Get the offer letter? What next?
Studying abroad for international students demands to follow all the processes accurately. Let’s suppose you have selected a university and made an application to it with the required documents. You have written a passionate SOP, arranged all your academic and languages certificate, and sent them to the University and get the offer letter. But what to do after receiving a UK University offer letter? Let’s discuss.
Understand your offer letter.
So you have applied and got the offer letter from the UK university after a certain period. Fine, that’s excellent news. Now read everything properly and find out the type of it. It may be conditional or unconditional. If you get a conditional offer letter, it means you lack some qualifications, and the University wants you to take the qualification to match the entry requirements of the University. However, getting the unconditional one means you have already matched the entry requirements.
Read everything and attached the material thoroughly.
After getting an offer letter, read everything correctly. When you get the conditional one, read the conditions and attach each material and document that match the condition. For example, if the letter demands you to show your English proficiency score, you must provide it in a short time.
Before finalizing one, wait for the response from other universities.
When you get it from the University, please don’t rush to accept it. It would be better to wait for the response from other universities to which you have applied. Evaluate your option, and match it to your course and career choice. Don’t accept the offer from several universities.
Discuss with your family
When you get the letter, you might have an idea about the expenses you need to bear to take the course. Discuss it with your family and tell them the estimated expenses it will have. The financial arrangement is essential while studying in the UK.
Accept the offer letter by requesting a CAS.
After getting the letter from a UK university, there will be the details of the condition under which you have been selected will be detailed. Besides, there will be the amount you need to pay for it. When you are selected to study in the UK unconditionally, you must request confirmation of acceptance for studies. You must sit for a credibility interview to issue a CAS letter from the university authority.
When will the Credibility Interview take place?
The phase of the credibility interview will take place when you get a conditional offer letter. The purpose of the credibility interview is to find out the genuine intention to study abroad. Through the interview, the interviewer will find a genuine student who has a purpose of the study instead of working. You must face it if you are applying to study in the UK from a high-risk country. The credibility interview should take place six months before the course starting date. The interview may take place face to face or over the phone.
Pay the non-refundable CAS deposit.
After completing the Pre-CAS interview, when the interviewers are satisfied with your answers and find all your documents are accurate, the university authority will provide you with an unconditional offer letter. After providing it to you, the university authority will ask you to pay the non-refundable CAS deposit. It is to ensure them that you want to be a student of their University. You may need to pay 50% of your 1st year’s tuition fees as a CAS deposit when you want to pursue a Bachelor’s program. However, universities have different rules on CAS deposits.
Get the CAS number
The education provider will send you a CAS reference number when you pay the CAS deposit or get an unconditional offer letter. The CAS number is a unique 14-digit reference given to you by your sponsor. UKVI will use this number to confirm that you are a genuine student. You must put this reference number on your visa application form.
Arrange your bank statement
The bank statement is very important when you want to study abroad. You must have the required amount in your bank for at least 28 consecutive days. The amount should cover your first year’s tuition and living costs. However, You should arrange the bank statement before applying for a visa. In your visa application, you need to provide bank statement evidence.
Apply for visa
Applying for a visa is the last phase of your study abroad procedure. In your visa application, provide your required documents with CAS and bank deposit numbers. You will learn about the visa decision within three weeks of visa application.
Arrange accommodation in the UK
After getting your visa to study abroad, it’s time to arrange the accommodation. Ask your University if they have accommodation facilities available or not. Besides, if you want to stay in private accommodation, arrange it. However, you should also look for a scholarship in the meantime.
Make travel plan
So congratulations! You are all set to start the new beginning of your life. From the application process to visa processing, you have made all the study abroad procedures successful. It’s time to make a good travel plan and fly. If your course is over six months, you can go to the UK one month before the program starts. If your course is for six months or less, you can visit the UK up to 1 week before.
So, if you are willing to take a degree in the UK and want every procedure to complete successfully, AIMS Education can be your one-stop study solution. From application to visa processing, our expert counsellors can help you in every stage.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is an offer letter from the university?
Ans: It is an acceptance from a UK university. It is a process to make a candidate as a student. You have to make an application to that University. After making an application to the University with the required documents, the University will send you an offer letter if they find you appropriate. It can be of two types- Conditional and unconditional.
Q. How long does it take to get an offer letter from the UK University?
Ans: Approximately it will take two weeks to get it from a UK university. Sometimes, a student can get it earlier than this time.
Q. What is the difference between I20 and the offer letter?
Ans: The I20 or offer letter is the same and issued by the University when you apply for the course there. The University can issue a conditional or unconditional one depending on the eligibility and documents you have.
Q. Is there any deadline to accept an offer letter?
Ans: In your offer letter, there will be a specific date to respond. You must respond by that time. For example, if your offer letter asks you to respond within four weeks, you have to respond to it by that time.
Q. What is Pre-enrolment?
Ans: It is a quick and easy task held online where you must confirm the details about yourself and the program the University holds you.
Q. When can I apply for a student visa?
Ans: You can apply for a student visa when you hold an unconditional offer letter. Only it will allow you to be a UK university student.
Q. What to do after getting an offer letter?
Ans: After getting an offer letter, you should read it properly. If it is conditional, learn about the condition and start working to make it unconditional.