Studying in the UK is highly beneficial due to many factors:

- best universities,

- cooperation with students from all corners of the globe,

- easier career start,

- ability to work anywhere in the world

- and many, many more

Common knowledge that studies in the UK are unattainable for Polish secondary school students because of their competitiveness or financial difficulties is far from truth, which is proven by 6000 Polish students in the UK.

Higher education system in the UKWhere to studyHow to apply

Higher education in the UK similarly to the Polish system is made of undergraduate degree that lasts 3 years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 4 years in Scotland, master’s degree that takes 1-2 years to complete and PhD that typically lasts 4 years.

Engineering undergraduate studies last 4 (and are typically combined with master’s) and medicine- 5 years.

Moreover, students can do the PhD straight after completing undergraduate degree without a need to finish a master’s degree.

Different to the Polish case, students in the UK do typically finish their studies after undergraduate level, mainly due to a different labour market that does not require them to complete a costly master’s degree.

Below are a few biggest rankings featuring British universities:

http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2014-15/world-ranking

http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2014

In the UK tuition fees are different depending on the country:

- £9,000 in England,

- £3,685 in Northern Ireland and Wales, in Scotland first degree is free.

To cover the costs of tuition students take on students loans, which are paid back only when the annual income is more than £21,000 and in certain circumstances can be forgiven.

The annual payment is 9% of the difference between the annual income and £21,000. The interest rates on the student loan are inflation (RPI) + 3%. You can find more information at www.slc.co.uk

Costs of living in the UK also varies depending on the country and city.

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Whole application process is done via UCAS. To apply we will need to register at www.ucas.com, prepare our personal statement (where we state our predicted grades) and 2 references from our teachers.

The deadline for most applications in 15 January with exception of Oxford and Cambridge Universities and most medical degrees for which the deadline is 15 October. Application process starts from September and its cost is £22.

If we are successful we will typically receive a conditional offer where the university states what conditions we need to meet to be offered a place.

You can also receive an unconditional offer which means that you are already offered a place- no strings attached.

If we are unsuccessful we will be sent a rejection.

Should we receive no offers or be unsuccessful, from the end of February until the beginning of June we can apply through UCAS Extra which gives us the opportunity to apply for 6th university.

From June there is another option for those with no offers- UCAS Clearing, where there is information about free places at universities.

If you are unsure about the application process or have any questions regarding studying in the UK please drop us a line at contact@polsoc.org.uk.