loveUK Footsteps: 4 questions before packing

Many will say that the hardest part of studying in the UK is over, but believe me, it started when you clicked on “submit application”. It is not easy to deal with the anxiety of receiving the long-awaited SIM from the university of dreams, after all there are many factors at play: your future is one of them, for example. The fourth and final step of the loveUK Footsteps involves some processes that demand a lot of attention and patience and we are here to answer these questions.

In general, many questions arise soon after sending the application, so check below the answers to the main questions we see out there:

Should I email the university asking if they received my application and if everything is ok?

NOT. You do not need to send any emails to the university in order to confirm that they have indeed received your application, because when it is finished, the system itself will certainly send a message informing you that your application has been received and that it will be analyzed. To follow your process, access the application platform of the university you have chosen, there will be a specific space indicating the status of your application.

How long does it take for the university to review my application and respond?

The response time of each university varies greatly. Factors such as the number of applications received, the period in which you completed your application and the institutions' own response time influence this period. In general, it can take between 10 and 90 days to respond to your application, during which time you may be invited to a virtual interview.

#dicaloveUK Try to finalize your application in advance, as it will be analyzed faster and you will have more time to make a decision, if you intend to apply for scholarships or if you are waiting for the result of other selection processes.

How will the university respond?

British universities can respond to your application in three ways:

  • Notifying you that you were not approved

Calm! Not the end of the world. If you are not approved, the institution will explain why and you can apply again in the future. The main reason for a refusal is failure to meet any of the entry requirements (entry requirements).

  • Conditional Offer (Conditional Offer)

Good news! This means that you already have one foot in the UK. A conditional offer indicates that the university needs you to meet a specific requirement in order for it to be able to offer you a place. Requirements may relate to:

  1. To academic performance: the university may request documents that prove that you have the required average to enter the chosen course, or that you improve your results in specific exams. Some institutions accept that the candidate includes professional experience to complement the academic documentation, proving that he has knowledge in the area.
  2. To the proficiency exam (IELTS, for example): if you have not reached the level of proficiency required by the program, a deadline will be given for you to submit a new result or register for the English programs available to students who will enter undergraduate or graduate courses (Pre-Sessional English) Some universities accept applications without the result of the English proficiency exam being included, so the candidate will receive an unconditional offer until they prove the level required by the course.
  3. The documentation: some universities will require you to certify your documents (records and diploma) in one of the centers indicated by them. If you receive a conditional offer from the universities on this list for this reason, please contact loveUK as soon as possible.
  4. Upon payment of the deposit: there are universities that require you to pay a deposit (between GBP500 and GBP2000) so that they can guarantee your place and send you your unconditional offer.
  • Unconditional Offer

This is the most awaited news, the YES! Receiving an Unconditional Offer means that the university has reviewed your documentation and approved your application, so they want to offer you a place. The university will set a deadline for responding, which must be respected so that you do not miss out on this opportunity. You will need to formally accept the offer via email or through the application platform.

After this procedure, you will receive instructions to pay a deposit in order to secure your place (from GPB1000 – the equivalent of R$4.400) and very important information about the next steps.

I already accepted my Unconditional Offer, and now, what are the next steps?

This is the time to focus on preparing for your trip. The university will send you instructions and you will have the loveUK to carry out all necessary procedures. We can finally say that “the worst is over”, as you are very close to fulfilling your dream of studying in the UK. Here are some of the main preparation steps:

  1. Accommodation: the university will send the accommodation options, values and deadlines to apply for a place, either inside or outside the University Campus;
  2. Visa: you will need to apply for a Tier4 visa. loveUK has a UK visa specialist team and will be able to assist you in this process, please contact us as soon as possible. And remember: if your university is one of our partners, our visa application advisory service will be free;
  3. Airfare: we recommend that you purchase your air ticket only after receive the positive result of your visa application;
  4. Mentorship and Pre-Shipment Meeting: loveUK offers these services free of charge to students at our partner universities, so you'll be on board better informed and more confident.

Once that's done, pack your bags, prepare your farewell and have a good trip!

We know that this is a long process and full of details, but we also know that all the effort is worth it, after all it is an experience that will change your life, improve your understanding of the world, connect you to people from more diverse cultures, providing visits to fantastic places and an environment of academic excellence.

O loveUK is available to answer all your questions and help you achieve all your goals. You don't have to do it all alone, our advisory service is complete and personalized, focused on helping you find the best program according to your academic and professional goals. Best of all, it's completely free to apply to over 30 British universities. Check which.

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Did you miss a step in our Footsteps? Don't worry, check out the previous posts below:

How to study in the UK, part 1

How to prepare to apply to a university

How to make your university application foolproof

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