Every summer, thousands of international students successfully apply to study in London via Clearing. Here’s our guide to applying to a London university during Clearing.
What is Clearing?
Clearing is a university application service available for undergraduate students between July and September every year. Clearing gives you a last chance to apply for a university course starting in September. This is an opportunity for you to take a look at your confirmed exam results and to find out which universities and courses still have places available for applications.
Clearing is also a second chance to apply if you applied via UCAS but have either not received any offers from universities or if you have declined all of your offers. All UCAS applications submitted after 30 June each year will automatically be entered into Clearing.
Can International Students Apply via Clearing?
Yes, international students applying for undergraduate courses can apply to study in London using Clearing if they do not already hold an offer from a UK university.
What About Postgraduate Students?
Students applying for a postgraduate degree must apply direct to their chosen university, as they do throughout the year. Clearing and UCAS are designed especially for undergraduate students. Read more about applying for postgraduate courses in London.
I’m Eligible for Clearing, How Do I Apply?
Most students who use Clearing have already applied for courses via UCAS but either have received no offers from their first choices or they have decided to not accept any offers. In this instance, you can simply log back in to UCAS and resume your application. To avoid disappointment, it may be best to wait until the middle of August when UCAS publishes courses with available spaces.
What If I Haven’t Already Applied via UCAS?
You can still use Clearing even if you haven’t yet submitted an application to UCAS. Simply register on their website and your application will be entered into Clearing.
When Does Clearing End?
The final date for you to apply for a university via Clearing this year is September 20, 2012.
What Happens If I Don’t Have a Course Offer When Clearing Ends?
If you still do not have a course offer at the end of clearing you will need to re-apply for courses starting in September the following year. Some London universities have a small number of university courses starting in January or February.
What Advice Can You Give Me for Clearing?
- Find out which courses have vacancies
- Contact universities direct to see if your exam results meet their entry requirements
- Treat your university application like a job application
- Thoroughly research your course and university choice
- Be available throughout the summer to answer any requests from your chosen universities
If you know what universities and courses you want to apply to, visit the UCAS website and start your Clearing application.
If you still need to find a suitable degree in London, use our London university course search to find the perfect course for you.