*secretly having a mental breakdown because nothing is going right and all motivation is lost* :)
Hey! So, I get this a lot so I thought I would publish it. I hope it’s okay.
I don’t know how it works in other countries, but on mine we apply for Uni right before we finish high school. Basically, we may only know where we are going to study a few weeks before the first day of Uni. In my opinion, it’s a mess. However, in the UK, applications run from Mid/Late September of the year before meaning that if you want to start Uni next year in the UK, you should start working on all the things you need for the application right now, because it’s quite a lot of stuff. The sooner the better. (You can, however, apply till June)
All applications go through UCAS. It’s a good website with all the information you need to know, so no need for me to explain very precisely. Apart from finishing High School, what you’ll need is: a personal statement, a recommendation letter from one of your teachers, and, in some cases, a portfolio. The first thing to think about tho, is what course you want to study and in which university. You are given 5 university choices.
If you’re coming from abroad, you’ll need to do an English test. The most common is IELTS. I don’t know about other countries, but on mine, a lot of people do it so you have to schedule a date a few months prior.
In Portugal, we have this organization who takes care of students who want to study in the UK. We obviously need to pay a fee for their services, but they help you throughout the whole process. Maybe there’s a similar one in your country.
There’s a lot more stuff to worry about apart from applying to Uni, like accommodation, what to do once you get here, etc etc etc. But that’s a topic for another time, if anyone’s interested. :)