How to apply for admissions to undergraduate courses abroad
The UK, US, Australia and Singapore are popular destinations for Indian students seeking undergraduate education. Each country has a different application process which is described here to help students get started on their applications.
Indian students looking to study abroad - in the UK, US, Australia or Singapore - will need to go through the arduous but necessary application processes for each country and institution they are applying to. Here is an overview of the application process for each destination.
UK undergraduate applications
- UK undergraduate applications are handled by the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). The application form has to be filled online, and the UCAS no longer accepts paper applications.
- There is no need for paying an institution to join an UG course. Instead, you have to pay an application fee at the time of application to UCAS. The fee is £12 if you are applying to one course. If you are applying to several courses, the fee is £23.
- This is also the fee payable if you send your application late - after 30th June of any year. Undergraduates are able to apply for at most five courses across the UK at any given time.
- Students in the UK undergo an extra year of pre-collegiate studies compared to India, with thirteen years in pre-collegiate education as opposed to twelve years in India. This means that for an Indian to gain admission in the UK, they have to meet certain eligibility criteria.
- While the UK board considers a certain number of GCE "A" level subject passes and a GCSE minimum grade of C as the cut-off, good scores in ICSE and CBSE that are equivalent to the UK requirements are also accepted.
- UK application forms need to be submitted by 15th December of the year before the course commences, but applications are processed until 30th June.
US undergraduate applications
- The USA has a huge number of colleges and universities (nearly four thousand) that makes it very attractive for Indian students as a destination for undergraduate education.
- The requirements for studying at an UG course in the US is at least 12 years of education and a good SAT and IELTS/TOEFL score (depending on the university applied to). Some students who have already completed a part of their undergraduate study can also apply to complete the remainder at an international college in the US.
- There are four sessions during which US colleges take in students - during the summer, winter, spring and fall sessions. Fall is when most programs begin, making it the busiest time for admissions.
- In addition to academic records, the applicant will need to submit a covering letter, affidavits of financial competence to support their studies abroad, bank statements etc. Good grades can help students obtain a scholarship, and funding is available from USD 1000 to USD 30,000 depending on the university.
Australia undergraduate applications
- Australia is also growing in popularity among Indians as a destination for undergraduate studies. Compared to the UK and US, tuition fees are lower and the cost of living is more affordable. In addition, the good weather and lifestyle, along with the choice of over two thousand courses makes this country very attractive for UG studies.
- Applicants to Australian universities must have completed 12 years of education. They should contact the university they want to apply to at least a year before the date of admission, and obtain application forms online.
UG applications to Singapore universities
- Other international destinations include Singapore, where the admission procedures in public universities are merit-based and competitive.
- Some programs at the UG level require an IELTS, TOEFL or SAT score.
- Bachelors programs are also offered on all subjects at private colleges, and applicants need to have passed either a Singapore A level or have completed their 12th standard. Singapore applications are carried out online.