- State funded universities are cheaper (often considerably so) than private ones. In some countries university is free to citizens and, in some places, to international students too e.g. Germany.
- In the UK, EU students currently pay cheaper ‘home’ fees than the costlier international fees.
- Student loans are available in the UK and the repayment of these only starts once a certain income level has been achieved.
- In the USA, the cost of university is high (and for four years). State universities cost less than private ones, which can be very costly indeed. However, there are a large number of awards and scholarships available which can go some way towards cost reduction.
- Treat these with caution. Just because a university is highly ranked does not mean that it is the best one for your child.
- There are many rankings systems. Those listed below are sound and the lists can be filtered according to subject and location as well as other criteria.
- The higher the ranking of the university, the more demanding it is to get in.
- QS World rankings
- Times Higher Education rankings
- Guardian University League Tables
These are starting points only. There is a significant amount of information available.
UCAS: this is the essential gateway to the UK university application system and covers all aspects of the process:
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing: This gives details of ‘extra’ examinations needed for admission to top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, University College London etc. It includes the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) which is needed for the study of medicine: https://www.admissionstesting.org/
Some universities use the UKCAT test as part of the admissions process for medicine: https://www.themedicportal.com/application-guide/ukcat/
For Law degrees in the UK, the LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test) is often needed: https://lnat.ac.uk/
Many universities in the UK and elsewhere require an English language proficiency test score.
This test can also be taken here in Budapest: https://www.britishcouncil.hu/en/exam/ielts
If you are interested in an English Language degree outside of the UK then this is a useful gateway. A range of filters can be applied. https://www.bachelorsportal.com/
These following sites are helpful for specific countries:
Hong Kong: https://www.studyinhongkong.edu.hk/en/
USA has a unique system with a holistic approach to the application process. The College Board site below is a reasonable starting point but you need to put in as many filters as you can to have a manageable number of options and sites to look at. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search
Standardised tests such as the SAT or ACT are needed for most American universities:
SAT/ACT tests in Budapest: http://www.fulbright.hu/paper-based-test-center/ . There is also useful general information on this site about the USA universities.
Many, but not all, universities use the Common App portal for admissions process: https://www.commonapp.org/
I hope these articles have been and will prove helpful as you and your child begin this exciting journey. Should you need any further information or just want to discuss options and possibilities then contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org