University in Great Britain. A guide from A to Z

Diploma, orientation and future

The last year of high school is generally considered the most difficult year for students because they must take the state exam. In front of the fearful threat represented by the general examinations the reactions that are seen through the mass of students are many: there are those who kill themselves on books, who tries to recover the debits, who is presumed dead (underestimated) and who thinks they already know everything, who hopes that mathematics is not so difficult and who relies on the help of a friend.

There is still a common idea, a single great spiritual guide, a single great desire that all, without excluding anyone, ask: finish as soon as possible, how it goes, go! (And if they pass the exam it’s even better!) The thing that nobody gives so much weight to is what will come after the diploma.

In fact, most of the students do not have very clear ideas about what their future has to do and among those who have decided to continue studying, very few have already decided what to do. But the future itself is not something that can happen in the background and it is therefore necessary to have all possible information so it has to do with the opportunities we can get and probably do not even know. Information that normally is not complete. In fact, many orientation programs that are carried out during the last year of school do not have practically account of the possibility of going to study abroad, possibility instead of actually existing.

1001 reasons to choose London!

Among all the foreign universities, choosing an English college is surely the best option. British universities, in fact, enjoy an excellent international reputation apart from the high standards of education, as well as studying in Britain to learn English (for those who still do not know it) which should be considered as the Passport par excellence: three fundamental requirements for those who want to know new realities and turn the world.

Undoubtedly, it is not an easy task to be separated by all the English universities, since there are 106! Still, whoever chooses to sign up for an institute of the Great London is sure he will not regret it. This is because London is a cosmopolitan, multicolored city, where you can find everything and much more: it is impossible not to adapt!

In addition, those who study in London are in continuous contact with a living and continuously evolving world where everyone can find their space and why not, also a future job. Choosing London means choosing the top for the education itself that is the basis for one’s future.
“If you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there” (Lewis Carroll)

Universidad Queen Mary de Londres

The UCAS and the options of the courses

The English system for registration to the university is very different from ours; in fact, you do not have to present the admission exam directly to the individual institutions, but everything comes from a single institution, the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). This institution deals with the compilation of the applications of inscriptions to the different universities and then sends them to the different institutes. It will always be the task of UCAS to inform aspiring Fresher (first-year university students) of the success of their applications. In addition, for those who are rejected the request other options are presented, but we go by order. The first step to take is to decide the courses to which you wish to make the requests, taking into account the fact that the options may be only five. There is still more information:

  • you can choose at most four courses in the area of ​​medicine, dentistry or veterinary (the fifth course should not enter the previous area)
  • you can choose at most three courses of the category Route B art and design (more information on the next page) (the other options can be used for other courses different from the previous ones)
  • You can choose a single course at the prestigious Universities of Cambridge or Oxford.

The option is not at all easy and must therefore be very accurate and have account of all the pro and con. Above all you have to evaluate the quality of the course you intend to follow, verify what are our priorities and verify the services that the particular college and the particular city where the institute is offering us, without forgetting the economic availability.

To help the applicants with their choice the same UCAS in its online site ( offers a selection of all the universities present in the British territory with the respective courses (identified by an alphanumeric sequence useful at the moment of the compilation of the request) allowing the visitor to perform searches according to different search criteria (by geographical region, by subject, type of course …).

Also, browsing the web you can find many more sites and forums that talk about this topic; in particular one for me of the most interesting is the education section of the
Timesonline, in which you can find not only classifics of different British institutes, but above all their profiles, which contain the main information of interest in those who have many questions, and the descriptions of many universities made by whom the university lives it: students.

Fill out the application form

After having chosen the courses to which you want to send the application, you need to connect online to the UCAS website ( and fill out the application on the website: in fact, the entire system for collecting the application forms is computerized, hence it is the only way to enroll in a British university. After you have connected to the website you have to go to the apply section and register for free. A volta done all that is necessary to fill the different parts of the application form, without passing any detlla, but it is not necessary to fill the entire module at once, in fact it is possible to save our work and continue in a second moment. The application form is divided into different parts, in addition to the section related to the anagraphic data there are other very important sections, among which are:

  • EDUCATION SECTION: in this it is necessary to indicate the titles in our possession and those that we are about to obtain (it is necessary to indicate an estimate of the note that we think about obtaining the diploma, a true estimate and therefore made by a member of the class council) since the English system is meritocratic and therefore rewards those who have high marks in the subjects for which they intend to attend a university course.
  • REFERENCE: in this section you must insert a letter of presentation rigorously written in English by the teacher of linguas to emphasize the possession of the linguistic abilities necessary to follow an English course and to be able to sustain the oral or written tests that will be followed during The year, in addition, the letter should be written in collaboration with the teacher of the subject that is intended to follow later with the courses in order to also demonstrate the skills that are possessed in the determined discipline.
  • PERSONAL STATEMENT: is the cover letter that must be written in English personally by the applicant (who makes the request), it must be concise (think how many requests have to read those responsible for admissions) and underline the points themselves of force and the motivations of choosing the course (without naming the universities to which the applications have been made).
    It can also indicate all the skills that are thought to be taken into consideration (sports titles obtained nationally, brief sports such as assistant bathers) as well as a general presentation of yourself (hobby, interests) and objectives that one puts for the immediate present, but also for the next future: that is, we must indicate a series of good reasons to convince the university that it can not not have you as a student. This is probably the most important part of the application form and therefore has to be written in proper English and must contain a general picture of the applicant: it is worth taking a long time to complete it!Study in the United Kingdom – University application

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Application: costs and terms

After filling out all the parts of the application form, you can continue sending the online application. It is necessary to have a credit card or that a person who owns it uses it for us, in fact, to complete the sending of the application you need to pay online an amount equivalent to £5 (6.54 euro) if you express a single preference (one course only) or £15 (19.62 euro) if more than one preference is expressed. In the case it is not possible to make this payment online, it is possible to send the request anyway making the payment in other ways, it is still necessary to contact the client service of the UCAS.

It is very important to also consider the last date to send the application, in fact there are very different terms regarding Spanish universities. In particular for those who wish to apply for a course at the University of Cambridge or Oxford or medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, you must send the application before October 15 of the preceding year) for example, for those who want to begin attending courses in September 2009 must send the application before October 15, 2008), while for others the term is January 15 of the same year (for example whoever wants to begin attending courses in September 2009 has to send the application before January 15, 2009).

The courses that are from the Route B art and design vuyo limit area are March 24th. Applications submitted after these dates (most of all before June 30 or June 12 for those of Route B) will be considered only if there will still be vacancies or at the discretion of the university and not all will be treated at the same. Way of those received on time. (It’s still worth sending the application anyway, even if it’s too late! There are always free positions!)

What happens next

After having sent the application form itself you will receive a short letter containing a definite number application number to insert it in the track section of the UCAS website to control the status of our application. In any case we will receive emails or text messages according to our preference at the moment in which one of the universities to which the application has been sent has made a decision about our admission or less. Everything is always managed from the UCAS website.

The different universities can accept the application, or reject it, or propose an alternative or conditional offer when reaching certain standards (for example a certain level of knowledge of English or a certain grade in the diploma). The applicant has to answer through the UCAS only after having obtained a response from all the universities to which he / she has made an application and can eventually contact the head of the admissions of the universities directly to clarify some doubts so that You have to see the proposed offer.

In the event that all applications are rejected, the applicant will automatically become part of other programs named clearing and extra, which can help you to find a position at a university anyway (click here for more information). Once you are accepted by the University and respond to your offer, the hardest part is already done. But there are more problems that must be borne in mind.

Alojamiento estudiante


For what it has to do with accommodation, do not worry. For students who enroll on time at the first year they guarantee a position at one of the colleges of the university. The rooms are very varied (single rooms with services in common, double rooms, mini-apartments, etc.) and according to the college will be guaranteed or less other services such as the dining room or laundry.

In any case, you must apply to obtain a position at the college. The application is normally downloaded from the university’s website, but for more information it would be useful to contact the same university directly. For someone who does not want to stay in a college there are many more possibilities such as family planning or renting a room or an apartment. Normally there are services at universities that can help you in finding accommodation.

Tuition Fees

As far as the university line is concerned, in England taxes vary around £ 3000 per year for all institutions, but there may be variations according to the courses that are frequented. In any case, either in the Course Search section of the UCAS website or on the university websites, all the necessary information is present.

English language profieciency

For what has to do with the knowledge requested by the universities longu, usually requires possession of a level equal to or higher than B2, level witnessed after reaching a certain grade in an exam recognized by the university (for example the level 6.5 of the IELTS exam). If you do not have this level of knowledge of the lingua probably in case of acceptance of your application will be made an offer conditional upon passing an English test.

The securing of the titolo must have been achieved before the classes begin, still the decision is at the discretion of the university and therefore it is a good rule to contact the admissions officer and ask for more information. I hope I have clarified the ideas to those who intend to attend an English university and to the best of having convinced some student of the indecisive school of their future to take this path surely realizable and certainly profitable! Break a leg!