Apply to Universities in the UK - UCAS Application Process, Requirements, Dates
All the admission applications to study in the UK universities are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services). All international students are required to submit the complete UCAS application forms by the first week of September. To study in UK, students may apply for the following levels in UK universities:
- Undergraduate courses
- Postgraduate courses
- Doctorate courses
UK University Entry Requirements
Universities in the UK state their English language requirement in various tests mentioned below. The minimum grade overall, and usually the minimum grades required in writing, speaking, listening, and reading are considered for admission.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- PTE Academic
- Cambridge English Language Assessment
- Other English language qualifications
Pre-master’s-Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 5.0-5.5
PG Cert/PG Diploma-Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 6.5-7.0, or a pre-master's course
Master's degree-First or upper second-class undergraduate degree plus IELTS 7.0, or a pre-master's course
MBA-First degree, 2-3 years’ business experience, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0
PHD-Master's degree, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0
Proof of Funds
The applicants wishing to study in the UK except in London must prove that they have 1,337 USD per month to live and study. Those who wish to study in London must be able to prove that they have 1,666 USD per month.
Once you get Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), you must apply for the Students visa soon. You have to apply for either Tier 4 (General) Student Visa or short-term study visa depending on your course of study.
Students are required to pay for National Health Service charge of 394.70 USD to study in UK.
- Tier 4 General Student Visa (more than 6 months)-they can access the NHS
- Tier 4 General Student Visa (under 6 months)-they require medical insurance
Step-by-step Guide to Apply Through UCAS
Before applying for courses through UCAS, the international students have to register. The school/college does this for them. They may do the same on their own as well.
- Search for courses and colleges/universities
- Save the courses to your favourite page
- Complete your profile by filling the required information
- Make an application and submit it
- Do the course preferencing
- Make choices considering the applications received
The international students shall shortlist colleges, prepare for all the documents required and apply before November. Your decision about the admission must be notified to the college by April.
When and Where to Start to Study in the UK?
- April 2018-September 2018
- Shortlist universities and be updated with the admission requirements
- Be familiar with the bank loan options and scholarships to fund your study.
- Work on the UCAS admission form
- Learn about accommodation options
- June 2018-December 2018
- Prepare for the standardised tests like GMAT, GRE, UKCAT, TOEFL or IELTS.
- Register before the test dates, and crack the exam.
- Check guidelines and process of test and re-exam.
- August 2018-November 2018
- Shortlist colleges and prepare for application
- Prepare documents including reference letter, SOP and essays.
- Apply before the deadline
- December 2018-April 2019
- Reply to the college e-mails
- Appear for the interviews
- Notify the college about your decision
- May 209-July 2019
- Search and apply for the external scholarships if applicable.
- Apply for student loan after you receive the acceptance offer.
- Prepare and apply for the student visa in time
- July 2019-August 2019
- Book transportation tickets
- Arrange for an international debit/credit card
- Collect all the documents to be taken along
- Check out pre-departure checklist and manage accordingly
UCAS Application Deadline for 2019 Entry
5 Sept 2018
Students can submit completed applications
1 Oct 2018
Deadline for music course applications via UCAS Conservatoires
15 Oct 2018
Deadline for Oxford, Cambridge and most courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine
15 Jan 2019
Deadline for the majority of the undergraduate courses
25 Feb 2019
1 May 2019
Deadlines to reply to offers if you have received all decisions by 31 March
2 May 2019
Universities due to respond to applications submitted by 15 Jan
6 June 2019
Deadline to reply to offers if all decisions were received by you by 2 May
20 June 2019
Deadline to reply to offers if all decisions were received by you by 6 June
30 June 2019
Entries received after this date are automatically entered into UCAS clearing
4 July 2019
Last day to apply through UCAS Extra
5 July 2019
UCAS Clearing opens
International Baccalaureate (IB) Results Day
11 July 2019
Universities due to respond to applications submitted by 30 June
18 July 2019
Deadline to reply to offers if you received all decision by 11 July
6 Aug 2019
SQA Results Day
15 Aug 2019
A Level Results Day
UCAS Adjustment opens
31 Aug 2019
Final date to meet remaining offer conditions
UCAS admission ends
20 Sept 2019
Final deadline for 2019 entry applications
22 Oct 2019
Final day for the universities to make decisions
The students must check their UCAS dashboard regularly. You might get an interview or a meeting call. Keep your email address up to date and keep a check for your application. Once you are done with the application, focus on visa and money requirements and other important matters mentioned above.