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Choosing your University carefully

Posted 30 January 2014
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During the last month, I have been applying to the Universities I chose on my UCAS form. This took a lot of time, patience and enormous help from my teachers and tutor. In September, when I started Business Foundation course at Bellerbys College Cambridge, I thought that this was going to be easy: you just put the Universities you like and the course you want to study on the application form and send it to the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service.

During the last month, I have been applying to the Universities I chose on my UCAS form. This took a lot of time, patience and enormous help from my teachers and tutor. In September, when I started Business Foundation course at Bellerbys College Cambridge, I thought that this was going to be easy: you just put the Universities you like and the course you want to study on the application form and send it to the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service.

Well, guess what? It’s so far from that. The process has to be more careful and requires a lot of research so that you are not disappointed and don’t end up studying in a university you are not comfortable in. Hint: look at the student satisfaction levels and graduate prospects of every University and compare. Very important!


To ensure your time at University is one of the best experiences of your life, I would suggest, that before sending your application you should visit all of your chosen Universities and make sure that these are the right choices for you. If it turns out to be somewhere you don’t really like, don’t be afraid to go one step back and change your decision. This is your future, only you can change it.

To use my own experience as an example, last month I travelled to the far-southwest of England, to Exeter, it took me 5 hours from Cambridge, but it was so worth it! During my trip I thought about the questions I am most interested in and even wrote them down on a piece of paper. When I got there, I already knew what Departments I would like to speak to, what I would like to see because prior to my travel, the Centre Head of Bellerbys Cambridge helped me to contact the Exeter admissions team and arrange my visit.

The minute I stepped on the University’s grounds I knew that this was the right place, I knew I wanted to spend three years of my life studying there (well, actually four, because my chosen course includes an Industrial Experience year, which will give me valuable work experience). In the International Office, where I could ask my questions, the International Officer recognised me and said that she remembered me from the time she visited my college. Can you imagine how surprised I was? That was a very warm welcome for me. We talked for about an hour and she answered all of my questions. After that, I was taken on a tour of the campus, where I saw sport facilities, accommodation, lecture halls and places where you just meet with friends. Everything I saw, I loved, even on a rainy day.

However, my trip to the University of Sheffield had the opposite effect on me. I knew I wanted to study at a campus-based university, where everything is in one place, but I discovered in Sheffield that the university is spread out around the city. This is definitely worth taking into account when choosing your university, think about the type of experience you are looking for. When I compared my experience to the one I had at Exeter, I knew Sheffield wasn’t the right university for me and , as a result, I went back to my UCAS application and changed my choice.

Thanks to the people who advised me to visit the Universities, I now know where I want to study. I am so grateful and if I hadn’t listened to them, I would have chosen a university I didn’t like. Now I am passing on this knowledge so that when it comes to making your decision, you know what to do.

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Best of luck to you,


Konstantin Mozgovoy

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