UK requirements for international applications
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
All applicants should hold (or expect to obtain) an upper second class honours degree (or overseas equivalent) with honours in a relevant subject area. Where the Bachelors degree is in an unrelated subject, candidates must demonstrate their interest in IMESS through their supplementary personal statement.All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme. This can be either:A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than three years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. For IMESS admissions students must provide evidence of English proficiency - 'good' level in accordance with UCL English Language Policy.orEvidence (docmented) of substantial education (minimum twelve months) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted in English and undertaken no more than three years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.applicants must complete the standard UCL graduate studies application form and include the additional required materials, paying particular attention to the guidelines on how to complete the supplementary personal statement .Online applications are encouraged (the IMESS degree is listed online as 'MA in Economy, State and Society' programme code R7U5), but please ensure that you properly upload your degree transcript, proof of citizenship, English language certificate and Erasmus Mundus or IMESS Bursary application form (if appropriate). Incomplete applications remain frozen in the UCL Registry, and this may affect your chances of Erasmus Mundus consideration, especially in circumstances when applications are both late and incomplete.Please make sure that you have clearly listed your choice of language and study track in your supplementary personal statement and that you have understood the terms of any scholarship or bursary that you are applying for.As UCL is the coordinating partner of the IMESS consortium, it is not necessary to also apply to your preferred second year university. UCL receives all the IMESS applications, and puts them forward to be considered by the consortium admissions committee. However, in order that your application is considered, you must make clear in your application what your study track and language/mobility preferences (ranking) are.It is often the case that students applying to the IMESS Programme won´t graduate until after the application deadlines in January and April. In this case, we ask students to provide their latest transcript and application materials. If their application is successful, students will be provided with an offer from UCL, conditional on graduating on schedule with the appropriate grade and language certificate.After you have appliedIn the previous IMESS intake, we received over 200 applications in total. As there are between 15 and 25 Erasmus Mundus Scholarships available each year and an additional 10-15 places for non-scholarships holders, there is a very high standard of competition for admission onto the programme. Therefore, successful applicants are usually those that follow the application guidelines VERY carefully.When students apply to IMESS, applications are initially received by the UCL Registry, who assess whether applicants satisfy the minimum admissions requirements. The applications are then passed to IMESS, where each applicant is individually assessed, by the IMESS Admissions Committee, according to a robust and stringent admissions criteria. High scoring candidates are put forward to be considered by the IMESS Programme Committee at the end of February. Shortly after this, candidates will be contacted as to whether they have been accepted onto the programme. Formal nominations will then be put forward to the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Agency and successful candidates will be notified in April of the final scholarship decision. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.