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Here you will find a detailed description of the self-admission process to UK universities.

Did you know that all UK universities have employees who are paid for answering questions from Russian-speaking students? Therefore, in order to receive comprehensive information from the universities you are interested in, ask questions to their representatives on the pages of British universities .

And if you decide that you need help in entering an English university , our consultants are ready to support you at any stage of admission, including we offer full support for admission and preparation of a motivation letter .

Steps to follow for admission to a British university

STEP 1: Choose suitable universities

If you have already decided which university you want to enter – great! If not, see our guide on how to choose a UK university .

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STEP 2: Choose a specialization

If you know exactly what profession you will study – great! See the UK university program search engine to select programs of interest.

Not sure which specialization to choose – see the list of subjects taught in British universities, and the video below about the professions that will be in demand in the world and in Russia in the next 5-20 years

Profession guides will tell you how to get different specialties abroad.

STEP 3: Select a program

If you are not sure which program is right for you, a guide on how to choose a program at a UK university will help you.

STEP 4: Register on the university website

Often, a complete list of admission requirements and the exact questions of the motivation letter and referees can only be found on the online university application system. Therefore, it makes sense to register with the university application submission system in order to familiarize yourself with the exact entrance requirements before you start working on its preparation.

Applications and documents to all UK universities are sent online. If you are applying for the first higher, register in the online system UCAS , through which applications for admission to undergraduate studies in all British universities are submitted. The system allows you to send the same application to 5 universities.

Those who apply for a master’s degree will apply on the website of the chosen university, for which they will need to register on the websites of all universities to which the applicant enters.

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STEP 5: Prepare documents for application for admission

For programs with low competition, an applicant will need a minimum of effort to prepare an application. And if you have chosen a top university, get ready to work on your application seriously. Regardless of the competition, most UK universities will require a letter of motivation, recommendation and a document on previous education.

The following documents are required for admission to British universities:

Motivation letter

An essay in which the applicant tells what profession and why he chooses and how the program he goes to will help him in this choice. A very important document for admission to most British universities. Materials for preparing a cover letter will independently tell you where to start, how to draw up an essay plan and give examples of successful cover letters.

Need help writing your motivation letter? Our editors who have studied at the University of Oxford and the LSE will be happy to help you prepare your cover letter .

Letter of recommendation

A recommendation or characteristic to a student given by his teacher or employer is a mandatory document for admission to all undergraduate and graduate programs and to most IFP preparation programs . By frequently requesting this document from a referrer at home, a student may receive a counter request “write something and I will sign”. Materials of a letter of recommendation to a foreign university will help both recommended and referees.

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When applying to a foreign university for master’s and some bachelor’s programs, a resume or CV is required. CV – an opportunity to talk about the merits and achievements of the applicant, not shown in other documents of the application for admission.

Try to put your CV on one A4 page and write about what you have achieved, not just what you did.

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Document confirming previous education

The main document on the basis of which the university makes a decision on the admission of an applicant is a document confirming previous education. Most often, an applicant submits an application to a British university without having a document on previous education in his hands.

If a full secondary certificate is not received or a bachelor’s degree is not received , the applicant sends an extract with grades to the university and its translation.

STEP 6: Pass IELTS or TOEFL – test confirming knowledge of English

If your previous education was not obtained in English, then you need to pass a test, confirmation of the level of English proficiency.

Read more about IELTS, TOEFL and other tests here.

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STEP 7: Prepare portfolio, pass other tests

For admission to some specialties, you will need to prepare a portfolio or take additional tests. The good news is that there are not many such specialties: you will need a creative portfolio for design and architecture, a GMAT test for business and finance in top universities, BMAT for medicine.

Get advice on preparing a creative portfolio.

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STEP 8: Pay the application processing fee

Some universities charge a fee and the consideration of an application for admission from £ 20 to £ 50. Payment is made after the applicant fills in all the fields of the online application for admission.

STEP 9: Send an application and wait for a response from the university

If you prepared an application yourself, postpone the sending for 1-2 days (if, of course, the time allows) to check everything thoroughly again.

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And be patient. There are universities that will give you an answer within a week, while others may make you wait for a decision for more than two months. If you need to get a solution faster, write a request to the representatives of British universities from their pages, do not forget to indicate your student number.

Good luck! Break a leg!

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