University application checklist

Applying for a university, or in some cases, universities can be a daunting task. The amount of paperwork you need to prepare can be both stressful and

But fear not, over here at UKEC, we have put together for you a checklist of all the documents you will need for your university application so get you pen and paper ready to tick off each item with us, one by one.


1. Transcript. A transcript is an official summary of your academic performance and progress from your current or former institution giving a breakdown of your marks or grades.


2. Reference letters. Here is something you do not need to write yourself – references are written by people familiar with you academically or professionally. They are usually about your characteristics as a student from a teacher’s or supervisor’s point of view. If you are studying or have recently completed school or college, then you should most definitely provide an academic reference.

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Here is how to score the perfect reference letters that best portray you; to begin with, you need to pick the right referee who can exude a sense of confidence in you as a student. Don’t forget to include the relationship between you in the letter and the referee as well as their signature at the bottom, and finally, print it on headed paper.

Both transcript and reference are mandatory for all courses so ensure you have them handy.

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3. Personal statement. This can be tricky in a number of ways. Before you start drafting a PS, make sure you the following things, the length – the word limit varies between universities, ranging from 500 to 700 words. Absolutely stick with it as the failure to comply could cost you a place in the course of your dream. Second, what you are asked of, whether it is general personal information or something more specific and finally, this may sound obvious but always keep the course and university you are applying for in mind when you are writing your personal statement.


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4. IELTS. Most international students will need to sit and achieve a certain grade in the IELTS test in order to prove their proficiency in the English language if they wish to come and study in the UK. Although some courses in the UK do not require IELTS results from students so always check, double-check, then triple-check with the school.


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5. Travel documents, namely your passport, visa (if available) and occasionally your first entry status.

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Other supporting documents you may be required to provide including maths statement – depending on the course you are applying. For some like Science & Engineering, you may be asked to show proof of your maths proficiency. CV, if applicable. Also, for research applicants, a research proposal outlining your academic interests or simply a piece of written work in the relevant subject.


Bear in mind that requirements may be different for certain universities, these are only some of the rough standard guidelines. Please do check with your preferred university before.

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