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Study in UK

Application Procedure

Presented here are some of the requirements and process of applying to UK universities for Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Master's & Doctoral Degree) courses. For detailed information just drop by at any of our offices.

Application Forms

For undergraduate studies, applications are made through a computerized national system known as Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). Students must complete a single UCAS form which allows them a choice of six universities and courses so that they don't have to make costly and time consuming multiple applications.

When to Apply

UCAS forms should be ideally submitted before 15th December of the preceding year. Students can start applying even if they have received their final results. However, even after 15th December, applications can still be processed in the normal way until 30th June. After that, applications will be handled through "Clearing Process".

Students applying for post graduate studies must enquiries at least 12 to 18 months before the proposed date of admission - this differs between courses and universities.

Requesting Applications from Mentor
You can get application forms for all the universities from the Mentor Consultancy offices in your area. You can either visit us personally or email us.


Postgraduate Studies
Most UK universities accept the Indian graduation system of three years for entry into most postgraduate courses. An Indian bachelor degree like B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc. is equivalent to a British Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree.

However, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to British Bachelor (Honours) Degree, which requires 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year after graduation or a four year degree course like B.E., B.Tech or other such courses. For most Universities, a good first degree from a university in India or its equivalent is essential.

British Degree Indian Equivalent Degree
British Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree A three-year Indian Graduation Degree like B.A. or B.Sc. and other such courses.
British Bachelor (Honours) Degree A four-year Indian graduation course like B.E. or B.Tech. or other such courses.
A post graduate degree, from Indian university, like M.A., M.Sc. or other such courses.
British Master's Degree A post graduate degree like M.Tech. or M.E. from I.I.T. or I.I.Sc. and other such colleges
Undergraduate Studies
British students undergo thirteen years of pre-university education as opposed to twelve years in India. Outstanding marks from one of the two Central Boards (CBSE or ICSE) or their equivalent, or the first year of an Indian degree programme are therefore usually required for direct entry into an undergraduate programme in UK.

For those who do not, as yet, have these qualifications, there is a range of access or foundation courses available. Foundation courses range from four months to a year.

Applicants must satisfy both general and course requirements for admissions.

General Requirements
A specified number of subject passes at both GCE "A" Levels and GCSE at grade C minimum is required for admissions in UK educational system. An equivalent Indian qualification such as a good score in the CBSE and ICSE etc. would be acceptable.

Course Requirements
Course requirement details can be obtained from prospectuses of institutions which are available at all Mentor Consultancy offices.

For more details on a particular course or university, please give us a call or drop into our office or send us an email.

Academic Records

Full details of your education including your course subjects and grades are required to apply. Transcripts or official records of your previous academic qualifications are crucial for your application. Please remember consolidated marksheet is not accepted for admission into any universities:

  • Standard X Mark Sheet
  • Standard XII Mark Sheet
  • Individual Degree Mark Sheets
  • Bachelor Degree / Provisional Certificate
  • English proficiency certificate (IELTS or TOEFL)

If the originals are not in English, a good English translation must be enclosed.

English Proficiency

For most courses and universities, international students are required to take IELTS which is regularly administered by the British Council. Some universities may accept TOEFL as an alternative.

Mentor offers professional IELTS training if you have not appeared for the exam or your earlier score was not sufficient.

Work History

A number of professional and vocational courses require relevant work experience. For instance, many MBAs require at least a couple of years' work experience.

A detailed résumé is an important part of your application. It should include all information of professional work experience along with the details like positions held, achievements and range of work.

Letter of Recommendation

Letters of reference or recommendation letters play a very important part in your admission especially in courses that earn you a master's or doctoral degree. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and other such information.

The author or teacher must indicate his position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake. Authors are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as a student. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidates chances of selection.

Statement of Purpose

The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty assessing your application their most significant impression of you as an individual.

A personal statement should include reasons for choosing this particular course, your area of interest, the suitability of your education and experiential background for this course and your personal and future goals.

Study in UK - Action Plan

Month Action Plan
October 2004 By this time you must have already submitted applications with your Mentor Consultancy office. Please allow 6-8 weeks of turnaround time for the decisions to arrive. It will take longer for research applications.
November 2004 Start identifying scholarships and begin the application process. You should register for IELTS or TOEFL examination.

February intake students should apply for a student visa with the Visa Facilitation service.
February 2005 Leave to UK (February intake students only).

September 2005 intake students - Apply to universities for admission (conditional admission).
April Deadline for many University Scholarships. Check with your nearest Mentor Consultancy for details as scholarship deadlines vary across institutions.
June You should have received the decisions from the Universities at this stage, if not, please contact your nearest Mentor Consultancy office to chase the decision on outstanding applications.
July Last date to submit Applications for September intake.
Start applying for Visa
August/September 2004 Start registering with Mentor for IELTS training. Most preferable time for Final year students.

Students who would like to join the February intake should work hard this period in choosing the university and doing the documentation.
September/October Course Starts

Thinking about studying in UK? Read about UK visa regulations.

Useful Websites
This website will help you to understand UK immigration control and what your rights and responsibilities are when you make an application.