International Student- Tips for Applying through UCAS in 2019

Mark Twain once said, “One needs to get started to get ahead.” We’ve all had the misconception that there’s still time to get things done but before you know it you have application deadlines hovering over your head. It is advisable to start early to avoid any last-minute hassles.

UCAS is a foreign concept for international students. It stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service which is a central admission body that amongst other things will expect a personal statement and a letter of reference.

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The difficult part about this is narrowing down the courses. (Our Tip– Read course description thoroughly and know all the requirements.)

After you have filtered through the enormous field of possibilities, you will finally have a course that will speak to you. Having second thoughts even after this step is also pretty normal. This is where starting early with the process could make things easier for you because now you have ample time to make a choice.

These steps can help you understand the process a little better:

Step 1: Register with UCAS by submitting personal details. Apply for five courses. You can use the University Course Finder for this. (Tip: Apply based on your predicted grades to improve your chances.)

Step2: Have your favorite teacher write a letter of reference for you. 

Step 3: On the UCAS write all your qualifications and jobs if any.

Step 4: Write an impressive personal statement. This is a ticket to your dream university. Let us break it up for you and make it simpler.

What to include in a personal statement:

We know that writing a personal statement can be a long and cumbersome process but it is worth spending your time on. Remember that you only get to write one personal statement for all courses. It is always better to jot down all the pointers you want to include beforehand. This list can make sure that you do not miss any point. Mention your qualifications and any extracurricular activities you were a part of in school. Add your interests, hobbies, favorite books and talents to win some brownie points! Mention your ambitions and how opting for the selected courses will take you a few steps closer to achieving them. You can also browse through the several UCAS personal statement templates online which will provide a better idea of the ideal formal that needs to be used.

Next, be precise and only add the relevant details. The admissions staff will focus more on how much understanding you have for the subjects you are applying for. Avoid exaggeration and opt for originality. Make sure to write down the unique selling points that set you apart from all other applicants.

Your personal statement might become your saviour in the end, should you not get the expected grades.

Lastly, keep track of the UCAS application deadline.

Put in some extra effort because it will take you a long way. Now take a deep breath. You got this!

Good Luck!

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