The UK is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, making it a popular destination for many students to pursue their studies there. Like most other countries, the UK has its own admissions process.

To help you explore this new territory and give you some pointers on the secrets of successful admission, we have compiled a list of 10 easy-to-follow steps to get into a UK university.

1. Do your research

The sooner you start your college and course search, the better. While determining which subjects to study is a fun process, choosing a course is a very important decision.

Keep in mind that to graduate you will need to study your chosen subject for at least three years – so make sure you choose subjects that interest you. Look at the structure of the different courses and find out as much as you can about the ones you plan to take.

2. Select your universities

Once you have determined the subjects to study, you can decide which universities you want to apply to. Look at UK university rankings, but don’t fall into the trap of picking the best universities based on their ‘prestige’.

We recommend that you find out which universities offer the highest-rated courses in your specific subject of choice and read student reviews on the subject.

3. Familiarise yourself with UCAS

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) manages the admissions process for UK universities. This is the platform you will use to search for courses and apply to up to five universities of your choice.

Once registered, you will be able to complete your personal profile – go to the website, read the guidelines carefully and follow the instructions. Once your various applications have been submitted, you will be able to follow their progress using the UCAS monitoring function, which will inform you of the progress and future of your application.

4. Get ready

Students wishing to pursue degrees in medicine, veterinary science, and dentistry, as well as enrolling in courses at Oxford and Cambridge, should expect to pass an interview. This is when your passion for your favourite subject should shine through. Expect difficult questions that require detailed answers and make sure you have done some practice with a teacher or family member beforehand.

Starting by reading, well in advance, all kinds of academic books and journals on your chosen subject is the best way to be fully prepared. This will not only make you better informed and equipped to answer tough questions, but also feel more comfortable throughout the interview.

5. Perfect your English

UK universities require students to have a certain level of English. Although the standard required for admission to a UK university varies from institution to institution, it is important to be able to certify your skills if you are not a native English speaker.

Universities will often list their English proficiency requirements in a variety of different exams, including Cambridge English, TOEFL and IELTS. To get the best results on your test, invest in learning. Indeed, learning English in an English-speaking country is one of the fastest ways to progress and reach the required level.

6. Diversify your experience

In the same way, when applying for a new job, any relevant practical experience to add to your profile will increase your chances of receiving a return from the UK university of your choice.

Whether it’s taking on a new internship, taking a summer course, or dedicating some of your time to volunteering, universities appreciate efforts to broaden your horizons and strengthen your skills. Any new experiences will help underpin your personal statement (more on that in a second!) and your resume.

7. Visit universities at Open Days

Once you have selected a few universities to your liking, it will be a good idea to plan a site visit, so that you can discover the places. Exploring the university site will allow you to form a concrete opinion. If you have the opportunity to visit the universities you are interested in person, find out about open days and try to visit as many as possible in one trip.

This is not always feasible, especially for students who are outside the UK. Many universities offer virtual tours, allowing you to explore their institution online – this can give you a good insight into what the university is really like. You will also be able to consult the comments of former students, to know their opinion on their passage to the university concerned.

8. Write a brilliant personal statement

The personal statement mentioned above is one of the most difficult steps in the application process. It is a one-page document, setting out your motivations for wanting to take your chosen course and why you think you are a good student to do so.

Due to the high number of applications universities receive on average each year, it is essential to write a personal statement that is compelling and original. Because this will set you apart from other applicants.

A personal statement can make or break an application, so it’s important to spend enough time on it. Do not hesitate to ask teachers, family members or advisers to ensure the highest quality content, or hire a professional personal statement service. Once you are satisfied with your work, be sure to submit it to the teachers or advisors in question.

9. Get a reference

All applicants must include a letter of reference, often written by a teacher, or guidance counsellor. Your reference should be someone who knows you well and can write a detailed and specific recommendation about you. She will also have to check with your teachers to certify your strengths and your academic results.

10. Send your application before the deadlines

After choosing the different universities you want to apply to and having your grades, reference letter and brilliant personal statement ready, you are good to go!

Before sending your application, do not forget to proofread it several times to detect any errors or inconsistencies. It would be wise to submit it for proofreading, one last time, to a third party before starting the process. Once you feel confident, submit your application.

Remember that the deadlines are as follows: October 15 for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Oxford and Cambridge registrations and January 26 for all other applicants.