Applying to a university in London can seem a bit difficult but there is a clear process which all UK and international students follow. For the majority of undergraduate courses at London universities, you will apply via a centralised application system called UCAS.
The UCAS deadline for applications is 15 January every year, but many London universities have later deadlines for international students so you still have time to submit your applications to start in September this year.
As part of your application, you will have to write a Personal Statement. This is an application letter which gives you the opportunity to tell the university why you are applying for the course and what makes you suitable. Here are some tips on what to include:
- Why are you applying?: Why are you applying for this subject? Why does it interest you? What are your career aspirations and how does this course relate to that? It is important to show a good understanding of the subject area and a great level of enthusiasm.
- What makes you suitable for the course?: What are your experiences that will allow you to succeed on the course? Did you cover a similar subject area during your high school studies? Do you have any relevant work experience? Most courses do not require work experience but it can be an advantage.
- Any other relevant information: You may also write about your hobbies and interests, and make sure to relate them to skills required in your chosen profession. For example, if you play a sport, you can highlight team work and leadership skills.
There are also some very common mistakes which you can easily avoid by checking and double-checking your Personal Statement. What to avoid:
- Do not repeat information already stated on your application: There is a word limit on your Person Statement so it is important to only include the most important factors. You do not need to repeat any of the information you have already stated in other parts of the application, for example a list of your high school subjects.
- Do not copy paragraphs from the internet: It is okay to get some ideas from the internet but you should not copy anything you read. Universities have sophisticated software which checks whether you have copied a particular section from the internet.
- Check your spelling & grammar: Make sure your spell-check is on and read through your statement carefully several times.
It is a good idea to get your family and friends to check your Personal Statement as they might have some good ideas for you. Remember, this is your chance to show the universities how much you want to study this course.
For further information and advice on UCAS and the Personal Statement, take a look at the UCAS website.