Applying to Universities

There is an entire world of academic achievement for our students, no matter the continent or the institution. Career and university guidance is an integral part of student development; however, it is only part of the process of preparing our students for university. 

Choosing the right course and the right university are one of the most important decisions in a student’s life. This is why we want our students to fully understand the options available to them and understand the particularities of universities even 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 from university course searches and recommendations to guidance on personal statements or application essays to transcripts and university preparations.

Students wishing to apply to universities in the UK must apply through the UCAS system, which is available online and administered by the School. The UCAS website is beneficial. A small fee (around 30 Euros) is paid directly to UCAS.

The UK University Entrance Programme analyses predicted final A Level grades and takes into consideration a detailed personal statement and the school reference. IGCSE/GCSE results are also an important factor for many competitive courses, alongside interviews or even entrance tests at the most competitive institutions and courses.

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 do not take IGCSEs, 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. 

Universities set minimum 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 Universities Team and other staff seek to guide students as much as possible at every stage of the 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, after 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 should carefully check the application requirements and procedures, as they are individual to each university. Many use the Common Application portal (Common App), which can be administered through our School. 

Students will need to nominate two or three reference writers after discussion with the University Guidance Counsellor. Many universities and colleges have removed the requirements for students to take the SAT or ACT (a test-optional policy). Still, students should check carefully to make sure this applies to them. SATs and ACTs can be taken locally if needed. Many universities recognise the strength of the A Level qualification. 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

Harvard, MIT, UCLA University, Princeton University, Stanford, Yale, Brown, Berkeley

Numerous websites help students to find suitable universities, courses and entry requirements. Many of these also provide information about the education systems in specific countries, allowing students 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.

Once possible universities have been identified, students should go to the university’s website and check the available courses and entry requirements. Most application portals are online and require copies of passports, school transcripts (which can be requested from the University Guidance Counsellor) and personal details. The university will require other documents to support their application, including a letter of motivation, a CV, an entrance test or an interview.

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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