UK universities pockmark the long list of the World University Rankings 2012-2013. Hence, you don’t just see some institutions at the top; rather, you see them throughout the list, meshing with the rest of the world’s higher education institutions.
Hence, it’s no surprise that a huge flock of foreign applicants are aspiring to enter the ancient wall of stones and evergreen lawns of UK’s universities. To help them meet their heart’s desire, the following requirements were collated:
Applying for this visa entails an unconditional offer from a certain government-registered university, the CAS or Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies, and of course, a significant amount of funds to cover the costs of studying in UK.
EEA or Swiss nationals, on the other hand, aren’t required to secure a visa. Rather, they can just present a valid passport.
2: Further Education Qualifications
For native UK applicants, these qualifications are inclusive of A-levels, International Baccalaureate, or Scottish Highers. Foreign students are expected to present qualifications equivalent to those of the native’s.
3: English Language Qualifications
To ensure that foreign students will fare well in UK higher institutions, and in UK (as a whole), such qualification is required. It’s difficult enough to adapt in another country’s culture – how much more if students aren’t fluent enough to converse in the British tongue?
4: Work Experience
Okay, this is not necessary for every single foreign applicant. However, a relevant work experience (and ‘relevant’ in context to the course) is the type of qualification that is most likely to give the foreign students’ application a great boost.
Furthermore, having a work experience ensures that the foreign student can take advantage of part-time jobs – which is sure to make ends meet.
5: DBS Clearance
Foreign applicants will start with the translated police check or the certificate of good conduct from their country. Next, the applicants will have to complete their DBS check, as well as, visit a DBS clinic.
6: Examination Grades
Foreign applicants should bear in mind that grades of a subject relevant to the course is always a key. In simple terms, if one is to apply for a Biochemistry degree course, that applicant got to have outstanding grades in Biology and Chemistry.
UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service) is the best source of the specific requirements of the course and institution. Foreign applicants may start perusing through each course and university’s entry profiles, as well as, verify them through the university’s own website.
Foreign applicants are also expected to write personal statement and submit them to a select number of institutions through UCAS. And with this whole lot of requirements to secure, it’s always wise to begin early.