To many students the idea of becoming an international student and embracing a new culture and lifestyle is quite appealing, even if just for a few years. Of course, it doesn’t suite everyone, the same way these bikes might not be a match, and it doesn’t mean that studying somewhere else will transform the students’ life radically. It’s up to one’s own personality, goals and ambitions.
Yet, even those who do want to study somewhere else, like in the UK, find the actual task of applying quite daunting, as there are too many papers to be filled in and somehow it seems too complicated. This is one of the biggest mistakes students can commit – letting some papers and visa application stand in the way of their ambitions. Applying for a student visa is quite an easy task. It is time consuming, that is true, but if students decide to apply for a visa in advance, they should not worry.
- Letter of acceptance for studies, the confirmation
- Educational certificates and transcripts
- Evidence of an English language test (TOEFL, IELTS)
- Proof of sufficient funds
- Sponsorship details if this is the case
- Application form
- TB testing (where applicable)
So remember that before applying for the visa, you must first get a place at a college or university and have proof of an English language test. It’s not the other way round!
Why the UK?
The UK has a lot to offer to international students. Apart from some of the top world universities
and colleges, there’s a vibrant life, a cosmopolitan culture and a unique sense of pride that being a UK student instils.
The truth is that being admitted to a UK university
is not quite easy. But it’s not that difficult either! It takes commitment and hard work – that’s it. Many students may feel quite discouraged if they are not granted admission on their first trial and this might actually put them off forever. This is again one of those mistakes that should be avoided. Why?
There are thousands of students applying each year – so the competition is quite fierce. It may be that you somehow overlooked something, and that detail may be the cause of your refusal. You may not be familiar enough with the education expectations in the UK. There are some obvious differences between the teaching system in your native country and that in the UK. The good thing is that there are also quite many resources aimed at helping international students cope with the higher British education system.
One such resource is the foundation courses. There are varied foundation year courses in the UK
, targeting some of the most well sought study areas: business and finance, science and pharmacy, engineering, humanities, law, art and design.
But what is a foundation course?
Basically, a foundation course is a preparatory university course. It is highly intensive, equipping students with the competencies needed to further apply for a university degree. The teaching milieu is a bespoke one, allowing the teachers to focus on individual students better. It is not only the specific subject knowledge that is improved (business for instance), but the English language as well. So this could be an option international students might wish to consider.
Every year thousands of students make it. You can easily become one of them. Remember to prepare in advance and try until you succeed. Good luck!
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