Admission Process Requirements
The requirements vary between study programs and levels. For each course, Indian students will need to meet a minimum English language requirement. Along with that a minimum academic record of 65% and above for humanities stream in class XII, and 70 – 80% and above for Science/Commerce stream in class XII will also be required. Foundations and Diploma programs are available for students who have secured below 60%. The student should have completed 18 years of age before joining a degree program.
It is important to note that these numbers are just for reference purpose, the actual numbers may differ from university to university.
The following documents also need to be submitted:
- Attested copies of mark sheets of class X, XII, and the Bachelor’s degree (if applicable)
- At least, two academic reference letters from professors who have taught you most recently.
- If you have work experience then two Letters Of Recommendations from the employer/manager who knows you well and can comment on your professional abilities
- Statement Of Purpose
- Photocopied score reports of GMAT/IELTS/TOEFL
- Portfolio (in case of students applying for art and design courses & Architecture programs)
- Others (certificates/achievements at the state and national level and extracurricular activities)
- Proof of funds
1. Tuition fee
Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and university or school you opt for. There are many high-ranking universities and colleges in the UK with their own fee structures. Further, the fee also depends on where in the UK you choose to study (there are different rules for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales), and your study level.
Most commonly humanities, arts, and education courses are cheaper, while subjects such as medicine and engineering are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at the postgraduate level, the tuition fees are typically higher and the costs vary depending on the program. As with most other countries, MBA programs are often the most expensive.
*Please note that: all figures are indicative and PhD cost might differ as fully funded options are also available in the
Here is a timeline to follow to get admission steps completed in time:
12-18 months before enrollment
- Start researching and select 8-12 universities that you will apply to. Visit university websites and note application requirements, deadlines etc.
- Learn about options to fund your studies.
- Make custom application strategies for different universities.
10-12 months prior to enrolment
- This is the time when you shift from the preparation mode to creating the application. Think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and sketch out your strengths and self-assessment.
- Register yourself and start preparing for required standardized tests like GMAT,GRE, IELTS – depending on the course and university.
10 months before enrolment
- Begin by downloading admissions brochures from the university websites.
- Start working on the UCAS admission form and application.
- Search for and begin applying for external scholarships (if applicable).
- Take standardized tests like GMAT and TOEFL.
- Contact your professors and direct managers for at least two reference letters.
- Begin drafting your SOP and essays.
- Alongside your admission applications, plan for your expenses like applying for an education loan.
- Apply before the deadline!
- You may have to appear for a video interview in front of the admissions committee.
- You will get your rejection letter via e-mail by April-June (the months may vary). The acceptance letter helps you attain student visa.
- Gather paperwork for your student visa.
- Depending on the deadline, you will need to notify the universities of your decision, pay a non-refundable deposit, and apply for your student visa.
Application fee: All colleges require that you pay an application fee while applying. The fee amount will differ depending upon the college and course being applied to, so check with individual colleges about their application fee.
SOP: A Statement Of Purpose (SOP) is your introduction to the college and admission officers. It is always written in the first person and describes the reason for applying to a particular college. It needs to highlight why you are a perfect fit for the college and why the college should accept you. The style of writing could differ from formal to casual, but it is important to remember that it should reflect your personality as well.
Essay: Essays are also required to be submitted by a prospective student. Essays are an important part of the university admissions process. Students may be required to write one or two essays, along with a few optional essays too. Common topics include career aspirations, strengths and weaknesses, skills, experiences, and reasons for considering a particular school.
LOR: A Letter Of Recommendation (LOR) is a reference letter written by a third party describing the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the prospective student to recommend him to the college in terms of that individual’s ability to perform a particular task or function. The third party could be a professor, direct manager etc.
Applications to all undergraduate courses are filled through Universities and Colleges Admission System or UCAS – a central organization in the UK that is responsible for receiving undergraduate applications and forwarding them to the respective institutions.
UCAS allows you to apply to five Universities through a common form. £13 is the fees for one course or £24 for multiple courses and applications. The services offered by UCAS are designed for the admission to the September/October intake in the UK and you normally apply directly to a university for courses starting in January or February.
Note – Students seeking admission to a postgraduate program will have to apply to individual universities using the application form of that particular university. Most universities offer the facility to apply online for a nominal fee. Once the application form is filled appropriate supporting documents would have to be sent to the university. Although universities do not have a deadline it is recommended that you apply early to enhance your chances of being made an offer.
The main intake seasons are September/October and January/February in the UK. The services offered by UCAS are designed for the admission to the September or October intake in the UK. You have to apply directly to a university for courses starting in January or February.
With 18 of its universities ranking in the global top 100 by the QS World University Rankings 2021, the UK is a popular destination among international students.. While the country offers a great cultural experience, international exposure and world-class degrees, you will need to take some standardised tests to fulfil your university application.
English language proficiency tests
Given you are aiming to study in a country where English is a primary language, the first step is to appear for an English language proficiency test such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Being the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test, IELTS is recognised by more than 10,000 organisations globally, including educational institutions, professional associations, employers, and governments of more than 140 countries.
For a successful application, you’ll require a minimum band of 6, while the top UK universities may ask for a band over 6.5, with no band less than 6 in all four modules. This requirement is subjective to the institution of your choice, so do check it properly beforehand.
Academic exams required to study in the UK
- For graduate business programs and other post-graduate courses:
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test): GMAT is accepted in most UK universities as it helps gauge the general knowledge of a student in respect to the subjects such as Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Grammar, etc. It is a mandatory test for all graduate business programs
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination): It’s a standardised test taken by applicants applying for a graduate degree program in the UK Universities.
IELTS: IELTS is designed to test the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. Over 3.5 million tests are taken each year.