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Angel September 29th 2009 05:43 AM

Applying to schools in England
 
I'm thinking of applying to university in England. While I am not quite at the point where I should be overly concerned with applying for colleges and whatnot, it would be nice to have a sense of direction to where I should be headed towards.

Right now I am attending high school in New York and am in my sophomore year.

I'm not sure where to start, honestly. D:
How is the application process like?
And more importantly,

What schools would you most recommend?

I'm planning to speak to my guidance counselor sometime, but it certainly would be nice to know a bit of information beforehand. x

Penguin Queen September 30th 2009 04:37 PM

Re: Applying to schools in England
 
What university is best depends entirely on what you want to do.
However this is the rankings for the universities: http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_...rsityguide.php and then if you type in your subject you'll get the rankings for that subject. It would also be a good idea to research the country a bit, and think what part you would like to live in, and go on the individual universities websites too. Also if you go on this site: http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ theres a list of every course, and then every university that does each.

her_beautiful_mistake September 30th 2009 06:00 PM

Re: Applying to schools in England
 
As for what Universities (not schools or college) to recommend, that REALLY depends on your grades. If you're a B/C student, recommending Imperial, UCL or Oxbridge is futile, and better perhaps some Universities lower down the rankings.

What kind of grades do you have? AP classes are required for all the top Universities in your chosen subjects.

What do you want to study?

Where do you want to study - very big city, or smaller city? One that has an airport?

More information and I'll defintley be able to help... I could probably write a novel on Universities as I'm in the process of applying myself!

As for how you apply, as you're an international student (unless you have a UK Passport?) then you'll be applying through the University directly. Each University has a different policy for international students.

To be honest you're not really going to get much accurate or reliable information on University systems here... I'll PM you a link to a better website

tk338 September 30th 2009 09:21 PM

Re: Applying to schools in England
 
Depending on what you want to do, you really want to speak to your guidance counselor, they will know what universities you can get in with equivalent qualifications.

However if you were interested, most websites will have sections for international students, for example this university, brilliant for Science in London, has

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/internati...rthamerica/usa

this page for you americans which may explain a bit more. Most university sites will have an option for undergraduate or prospective students, and then international, or just international on the front page :) Read up there and they'll help you a lot more.

However again as Rachel said what do you want to study, and anything you want particularly at university?

However I'm not sure what like Rachel PM'd you, but I too have a site in mind, and will PM you too cause I've found it very helpful :)

Angel October 1st 2009 12:42 AM

Re: Applying to schools in England
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by thecryingangel (Post 243847)
What university is best depends entirely on what you want to do.
However this is the rankings for the universities: http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_...rsityguide.php and then if you type in your subject you'll get the rankings for that subject. It would also be a good idea to research the country a bit, and think what part you would like to live in, and go on the individual universities websites too. Also if you go on this site: http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ theres a list of every course, and then every university that does each.

Thank you! I'll be sure to check out those links. (:

Quote:

Originally Posted by her_beautiful_mistake (Post 243874)
As for what Universities (not schools or college) to recommend, that REALLY depends on your grades. If you're a B/C student, recommending Imperial, UCL or Oxbridge is futile, and better perhaps some Universities lower down the rankings.

What kind of grades do you have? AP classes are required for all the top Universities in your chosen subjects.

What do you want to study?

Where do you want to study - very big city, or smaller city? One that has an airport?

More information and I'll defintley be able to help... I could probably write a novel on Universities as I'm in the process of applying myself!

As for how you apply, as you're an international student (unless you have a UK Passport?) then you'll be applying through the University directly. Each University has a different policy for international students.

To be honest you're not really going to get much accurate or reliable information on University systems here... I'll PM you a link to a better website

Quote:

Originally Posted by tk338 (Post 244051)
Depending on what you want to do, you really want to speak to your guidance counselor, they will know what universities you can get in with equivalent qualifications.

However if you were interested, most websites will have sections for international students, for example this university, brilliant for Science in London, has

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/internati...rthamerica/usa

this page for you americans which may explain a bit more. Most university sites will have an option for undergraduate or prospective students, and then international, or just international on the front page :) Read up there and they'll help you a lot more.

However again as Rachel said what do you want to study, and anything you want particularly at university?

However I'm not sure what like Rachel PM'd you, but I too have a site in mind, and will PM you too cause I've found it very helpful :)


I'm not too sure yet, but I am considering studying obtetrics or dietetics.
My grades were quite terrible last year due to my mental health having been quite shit, but now it's improved greatly. I do have faith that my grades will reflect that (somewhat) this year. :p

As for the type of city, I don't have a preference for either. A big city would be nice though. (: I don't have a UK passport but I don't plan on living in the US for any longer than I have to, most certainly.

Thank you muchh for replying.
Good luck with your applications, Rachel. x

her_beautiful_mistake October 1st 2009 08:44 PM

Re: Applying to schools in England
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Angel (Post 244188)
Thank you! I'll be sure to check out those links. (:





I'm not too sure yet, but I am considering studying obtetrics or dietetics.
My grades were quite terrible last year due to my mental health having been quite shit, but now it's improved greatly. I do have faith that my grades will reflect that (somewhat) this year. :p

As for the type of city, I don't have a preference for either. A big city would be nice though. (: I don't have a UK passport but I don't plan on living in the US for any longer than I have to, most certainly.

Thank you muchh for replying.
Good luck with your applications, Rachel. x

Do you mean obstetrics? As in medicine?
That would require a medical degree - minimum five years - before a few years specialising. Medicine is very, very competitive to get into in the UK with most Universities having very high requirements - I believe for the majority you need to have a 5/6 in AP Chemistry and Biology & two other subjects and high grades in the rest. There are a limited number of international spaces, too. But it is possible! I'm applying to do medicine this year.

Dietetrics would be a standard three year degree course.

It really would be a good idea if you could say what kind of grades you're likely to be getting because there are a good number of Universities in England :embarrassment

How old are you now?
If your grades are not good at the moment and you realistically think you can improve them I'd suggest you wait until you do before applying, otherwise you'll be at a disadvantage. Because, not trying to be harsh, most people with bad grades promises to improve them and few actually do.

Sorry for lack of PM - check out www.thestudentroom.co.uk
Oh, but, and sorry for being harsh here, if you've never really used any forums apart from TH then this is like a bubble where everyone is a saint. If you post something stupid there, you will get slated - there is no requirement to consider other posters feelings. This thread would be considered vague so basically, make sure you just post an actual specific question otherwise it will be seen as pointless :embarrassmentBut I love it that site, massive amounts of advice and support about University stuffs. :grin:

I've taken that you prefer big cities and expanded that to big cities with airports (or have airports near them) as it would make travelling home etc a lot easier.

Ones that come to mind straight away are:

-- London (bare in mind cost of living is much higher in London than everywhere else)
-- Birmingham
-- Manchester (I'm applying to Manchester!)
-- Nottingham
-- Newcastle
-- Edinburgh (how do you feel about Scotland?)
-- Glasglow
-- Bristol

Most cities in the UK have a main University such as "University of Nottingham" which is the more prestigious University - and hence requires better grades. Then then have a second University (sometimes third even!) such as "Nottingham Trent University". These are the old polytechnic Universities and are less prestigious and therefore have lower grade requirements.

As I'm sure is the same in the US, your job prospects are better if you go to a more prestigious University. But this isn't to say that you won't enjoy your time at a polytechnic University at all.

If you give some rough grade ideas - what is your goal for the end of high school for example? - of what you could realistically achieve that would be good.
I'm pretty certain that to get into the top Uni's you'll need AP classes. This is because in the UK after year 11 (your grade 10) we only chose on average 4 subjects to carry on, and after a year drop down to 3 normally. This means that we study our chosen subjects in a lot greater detail than you can in the US as you take more classes, so when it comes to University our knowledge of our subjects is already more advanced so you'd need to take AP classes to make sure you're at the same level. The first year of University here does not count towards your overall degree level because its just making sure you're all on the same level.


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