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Selecting universities

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There are 300 universities and colleges in the UK (including those in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) which offer degree courses. You are able to apply to FIVE of these. There are so many factors to think about when…

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Oxford and Cambridge

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Oxford and Cambridge Universities have several features which make them quite distinctive and different from most other universities in the UK. They are two of the most prestigious universities in the UK and indeed, in the world. You can only…

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Selecting a course

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With over 35,000 courses offered by universities, there is plenty of choice. Even courses with the same name can vary considerably in different institutions. Courses can vary in many ways such as content, length, number of 'taught hours', methods of…

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Qualifications which can be achieved.

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There are several degree classifications. Undergraduates look for Bachelor and Masters degrees in the first instance. Bachelor degrees are usually 3 years in length but some may have an additional year out in industry or abroad, if relevant. Some universities…

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Entry Requirements

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These will differ between universities and courses and some courses will have specific entry requirements. As a rough guide, applicants from America will need to have: 1. High scores in their High School Graduation Diploma 2. Grade 4 or 5…

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University Tuition Fees

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Each university sets the tuition fees for each of its courses. The tuition fees for International students are published annually on the universities' own websites. Humanities and Social Science courses tend to have lower fees than Science and Engineering courses…

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Additional costs for students

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As well as the university tuition fees, students also need to consider the cost of accommodation, food, travel, books, specialist equipment needed and course requirements as well as expenses on clothes and socialising.

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Accommodation

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Some students live in university owned and managed accommodation while others rent from private landlords, normally using the services of an estate agent who will provide the contract. University accommodation can range from large blocks of single rooms to…

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Application Process

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Applications for all degree courses at UK universities must be made through UCAS which is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Students complete their application form online and submit it to UCAS, with a fee of £13 for 1 course…

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Personal Statement

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This is a very important part of the UCAS form and worth spending time on to make it as good as possible. It gives each student the opportunity to write about the reasons for their choice of course, what they…

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Reference

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Every UCAS applicant needs an academic reference. This should be written by someone who can advise the universities on the student's academic potential and suitability for the course they have applied for. Some schools have particular staff who write references…

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