Produced by Meet Jain
BA (hons) Marketing communications with digital media
UCAS – what is it?
The UCAS form is an essential component of the application process for universities in the UK, and therefore it is essential to complete it accurately and efficiently. This application determines the next step in their academic and career paths. As an international student, applying to a university in the UK via UCAS can be daunting. However, it’s also an exciting opportunity to explore new horizons and pursue your academic goals in a different country. In this blog post, I’ll share my personal experience and some tips on how to navigate the UCAS application process.
Research, research and research more
Firstly, I spent a lot of time researching different universities and courses in the UK. I read about the academic curriculum, campus facilities, and the overall student experience at each university.
I also looked up the entry requirements for each course, which helped me narrow down my choices. Once I had shortlisted a few universities and courses, I started working on my UCAS application.
The application process involves providing personal information, education and employment history, a personal statement, and a reference from a teacher or other professional. The personal statement is a crucial part of the application, as it gives the university an insight into your personality, motivation, and aspirations. I spent a lot of time crafting my personal statement, making sure to tailor it to the course and universities I was applying to.
Things I learnt along the way
One thing I learned during the application process is that as an international student, I needed to provide additional documents, such as proof of English language proficiency and academic qualifications (IELTS or TOEFL). I made sure to keep track of these documents and submit them on time to avoid any delays.
Another important consideration for international students is funding. Tuition fees and living expenses can be quite high in the UK, so it’s important to research the scholarships and bursaries available to international students. I applied for several scholarships and bursaries and was fortunate enough to receive one that covered a significant portion of my tuition fees.
After submitting my UCAS application, I was invited to attend an online interview at Bournemouth University. I was so happy when I got the invitation because Bournemouth University was 1st priority. But, the interview was nerve-wracking, but I had prepared well and was able to showcase my knowledge and enthusiasm for the course. A few weeks later, I received an offer from the university, which was a huge relief and a moment of great joy.
In conclusion, applying to a UK university as an international undergraduate student can be a challenging but rewarding experience. It requires a lot of research, planning, and attention to detail, but the end result can be life-changing.
My advice to anyone considering applying to a UK university via UCAS is to start early, stay organised, and be persistent in pursuing your dreams.