Applying to School in the U.K. for Fall 2019 Entry
Aretesends dozens of students to U.K. universities for undergraduate and graduate programs each year. If you are considering applying to school in England, Scotland, Ireland, or Wales this fall, here are a few tips from one of our U.K. College Counselors.
Think Long and Hard About What Subject to Apply For.This is probably the most important decision you will make. One of the key differences when applying to school in the U.K. is that you apply to “read” (study) a specific subject upon arrival, rather than applying to a college or university and choosing your concentration sophomore year. At most English universities, you must commit to studying the subject area you choose over the next four years, whereas Scottish universities are more flexible.
Understand the Application Process. For your top five course/university combinations, solicit a reference from a teacher and submit a personal statement, your past and predicted grades, and any standardized test results through UCAS. Universities may send you “conditional offers,” meaning they will accept you based on your expected future grades. Oxford and Cambridge have separate applications in addition to UCAS; however, you can only apply to one of the two established universities in the same admissions round.
There Are Many Options to Consider in the U.K.The U.K. has a well-deserved reputation for high quality university education, extending far beyond well-known institutions such asOxford, Cambridgeand theLondon School of Economics. For those serious about studying in the U.K., there are a plethora of options to explore. Scottish schools, such as the University of Edinburgh, theUniversity of Glasgow,andSt. Andrews, are at the top of the list; the University College London, University of Warwick, University of Bristol, andDurham Universityare notable institutions as well.
Oxbridge.Oxfordand Cambridgehave their own application process, which is distinct from other schools in the U.K. Both universities have earlier deadlines (October 15) and require you to submit a separate application in addition to UCAS. Depending on what you choose to study, some courses require additional admissions exams or writing samples. Finally, Oxbridge requires an interview. Only candidates with a chance of acceptance will be interviewed, including all international students for whom it’s feasible.
Timeline for U.K. Applications.
Early September: UCAS Applications open.
October 15:Oxford and Cambridge Applications due (submitted through UCAS).
October 19:Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) due.
October 22:Cambridge Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) due.
Late October to Early November: Admissions tests for Oxbridge.
November: Written work submitted to Oxbridge, where required.
Early to Mid-December: Oxbridge interviews.
January: Oxbridge decisions made.
January 15:UCAS applications due for the majority of courses.
January 1 to March 31:Offers from non-Oxbridge universities sent.
May 2:Date by which students must accept a University offer.