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  1. 1. Studying Abroad
  2. 2. In Unit 15 You Will Learn About • How to apply to colleges in UK • European courses taught through English • The American option
  3. 3. The UK & Northern Ireland Applications to full- time higher education courses in England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland are processed through a central organisation (UCAS).
  4. 4. The UK & Northern Ireland has: 385 Universities or Colleges 336 England 23 Scotland 20 Wales 6 Northern Ireland 35,000 courses! P.69
  5. 5. P.69 Ireland has approximately 60 third level institutions.
  6. 6. Higher standard of university / college. Can be easier to get accepted. Higher standard of the course. Better job prospects in UK. Live away from home or have more freedom. Why study in the UK?
  7. 7. You would like to permanently stay in the UK. No fees in Scotland for Irish students starting an undergraduate degree. Why study in the UK?
  8. 8. Warning! The British Government has recently cancelled the “Bursary” for Healthcare courses e.g. nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy “
  9. 9. Each year: 6,000 students apply from Ireland. 2,000 Irish students are accepted. Applicant Statistics P.69
  10. 10. The UCAS Search Tool on is a useful place to start.
  11. 11. Next Video 3:42 min This video is a tutorial from Kings College London on how to complete the UCAS application form.
  12. 12. Remember to also think about the following when choosing a course: Location – city/rural Transport links Finances
  13. 13. ‘Apply’ 2016 Key Facts: Application entirely online, see Maximum 5 choices. Some choice restrictions: 1. Medicine 2. Veterinary 3. Dentistry (maximum of 4) 4. Oxford or Cambridge
  14. 14. ‘Apply’ 2016 Key Facts: Application cost: 1 choice - £12 2-5 choices - £23 P.69
  15. 15. Key Dates For Applying: Description Date Website ‘Apply’ open to learners 27th May First day for receipt of applications 1st Sep Deadline for Medicine & Dentistry, Oxford or Cambridge 15th Oct Advisory application deadline (UK/EU) 15th Jan Some art & design courses 24th Mar Latest date for international applicants 30th Jun P.69
  16. 16. 1. Personal details 2. Choices 3. Education 4. Employment 5. Personal statement 6. Referee details (Tutor adds reference) There are 6 sections to complete on the UCAS application: P.70
  17. 17. Personal Statement Max. 4,000 characters, 47 lines. Min. 1,000 characters. Be aware – there is no spelling / grammar check.
  18. 18. Your Personal Statement helps you stand out. It shows the university/college: • You are suited to the course. • You have motivation & dedication. • You have the relevant knowledge / experience. • You understand the demands of the course. • You’ll fit the university environment. P.70
  19. 19. Common Errors 1. Not leaving enough time. 2. Failure to check entry requirements. 3. Qualifications missing, or incorrectly entered. 4. Wrong student support fee code. 5. Forgot admissions test registration. 6. Copied text in personal statement. P.70
  20. 20. The on-line UCAS ‘Track’ System allows you to: 1) Access your record online. 2) Update personal information. 3) Receive information about offers. 4) Reply to offers. 5) Use ‘Clearing’, ‘Adjustments’ or ‘Extra’ if eligible. P.71
  21. 21. Universities & colleges will review: 1. Personal statements 2. Reference qualifications 3. Admissions test results 4. Interviews 5. Portfolios 6. Auditions P.71
  22. 22. You will then get 1 of 3 decisions: 1.Unconditional offer 2.Conditional offer 3.Unsuccessful P.71
  23. 23. Choices Wait for all decisions from all choices, then choose: One Firm choice One Insurance choice
  24. 24. Your Firm choice is where you will be placed if all conditions are met. Your Insurance choice usually has lower conditions, in case the Firm Conditions aren’t met. You don’t have to have an Insurance choice. Any other offers must be declined. P.71
  25. 25. Confirmation Of Places Exam results are sent to universities & colleges. There are four possible outcomes:
  26. 26. 1. Met the conditions of your Firm Choice? Time to celebrate! P.72
  27. 27. P.72 2. Missed out on your Firm Choice, but met Insurance conditions? Also time to celebrate!
  28. 28. 3. Not met the conditions of either? You could still get a place through ‘Clearing’. P.72
  29. 29. 4. Done better than expected? You could use ‘Adjustment’ to change your place to a more aspirational choice. P.72
  30. 30. Used all 5 choices and had no offers? Or declined / withdrew all offers? You can add ‘Extra’ choices for consideration one at a time. P.72
  31. 31. Quick Refresher: 1 Applicant researches course choices 2 Applicant researches admissions tests, student loans & visa application requirements 3 Applicant registers online with UCAS ‘Apply’ 4 Applicant completes form & processes payment 5 Academic reference added by centre / independent referee 6 Centre / applicant sends form electronically to UCAS 7 UCAS processes form & forwards to chosen universities / colleges 8 Universities / colleges submit decisions (ie Offer or Unsuccessful) 9 Applicant views decisions on ‘Track’ 10 Applicant replies to offers on ‘Track’ (Firm / Insurance) 11 Place confirmed when results are released
  32. 32. More info at
  33. 33. Europe Increasing numbers of Irish students are now applying to, or interested in applying to, universities in continental Europe.
  34. 34. Next Video 2:26 min Some reasons to consider studying in Europe
  35. 35. 800 undergraduate programmes are now taught through English in European universities.
  36. 36. European Fees There are no fees in Scandinavian countries & very low fees in countries such as Germany, Austria & the Netherlands.
  37. 37. Europe A useful site to help you: 1. understand the diverse application systems & procedures. 2. research courses in Europe taught through English. P.72
  38. 38. USA The U.S. system admits students on all aspects of the person.
  39. 39. You Will Need: 1 A completed application form - one for each college. 2 A personal statement and two or three essays. 3 Standardised test scores (SAT or ACT, plus SAT Subject Tests, if required). 4 Two or three reference letters. 5 Final four years of school grades. 6 Application fee. 7 Optional interviews.
  40. 40. You must sit the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). There are six sittings a year in Dublin & Waterford. The test takes 3 hours & 45 minutes to complete.
  41. 41. Apply between January to March to start the following Sept.
  42. 42. Clever students begin the investigation and the process about a year before applying.
  43. 43. Average annual living cost €12,000. Average college fees €25,000.
  44. 44. Scholarships For Studying In The USA You can obtain a scholarship for academic achievement, leadership ability, contributions to the community & sporting talents.
  45. 45. Funding Opportunities & Scholarships For Studying In The USA Full funding is rare and is reserved for exceptional applicants. Make contact with the college of choice as soon as possible.
  46. 46. is a comprehensive website that will explain more if you are interested. P.72
  47. 47. Click image for Studying Abroad Quiz on Kahoot.
  48. 48. QUIZ TIME P.73
  49. 49. : Answers: 1b,2d,3c,4a,5d,6a
  50. 50. In Unit 15 You Learned About • How to Apply to Colleges in UK • European courses taught through English • The American option