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How to apply to a UK university as an International Student

With the huge number of students traveling to the UK to study every year international and overseas students looking in to studying in the UK will find this guide very useful.

Applying to a UK university from overseas

If you wish to apply to a UK University and you are not attending a college or school that is registered with UCAS then you will have to apply as an independent student, however you will still apply through UCAS.

Advice is available from British Council offices and other centres overseas, such as your school or college.

As a non UK (foreign) student you will need to complete all of the same procedures as a UK student, although depending on what your first language is you may be asked to pass a English language proficiency exam.

Although most universities will quote their exam requirements based on the UK system of examinations they will usually tailor an offer based on foreign examinations if they wish to offer a foreign student a conditional place.

Rates and fees

There are two levels of fee cost for UK unversities, the ‘Home rate’ and the ‘Overseas rate’, which will grossly affect your budget.

Planning your budget

As an overseas student it is vitally important that you consider your budget before you start university. UK students get loans, overdrafts, grants, bursaries and lots of other means to help them but as an overseas student you may have to live with none of these and when you consider you may be paying up to £18,000 a year on fees you will realise that costs can quickly spiral out of control.

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