Posts tagged UK
Niamh's Story

What was the application process like? Do you have any advice for prospective applicants?

The process is reasonably long but straightforward. It includes writing a personal statement, a further statement, a questionnaire, an interview and a written test. However, do not let this intimidate you! To improve your application, make sure you read lots around your subject and keep up to date with current affairs so you will have something to write and talk about. Treat the interview as a mock supervision - they just want to see what you would be like to teach.

How are you finding your experience at Cambridge so far?

Overall I am really enjoying my time here at Cambridge. The workload, whilst significantly more than other universities, is manageable and I found the level of difficulty fine. It is intense because terms are only eight weeks long, however the upshot of this is the long holidays! There are so many opportunities at your grasp and also some time for a social life.

- Niamh from London, studying anthropology at Cambridge

Weiheng's Story

Why did you decide to study at LSE and how have you found it? 

The economics course at the LSE is world-leading. A few key factors played into my decision to go there.

Firstly, the opportunity to study there would be academically challenging and the opportunities to work with high-caliber individuals from the student population and the teaching body is valuable. Next, the LSE brand name is a plus point for employers, especially in the financial sector which I am interested in. Another important reason for going to the LSE is that the international environment and experience will prepare me well for an international career, but that takes effort on the individual's part.

With regard to applying and getting in, it goes without saying that the LSE is a highly competitive school. However, preparing in advance can help significantly. Working hard for good grades are a given, but emphasis should also be placed on extracurricular activities and the ability to write and present oneself. Those are key skills to communicate your talents and competencies effectively during the application process. Speaking to teachers or seniors can also help, especially those who have studied abroad before or specifically at the school or course you are interested in.

Finally, studying abroad has been both what I expected and did not expect. The international experience and personal freedom belong to the former, while the actual lack of time to travel and enjoy the city belongs to the latter. Getting in is only the first part, working hard to achieve in the areas of academics, careers and extracurriculars such as clubs and societies is the next big challenge. Good luck!

- Weiheng from Singapore, studying Economics at LSE

Małgorzata's Story

What did you think was the most confusing part of the Oxford application process? 

Interviews. There are far too many resources that will mention something like "Tell me about a banana". I have never heard of anyone who got interview questions like this. Most of the time you will be asked questions related only to the subject you want to study. Sometimes the question will be abstract, because they want to see the way you think. This is why it is important to show them your thought process. Don't be stressed. Most tutors will do everything for you to feel relaxed, it is not in their interest to stress you, they want to see the best in you. If you don't understand something - ask questions. Is there anything you always wanted to know? Interview is the time when you can ask one of the world's best professors in this field. Use this time.

- Małgorzata from Poland, studying Biochemistry at Oxford