Applications - like them or not, they are the first step towards securing a place at your chosen study abroad destinations. The ‘application process’ encompasses a series of activities that need to be undertaken to ultimately gain admission, hopefully, to the desired university or college. Different countries such as the UK, the USA, Australia and Singapore may have slightly varying requirements - at Hotcourses India, admission requirements and application prerequisites form an integral part of all institutions profiled.
Undergraduate applications to colleges in the UK are via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). There is no longer a paper application form; all transactions are online. Also, unlike In India, you do not have to pay the institution to apply for UG programmes. The cost incurred on an application, £12 for a 2013 entry for one course at a single university and £23 for between two to five applications, goes directly to UCAS. You can apply for a maximum of five courses at all UK universities.
Since students in the UK undergo 13 years of pre-collegiate education as opposed to 12 years in India, the admission criteria to UG courses in the UK are fairly stringent. A specified number of subject passes at both GCE "A" Levels and GCSE at a minimum of grade C is - equivalent to a good score in the CBSE and ICSE, would be acceptable.
Ideally UCAS forms need to be submitted before 15th December of the preceding year but applications can still be processed until 30th June, after which they will be handled via ‘Clearing’.
The sheer number of universities and colleges in the USA, nearly 4000, makes it a favoured study abroad destination for Indian UG aspirants. Admission at the undergraduate level requires students to have completed a minimum of 12 years of study and take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and the TOEFL/IELTS, depending upon the university requirement. Those who have completed a part of their undergraduate degree can apply as transfer students.
Universities in the US have four intakes, in the different seasons: Spring, Fall, Sumer and Winter. Fall is usually the busiest time with regard to admissions and the commencement of most subjects. Along with their academic scores, applicants need to submit documents such as a covering letter, bank statement, and affidavit of financial statements. A strong financial background or good grades can help you get a scholarship. Financial aid, ranging from 1000 to as much as 30,000 is available to qualified students depending upon the university and programme.
With its weather, excellent lifestyle and low cost of living and tuition fees, Australia is definitely at the top of the list of undergraduate study abroad destinations for Indian students. Such are the combinations on offer that students can choose from about 2500 different variants of courses according to their need.
Admission to a UG course in an Australian university requires a completion of twelve years of education, implying qualifying in Class 12 or junior college as applicable, in the Indian context.
Applicants are well advised to get in touch with the institution at least a year before the proposed date of admission. Application forms can be obtained via email, downloaded from the University website or through the University’s representatives and agents.
Admissions in public universities in Singapore are competitive, primarily based on academic profile. A few of the UG programmes on offer require SAT, TOEFL, IELTS are quite essential. but this differs with each institution, while the submission of TOEFL and IELTS scores is optional.
Private colleges offer bachelors programmes in almost every subject, with admission requirements varying from the SAT, TOEFL and IELTS. In general, students need to have completed their 12th or equivalent to Singapore A level.
Application for the undergraduate programmes is done online.
For more information on the various undergraduate study abroad options available, visit our Undergraduate section.