Applying for university

If we had to identify one key aim for KE, it would be: to open up opportunities for our students.   Making an application for university can look pretty difficult.  It’s certainly a big step, and you need to get it right.

First of all, we suggest the processes you should follow in choosing a university and a course. We encourage you to identify what is important to you, and see how that ties in with making good choices. And even if you’re not planning to apply for university in an English-speaking country, the skills you learn here will be really valuable in many different contexts.

In most countries, you make direct applications to your university or universities of choice. If you’re applying for university in the UK, you’ll be making your application through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service).  Therefore, in the UK, we explain how UCAS works, and give you tips on making your application as attractive as possible to universities; one of our members of staff has been trained in UCAS procedures (KE is a UCAS centre). Elsewhere, we consider how you should approach applications, and what the admissions staff are probably looking for.


We pay particular attention to two components of the university application process.

  • Personal statement/essay. In the UK, we’ll explain how this is used, and we’ll help you to start work on writing a personal statement which will impress the universities. In the USA, you’ll look at the admissions essay which you often need to write, and here we’ll work with you as you start to think about what your essay will be like. If you’re not planning to go to university in an English-speaking country, you’ll still take part in this exercise, as it’s a really useful first step towards creating a cv and promoting your own skills and achievements.
  • Interviews. We talk about interviews in general terms, and then give you practice in being interviewed. You’ll have two one-to-one interviews, with different people, and with feedback from each.