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What Should I Do If I Want To Study Abroad

Written by Sam Temple-Baxter | June 11, 2020

You have made the brave decision you want to study abroad! If it is in the UK then this article is for you. Here are some of the things you need to sort so that you can study in the UK.

Find The Right Course

There are many courses for you to choose from and you just need to decide. We wrote an article on it a short while ago and how read the full article in here. However to summarise:

  • Look at where it ranks
  • Are the lecturers credible?
  • Do they have good facilities?
  • Do they complete a lot of research on it each year?

This should help you make some decisions, each university is going to tell you that is has the best course in order to get you to come!

Choosing Your University

Similar to above, make sure that you pick the right university, half of this is getting the right city. To understand that, you can read the full length article here, however we summaries it below again:

  • Look at the course ratings
  • Look at the lecturers
  • Do many people do the course now and how have they rated it
  • Are there any groups you could talk to on Facebook?
  • Can you speak to lecturers!
  • What is the city like?
  • Is the Students’ Union (SU) active? Supportive?

When you have chosen the course and university you want to go to, you just need to apply and you can do this on their website. IF they are happy with your application they will give you a number called an CAS.

Visa – Tier 4

You will need to apply for your visa before you can come to the UK and study however before you do that you will need to make sure you have your CAS number. Once you have this, you will then just need to have your English test and TB Jab. We go in a lot more detail about getting your Tier 4 Visa in this article

IELTs

The International English Language Testing System. You will need to pass this exam before you can get your visa and come to the UK. The reason this happens is because all the lectures are taught in English and students need to be able to understand and speak English.

If you are from an English speaking country, you won’t have to take this test and there is a definitive list on the Government website.

Booking Student Accommodation

One of the stipulations is for the visa of the university is that you need to have accommodation booked and be able to provide proof. As an international student who can’t go and visit these places and have no idea what areas are good or bad, it can be very difficult to pick!

Our top tips are:

  • Know your budget in £’s know what you can spend on rent. See the cost of living in the UK here
  • There are 2 distinct differences, student accommodation & Student housing
  • Student accommodation is more expensive than student housing See the differences in this article or watch this video
  • You can use sites like Student-it in order to get a good look at what is out there and that’s the way we think is best.
  • You can book most accommodation online and a lot of them usually require some form of deposit or reservation.
  • Always check the cancellation policy in case you can’t get a visa

Funding

When you are coming to the UK you will need to prove that you have the right amount of funding available in order to pay for your university, accommodation and living.

They put quite a lot of pressure on this, so please make sure you have the relevant amount.

There are different ways you can get funding, some of the ways are:

  • Family / Saving
  • Scholarships
  • Sponsors
  • Businesses
  • Governments

Make sure you know which one you are going for, most will usually opt for savings however, if you aren’t in that fortunate position, then most opt for scholarships or sponsors. Make you start this process early.

Applying For a University

If you want to get in to the UK, then start the application early, make sure you have left yourself plenty of time in order to apply. You can either enrol for the September or the January start. If you come on the January start, a lot of the houses and accommodation will have gone by then!

Summary

Start early, make sure you have all your documents in place, and get your IELTs and university application in early so that it leaves you with just having to sort accommodation!

Choosing your university and course can be time consuming so have a good idea of who you want to apply to and which course you would like to do!

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