Applying to Universities

The scope and reach of our students are global. The qualifications, experiences and aptitudes developed at BSB enable them to apply to and attend university destinations throughout the world. Career and university guidance are an integral part of student development and our individualised approach is integral to the process of preparing our students for university life and beyond. 

Choosing the right course and the right university are one of the most important decisions in a student’s life. This is why we seek to help our students and their families fully understand the many options available to them and understand the particularities of universities well before they start the application process. Here at the British School of Bucharest, we want your journey towards your future to be as smooth as possible.  

We have a dedicated University Guidance Counsellor who helps and guides each student and family along every step of the application process. This includes elements such as university course searches and recommendations to detailed, bespoke guidance and support with personal statements and application essays alongside the provision of transcripts and other documentation as required.

Many of our students apply to courses in multiple countries. Whilst some countries have a centralised application system, for the majority, students apply to each university as a separate application with different expectations. The most common requirements include academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and other confirmatory documentation which the School organises. The student also needs to submit various elements towards the application, which vary in each instance but include letters of motivation, CV, proof of identity and often specific entrance examinations, tasks or portfolios of work. Students receive the support of the University Guidance Counsellor and other staff in the creation of these elements which are different for each institution.

Given the significant differences in the higher education systems globally in both the requirements of the application process and its timing, knowledge and support is key to success alongside the student’s commitment and talents. The provision of up to date information, at regular intervals, is a vital element of the service for students and families at BSB allowing them to consider all of their options fully and to make informed choices.

Information and guidance are shared via regular newsletters, assemblies, PSHCE lessons, individualised counselling sessions, bespoke meetings with university representatives and the organisation or attendance at multiple university fairs. Information is garnered from numerous websites including UniFrog which is a superb tool helping students to explore a variety of suitable courses, universities and specific entry requirements. Our access to the Unifrog package allows for further exploration of courses delivered in English in Europe, the UK and in other parts of the world including Asia, the Americas and Australasia. Students also consider the information about the different education systems in specific countries, allowing them to make informed choices about the route they might select and the location in which they would like to study.

A significant percentage of our students apply to universities in the UK. Students wishing to potentially follow this route apply through the centralised Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system. This is available online and the School is a UCAS centre enabling assistance with the administration and tracking of student applications. The UCAS website itself is a valuable source of information and has details for all courses. However, much discussion is needed to consider the many different options, selection of appropriate universities and courses alongside completion of the application itself to ensure that the chances of an offer being made is maximised in every instance.


The UK University Admissions Teams analyse predicted final A-Level grades, prior examination performance and give weight to a detailed personal statement and the School reference. Our University Guidance Counsellor, Key Stage 5 Team and experienced subject specialists spend significant time with each individual student guiding them through many drafts of personal statement and crafting a comprehensive reference to ensure that the student is best presented in their application. IGCSE/GCSE results can also be an important factor for the most competitive courses, alongside interviews, for which mock sessions are organised and entrance tests for specific courses at the most competitive institutions.


IGCSEs/GCSEs in both Mathematics and English Language (or their equivalent) are compulsory for entry to a UK university. If students do not have qualifications in these subjects, they will be required to retake them in Year 12. For students who join BSB in the Sixth Form and did not take IGCSEs or in other specific instances where English as a Second Language has been taken at IGCSE for example, this requirement can be replaced by doing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the English Language examination favoured by UK universities. Depending on individual student circumstances, we may recommend that students study for this qualification and we actively help them with their preparation for the exam. 


UK Universities state anticipated minimum entry grade requirements for each of their courses, which are readily available on their websites. Some universities command prestige through academic achievement and therefore have higher grade requirements. This form of selection enables universities to enrol the right student for the course offered. 

Our University Guidance Counsellor, Key Stage 5 Team and other staff seek to assist and guide students as much as possible at every stage of the application process.

Recent Destinations: UK Universities

Architecture Association School of Architecture, Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Exeter, Falmouth, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Hull, Imperial College, Kings College London, Kingston, Lancaster, London School of Economics, Manchester, Keele, Leeds, Loughborough, Nottingham, Queen’s University Belfast, Queen Mary University of London, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Robert Gordon, SOAS, Southampton, Surrey, University of the West of Scotland, University of the Arts London, University College London, Warwick, Westminster and York.


Please be aware that, following Brexit, Romanian and other European students are now eligible to pay International Fees at UK universities. The only exceptions to this are those with settled status in the UK.

Students applying to the USA are assisted as they navigate the application requirements and procedures individual to each university. Many US institutions use the Common Application portal (Common App), which is administered via our School, though the requirements of each university still vary. Ensuring a good ‘fit’ with each choice of course and university is very important and not straightforward given the wealth of opportunities available in the USA. 

Students nominate two or three reference writers after discussion with the University Guidance Counsellor and are supported as they complete the various essays required to demonstrate a good ‘fit’ for each campus. Many universities and colleges have removed the requirements for students to take the SAT or ACT (a test-optional policy) recently though prior examination performance, academic attainment and aptitudes are taken into account alongside student interests, service, leadership and other broader commitments. SATs and ACTs can be taken locally if needed. A-Levels are an accepted route to US universities and the vast majority of US universities recognise the strength of the A-Level qualification. In many instances they will grant credit towards the degree for each A-Level, meaning students have already passed part of their course before even enrolling in the US.


Recent Destinations: US Universities

UCLA, UPenn (Wharton Business School), NYU, UC San Diego, Lynn University, University of Richmond

There are hundreds of courses available in a variety of European countries which are delivered in English. Many of our students apply to these courses and have another European country as their intended destination with courses in Holland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland being the most well attended though our students have also gone on to attend courses in Romania, Austria, France, Belgium, Poland, Greece and Denmark. Our University Guidance Counsellor gives individualised guidance on the various different application systems and assists students as they draw up shortlists of universities and courses for each country.

Whilst some countries such as Holland have a centralised system, Studielink, it is still the case that students apply to each university as a separate application with specific expectations. The most common requirements include academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and other confirmatory documentation which the School organises. The student also needs to submit various elements towards the application, which vary in each instance but include letters of motivation, CV, proof of identity and in certain instances specific entrance examinations. Students receive the support of the University Guidance Counsellor and other staff in the creation of their CVs and letters of motivation, which are bespoke for each institution. The various universities and countries also clearly have specific and different deadlines which need to be met and support is given in this, though clearly the students themselves are ultimately responsible to ensure that strict deadlines are not missed.

Our students often apply to multiple countries and certainly have ambitious targets which we share with them. Given the significant differences in the higher education systems globally in both the requirements of the application process and its timing, knowledge and support is key to success alongside the student’s commitment and talents. The provision of up to date information, at regular intervals, is a vital element of the service for students and families at BSB allowing them to consider all of their options fully and to make informed choices.

Information and guidance is shared via regular newsletters, assemblies, PSHCE lessons, individualised counselling sessions, bespoke meetings with university representatives and the organisation or attendance at multiple university fairs. Information is garnered from numerous websites including UniFrog which is a superb tool helping students to explore a variety of suitable courses, universities and specific entry requirements. Access to the Unifrog website allows for this exploration of courses delivered in English in Europe, the UK and in other parts of the world. Students also consider the information about the different education systems in specific countries, allowing them to make informed choices about the route they might select and the location in which they would like to study. The countries that offer the most courses taught in English are Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy. The first two are the most common destinations based on a combination of academic excellence and the variety of courses offered.

Recent Destinations: Europe

Anglo-American University of Prague, Bocconi University (Milan), Carol Davila University of Medicine (Bucharest), Dublin Business School, Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Erasmus University Rotterdam, EU Business School (Barcelona), ESADE, Franklin University (Switzerland), Glion Institute of Higher Education (Switzerland), IFA Paris, Istituto Europeo Di Design, Maastricht University, Politechnika Warsaw, Rhine-Waal University (Germany), Romanian American University, St. Louis University (Madrid), The Hague University, Universidad de Navarra, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen and IA University College (Denmark).

 



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