All applications for undergraduate courses in the UK are required to filled through the Universities and Colleges Admission System (UCAS). UCAS is a central organization that receives all applications for undergraduate courses and sends them to the respective institutes. Through UCAS you have the option to apply to five Universities through one form. For 2021 intakes, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice.
In case you receive no offers from the five UCAS choices or decide to apply for other courses/institutions, UCAS Extra gives you the flexibility to another choice to your application. UCAS Extra opens each February and lasts until July. If you don’t receive an offer after the July deadline, you are eligible to enter UCAS Clearing.
UCAS Clearing is available for students who are unable to secure an offer from an UK institute for three reasons:
- Student has applied after the June 30th deadline
- Exam scores fell short of conditional offer requirements
- No offers were received, or no offers were accepted
UCAS Clearing helps in filling seats for courses, which commence in September (new academic year). This process starts in July and goes on until September.
For post graduate programs, students need to apply to individual universities/institutions (i.e no centralised application system for postgraduate programs). Applications can be made online for a nominal fee by completing the application form and providing supporting documents to the university.
We recommend our students to start planning as early as possible. Ideally you should start 12 months prior to the intake that you are targeting. Follow the below guide to plan your journey:
- Planning: This is a critical step in the process, wherein Overseas Grad helps you research on the courses available, based on your profile, budget and the potential job opportunities in the field of study.
- Shortlisting Universities: We help you shortlist the target universities based on your profile, preference and field of interest. We discuss the available options with you at length.
- Entrance Exams: Entrance exam is one of the conditions that you need to meet while applying to study overseas. We recommend appearing for these exams ahead of time to receive unconditional offers from the education institutes. The minimum required IELTS/TOEFL/GMAT academic scores vary for Bachelors and Postgraduate programs. The minimum IELTS score required for Undergraduate Courses is 6.5 and for Postgraduate Courses it is 6. However, it depends on the choice of your program and university that you have applied for.
- Commence the Application Process: We will guide you through the entire application process and provide you the list of all relevant documents required to start applying. UK Universities usually take six to eight weeks to make a decision. The fee payment is required to be made when you receive confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) from the University. This is usually issued within two to three days of accepting the offer. Once the course fee payment is made, we will assist you in the student visa application process. You would need to go through an interview process at the visa centre, while you go to complete your biometric information. Post that, visa would be approved or rejected by Immigration.
Along with the application form, you need to attach the following documents.
- English language test scores
- Certified copies of academic transcripts
- Certified copies of all graduation or school certificates
- English translations of all documents, if not in English
- Letter from a scholarship provider (if applicable)
- Letter of Recommendation (preferably from previous employers)
- Statement of Purpose
- Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
- Research proposal with two research supervisors’ names and list of prior research publications will be required only for Masters in research and PH.D
- Copy of your passport
- Notarised Documents
- Portfolio (this depends on the course)
- Two academic reference letters from professors who have taught you most recently
- Proof of funds (if required) – You will be required to provide your proof of funds to the following extent:
Cost for student only – Evidence of funds to cover your 9 months’ living expenses and your course fee (12 months fee). 9 month living costs are as below-
- £1,334 per month (for up to 9 months) for courses in London
- £1,023 per month (for up to 9 months) for courses outside London
If you’re applying for the Doctorate Extension Scheme, and your stay in the UK has been less than 12 months, you need to show evidence of funds totalling to £2,668 for courses in London, or a total of £2,046 for courses outside London.
Cost for partner and child – In addition to the proof of funds for students, you need to show the below funds for your partner and child.
- £845 a month (for up to 9 months) for courses in London
- £680 a month (for up to 9 months) for courses outside London