UCAS - International Students
More general information about the full range of further education opportunities available in the UK may be obtained from the British Council and Further Education Funding Council. Students may wish to note that the responsibility for the funding and planning of (non-HE) further education provision will transfer shortly from the Further Education Funding Council to the newly established Learning and Skills Council when it will be subject to quality inspection by OFSTED.
Points to consider before completing your UCAS form
Am I qualified to enrol?
Entry requirements for the course will be in terms of UK exams. Unfortunately there isnít an official list of how UK grades compare with other countries' qualifications. The decision as to whether you meet the requirements rests with the university or college. For more advice and information about qualifications for entry to UK higher education institutions, contact UCAS or the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC).
Requirements for course entry may include academic and professional qualifications, such as exam passes in stated subjects and particular grades they may also include work experience. It is not unheard of for universities and colleges to add other requirements, for example, financial or medical conditions, which you have to meet before you can start the course. Universities and colleges tend to give you a conditional offer if you have not already qualified when you apply.
You will then need to meet the entry requirements by 31 August 2003 for courses that start in September or October 2003. It is also possible to apply for entry with credit (to start a course at year two, three or four). If you are planning to do this you should get the college or university's agreement that it will consider you before you fill in a UCAS application form.
Will my standard of English be good enough?
Am I doing the right course?
Will I be able to settle at this University or college?
- There are fellow students from your country at the same place
- What sort of societies are available at the university or college
- The types of accommodation that are available
- Does it have disabled facilities
How to prepare before coming to the U.K
A large number of students want to buy books and equipment before starting the course. Ideally check with your admissions tutor before you do this as some items may be provided by or are available for you to borrow at your UK University or college. It may also be cheaper and easier to buy what you need after you arrive in the UK, and avoid excess baggage allowances!
Ahead of you registering at your university or college in the UK, you will be asked for certificates showing that you have passed all the exams that you need for entry to your course.
Documents to enter the UK
On arrival in the UK, you will have to show certain documents. You will need:
- A valid passport
- A letter from the institution that you will study at, confirming you have a place
- Evidence that you have enough money to pay for your course