Considering university overseas?
Questions to ask...
You've found the perfect university overseas to study at, you've also found suitable accommodation arrangements with the university and you are going to make an application but what sort of questions do you need to ask when you are considering applying to a university overseas:
1) When does the application process begin and end?
Not all university systems follow the same process as the UCAS system
2) When does the course start?
Not all university start dates are the same time as the UK
3) Do I have to wait until I get my grades to apply?
It is really important to understand this as this will determine your application and position in applying.
4) Is the process different if I am an IB student?
Unlikely to be any different if you are an IB student but important to understand if there are differences.
5) Is there an English proficiency test?
Very unlikely to be the case if you are a native English speaker but again very important to understand.
6) Is there an admission test?
Some universities will include admissions test as part of the process. Don't be put off by an admissions test, they are in place to ensure the right students get through onto the course.
7) Will I have to pay to take the admission test?
Always important to find this out!
8) What support, if any, is available with the admission test?
Admissions test can often require additional support, especially if you are coping with the demands of a busy sixth form timetable. Ask what support is in place and how you can access the support.
9) What's the admission process consist of?
An overview of the admissions process can often help you to understand what's required and by when.
10) How long does it take and when are the critical points for me to complete things?
Often the process can take up to a year with a number of critical deadlines to adhere to. So that you are in the best possible position understand what the requirements are and how to implement them into your schedule.
11) Is there an admissions interview? If so, how best can I prepare?
Often there is an admission interview included within the process. It is important to understand when this might take place, what the format is, and what bearing it has on your overall application.
12) Are places limited?
This will give you an idea of whether or not places are limited and if so just how competitive the programme is.
13) What forums are available for me to talk to students currently studying at the university?
You should ask this question more often. The opinion of students studying at the university is a great indicator of the student experience.
14) Who's my best point of contact throughout the admissions process?
Really good to know who to contact should you have any questions throughout the process.
That's our quick run through of questions to consider. Let us know if we've missed anything off the list.
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