Will Brexit have a Financial Impact on Indian Students?

Last June, the UK decided as a nation to leave the European Union. Since then, this has directly impacted the pound in the international financial market. Studying abroad for most Indian students is a significant financial investment and is a plan that they make often years in advance. Parents are looking at ways of saving money in the long term to ensure that enough is available to send their children away to study. Experts believe that for now, and the next couple of years, Indian students coming to the UK will be spending less, as the value of the pound continues to depreciate against other currencies.

So, will this mean cheaper education in the UK?

In a word, yes.

But how much cheaper do you mean when you say ‘cheaper’?

The pound has gone down significantly compared to rates last year. There has been a drop of an average of Rs15 on the pound.

Average Exchange rate on 26/04/2016 –  1 GBP = 97.0631 INR

Average Exchange rate on 26/04/2017 –  1 GBP = 82.2606 INR

Since 2013, there has been a steady rise in the value of the pound compared to INR but it has now come down significantly in 2017.

But what does this mean in the big picture?

Even if universities do raise their fees, studying costs in the UK are now significantly lower, saving parents almost 5-7 Lakhs. And, with scholarship opportunities like the GREAT Scholarship from British Council, studying abroad this year will be financially viable for a lot more students.


Let us consider the below examples of doing a one year Master’s degree in the UK in 2017.

University of Warwick – MSc Accounting and Finance

Type: MSc (Full-Time)

Duration: 12 Months

Start Month: September 2017

Tuition: £33,500

Living Expenses: £11,400

Total Expenses: £44,900

Cost in GBP Cost in INR (2017) Cost in INR (2016) Savings
44,900 36,93,500 43,58,133 6,64,632


University of LiverpoolMSc Accounting and Finance

Type: MS (Full-Time)

Duration: 12 Months

Start Month: September 2017

Tuition: £18,000

Living Expenses: £9,200

Total Expenses: £27,200

Cost in GBP Cost in INR (2017) Cost in INR (2016) Savings
27,200 22,37,488 26,40,116 4,02,628


University of LeicesterMSc Accounting and Finance

Type: MS (Full-Time)

Duration: 12 Months

Start Month: October 2017

Tuition: £19,545

Living Expenses: £12,200

Total Expenses: £31,745

Cost in GBP Cost in INR (2017) Cost in INR (2016) Savings
31,745 26,11,362 30,81,268 4,69,906


Birmingham City UniversityMSc Accounting and Finance

Type: MSc (Full-Time)

Duration: 12 Months

Start Month: September 2017

Tuition: £12,000

Living Expenses: £12,200

Total Expenses: £24,200

Cost in GBP Cost in INR (2017) Cost in INR (2016) Savings
24,200 19,90,706 23,48,927 3,58,221


To get help in selecting and applying the right master’s course for you, please get in touch on info@applicationuk.com.

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UK Scholarships Exclusively for Indian Students

Thinking studying for your master’s degree in the UK?  The British Council has now introduced a total of 169 postgraduate scholarships, exclusively for students from India, in various fields such as Engineering, Law, Business, Art & Design, Biosciences, IT and more. 40 top universities in the UK are participating in providing this scholarship, worth £5,000.

Wondering if it’s too late to get a scholarship for this upcoming academic year? It’s not! The below universities are all offering scholarships worth a minimum of £5,000, and have applications deadlines over the next 3 months.


University of Westminster

Scholarship value: £7,500

Application details: You must hold an offer for a full-time master’s at the university. The scholarships will be awarded to the best candidate in each faculty area; Architecture and the Built Environment, Business, Media, Arts and Design, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Law. Minimum academic requirement equivalent to a UK 2:1 degree.

Number of scholarships available: 6

Deadline: 4th May 2017


University of Nottingham

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: Applications are open to students studying for a master’s degree in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Sciences, or a MSc Biotechnology. You must be in receipt of an offer to study a master’s at the university. Please note, this scholarship is not available to alumni students.

Number of scholarships available: 7

Deadline: 19th May 2017


Sheffield Hallam University

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: The university is offering six GREAT Scholarships of £5,000, exclusively for Indian domiciled students starting a full-time taught course in September 2017. You must have received an offer to study a master’s at the university, and achieve a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in your undergraduate degree.

Number of scholarships available: 6

Deadline: 31st May 2017


Birkbeck, University of London

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: You must have received your unconditional offer letter for your desired Postgraduate course. Once students have received their offer letter, they need to submit an essay of no more than 500 words on the topic:

“Why are you the ideal candidate to receive the £5,000 Birkbeck-GREAT scholarship?”

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 1st June 2017


University of Surrey

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: Scholarships are available for all Indian students studying for a master’s degree within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. To apply, students need to complete an online form, answering the below question in no more than 400 words:

“Sometimes misunderstood, engineering is a profession offering endless creative possibilities. What inspires and excites you most about engineering (is it the opportunity to innovate…to be part of the future…to collaborate with other great minds?) and how do you hope to change the world for the better through engineering?”

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 19th June 2017


Bangor University

Scholarship value: £6,000

Application details: in order to be eligible for this scholarship from Bangor University, you must have already received an offer to study for a master’s degree. You also must have also been offered the International Merit Scholarship, available to all students who achieve a first class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree.

Number of scholarships available: 13

Deadline: 15th June 2017


Cardiff University

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details:  Applications for this scholarship are open to students studying for a master’s degree within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Eligible students must be holding either a conditional or unconditional offer by midday (GMT) on 30 June 2017.

Number of scholarships available: 8

Deadline: 30th June 2017


University of Kent

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: The university are offering 5 dedicated scholarships of £5,000 to students from India applying to study master’s degrees in Art and Architecture, Computing and Electronic Engineering, English, History, Journalism, Law and International Relations, and Mathematics and Actuarial Science. Students must have received a conditional or unconditional offer on one of the taught master’s degrees by the application deadline.

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 1st July 2017


Queen’s University, Belfast

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: This scholarship is open to academically talented students, applying to study for a master’s degree in the following subjects; Cyber Security, Management, and Architecture, Planning and Civil Engineering. Students must hold an unconditional offer of a study place to start in the September 2017 intake.

Number of scholarships available: 6

Deadline: 14th July 2017


De Montfort University

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: Awards will be made to students who have excelled academically, and who hold an offer to study master’s level in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, the Faculty of Business and Law, or the Faculty of Technology, starting in September/October 2017.

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 21st July 2017


To get a scholarship, you need a conditional/unconditional offer from the university. You also need to submit an additional essay or application in most cases. To check if you can apply for a scholarship, or to get your application started, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

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Enchantment in the United Kingdom

Written by AppUK Student Ambassador in USA, Leanne Springer.


“I wandered lonely as a cloud/That floats on high o’er vales and hills, /When all at once I saw a crowd, /A host, of golden daffodils…”

These famous lines quoted in the poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” were written by the renowned British poet, William Wordsworth, known for being a strong force of the Romantic Movement that hit the shores of Great Britain in the late 18th century.  This particular poem was influenced by a bed of daffodils that Wordsworth and his sister stumbled upon while walking through the English countryside.  Many other great authors and poets come to mind when I think of Great Britain, such as Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, William Blake, Lord Alfred Tennyson, John Keats; to name a few.  My personal love for culture and nature has been burgeoned by the works of such writers.  What better a place for students, specifically from America and Canada, than the United Kingdom to explore and embrace such an abundance of culture and nature?

As English is an official language of America and Canada, students from these countries should have no problem when facing a language barrier in the UK.  Through personal experience, I have come to realize how daunting it can be to study abroad in another country where the language is not your own.  This can lead to communication breakdown.  Though I am not discouraging study in a foreign country where the language is not familiar to one’s own, I do encourage American and Canadian students to study in the UK because of the similarities in language.  This can act as a comfortable beginning for students who have rarely or not traveled outside of America and Canada previously.

Americans and Canadians share another similar aspect with the United Kingdom, which is a mutual respect for nature.  All of these countries offer an abundance of beautiful, natural scenery.  Who does not like to go on a walk through the woods, or to be overlooking a sunset on an ocean shore?  The United Kingdom offers these natural wonders as well.  Americans and Canadians alike can enjoy nature in the United Kingdom, while experiencing a different culture.

Those potential students who decide to study in the United Kingdom through ApplicationUK also have added benefits from the company, such as a free application process, a single application that qualifies for five universities (unlike most North American universities that require a single application for each university, a headache in itself), sponsorship of the Visa, and a bonus of £300.  The money can be used however you see fit (maybe a shopping spree or local travel?)

The next time you experience another culture (perhaps in the UK?) remember the lines of Lord Alfred Tennyson;

“I am part of all that I have met;/ Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough/ Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades/ For ever and for ever when I move.”



For more information on studying in the UK, get in touch on info@applicationuk.com, or visit our website at www.applicationuk.com.

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Universities Working Hard to Overcome Trump and Brexit Fears: #WeAreInternational


With recent economic and political changes, Donald Trump’s presidency and the UK Brexit vote in particular, we know that there is a fear amongst many international students both abroad, and in the UK, that an atmosphere of hostility towards students from outside the West is increasing. Plenty of international applicants simply feel that the UK government isn’t doing enough to make them feel at ease about their future studying abroad.

However, while the UK government might be tightening their policies on immigration in the response to the Brexit vote, UK universities are taking a completely different approach. Feeling the burden of easing student fears has been put on them, they are making great efforts to support the international community.

What are UK universities doing to help international students?

The #WeAreInternational campaign was co-founded by the President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, and the President of the University of Sheffield Students Union (2012-13), Abdi Aziz-Suleiman. The campaign is now backed by over 100 UK universities. International organisations, including the British Council, have also lent their support.

In an extract from their website, the #WeAreInternational campaign describe themselves, and their aims as:

“We are deeply proud of our international university communities and what we gain from our diverse student and staff population is immeasurable. Scholars from across the continent and the world enhance our academic life, knowledge and our economic growth. They are central to the teaching of students and research in everything from medicine and science to engineering, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

We are committed to ensuring our universities remain diverse, inclusive communities of international scholarships open to students and staff from across the world.

 We will continue to ensure our research knows no geographical boundaries and our students and staff from around the world are able to celebrate their own cultures and friendships.

 Our commitment to the UK remaining a welcoming home of global scholarship, which provides a superb education to the most talented people from around the world remains firm.”

Campaigns from supporting organisations and universities include:

British Council, in partnership with Great Britain

Study UK: Discover You

 De Montfort University


 University of Kent


 University of Sheffield


You can find the full list of universities supporting the #WeAreInternational campaign here.

What is UKEC doing to help international students?
Alongside our partner company, ApplicationUK, we are one of a few companies in the UK listed on the #WeAreInternational website’s list of supporters.

We are honoured to be participating in this campaign as UKEC is passionate about helping international students studying in the UK. We recognise the importance of international study, and the benefits it can bring to both the student and host country alike.

With that in mind, we want your help to raise awareness of the #WeAreInternational campaign, and the benefits of being an international student in the UK.

Upload a selfie on Instagram, either on your own or with your friends, and tell us what you love most about studying in the UK. Tag a friend, and nominate them to share their story too! Make sure you tag us in your picture, @ukeducationcentre and use the hashtag #WeAreInternational.


For more information on the #WeAreInternational campaign, and studying in the UK as an international student, please contact us here.

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Pre-sessional English Courses

All you need to know about pre-sessional English courses. What are they? How are they different to IELTS? Where can you study them?

What are they?

Pre-sessional English courses are short courses which seek to better the English of international or overseas students with either a conditional offer, or the aim to study a UK university degree.

While pre-sessional courses commonly range from 4 to 12 weeks in length, it all depends on the individual’s current English language level, and the language level required by their chosen degree.

Who needs it?  

Pre-sessional English course students are, more often than not, international or overseas students whose first language is not English. Students can also be those who:

  • have yet to meet the minimum language requirement of their conditional offer;
  • are joining an exchange programme in the UK (e.g. Erasmus or Study Abroad);
  • and / or are planning to progress onto a degree programme at a UK university.

Though, there are rare cases where people do a Pre-sessional English course just to familiarise themselves with British university culture and life before beginning their actual studies… We’re not here to judge!


Who provides them?

Many HEIs (Higher Education Institutions), as well as Pathway Providers, offer Pre-sessional English courses that are tailored to the degree programmes they offer.

Whilst it makes more sense for individuals to choose the same university of their intended degree course, it is important to consider the gap between their current and required language level to be accepted for their intended degree course.

Length of Pre-sessional English course Score difference to achieve conditional offer requirement
4 – 6 weeks 0.5
8 – 12 weeks 1.0
16 – 24 weeks 1.5

This is due to the reason that some UK universities offer lengthier pre-sessional courses than others (e.g. 100+ weeks pre-sessional courses), which are more useful in some cases!

Here is a short list of the HEI Pre-sessional English course providers:

·         Royal Holloway University, London ·         University of Oxford
·         University of Essex ·         University of Edinburgh

A short list of some Pathway providers and their partner universities:

To check whether a university offers Pre-sessional English courses, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

What are the entry requirements for a Pre-sessional?

Pre-sessional English course programme students are expected to have at least a basic level of knowledge in the English language. Different universities however, have different levels of minimum English language requirements. It is therefore advisable to check with us before making your decision.

What happens after the Pre-sessional course? Is there an assessment?

Unfortunately, yes. After the Pre-sessional course is fully completed, a test with four different components – Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading (similar to IELTS exams) – follows.

The big difference between a Pre-sessional’s assessment and an IELTS examination however, is that the test will cover what was taught during the Pre-sessional course. IELTS tests are a more general English exam.

Is there a high success rate for Pre-sessional students?

The short version – yes (hooray!). In comparison to the IELTS rate, Pre-sessional English courses tend to have a higher pass rate. For instance, the Brunel Language Centre (Brunel University London) reported that their Pre-sessional programmes  have an average pass rate of 96%. Plymouth University also hold a ‘high student success rate’ for their Pre-sessional courses.

What are the pros & cons of doing a Pre-sessional?

Pros 😊 Cons
A large variety – Tailors to different needs, hence better chances at succeeding Costly
UK study experience, prior to intended degree course Time consuming
Enhancing your English Language ability Examination
No need to take the IELTS repeatedly  

 Pre-sessional English course vs. Internal English Test

University Internal English Tests are distinct English tests created by universities.

Internal English Tests are much shorter in duration since they do not require the need for classes nor lessons. While they are also similar to the IELTS tests, which assesses four different components at once, they are only offered by a limited amount of UK universities such as Birmingham City University and Coventry University.


For more information, and to apply for a pre-sessional course, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.


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Media Graduates – What to do Next?

It may be seen as a ‘soft option’ by many, but media studies and its related fields are by no means easy degrees. Along with the industry being notoriously difficult to get into, you may now be worrying about what you will do after you graduate. Luckily, that is where we come in. A fair amount of Team AppUK are themselves media graduates, and so we have plenty of experience in what to do once you have completed your course. We know that your degree has enabled you to develop excellent communication and analytical skills, you have great cultural awareness, and are up to date with all the latest technologies and theories. These skills are some of the top for employability, making you stand out to future employers. Media Studies degrees have high employability rates, with over 78% of students in full time employment after graduating, whilst a little over 6% of graduates go into further study.

Here, we will talk you through the top job opportunities available to media graduates, and how further study could boost your employability even further.



Social Media Marketing

The amount of job vacancies with ‘Social Media’ in the title has jumped by over 1500% (and climbing!) since 2010, meaning that social media is one of the fastest growing jobs markets out there. With a high number of dedicated agencies, who provide social media marketing services to other companies, alongside the growth of in-house social media teams, there are plenty of options for those who want to go in to social media marketing. Social media roles are ideal for new graduates, as many of you will have grown up with social media and so have a solid understanding of how the various different platforms work. This is an area in which young, fresh graduates have an advantage over older, more professionally experienced colleagues.

Using social media in a professional sense is not the same as using it personally however, so you may feel that you need a little more training before you enter the work place. Many universities now have both MA and MSc courses in social media available, covering areas such as understanding social media, analysing social media statistics, social research, and business intelligence. Offering both practical and theoretical practice and experience, a Master’s in social media would give any new graduate the edge over their contemporaries.

Find out more about Master’s courses in Social Media here.

Digital Marketing

If you are interested in Social Media Marketing, but would prefer a job that covers a slightly broader base of activities, Digital Marketing could be for you. Digital Marketing Assistants and Executives traditionally look after all online marketing activities for a company, including social media, SEO, email marketing, and website management. Digital marketing roles combine creativity with technical knowledge and know-how. Again, there are many agencies who will look after the online marketing activities for external companies, whilst other businesses will have their own in house teams. In general, in house digital marketing roles will have a far broader scope of activities. Within an agency, the job may be more specialised.

A digital marketing postgrad qualification will enable you to learn the basics of theory behind digital marketing activities. You can complete a qualification in Digital Marketing through The Chartered Institute of Marketing (the top professional body in the UK). You can find details of these courses here. Alternatively, universities also offer both MA and MSc courses in Digital Marketing. Within these you will receive full support from industry professionals and leaders, and could even carry out placements within professional settings.

Find out more about Master’s in Digital Marketing here.

Public Relations (PR)

PR covers all aspects of advertising a company that are not marketing. It is a hard role to explain, and an even harder industry to get in to, but the rewards from a PR job can be great. In its essence, a PR role involves raising brand awareness through indirect activities such as news stories, events, and social media, amongst others. It is a creative and challenging industry, but there is a reason it is so popular with job seekers! PR works across many different markets, and again you would have the choice between working in an agency for a range of different clients, or working in house focusing on one brand and identity.

Universities across the UK offer great quality PR Master’s courses, both MA and MSc. Many of these also include placements within PR agencies, allowing students to gain real professional experience and build a network of useful contacts before they have even entered the industry as a professional. These aspects make graduates look favourable to future employers, and enable you to stand out from the crowd in what is a very competitive market. Courses include modules on areas such as media relations, brand strategy, crisis management, and even digital media.

Find out more about Master’s degrees in Public Relations here.

Media Planning

Media Planners work with clients to identify which media platforms would best promote their products. Platforms range from social media, to television, to billboards at the side of the road, and those in media planning apply both critical thinking and creative ideas to decide which would be best for their clients at building brand awareness and driving sales. Media planning is a slightly more analytical, and less creative, role than those we have previously discussed, and so may suit some graduates more. Media planners tend to be agency based, rather than in house, so have to opportunity to work with a range of clients, sometimes within a range of industries.

As of yet, there are no specific media planning qualifications or postgraduate degrees. However, more general marketing master’s courses will often have elements of media planning within their structure and content, and many courses will allow students to choose elective modules so that they can focus on their individual interests.

Find out more about MA and MSc courses in Marketing here.

TV/Video/Radio Production

Another area in which your Media Studies degree will come in useful is in producing for TV, film, and/or radio. A bit of research on the top producers in the industry reveals that many of them started off with an undergraduate degree in media and communication studies. The roles require good communication skills, and a strong knowledge of the media and culture, both of which your degree will have provided you with and allowed you to develop. The industry is competitive, and experience is extremely beneficial. If you feel you have time, you could complete an internship whilst studying for your undergraduate degree. Even getting involved in your university’s TV channel or radio station would help.

Fortunately, many master’s courses in media production also offer placements, and encourage you to get professional, hands-on experience of the industry. Many universities in the UK have links to some of the top media companies, and courses are taught by industry experts and professionals themselves. Therefore, completing a master’s degree provides you with both an excellent theoretical understanding, and practical skills.

Find out more about TV/Video/Radio Production courses here.

To find out more about all master’s courses, visit our Find A Course page, or contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.


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Studying ACCA at Birmingham City University

Previously, we discussed the benefits of studying ACCA in the UK. So, now you have decided that you want to complete the course over here, you now need to decide on which university you want to attend. Here, we take a look at Birmingham City University, examining the benefits of choosing them to study your ACCA qualifications.

Why choose Birmingham City University?

Birmingham City is one of only two public universities in the UK that are Platinum approved by the ACCA. This is the highest level of accreditation, and showcases their high-quality tuition and outstanding pass rate success.

Industry experienced staff and small class sizes mean students get personal, dedicated tuition and support.

Fees are very competitive and include revision, tuition and mock exams, providing our students with great value for money.

The university is ranked within the top 100 in the UK, has a high student satisfaction rate of 84.0, and has the largest intake of international students out of the five universities in Birmingham, making it extremely attractive to students from all over the world.

Why study ACCA at Birmingham City University?

As discussed above, Birmingham City University are a Platinum Status tuition provider for ACCA, meaning you will be receiving top class tuition and teaching. Students studying ACCA at BCU, will study in the brand new, state of the art Curzon Building on campus, along with students from over 80 countries, and various other subjects and disciplines. From its central location in the heart of Birmingham, the BCU campus is in close proximity to a number of large, multi-national companies, providing students with great experience, networking, and employment opportunities.


ACCA Course Details

Papers available at BCU:

Birmingham City University teaches F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9 and P1, P2, P3, P4, P6, P7.

Paper Structure:

  • 4 to 5 papers – 12 months
  • 6 to 7 papers – 18 months
  • 8 to 11 papers – 24 months

Students starting at Level 6 would need to complete or be exempted for F1 – F3.

Students starting at Level 7 would need to complete or be exempted for F1 – F6.

Students that have studied an MSc (Level 7) and would like to apply for ACCA would need up to 6 papers exempted in order to demonstrate academic progression.


Similar courses offered by Birmingham City University

MSc Accounting and Finance – 15 months

Birmingham City University’s accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) helps boost your postgraduate qualification even more, giving you professional qualifications employers would be hard pressed to ignore.

The university’s accreditation enables them to offer an extensive list of CIMA exemptions, including all CIMA papers up to (but not including) the Final Strategic Case Study, which they also offer tuition for upon completion of your MSc (in November / December).

60 credit top-up option – students that have completed a CCAB, ACCA or CIMA can choose to study a 60 credit dissertation module to gain an MSc Award.


Find out more about studying at Birmingham City University here, or contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com for more information.


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IELTS – Commonly Asked Questions


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. It is a pre-requisite for obtaining a Tier 4 visa, and a good IELTS grade is usually required by universities when applying for Masters courses in the UK. Previously, we gave advice on ‘How to prepare for IELTS’, explaining the test procedure, and what to do in the lead up to it.

Here, we answer your most commonly asked questions, hopefully making what is quite a confusing process, a lot simpler for you!

Which type of IELTS should I take?

There are two types of IELTS; IELTS (Academic) UKVI, and IELTS (Academic). The main difference is that you will need IELTS (Academic) UKVI if you are applying for a visa to study in the UK. There are some exceptions, and UK universities will accept IELTS (Academic), but you don’t want to take any chances. After all, no visa = no study!

What score do I need in my IELTS results?

The results you need will depend on the university and course you wish to attend, as entry requirements vary. You can check this by searching for your chosen universities here. However, as a general rule, master’s courses need an IELTS of between 6.0 and 7.0. The majority of Engineering courses require 6.0, and Business courses 6.5. For courses such as English Literature, where a high proficiency in English is needed, 7.0 is often asked for. In addition to this, the majority of IELTS will also have a minimum individual scoring level, for example: a university may be looking for an overall average of 6.5, but with no individual score lower than 5.0.

Where can I take the IELTS?

UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) have a certain number of approved English language test centres that meet Home Office requirements. If you are intending on using your IELTS in your UK immigration application, you must ensure that you take your tests in one of these centres. Details of approved test centres can be found here.

How do I register for IELTS?

We recommend registering through British Council, who will take you step by step through the registration process, and have a number of UKVI approved test centres around the world. They will also make it clear whether you are applying for IELTS (Academic) UKVI or not.

Click here to apply through British Council.

What will the IELTS consist of?

Below is a handy chart detailing the components of the IELTS (Academic) exam, so you can know what to expect in advance.


With the UKVI approved IELTS, you can also take a pre-sessional course. These last for between 3 and 20 weeks and focus on improving your academic English. They cover areas such as academic writing, note-taking, and presentation skills. Find out more about IELTS pre-sessional courses here.

For information and tips on taking IELTS, please visit the below links:

General IELTS help and guidance

IELTS tips

IELTS practice papers

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Exclusive Scholarships for ApplicationUK Students from University of Hertfordshire!

The University of Hertfordshire is offering six ‘early bird’ scholarships worth £4,000, exclusively to students who apply through ApplicationUK! The average tuition fee at University of Hertfordshire is around £12,000, meaning that with this scholarship, you could get a first-class postgraduate education for just £8,000! The deadline for this scholarship is 27th March, with successful applicants contacted the beginning of April. So, don’t delay, contact Team AppUK today! Get in touch at info@applicationuk.com.

Also on offer are scholarships worth £2,000 and £1,000. For these scholarships, no separate applications are necessary. You will be put up for the scholarship based on recommendation from Team AppUK, and your personal statement will act as your application. Therefore, we always recommend taking the time to make your personal statement as strong as possible. Find out more about these particular scholarships here.


About University of Hertfordshire

Founded in 1952, the University of Hertfordshire is the UK’s leading business facing university. It is mainly located in Hatfield in Hertfordshire, which is just 20 miles from London. It therefore offers opportunities for both city life, with excellent transport links into the capital, and a more peaceful existence, with the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside on its doorstep. The university’s location means that it has excellent links with many top businesses in the City of London, providing great work experience and placement opportunities for students. The university itself has a high student satisfaction rate of 82.0 and a career prospect rate of 74.7. It also has a relatively low average living cost of £12,200, making it ideal for students who want a taste of London life, but do not want to pay London prices!

Find out more about University of Hertfordshire by visiting our university list page here.

Courses on Offer

University of Hertfordshire has a wide range of Masters courses on offer to international students, many with placement years, and/or scholarships available. You can find a full list of the September 2017 courses here, but we’ve picked out a few we think would be most of interest to AppUK students;

Courses with placement years:

MSc International Business – 2-year master’s programme with 1-year work placement (guaranteed for students who achieve 60% in the 1st semester of MSc study)

MSc Computer Science (Conversion) / MSc Advanced Computer Science / MSc Artificial Intelligence with Robotics / MSc Computer Networking Principles & Practice – same as above, i.e. have 1-year work placement as well

MA TESOL – no teaching experience required, but 3-month teaching practice embedded in the programme

Courses with 100% coursework:

MSc at Business School with 100% coursework including:

MSc Marketing,

MSc Management,

MSc Accounting & Financial Management,

MSc International Business

MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Courses with lower entry requirements:

MSc Management – consider students with a pass degree in any subjects and offer additional embedded support to allow students to exit with a higher grade, IELTS overall requirement is 6.0

LLM Law (all programmes) – same requirements as above.

MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management / MSc Manufacturing Management – IELTS requirement is overall 6.0 and each band above 5.5

All MScs at School of Engineering & Technology only require IELTS overall 6.0 and each band 5.5 or above.

Courses with global opportunities:

MSc Global Business – one-year master leading to two master’s degrees (e.g. MSc + MBA) and multinational living & studying experiences (e.g. USA, Germany, France, Spain, Russia)

MSc Psychology (Conversion) – for people who have degrees in other subjects, but who wish to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)


For more information on any aspect of the above information, please contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com. And remember, if you are interested in the early bird scholarship, exclusive for students who apply through ApplicationUK, your application deadline is 27th March 2017.


ApplicationUK’s easy-to-use online application portal provides a simple solution to postgraduate application stress. With its smart digital self-assessment tool, personalised application plan, and application tracking system, you can be rest assured that your application will go through smoothly. Our experienced counsellors are also here to provide expert advice, reassurance, and continuous support.

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What Now? Next Steps After Your Undergraduate Degree



If you are in your final year of undergraduate study, February is probably the time you are starting to think seriously about your future. You’ve got around four months before you graduate. What are your next steps? The reality is, you’ve got three options; employment, travel, or further study. As an international student you will also have other factors to consider, namely: do you want to stay in the UK? During your three years spent completing your undergraduate degree, you will have met plenty of people you may not want to leave, meaning that being able to remain in the UK is a priority for you. But what do you do whilst you are here?

Here, we run through the three top post-graduation options, hopefully making your decision a little easier! 


One option, post-graduation, is to go straight into employment. Should you choose to stay in the UK, you have two choices; graduate scheme or direct entry. Graduate schemes are typically offered by large companies and can last anything between 18 months and 3 years. They generally include a mixture of paid training and work, and have start dates in the autumn months. This means you get a summer off! Direct entry jobs work just like any normal job in that you would be expected to start soon after accepting the role. These roles tend to be in smaller organisations, and often employers will be looking for more specialist skills. Depending on your home country, the situation is likely to be similar, and your UK degree will certainly work in your favour in a crowded jobs market. Working in the UK, even for a short period of time, after you graduate will nonetheless provide you with great experience that will help you stand out in the global employment market.

Going from student life, to employment life, is a big adjustment though. No more lie ins, midnight feasts, or mid-week nights out! And your holiday time will be seriously reduced. In the UK, the minimum holiday entitlement is 28 days (including the 8 national bank holidays), which is just four weeks in total, making it very hard to fit in any travelling you may still want to do.

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During your undergraduate degree, you probably took advantage of the prevalence of cheap flights and the UK’s proximity to the continent, and so have seen much of Europe already. Therefore, you may be keen on venturing further afield. Traditional travel routes for student’s post-graduation include Australia, the USA, and Asia. Now, as an international student, you may likely be from one of these countries or areas anyway, so this option might not be for you. You also need to consider what you want to do once you’ve finished travelling. If your ultimate goal is to settle in the UK, you may find it difficult to get visa approval after having been away for a number of months or years. And if you think the adjustment between student life and employed life will be hard, returning to the 9-5 after months of living it up in paradise will be even tougher!

Which is why we would recommend your third option:

 Postgraduate Education

Whether it is a masters degree or a conversion course, further study will ultimately enhance your employment prospects both in the UK and worldwide. You’ll be able to stay in the UK for at least another year, meaning you won’t have to say goodbye to your UK based loved ones just yet. You’ll also be able to take advantage of university term times and holidays, and fit in some more travelling. Did we mention that postgraduate students are also eligible still for student discount? Whilst still being an official student, you can take advantage of websites such as STA Travel, who offer significantly reduced rates and discounts to those still in education.

Applying for postgraduate study doesn’t even have to be a stressful process! ApplicationUK’s online platform allows you to compare and apply for UK postgraduate courses in one simple process. We also have a team of dedicated advisors on hand to give you personalised support and help, whenever you might need it. There are plenty of scholarships available for international postgraduate students, details of which can be found here, including those based on country of origin, subject type, and academic merit. Apply and enrol on a course through ApplicationUK and you could even receive a £300 bursary.


We hope this has made your options, and future decisions, a little clearer. Should you decide to go for postgraduate education, applications for courses beginning in the next academic year are still open. Search for your ideal course here, or contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

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