Basic Guidelines

UCAS is the centralized admission services for most universities in Britain. If you are thinking of going to university in the UK you will most likely be using UCAS which sends out your applications. Their website is located here, but as you take a look around it is quite complicated to go through. Hopefully the facts listed below will help you get a general idea of what to expect when applying via UCAS. Here are some basic guide lines to follow:

  •  You submit ONE application  which UCAS sends to all the universities you apply for.
  •  You are only to submit ONE recommendation letter (written by a referee/teacher) which will go to all the universities.
  • The personal statement ought to be written in an academic fashion as opposed to a creative piece.
  • In some cases, particularly for Oxbridge, you will have to do an interview either through skype or directly in person (Yes, you may fly to Hong Kong or Oxford).
  • The personal statement ought to be written in an academic fashion as opposed to a creative piece. Keep in mind the length is 4000 characteres and 47 lines max. (same goes for reference)
  • You need to know the exact programme you wish to apply for.
  • Due date for Oxford and Cambridge is: October 15th. For other schools the deadline is January 15th.
  • Depending on the programme you may be required to take an assessment test in November.
  • Depending on the programme you may be required to submit a graded sample essay related to your major.

King’s College made a great video regarding the application process:

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