Applying for university abroad

The steps…

  1. Decide which country you would like to study in
  2. Ensure you are eligible to study in that country (can you get a student visa?)
  3. Think about the aspects of a university that are important to you. For example, location, weather(!), courses offered, extracurriculars available, cost of attendance, finance options
  4. Start with a broad list of universities and colleges that fulfil your criteria (or come close to!) then start to narrow down that list based on your preferences
  5. University fees across the world are not always uniform like they are in the UK, so make sure you check how much you will be expected to pay! Students studying abroad are not eligible for a student loan in the UK, so consider researching scholarships and other funding options
  6. Research the academic standing of the universities you are interested in. There are vast numbers of universities worldwide, and it’s important you graduate from a university where your degree will mean something. Rankings lists are not always perfect, but they can help you compare universities across countries. Think about a university you might aim for in the UK, and look at universities abroad that are of a similar standing
  7. Check what qualifications are accepted by the universities you are interested in – GCSEs, A-levels, IB
  8. Check to see if you need to sit any admissions tests for that specific country (or specific university). For example, in the US, you will need to sit either the SAT or ACT to gain entrance into any college
  9. Leave plenty of time to do your research! Applying to university abroad can take a lot longer than in the UK, as a lot of the information is alien and there aren’t as many resources for you as you may find for UCAS
  10. Do a UCAS application too! (click here to figure out how you do that)

All information on this page is sourced by Right Track – the pros of the studying-abroad-process