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Application

Wales has a diverse range of universities and courses on offer, so it can be a challenge to choose your course straight away.

If you apply as an undergraduate, or as a postgraduate, you can apply for more than one university at the same time, which will help ensure that you end up on the course that is best suited to you.

It is important to build in plenty of time to complete your applications, and to allow time for entry clearance, if you require a visa.

In Wales, there are different rules for applicants from the United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU), and international students. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website provides detailed guidance.

Before you apply, please ensure that you have:

  • Checked the academic requirements, and the English language requirements for your course of study;
  • Checked the tuition fees and living expenses;
  • Checked what funding is available for your chosen course; and
  • Directed any questions you have to your chosen university’s admissions office.

Applying for undergraduate study

To apply for an undergraduate course in Wales, you can apply online through UCAS. The application process requires you to provide information about your education history, employment, references, language certificate (if necessary) and will require a personal statement. It is best to have this information ready, before you apply.

The online UCAS application process allows you to apply for up to five courses, at the same, or at different universities. However, there are some restrictions on the combination of courses you can apply for. Please visit the UCAS website for details. The deadlines for applications through UCAS differ depending on what course you are applying for. To check the deadlines, please visit the UCAS website.

If you are offered, and you accept a place on your chosen course, your university will be able to provide you with information on accommodation and travel. Please contact the international office at your university.

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Applying for postgraduate study

To apply for a postgraduate degree in Wales, you will need to ensure that you meet the entrance requirements for your chosen course. To study at postgraduate level in Wales, you usually need to hold an undergraduate degree, however, in certain circumstances, experience and other qualifications may be an acceptable equivalent. It is important to check the entry requirements with your chosen university before applying.

Universities in Wales manage their own applications for postgraduate study. Please check your chosen university’s website for details.

Some universities accept applications through the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) scheme. To check which universities and which courses you can apply for through UKPASS, please visit the UKPASS website. The UKPASS application process allows you to apply for up to ten courses, at the same, or at different universities.

If you are offered, and you accept a place on your chosen course, your university will be able to provide you with information on accommodation and travel. Please contact the international office at your university.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, your chosen university will require you to demonstrate your English language proficiency. This is to make sure that you can fully participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, meetings, and understand the coursework needed to complete your course of study, as well as getting the most out of your time as a student.

Universities in Wales offer a variety of English language support schemes, including pre-sessional English language courses, which will help to improve your English and academic skills before you start your course.

There are different ways in which you might be asked to demonstrate your English skills. These include:

  • If you have successfully completed an academic qualification in an English speaking country;
  • If you have received an English qualification as part of your High School studies;
  • If you pass an approved English language test; or
  • If you provide an English language certificate.

Please contact the international office at your chosen university for further information.

Visas and immigration

If you are a student from outside the EU, you will be required to apply for a Tier 4 visa. Please visit our Visas page for information.

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