For many students, studying abroad is a perfect decision as it offers a life-changing and eye-opening experience not only as a student but also as an individual.
Leaving the nest to live and learn in a multicultural environment helps to be more independent, improve English language skills, appreciate multiple cultures, and improve critical and creative thinking. These are the necessary skills that many employers look for in candidates. However, studying abroad does not come cheap. For most families in Indonesia, international education is a significant investment.
The British Chamber of Commerce (BritCham) in Indonesia recently launched its BritCham Education Centre. This unit provides a holistic approach of support to Indonesians who are planning higher education in the UK and for employers challenged with catching the returning talents.
The UK itself has long been within the top lists of country destinations for Indonesians to pursue their further studies. The UK government also continuously sets strict standards to make sure its higher institutions provide top-notch support for both home and international students. Hence, the UK's high quality of education and global recognition.
In addition to its enviable education standards, for international students, including Indonesians, the UK universities offer a unique proposition when it comes to study. Students can complete their degree sooner than in many other countries. For instance, Undergraduate students can finish their courses in three years, and it only takes one year for the Postgraduate. This gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the real world a lot sooner, or, begin to make that return on the family investment!
Therefore, to be able to study in the UK is indeed a rewarding privilege. However, one has to go through quite a lengthy process. With that in mind, the BritCham Education Centre has compiled a stress-free to-do list to ease UK university application preparation:
- Do Your Research!
Start with information about the university, facilities, and its location. Other things that are no less important to understand before narrowing down the options include course structures; how the course will be taught and assessed, and whether or not there is an option available to do work/industrial placement.
Graduate employability rank is another important piece of information. This helps you understand if the university produces employable graduates. The university's support, especially in preparing its students for the world of work, also shows that the courses they offer are applicable and/or filling up the talent gaps.
- Check the Entry Requirements
Each university and/or each course in the UK have different entry requirements in assessing their applicants. The very firsts criteria for you to take a look at include, but are not limited to, your academic qualifications and the grade standard set by the university, as well as the English language requirement – please be mindful that, usually, UK universities have different English language score standards depending on your nationality.
- Mindful of the Important Deadlines
It is always helpful to mark your diary with the important dates for your university application. With this, you can manage your timeline and not miss any deadlines.
In the UK, the majority of universities will request applicants to apply via UCAS for any Undergraduate courses. UCAS is a centralized platform where both home and international applicants can lodge their applications.
- Don’t Procrastinate and Start Your Application
Once you have gathered the necessary information for your application, the next thing to do is start completing your application form!
If you are applying through UCAS then you will need to register and create an account first. For Postgraduate applicants, you are not required to apply via UCAS as you can use the university’s application portal instead. Make sure you have all your personal details, education history, and, if any, details of your work experience/s at hand.
- Wait for Your Offer!
The application is now submitted and you might think there is no homework left for you to do. Well, there are a few things you can do while waiting to receive your offer/s. You can start by searching for some information for your accommodation; have a closer look on the visa application requirements; and/or preparing for the interview in case you are invited by the admission team. Please note that the admission team/Course Leader has the authority to summon applicants to an interview session. Therefore, it is always good to practice or get some insights from your teachers/lecturers/seniors on how to ace the university interview.
- Ask the BritCham Education Centre team for help!
Do this sooner rather than later. Support services are FREE so please contact [email protected]