will give you the CAS number - this is proof of your enrollment, which you need to obtain a visa.
Now you can apply for a visa. Keep in mind that it takes about a month to review the visa, so do not leave it at the last minute.
To avoid problems in obtaining a visa, provide all information requested at the embassy, fill out all the fields on the application form and attach all the documents. If your application meets all the requirements, you have nothing to worry about.
Book your accommodation.
You will have a choice between different types of housing. You can live in a student residence, rent a room in the house with other students and rent a separate apartment. Each of these options has its pros and cons, and the choice will depend on your personal preferences.
If you book accommodation from another country and you do not have the opportunity to visit it personally, then the safest option is a room in the hostel. The earlier you apply, the more choices you will have regarding the type of room and location.
Pack your luggage.
Now that all serious issues are resolved, you can start thinking about what you need for living in the UK. The main thing, do not forget to take all the documents that you used to apply for the university and for the visa, all the information received from the university and your bank cards.
All the rest you can buy on the spot if necessary. Make sure that your mobile phone is not blocked, otherwise you will not be able to use it with an English sim card.
The process of entering the university will be fascinating and interesting for you under one condition: good planning. Be confident in your abilities, and you will succeed!
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