Why study at a London University


Qualifications from London Universities are recognised all across the world therefore it is a great investment for your future. Many universities offer work placement and you will also have the option of a part-time work to help you with your financial situation. London is a city of opportunities and it would be a great asset to your CV to add a working experience acquired in the city of London.



In order to get a place at a university in London you will have to provide evidence of your past qualifications. On top of your subject specific qualification, international students and EU students are required to provide a proof of English language skills.

Although this varies from university to university, generally you will need; IELTS exam score or Cambridge exam certificate. The minimum score or certificate accepted depends on the individual university.  It is generally expected to reach at least the score of 5 in IELTS exam or to pass Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) Cambridge Certificate. See comparison table above (link). EU students may just need to provide leaving English language exam score from acquired in their home country.

Most universities offer English language courses for international students and you might have to attend a language class as a condition for your admission if your certificates are not sufficient. You can also choose to attend these courses as your subject of choice in order to improve your language skills.


All your documents must be legally translated into English.



UK universities encourage team work and independent research. You will be expected to give presentations in front of the class, work on projects in teams with your fellow students; you will also be submitting written essays and take exams depending on your specification. In some countries it is common to only be marked on exams at the end of the semester. In UK universities you will be tested and marked on various abilities throughout the semester. You will have consultations with your tutors where you get the opportunity to ask for advice and help individually.



It is highly recommended to go to an open day at several universities that are of interest to you. Open days offer you a chance to look around, ask questions, and speak to fellow students as well as tutors which can help you greatly in making the right decision. Taking into account the significant cost of the fees you will want to pick a place of study where you feel comfortable, motivated and encouraged to achieve the best possible results.



You can choose between studying one subject or doing a joint degree consisting of two subjects. For example, you can study for a degree in English literature or you can choose to do a joint degree in English literature and philosophy. A joint degree doesn’t take any longer to complete you will just have to divide the modules between two subjects.



Normally, each module is one complete topic within your field. Every semester or year you will be asked to pick the modules relevant to your subject. Some modules are compulsory and you will have no choice but to complete those. Each module accounts for certain amount of credits. For example one module may amount to 15 credits if you pass. In order to complete a degree you will need certain amount of credits. Every university has its own system and this is just an example from one university.



Undergraduate full time courses usually take 3 to 4 years to complete. Part-time courses may last 5 or more years. Academic year is usually divided into two semesters; spring and winter. Admissions to universities take place twice a year in most universities either in the month of September/October or January/February. In order to complete a degree you will have to attend 12 semesters regardless of your mode of study (part-time/full-time). It is more common to start a course in September/October.

Postgraduate courses normally last 1 or 2 years depending on your subject and specification.



Studying part-time means it will take you longer to complete the degree. It might take up to 5 years depending on the degree and university. Part-time courses are generally less expensive. You would be expected to pay fees per modules on a pay as you go basis rather than paying the whole tuition fee up front.  The amount of modules chosen to take each semester determines the length of your overall course. The university finance department will clearly explain this to you and you can organize your own timetable and payments.
In some countries studying for a part-time degree means Saturday classes. In London, part-time students study together with full-time students but do fewer modules each semester. Many universities offer afternoon and evening classes. Conditions may vary.



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Useful websites and sources

University Guide: the Official London University Guide The Official London University Guide: http://www.studylondon.ac.uk UKAS – The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service https://www.ucas.com/ UK Council for International Student Affairs: http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/ Cambridge English ESOL: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org Council of Europe: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Cadre1_en.asp Catalogue of Study material visit this page of the official Cambridge website. Free online practice tests for learners of English http://www.examenglish.com/   Read More


Probably the most popular language exam is the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). It is designed specifically for people who want to study or work in countries where English language is the primary or the official language of communication. IELTS is accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide! The IELTS exam has two versions; the   Read More

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