Key dates for overseas students to remember

Published by Study in the UK on October 3rd, 2011

These are the key dates for your UCAS application for undergraduate study in the UK:

  • Mid-September (the year before the course starts) – all applications open.
  • 15 October – closing date for applications to courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences/medicines and Oxford and Cambridge universities.
  • 15 January – closing date for EEA students, except for art and design courses with a 24 March deadline.
  • 31 March – if you sent your application by 15 January, UK institutions should send their decisions to UCAS by this date (but they can take longer).
  • 5 May – if UCAS receive decisions from your UK institutions by 31 March, you need to reply to any offers by this date. If you don’t, UCAS will decline offers on your behalf.
  • 7 May – if you sent your application by 15 January, UK institutions must send their decisions to UCAS by this date. If they don’t, UCAS will make any outstanding choices unsuccessful on their behalf.
  • 8 June – if UCAS receive decisions from your UK institutions by 7 May, you need to reply to any offers by this date. If you don’t, UCAS will decline offers on your behalf.
  • 30 June – closing date for international students outside of the EEA.
  • 20 July – if you sent your application by 30 June, UK institutions will send their decision to UCAS by this date.
  • 27 July – if UCAS receive decisions from your UK institutions by 20 July, you need to reply to any offers by this date. If you don’t, UCAS will decline offers on your behalf.

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The Study in the UK practical guide to choosing a UK university

Published by Study in the UK on September 26th, 2011
Study in the UK Guide

Deciding which course you’d like to study in the uk is part inspiration, and part hard work. That hard work is the effort you need to spend finding out more about every opportunity available to you – and then comparing them to make the best decision for your future. In this article, Study in the UK experts will guide you through the best ways to research your the university of your choice, ensuring you don’t waste any time in making that important choice!

1. BE INSPIRED

International education is a great way to achieve your dream. Studying in the UK is a unique opportunity for all international and Middle Eastern students due to high quality of teaching on offer in the UK.

2. DO SOME INITIAL RESEARCH

You don’t need to leave your desk to find out more about the options available. Many students start with Google, but why not check out Studyintheuk.info website first as you will a lot of information and advice on how we can help you find the best UK university. You may have a long list of university and course options so here are some other ways to narrow it down:

3. Visit university websites

Some university websites are huge and complex, but most have a section dedicated to international students where you can find out more about the services they offer. Look for information about student support – will they help you find accommodation, do they organise trips and activities to help you settle into your new home? They may have video interviews with current students, or links to student blogs, where you can get a sense of what it’s really like to study and live there. They should also have details about visas, scholarships and tuition fees so you know exactly what your investment will be.

4. Have a chat with one of our educational advisers

You may feel more comfortable using a higher education adviser to arrange your application. This will ensure that all aspects of your UK university study is taken care of. You just need to ensure that you already have some information on your shortlist of courses and preferred university, so you can ask specific questions to narrow your choice further.

5. Ask your friends and family

There’s a good chance you already know someone who has studied overseas, so don’t be afraid to ask for their advice – even if they chose a completely different field of study. What’s the one thing they wish they’d thought about before they made their final decision?

6. Visit your destination’s education sites

Make sure you understand what it will really be like to live in that country, and what you’ll need to do to get a visa. Check out the education websites for destinations such as the UK and learn more about student experiences, what you can do once you graduate, and how you can make sure the university you choose has a quality reputation.

7. Check out specialist guides

Other independent guides include the QS Top Universities guide and Hobson’s Good Uni guides. 8. Narrow your search further You can now narrow your long list down to a few options. If you’re still wondering which way to go, write down a list of the criteria that are most important to you, such as:

  • University’s International ranking
  • Avaialble graduate opportunities
  • Ability to work part-time or as intern
  • Cost of living and fees in the UK
  • Possibility getting a study visa
  • British cultural experience and life in the UK
  • Quality of teaching
  • Location (city or rural, close to tourist attractions or work)

Rank each of these of these universities in order of importance, then use all the research you have gathered to decide where each option sits on this scale.


UK University Education for Overseas Students

Published by Study in the UK on September 20th, 2011

Higher Education in the United Kingdom is recognised all round the world for its high standards of scholarship and research. The UK has nearly 170 universities and colleges of higher education and between them they offer an unrivalled range of courses.

Study in a UK University

Studying in a UK University

The top twenty universities in the UK form what has been known since 1994, as the Russell Group. In many ways this is the British equivalent of the Ivy League in the United States. The name is based on the fact that the Vice Chancellors for the group meet for tea and cakes at the Russell Hotel, Russell Square, London. hence the Russell Group. Two thirds of research grants and contract funding in the UK is received by Russell Group universities.

The competition for places at Russell Group universities has become increasingly competitive. In 2010 the 20 universities that make up the Russell Group took in approximately 75,000 new undergraduates, and it is estimated that there are now ten people applying for each place.

When applying for a university place, many students will choose those institutions that are near the top of the league table. It should be borne in mind that obtaining admission to a UK top twenty university has become much more competitive and difficult over the past few years. The number of applications has risen steadily, with an increase of 10% for entry in 2010 over 2009, while at the same time the number of places has fallen, as the British government has made spending cuts and capped the number of places available. In 2010 there were over 680,000 applicants for places, and more than 180,000 students were disappointed, a rise of nearly 50,000 on the 2009 figure. All the indicators suggest that this situation is going to get even worse in leading to 2013.

Therefore the need to get expert professional advice, when selecting courses and universities, and making an application through the UCAS system for overseas students is very important. The educational advisers at Student Advisory Board (studyintheuk.info) will work closely with internation students to ensure that they have the best possible opportunity of getting to the university of their choice. Student Advisory Board (studyintheuk.info) can give students that vital edge when applying for popular courses at competitive UK universities.

The consultants at Student Advisory Board (studyintheuk.info) work with students from a wide range of countries and backgrounds including Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Russia and are fully familiar with international qualifications and educational systems. International students should start usually seek help from Student Advisory Board (studyintheuk.info) about 18 months prior to their enrollment at a UK university.

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Why study in the UK?

Published by Study in the UK on September 18th, 2011
Helping international students find their desired courses

UK University Advice and Assistance

There are some good reason why you might to choose to study in a UK university. Here are some:

You’ll gain globally respected qualifications: 

  1. Benefit from high educational standards: Educational standards in the United Kingdom are constantly assessed and monitored to assure a high quality of teaching and guaranteed acknowledgement of students’ achievements. The standard of teaching and research conducted at UK educational institutions is extremely well respected around the world, earning you a world-class qualification that will be recognised globally.
  2. Benefit from modern teaching methods: UK schools, colleges and universities use teaching and assessment methods designed to encourage creativity and critical thought, as well as a thorough understanding of your chosen subject. You’ll be better equipped to adapt to a fast-moving and increasingly globalised job market, with the confidence to meet new challenges. Vocational and professional courses help you to gain the specialised skills you need to succeed.
  3. Benefit from a high degree of choice and flexibility: Over 3000 UK educational institutions offer international students a staggering array of courses, enabling you to pursue your interests and ambitions in fields as diverse as sound-engineering to marine biology. Many institutions offer flexible ways of learning and distance-learning is also a possibility for those wishing to gain a respected British qualification from their home country. Whatever your needs or preferred method of study, there is bound to be a course for you.

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