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Studying in the UK? And why not?

For someone embody higher education in Britain just famous Oxford and Cambridge universities, other studies considered in this island country for almost unreal and strange the students inaccessible. But then there is one group of students – those left discouraged and now from his studio in Great Britain not only take away a wealth of experience and experiences, but also an interesting item on his resume …

Before we take a particular course of study options, both at schools in the UK report, look at first, how did the school system in this country looks like.

Higher education in the UK

Education in Great Britain is in many respects from the Czech somewhat different. In terms of tertiary education is the most visible difference about the fact that in Britain the colleges (which are divided into universities (Universities), non-university Technical University (Polytechnic), colleges (College of Education) and other institutions) do not stack any admission test. Necessary „ticket“ to college but there are so-called A Levels, which are kind of similar to graduation in our schools. But their very successful composition often enough. At some schools, the tenderers are required a good average marks from this test and sometimes even, in particular those most institutions have yet to undergo an oral interview. In the first phase of university graduates gaining her Bachelor's degree (Bachelor or more complete attribute according to the focus, for example, of Arts, Medicine, etc.). At higher levels, is awarded the title of Master and Doctor. Undergraduate study is spread most often within three years, with more demanding disciplines (medicine, etc.) into four, sometimes five years. This divided the study offer and Polytechnic. Higher education is mostly focused on the field of teaching, or other specialized fields, especially in services and are accessible to students since 16 years.

=== UCAS

Universities and other schools of tertiary education are of course open to foreigners. Those only last year welcomed the 104 000th Pages devoted to studying in the UK there are many, but one that would be candidates for study in this country certainly should not miss. It is a portal „** ** UCAS ': http://www.ucas.com (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service), which in addition to the necessary information about education in the UK (including those that would be just as interested in“ foreign students „: http://ucas.com/…nukstudents/) offers the“ login form ": http://ucas.com/students/apply/ # on all local colleges and universities.

How To

  • ** Opening an account and fill in basic information **

Before submitting an application must first create an account to www.ucas.com basic form and fill in your profile. Besides the name, surname, address, contact you and other personal data is to be noted as well as your previous education, employment and completed practice.

  • ** ** Choice of school

It is now one of the most important points – choose the right schools and disciplines. Bring them can be a maximum of five (but if you are applying only for medical or veterinary fields, it can be entered only four, if you are interested in studying at Cambridge or Oxford, can be in one year to apply to only one of them). And according to what school to choose? It is well known that schools in Britain are very based on their prestige and hence also depends on the rate of interest in their graduates. Employer is very often not only interested in what field they studied potencinální employee, but also where. The fame of local universities is determined by their traditions, achievements and the deeply rooted or have a general appreciation. And it should also take into consideration when you choose a school – it is always a little better zariskovat and submit your application to a more prestigious school than to spend a minimum of three years for some unknown and not very good institution. But whether you get anywhere, you can be almost sure that your education will be acquired not so worthless – Higher education in the UK generally is the world leader. In choosing the „right“ schools for example can inspire rankings of world universities, which annually compiles a number of institutions and organizations (see, for example ranking „ARWU“: http://www.arwu.org/ (Academic Ranking of World Universities), compiled by Shanghai University CWCU, ranking published in „Times Higher Education“: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/hybrid.asp?… etc.). An important source of information, but could be personal experiences and evaluations of students themselves, which can be traced to a variety of student portals on the pages of universities (including the Czech ones) and elsewhere.

  • ** ** Essay

In one of the points of application is also developing essays. He fills in the section Personal Statement and should fit up to 4000 characters. The aim of this text should be nothing more than accurately describe why you decided to make the field and why you should be admitted. Certain difficulties with its treatment can cause the fact that you are sending to all the selected fields, and if they are different (one example is oriented toward the economic, the other humanities), you have to build as possible „nejuniverzálněji“. In his writing, you should definitely avoid beletristickému style, full of passion and personal desires. They appreciate the other hand, its density, persuasive, factual repletion. Do not forget the achievements, provide proof of their interest in their chosen field of study and interim experience in it and you can mention your plans in your professional life. Finally, check everything carefully (typos and grammatical errors do not look the best in any written text, let alone in the essay, which is one of the basic prerequisites for admission to college).

  • ** ** Recommendations

An integral part of the application is also a Recommendation (Reference) from another person. Most often it writes student learning or professional counselor or someone from his teachers from high school or other educational institution. In any case, it should be someone who knows the student well and who was educated in a relevant subject (often in English, mathematics, biology or other object that will follow university studies for major candidates) or professional field.

  • ** Application fee **

Unless you decide to apply to more than one school year will pay £ 19 per application. If you are submitting an application to one school, put it in only 9 pounds (in 2011 these fees will be increased to 21, respectively. 11 pounds). For application form, which you take in the event of rejection, or if you fail to comply with other conditions to completion of admission (to send your reply too late, etc.), pay 10 pounds. This application shall be filed on an alternative date within the clearing phase (see below).

  • ** Additional admissions requirements **

Properly filling out an application but it does not end there. Other requirements have to depend on specific schools. While most „prestigious“ can expect the announced interview, self-acceptance to the conditions set almost all schools. In particular the requirements for a higher level of proficiency in English (shows with a sufficient number of points for tests like TOEFL, IELTS or CAE, which is so necessary to undergo), but perhaps also some signs of leaving objects or directly from the whole GCSE (and sometimes even require the and all ones).

=== When to apply

Applications through the system www.ucas.com are served from mid-September. The latest filing deadlines are derived from the selected schools. For the next academic year were set as follows:

  • ** 15 October 2010 **: for all medical, dental and veterinary courses and all courses at universities Oxford or Cambridge (not to report to both simultaneously)
  • ** 15 January 2011 **: for all other courses with the exception of the above and below
  • ** To 24 March 2011 **: for all art and design disciplines with the exception of the above

Reply === schools

The term by which you must pass verdicts UCAS individual schools of your acceptance, rejection or conditional acceptance (that occurs when you have neodmaturovali or have something else completely fulfill all the conditions required by the school, such as the required number of points from exams) can vary. As a rule, but you should come to expression of schools by the end of March, respectively. April. The final decision on which school you go, then you have about a month – you must send it to a certain date in May or June, depending on the field (an overview of all important dates can be found „here“: http://ucas.com/students/ importantdates). If you are choosing between multiple schools, you may select up to two – one as a priority, the other as „compensation“. If you fail at any school, there is still a possibility by mid-August to late September to submit a new application within the above-mentioned phase „Clearing“: http://ucas.com/…earing/facts. This group can be included and automatically, for example if you send your application no later than the deadline.

Tuition Fees === === Studying in the UK is, with the exception of Scottish schools, where it subsidizes local government charge, up to several thousand pounds a year. The same amount also applies to students from EU countries. To enable students to bear this amount without serious existential problems, have the opportunity to take advantage of student loans to repay them with relief until after graduation, until the time they start earning £ 15 000 per year. Foreign students can study in addition to student loans treated „specially for them“: http://www.direct.gov.uk/…/DG_10035218 much easier grant or stipnedium (which do not have to repay). Get it just is not always easy. Apply for a scholarship can be for example ‚Chevening‘: http://www.fco.gov.uk/…cholarships/ announced by the British Foreign Office, such as a scholarship open by the host school or you can contact one of the Czech students ‚foundations and organizations‘: http://www.vysokeskoly.cz/…pres-erasmus. For more information about how to obtain scholarships can also be found on the „British Council“: http://www.educationuk.org/…_user_advice?… or „British government“: http:// www.direct.gov.uk / en / EducationAndLe­arning / UniversityAndHig­herEducation / StudentFinance / StudentsFromOt­herEUCountries / index.htm. Financial issues are devoted to studies of foreigners on its Web site was also the organization „UCAS“: http://ucas.com/…udents/money.

Working in the UK

Students from the European Union can in Britain during the study also ends meet. All information on conditions of work of international students provides Web „UKCISA“: http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/…g_during.php (UK Council for International Student Affairs) or the „UK Border Agency“: http:// www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/…studentvisa/ # header7. On that, you just pay all costs of your casual work, but definitely not rely – not only that the extent of working time (and thus the final earnings), there is very limited (during the semester students can only work 10–20 hours per week, respectively . up to 40 hours per week during the holidays, and it still just a pre-specified conditions), but also not certain that surely you can get a job here. In Britain you would have already come to such a financial basis to be able to cover most expenses.

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Author: Černá, Lucie

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