How to Apply to UK Universities?

The UK is one of the most renowned places in the world for education. From top-notch universities and innovative teaching practices from leading minds who help students to reach their highest potential, UK has got it all. Some of the most brilliant minds in the world have been educated in the UK. According to a survey, one in every four-world leaders has studied in the UK. If you also want to achieve your dreams and leave a mark in this world, education in the UK can be your ticket to success.

Many students already studying in the country believe that after coming to the UK their chances of employment increase many folds. All the top universities have a plethora of courses to offer to students. The career guidance students receive over here is very helpful. Management courses in the country are just one year long, so students don’t lose their time and can build momentum in their careers. Apart from that, you get personalized attention and support from faculties in top universities in the country. Staying and working in the UK after graduation is comparatively easier than in other countries of the world. Students in the UK are at the cutting edge of scientific advancements and have access to world-class research.

The UK gets students from every nook and corner of the world. So when you take admission to a UK university you meet people from across the globe and make friends with them. It can be your stepping stone for global networking. 

6 Steps of Admission in the UK!

STEP 1 Strategy for selection of the right university!

Selection of university in the UK can be based on various criteria such as

  • Ranking of the course in universities.
  • Nature of these courses and what exactly they are offering to the students.
  • Criteria for admission in these courses.
  • Cost of pursuing the course from a particular university.
  • Location of which campus or university will suit you the best

Top-notch universities in the UK have a plethora of courses to offer. If students strategize their selection of university and the course, their chances of success increase many folds.

Step 2 Entrance exam!

Universities in the UK conduct entrance tests for admission to various courses. For example, students will have to give exams like

  • BMAT and UCAT for medical admission tests,
  • LNAT and CNY for law admission tests,
  • TSA for thinking skills assessment, and
  • MAT for the mathematical aptitude test.

There are many other centralized and individual tests for admission in various universities. To study in the UK, students need to clear these tests to go to the next step of admission.

Step 3 Extracurricular and Leadership profile!

Apart from academic excellence, students need to enhance their application by undertaking a range of activities relevant to their chosen field of study. They are expected to have high passion and engagement with their subjects, deep and wide knowledge about topics related to their course, profession, and industry, and experience of fieldwork in the same. They should have excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills to make their profile worthy of admission to prestigious universities in the UK.

Step 4 Personal statement or Essay!

To get admission to the university of their choice, students need to write a personal statement (SOP) or an essay. It is a very powerful statement stating why you are eligible and the right choice for admission. This personal statement or essay can get a student admission to some of the most competitive and prestigious universities in the UK.

Step 5 Interview!

This is one of the most important steps of the admission process in universities in the UK. Once the students clear the entrance exam and fulfil other requirements for admission, they need to appear for an interview. The right strategy, guidance from a mentor, and thorough preparation can help the students to clear the final round of interviews. Students need to work on their communication skills, problem-solving skills, adaptability, independent thinking, and engagement skills to clear the interview.

Step 6 Reference letter from a teacher!

A reference letter (LOR) from a teacher is very important as it is an alibi of a student’s capability, skills, and passion for the chosen field of study. The teacher can talk about your academic skills in a particular subject, leadership skills shown in some team activity, your proactive nature to learn and execute, or how enthusiastically you participate and contribute to the class. It is always advisable to take reference letters from the relevant subject teacher and not from any teacher randomly. For example, if you have applied for a mathematics course, take a reference letter from your mathematics teacher and not French, English, or any other subject teacher.

Cost of studying and living in the UK!

The cost of studying and living in the UK is comparatively cheaper than the cost in USA and Australia. Many students believe that on an international platform they got better job opportunities, pay scales, and promotions just because they studied at universities in the UK. Overall expenditure on education in the UK is an investment that will result in a successful career in the future.

Course fees in the UK depend on the level of your studies, the university to which you are taking admission, and where in the country you are studying. Course fees can vary somewhere between 10,000 pounds to 30,000 pounds. Some courses like medical which are for longer periods may cost more. People often chose one-year master programs in the UK as they are comparatively cheaper and you can enter into a job faster. Most universities have their course fees listed on their website and you can check them from there at the time of admission.

The cost of living in the country can vary in the range of 800 pounds and 1300 pounds which will include accommodation, bills, food, and other expenses. It will again depend on the place where you are living and the kind of lifestyle you choose to live. For example, London is a lot more expensive than other cities in the country.

Some other charges that you will have to bear for more than six months after admission are a UK student visa and an immigration health surcharge.

Funding and scholarships

If you want to make your dream of studying in the UK true, you can do it through various funding and scholarships available for international students. There are many government and institutional scholarships which do part funding by paying part of your fees and full funding which includes your tuition fees, living expenses, and return tickets to the UK. You can check out various scholarships like post-graduate scholarships and studentships, UK government funding, institutional-specific scholarships, and global scholarship.

These scholarships are based on merit and excellence of the student, performance, subject-specific scholarships offered by individual departments for studying with them and doing research, disability scholarships, and equal access or sanctuary scholarships. Apart from that, you can also get science and research funding and undergraduate funding.


Studying in the UK can be a wonderful opportunity to take your career one notch higher. There is no denial of the fact that graduates and post-graduates from the UK get better job opportunities, and pay, and chances of promotion are higher as compared to others. All you need to do is get knowledge about applying for universities in the UK, prepare for the entrance exam, do interview preparation and strategize your every move wisely.

Nirav Chauhan

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