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UK Education : Application Procedure

A body called UCAS handles applications of international students for admissions to UK colleges or universities. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a centralised application process for UK study. It makes applying for full-time undergraduate degree courses and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) straightforward and easy. All UCAS institutions are recognised by the UK government or offer courses that are validated by UK government-recognised universities.

When you apply through UCAS you can:
(i) make up to five choices at once on one application
(ii) apply to a wide range of different courses and institutions
(iii) apply online using UCAS Apply
(iv) track the progress of your applications.

Online applications with UCAS Apply

Most UCAS applications are made using an online system called Apply. Apply is a secure, web-based application system which is available 24 hours a day. It can be used anywhere that has access to the internet, so you can fill in your application where and when it suits you.When you choose a course and select 'Apply online' in the course finder, you will be taken through to the UCAS Apply website. You can also use Apply independently or through a school, college or other organisation registered with UCAS. 

For more details one can refer UCAS official website www.ucas.com.

Contact address

Rosehill
New Barn Lane
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL52 3LZ
Tel. Ph: 0044 871 468 0 468, 0044 330 333 0230 (outside UK)

Preparing your UCAS application

You can apply for up to five UK courses in a single UCAS application (two different courses at the same institution count as two choices).

Course combinations that you can have

You can apply to a maximum of:

You can use your remaining choice(s) for any other subject. For example, if you apply to four medicine courses, you could still make one choice for veterinary medicine.

If you apply to fewer than five choices, you can add more later if you want to (but be aware of the deadlines for adding choices - see when to apply). This can be useful if you find a new course after you've sent your application to us.

Dates for UCAS application

There are three deadlines for course applications through UCAS:

You can search for courses and apply online using the course finder. It is important to check the deadline for your chosen course(s). If you are applying from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you can apply at any time between mid-September and 30 June. If you are applying to the University of Cambridge or Oxford, or for courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science, you should apply by 15 October.

January 15 is the application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for all courses except those listed above with a 15 October deadline, and art and design courses with a 24 March deadline.

Although some UK institutions will be happy to receive applications right up to the start of the course, you are advised to send your application early. There is no guarantee that applications received after 15 January will be considered, and some popular courses may not have vacancies after this date.