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How to seek admissions in UK educational institutions
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:50:08 AM »
UK Academic session starts in September with exception of few being in
Jan/Feb.

UCAS is the central organisation that processes applications for
full-time
undergraduate courses at UK universities and  colleges. Process is
simple
and user-friendly.

·        Open your account (User ID and Password) at www.ucas.ac.uk

·        Fill the form, you can fill the form in steps (Not in one go!)

·        You need to select six universities, their courses and
campuses.
List of Universities can be found at www.niss.ac.uk or
http://www.educationuk.org/. The University Ranking can be checked at
The
Times Online Newspapers’ Reports

·        Write down your personal statement, which must describe
yourself
fully and honestly. The Personal statement must show your interest in
the
proposed course

·        Arrange a reference letter from a senior teacher or academic
best
know to you. Write the text of letter into UCAS form, as written on the
reference letter

·        Arrange someone to pay for you by credit card or debit card;
otherwise, you can consult Local British Council Office for fees.
Normally
it can cost up to £15.00 pounds fees.

UCAS will precede your application to nominated universities. Later on
Universities will write you outcome of your application. Remember for
undergraduate admission, UK universities accept application through
UCAS
only. However, in clearing time (August, September) they can directly
accept
applications.

Always apply try to apply in university courses with foundation years.
I
believe this help you getting longer-term visas also in some cases
TOEFL and
IELTS could be waived-off. Furthermore, in case of admission in
Bachelors
with foundation years sometimes universities waive off the condition so
English Language tests.

For English Language
Testes, IELTS is highly appreciated; however, you can also choose
TOEFL. CDS
and Books are available in market for TOEFL and IELTS preparation in
Pakistan. You may see details at following web links as well

·        TOEFL

·        IELTS

Reply and communicate universities effectively in the time. There is
nothing
like ‘informal’ in communications. So pick and put correct words and
sentences in your email responses. Always show your best interest in
the
university and in course.

Effective writing reference letter or email correspondence you can seek
guidance at http://www.businessballs.com/writing.htm, CDs are available
in
Pakistan market such Office Letters 2000.

For entry to the International Foundation Programme, in either
September or
January, you will need to have an IELTS of 4.5 or TOEFL of 400 (or 200
CBT)
and to have completed 12 years of education with the Intermediate
Diploma.

For entry to our four year extended degree programmes in Engineering,
you
will need to have an IELTS of 6.0 or TOEFL of 550 (or 220 CBT) and to
have
completed 12 years of education with the Intermediate Diploma.

While selecting universities
don’t go for all high ranked universities. Apply couple of high level,
couple of middle level and couple low ranked universities. This
approach
will help to get admission in at least one. Secondly, once you come in
to UK
you can change your university if you don’t like it.

For postgraduate admission scenario is bit different. You can contact
universities directly (atleast 6 -8) after selecting from
www.niss.ac.uk
and www.educationuk.org. You can submit your application either online
or by
post.

·        You just need to
arrange following document:

·        Your well written and detailed CV

·        Personal Statement, showing your strong interest in the
proposed
course

·        Your all transcripts

·        Two Reference written from either reputed Teacher (University
Professors).

·        For getting admission in post-graduation level in UK, if you
are
senior in your field, you may not require under-graduation. It all
depends
on your CV.



Third option is research-based admission or research based job in UK.
You
can find these opportunities at www.jobs.ac.uk. Prepare self before
applying. Read the advertisement carefully, research the topic on
internet,
journals, and books and understand if you can do it. Follow the
requirement
carefully. It is always considered a lack interest if you send
uncompleted
of missed information. Try to complete form and then send it to
relevant
bodies. Secondly, by visit universities, go at staff websites and see
the
research interests of teachers. Write down a research proposal and send
him
directly along with your personal statement, CV and research proposal.
If he
like, he can ask you submit application form. Also he can provide you
funding on the project if it is really interesting. For writing
research
proposal, you can get help at this link The Researcher’s Bible or any
senior
professor in universities or
internet.

However, there are some funding agencies in Pakistan, which offer
scholarships. Do visit at following links for some options.  May you
could
find some!

·        Higher Education Commission of Pakistan

·        State Bank of Pakistan for scholarship and Loans

·        www.iee.org.uk

·        www.educationuk.org

Once you get admission, next step is to apply for visa. You can find
application forms and information at www.ukvisas.gov.uk and UK High
Commission in Pakistan at

http://www.britishhighcommission.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1076076728689

As far as a part-time job is concerned, in UK you are entitled to work
20
hours (min £5.05 per hour) a week. With this part-time job, you can
maintain
yourself in UK. However, in term-break period or in summer vacation you
can
work full time and save some amount for your tuition fees.

Please feel free to ask any thing you need for this process….

With regards



Sohail Kalhoro

Razzaq Solangi