Most Nigerian students want to change to international schools due for many reasons. Some might be due to personal choices, incessant strike actions, short academic periods, and more theory classes rather than practical classes.
Before such decisions are made, a lot of factors have to be considered. This article is here to serve as a guide to students that wants to transfer to UK universities.
Adequate information is required before this big step is made because some UK universities do not accept a switch to a mid-way program, especially for a competitive course.
Most prefer the applicant begins as a freshman but then requirements vary between department and institutions. Transfer mid-year is also not allowed, so applications are assessed into a fresh session. Transfer applicants are expected to apply via UCAS.
It is important to note the reason(s) for the transfer and a reference letter from a lecturer at your previous institute.
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- Transfer of Nigerian Institutions to UK Institutions
Transfer of Nigerian Institutions to UK Institutions
Here are the factors to consider before switching institutions;
- Do Research On The UK Universities
- Know The Grade Requirements
- Current Year of Study
- Get Information and Counsel
- Visa Requirements
- Get in Touch with Your Preferred School
- Apply to Your Preferred Institution
- Submit Your Requisition Letter
- Get A Reference Letter
- Save, Survey, And Submit Your Application
Do Research On The UK Universities
Research the school you want to send a request to. As stated earlier, some schools do not accept applications from transfer scholars and various requirements for different institutions and courses.
Ask yourself some questions. Is the transfer necessary? This question is important as it is essential in your entreaty. The letter should contain why you left your previous university and why you feel the new college is a better fit for you.
Know The Grade Requirements
Your grade is another major concern: every school has a certain incremental score.
Is your grade enough for your chosen course?
If the grade is less than the needed grade, enquire from the admission department of the institute to know if your application will still be considered or you can also check if it meets freshman requirements.
Current Year of Study
Your current year of study is also important. If the switch is done in the beginning year, the entreaty is considered amongst the first time petition in the acceptance process but when it is the sophomore year of the same degree, the school requires information about your previous grades and see how results will be sent.
It is important to note that transferring beyond the sophomore level is impossible.
Get Information and Counsel
Don’t leave any stone unturned. Get adequate counsel from your academic adviser so you get the best advice and avoid mistakes.
Visa: this is an important part, without a visa, you won’t be able to travel to the United Kingdom. Make sure that the duration of your study will end before the expiration of your visa.
Otherwise, you will have to ask for permission from a UK home officer to stay till the end of your degree.
Get in Touch with Your Preferred School
This is paramount because you might be applying for an already filled course or to an institution that doesn’t accept transfer students or you might fall short in criteria.
You can never get enough information. You can email the school and ask questions to know your eligibility before applying.
Apply to Your Preferred Institution
After getting all the necessary information, applying is the next step. Petition to most UK schools is done through UCAS.
Get registered with UCAS. In the dashboard, you’ll see the headline, your application, click on it, and start the process. Fill the form correctly and completely. Write your name the way it is in your document, in a case where you have one name, write it twice, with your surname.
Search the UKCICA website for knowledge about your residency status.
As a transfer student, when asked for a point of entry, fill in the year of study of the course you want to continue with but if you want to start as a freshman, leave it bare.
You can also apply with awaiting results, but send them in as soon as you get them.
Submit Your Requisition Letter
It is advised to be written before your application because the space bar for the application doesn’t correct spellings. The letter might be a thousand words to four-thousand-word length.
Get A Reference Letter
Get a reference letter from your previous school or lecturer.
Save, Survey, And Submit Your Application
Pay an application fee of £22 for one option and £26.50 for more than one option.
Make sure to check your email all the time so as not to miss any information
With this guide, you should have little or no issue with applying. Good luck