Every single day students are browsing for information on how to choose a university. Some people decide to use agencies, some just use Google as the main source of information. However, Hellouni opens a completely new opportunity that will help students to choose a university!
Do not trust agencies
It might be shocking to you, however, the truth is that education-support agencies nowadays is just another marketing tool that most universities use. This means that in order to receive more money from students tuition, some universities pay agencies to promote their study programmes. For example, if a student comes to an agent and asks for recommendations about two different study programmes, it might be that agent will promote the same university. Moreover, sometimes this promoted university might not even have a programme that is suitable for you. Then, the agent can try to switch your studying preferences and make you choose a different programme, which the promoted university has.
Google is a good option but not the best
As you may know, Google has an answer to probably everything. Students can easily search for university rankings and also look what is happening in university. Everyone can find university’s website with every study programme description as well as find out what professors work in the university. You can also google what is happening around, what shops, restaurants, and gyms are in the city that university is placed. However, this is just a general information and no one can actually support you and recommend you the best option.
Connect to real people who actually went to a particular university and have real experience
What can actually be better than that? Receiving real and not-promoted information as well as advice and tips is absolutely great. However, how can you find those students or alumnus who went to specific university? Well, we can say that you are just in the right place! Based on this question we created Hellouni student community, which in other words is digital peer-to-peer communication platform.
If you are a current/graduate student or alumnus, you can register as an ambassador. Nevertheless, if you are a future student looking for high-quality help, register yourself as a user. Every member of our exclusive community is 100% verified and is always ready to help.
Join us now before it is too late! Hellouni now announced first 50 free registration spots, therefore spot in our community is high-valued and strictly limited! Right now we have ambassadors/peers who are currently studying at the following top UK universities. Our list includes: University College of London, London Art University, University of Sussex, University of Glasgow, University of Hertfordshire, University of Sheffield, University of Stirling, University of the West of Scotland, University of Oxford, University of Southampton
The students cover the following subjects: Computer Science, Big Data, Engineering, Economics, Maths, Banking and Finance, Fashion Management, Marketing and Business, IT and Business, Literature and Languages, Pure Art, Accounting and Psychology.
The level of studies – from A-level, foundation, language school, exchange, undergraduate, postgraduate, post-doc and fellowship
Would you like to know what it is like to study at Oxford University? Well, the best-chosen answer from our community it that Oxford University is a magical place. The university creates an environment which facilitates personal development.
Oxford University network
First of all, you are surrounded all the world-class top academics and professors in the subject and you are welcomed to contact them.
Oxford University students diversity
Secondly (especially at postgraduate level), you will meet a group of intelligent students from a diverse background. The students will form a network which will help you to progress both professionally and personally.
Moreover, the college system is fantastic. As they are inter-disciplinary communities, you meet people studying every conceivable subject from all over the world.
Oxford University resources
Thirdly, the resources and perks are unrivaled. Four-course meals in gowns in ornate centuries-old dining halls for about £5. Subsidised alcohol and food. Oxford University is entitled to a copy of every book published in English and can have it delivered to any library to collect within 24 hours. Any books they do not yet have, they buy on request. The world’s top thinkers will come just to give a seminar to ten people in a side room due to the prestige of the place. Moreover, most of these events are furbished with free wine and food. You meet prime ministers and all sorts very casually there. They subsidize artistic production so you can go see world-famous orchestras and opera companies and plays for next to nothing.
Fourth, the city is gorgeous. The town is tiny and close to London I(you can walk from one side to the other in 35/40mins), so you are only ten minutes or so away from anything you could ever need.
Negative side of Oxford University
Fifth, the experience of studying at Oxford does come at a premium and that is pressure. Students need to have academic excellence and maintain an active social life during term time. Moreover, everyone has heavy workload = 60 hours a week and there is a high chance of developing mental illness and anxiety.
However, if you are willing to work hard and sacrifice your social life and choose to sleep when the term is over, you will develop as a human being at an exponential rate.
Do you want to share your studying abroad experience? And get rewards for it? Join Hellouni community and become an ambassador for your university!
Studying abroad price is one of the main barriers that is stopping students to explore the world and gain experiences. However, it does not have to be this way. Hellouni is providing few tips for cheap studying abroad that could allow more students to experience this unforgettable journey.
- Most of the international students are usually surprised when they find out how many international scholarships exist in the world. Wherever students are planning to study abroad there is always a possibility for them to receive extra funding. @Hellouni strongly recommends abroad students to visit TopUniversities website and find out how much money they can receive from each scholarship.
Find your nationality below and click the link to find out more information about scholarship that might be perfect for you:
Affordable study program, university, and country
Overall expenses of studying abroad always depend on which place the student is choosing. `Also, which program attracts student the most. For example, in the United Kingdom, all public universities have one fare, which is £9,000 a year (just for studies). Whereas in different countries it may depend on the university itself and the fares that it charges for studies. Nevertheless, students have to realize that the prices of studies are not the only indicator of how much money they will spend. It is also about the choice of the country. Different countries, different prices of living.
Click here for more information about cheapest places to study abroad- and countries who offer free education for international students (post is coming soon)
If a student is planning to study abroad for a year or even become a full-time international student, Hellouni always suggests considering a job possibility. It is popular among abroad students to get a part-time job, which usually means around 20 hours of work (per week). However, it is not easy to get a job if a student has visa restrictions or intensive course in university. On the other hand, at least 5 hours of weekly working might help the student to cover his food expenses and some bills.
Note: in order to get a better job opportunity, Hellouni recommends students to arrive at their study abroad destination a bit earlier. Which means arriving at least 2 weeks earlier than the University begins. By doing this, international students can apply for jobs earlier, go to interviews and receive an offer before everyone else does. Also, if you are giving away paper CV’s, always call a manager and give him/her CV in hands. It is because regular staff might accidentally (or not) throw away your CV which will never reach the manager.
Receiving a scholarship or getting into the fairly priced program is not the end of the saving game. As I was an international student myself (twice) I know how fast savings are disappearing for things like food, travels, parties etc. However, there is always a way to have fun and keep your bank account happy.
Click here to learn more about smart saving tips on travels, living, and food
You will be surprised at the number of discounts that ISIC is offering. International Student Identity card is a must-have for every abroad student as it offers 10% to even 50% discounts. And these discounts are in almost every place in the world! Nevertheless, students have to receive their own university student card which offers good discounts in local areas, such as a campus or the city.
Summing everything up, by using these tips, you will definitely have a bigger chance to have a cheap studying abroad experience. And if an idea to have a cheap studying abroad experience does not go as it was planned, do not stress. Always remember that every university has a support center where they can help you with your finances and an extra loan if needed.
If you have any questions regarding studying abroad, do not hesitate to ask us! Comment your question down below and Hellouni team will answer it as soon as possible!
UCAS personal statement is part of your university application. Much like a CV, it is your chance to sell yourself. describe your ambitions, skills, and experience.
You can only submit one personal statement and you can’t change it after your application has been submitted. Therefore, it is important to get it right.
Here are our top tips:
- Try to stand out, remember to be authentic and be careful with humor or quotes. You don’t want to appear too cheesy or cliché.
- Use a template to help get you started. Here’s a great personal statement worksheet on the UCAS website.
- Proofread aloud and get someone else to check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are all correct.
What universities are looking for?
“Unis aren’t looking for a dictionary definition of a subject. They know what their degrees are about; they want to know what you understand and enjoy about the subject.” Louise Carr, University of Liverpool.
First of all, show enthusiasm, motivation, and focus. Universities don’t expect you to be an expert already. However, they would like to know why you like to become an expert in the subject you’re applying to. Therefore, don’t forget to mention extra-curricular activities, transferable skills. Moreover, mention any relevant work experience and what your future plans are.
International and EU students
As an international student there are a few extra things you should mention:
- Why you want to study in the UK
- Your English language skills and any English courses or tests you’ve taken
- Why you want to be an international student rather than study in your own country
For information about applying online for a UK visa, check out our blog article.
Writing your personal statement
“Put your notes in order according to what the course you’re interested in is looking for. If you have any skills and experience relevant to the entry requirements, make sure you say so at the start of your personal statement.” Amy Smith, Nottingham Trent University.
Use the personal statement mind map on the UCAS website to start planning.
How long should it be?
There’s no maximum word count. However, you’ll need to remain within the 4,000 character limit (including spaces and punctuation). Moreover, students have to keep the statement to a total of 47 lines.
UCAS recommends that you write your personal statement in Microsoft Word before copying and pasting it into the online application form. It is because the application page times out after being inactive for 35 minutes.
All personal statements are scanned by plagiarism detection technology, so make sure you don’t copy someone else’s work.
If you are caught plagiarising, this could have serious consequences for your application.
This brilliant video with Jane Marshall from Imperial College has everything you need to know about how to write your personal statement.
Check out our other articles on studying in London, student life in the UK and 5 things to consider before choosing a university.
Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.
Note before: Fees are subject to change and this article does not reflect any changes made to university fee guidelines after its publication date.
Deciding where to study in the UK is one of the biggest dilemmas faced by international and UK-born students alike. If you have already been thinking seriously about studying in the UK, one of your main concerns may have been the cost of study. The UK’s world-renowned universities accept thousands upon thousands of new applicants every year from all around the globe. This means that competition for places at the top universities is high and they can charge up to £50,130 per year for certain courses. This article aims to help you to decide whether studying in the UK is the right decision for you and how to finance your higher education.
A major concern for most internationals students is whether the cost of tuition fees will be worth it in the long term, i.e will it help you in your future career plans.
- The UK course fees for international students vary greatly.
- Usually it is dependent on what university or institution you will be studying at
- It can also depend on what course you are studying, as well as how long your course is.
- For some students, you may be entitled to some help to cover the costs of tuition fees from your home country. Download our app to find out what scholarships you may be eligible for.
Average Cost for Undergraduate Degree Programmes
Undergraduate courses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland run for an average of 3 years, but this can depend on what time of course you are taking where it may be longer i.e. Medicine or Dentistry. Undergraduate degree courses in Scotland typically take 4 years to complete.
UK tuition fees are frequently under the media spotlight, following price hikes for home students (UK/EU) in recent years, including the latest news that English universities will charge home/EU students up to £9,250 (~US$11,380) per year from autumn 2017.
International undergraduate tuition fees vary. They start at around £10,000 (~US$12,300) and can go up to £35,000 (~US$43,100) or more for medical degrees.
If you are thinking of studying an English language program in the UK, you need to check whether your course is accredited.
Cost of Living in the UK
According to the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS), the average cost of living in England (outside of London) for students is UK£12,056 (~US$14,800) per year. Most students should expect to spend around £150 (~US$180) per month on food and groceries, that is £1,350 (~US$1,660) per academic year.
If you wish to study in London, you should expect to pay £15,180 (~US$18,700) per year for food and groceries.
If you need to apply for a visa to live in the UK: you will need to provide evidence that you can afford to financially support yourself while you are here. Read more about how to apply online in our Visa blog.
When you combine the cost of tuition fees with the cost of living in the UK, the total average cost comes to at least £22,000 (~$27,040) per year.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get from international students at HelloUni is about how to apply online for a UK student visa. We understand that the visa application process can be scary and seem like a massive task, but it doesn’t have to be!
We’ve tried to answer some of the most common questions to talk you through whether you can apply for a visa, what documents you need and how to apply online. Don’t forget to download our free app to browse scholarships and UK university courses.
CAN I APPLY FOR A VISA?
You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
- are from a country that is outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Check here to see if you need a visa for the UK.
- have been offered an unconditional offer of a place on a full-time course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor. Here is a list of registered UK institutions who are sponsors.
- Can prove that you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
- You can speak, read, write and understand English
WHAT LEVEL OF ENGLISH DO I NEED TO STUDY IN THE UK?
|Where you’re studying
||What you’re studying
||Knowledge of English needed
|Higher education institution (HEI)
||Degree level or above
||Reading, writing, listening and speaking
||Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2
|The institution that’s not HEI
||Degree level or above
||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking
||CEFR level B2
||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking
||CEFR level B1
On this website, you can find a PDF with a list of approved centers for English language tests. Check in your own country to see if there are any centers near you.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR MY VISA?
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The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course.
Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course. You’ll need to enter this on your visa application You must no more than 6 months after you receive the CAS.
You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. Processing times for a visa can vary depending on which country you are from. Check how long it takes here..
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It costs £335 to apply for this visa if you are applying from outside the UK. It costs an extra £335 per person for any dependants who come with you (e.g. family, children.)
You may also have to pay a healthcare cost as part of your application. Have a look at this website for guidance on how to pay and if you need to.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?
HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE UK FOR?
You can come to the UK before your course starts:
- up to 1 week before, if your course is for 6 months or less
- up to 1 month before, if your course is for more than 6 months
How long you can stay in the UK depends on the type of the course you are studying.
HOW TO APPLY ONLINE
apply online for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
You will then be re-directed to this page. Afterward, everyone has to fill in personal information, agree to the terms and conditions and then submit your application. You will then receive an email to confirm that your application has been received. The email will also give you instructions on what to do next.
Unfortunately, there are criminals around the world who try to steal money from people by carrying out what’s known as scams.’ We’d hate for you to be the victim of anything like this, so our advice would be to protect yourself as much as possible and only get your information from trusted sources. For this article, we have collected all of our information from the gov.uk webpage for Immigration and Visas.
The gov.uk website has a special page with more information about these types of scams. If you are already in the UK and think you may have been a victim of a scam or fraud, contact ActionFraud
Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad or how to apply online for a UK student visa, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.