Applying to UK universities is both exciting and intimidating.
Applying to Canadian universities can be difficult enough, but making the decision to study overseas in the UK requires even more courage and planning since it involves additional steps that are not necessary in Canada.
But don’t worry about these additional steps. Plenty of Canadian students have successfully studied in the UK with the help of Across the Pond, and you can too!
This blog will help ensure you take the appropriate steps to complete your study in the UK university application…
1 – Choose the right course of study
Whilst Canadian universities can be extremely competitive, UK universities are more ‘relaxed’ in comparison. You still have to meet the requirements of the university and your course though, before you are accepted for study.
When choosing your course consider your background, current skills, and plans for the future. Having the ability to showcase you are the right candidate for the program will make a big difference as to whether you’re accepted or not.
- Top Tip – Only apply for courses that suit your academic interest or future career path. Don’t be tempted to apply for something random that could backfire and ultimately leave you without a course at all.
2 – Choose your top university
You may be happy going to any university in the UK, but chances are that some are a better fit for you than others. Different areas of the country offer very different experiences, so you should determine the kind of environment in which you want to go to live and study.
- Top Tip – We recommend you narrow your list of potential universities. Your personal advisor at Across the Pond can help you pick the best universities for you.
3 – You have several options to offset cost
The demands of your course work may limit the number of hours you can work while you study, but international students are only allowed to work up to twenty hours a week on their student visas. With plenty of part time jobs available in grocery stores and local attractions, this could become a valuable source of income.
UK universities also offer scholarships for international students; these are competitive and merit-based. Canadian federal loans also help with tuition and living expenses.
- Top Tip – You need to secure funding for tuition and living expenses before you apply for the visa in July.
4 – Fill out your application
This is where you need to pay close attention to what you are doing. The application will require you to enter a substantial amount of information, including personal details, preferred courses you would like to take, your previous education, your employment history and a personal statement.
As an undergraduate, you will need to pay a small application fee to UCAS, and you will need to make sure you submit the application within the appropriate time frame. Failure to enter in all information accurately, or to submit the application at the correct time, can result in denial.
- Top Tip – Although ATP’s students rarely experience rejection from their preferred UK degree, it’s important to keep in mind that you will have to wait until the next application window to apply again.
5 – Understand the student visa process
It is not enough to be accepted by a UK university. You also have to gain the permission of the UK government to live and study in the country. Take the time to research the student visa process in the UK, and to understand exactly how you fit into it.
- Top Tip – Across the Pond can help you fill out your visa form you need to study in the UK. For more information, get in touch with one of our advisors.
All students looking to study in the UK can take advantage of free guidance and expertise from the Across the Pond team.
We can help you overcome the hurdles of applying to study in the UK and identify the best university for your degree.
For more information, download our free guide The Canadian Students’ checklist for applying at UK universities here, or to speak directly with your personal advisor, get in touch here.