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May 24, 2021

How to Apply to an International University in the UK in 2021

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 and extensive guide with key information that will help you successfully get through the application process for your dream university in the UK.

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Popular degree subjects 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
British universities to consider for your studies
Here are some top British universities you should consider for your study abroad adventure:

University of Portsmouth
The University of Edinburgh
University of Birmingham
University of Nottingham
London Metropolitan University
The University of Hertfordshire
You can also check out more universities offering online Master’s degrees:

University of Glasgow Online
Nottingham Trent University
Aston University
Arden University
University of Essex Online
The University of Law
University of Bath Online
Prepare to apply
1. Make sure you choose the right degree. UK Bachelors and Masters are very specialized, answering diverse student interests.

2. Take into consideration course tuition fees:

International students outside the EU (European Union) and EEA (European Economic Area) pay full tuition at UK universities. Also, non-EU/EEA students will not be eligible for loans and grants.
Students from the EU/EEA used to pay the same fees as British nationals. But 2020 (and the first half of 2021) is the last year when they will have this benefit as well as the option to apply for student loans. Learn more about tuition fees in the UK after Brexit.
3. Check your scholarship eligibility. Find scholarships for studying in the UK. You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.

4. Check the university entry requirements, especially discover 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.

Find and compare information about Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the UK.

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Where to apply
Undergraduate students
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 easy steps to apply through UCAS:

Register and create your application on the UCAS website
Apply for up to five programs, 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 UCAT or BMAT for Medicine, or the LNAT for Law degrees
You can save your application and return it as many times as you like before submitting the final version.

Postgraduate students
1. Future Master’s and Ph.D. students can apply directly to their chosen university. Most universities allow you to send your application throughout the year, but some degree courses have specific deadlines. It’s best to contact your chosen university to find out specific details about their graduate application process.

2. Apply via the UK PASS system. You can fill in 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 Ph.D. programs, applicants are usually expected to also choose a suitable supervisor from the university.

Language requirements for the UK university application
At UK universities, 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:

IELTS Academic

TOEFL iBT

C1 Advanced

PTE Academic

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Required university 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
Copies of degree/diploma certificates
Academic transcripts
Graduate applicants may also be required to submit a research proposal
Most of all of the document copies will have to be certified by a professional authority, which will confirm their authenticity. If a document/statement is not in English, an official notarized 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.

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University application deadlines in 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/EEA students. High ranking universities will not accept Bachelor’s applications after the UCAS application deadlines
end of June: deadline for international students from a non-EU/EEA country
Many universities have different deadlines for international students (especially for graduate applicants). Check specific university deadlines on the university websites
August: The UCAS Clearing process. Universities open up all their remaining places for late university applicants who still want to start their degree studies in the current academic year
Final steps after receiving your university acceptance letter
Studying in the United Kingdom means a few extra steps after the application process:

Settle your health insurance. If you come from an EU/EEA 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 it.

Apply for the UK student visa if you are coming from outside the EU/EEA.

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’).

Some UK universities require you to pre-enroll online on the university website before arriving in the UK.

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