Looking to study in the UK Watch
I am an American student in high school currently, though I have been researching to go to college in the UK for many years. My hopes are currently set on Richmond University in London. I have been looking forward to going to this college for a long time. Though, there are still some questions on my mind. I am taking my SATs this year (nation test that tests your verbal and math reasoning in the US), would anybody know what score you would need by any chance? Also, if my dreams of being accepted into Richmond are not meet, could anybody inform me on any other colleges that would be good for me to apply to (I am not sure if it matters if I live in the US or not). I only know of Richmond University as a unversity in the UK. Thank you all so very much for reading this, and thank you in advance for all help!
What is it you want to study? different universities are good for different things....
i think i had a similar problem. i attend an international school (where most people continue to study in US), so i didnt know anything about UK education.
As far as I know, only a few schools in UK consider SAT. are you taking AP's? i have heard from some people that AP can be considered since it is about at the same level as A Level and IB. (unless as fayzd said, if richmond is actually american, then u'll only need SATs)
for a list of universities, you can check school ranking lists (but dont depend on them). www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,716,00.html
also, try www.britishcouncil.org (great for international students) and www.ucas.org (have to apply through ucas. deadline in Jan 15. quick!)
I was also wondering of their is anyway to search for UK unis or find a list of universities...thank you!
List of UK courses
List of UK unis
Both of those are taken from the website of the charity that you have to apply through to go to uni in the UK. They're actually for 2004 entry, as 2005 entry hasn't been put up yet, but little of it will change, especially for popular courses such as psychology.
I am taking the following AP class: AP Spanish, AP English, and AP Government. Plus any information about how I must apply to UK schools (since the grading systems are diffrent), and what they will look / expect from me as an American Student (ie. will they look at my GPA, standerized tests, ect)? Thank you once more.
i'm applying to both UK and US schools, and I didnt send anything about my GPA to UK. they did not request any school transcript. but they care about your test results, especially the more challenging ones. it is good to take several AP's in your Junior year, thus, when you are applying you'll already have some scores to let the universities know how you're performing. (i took only one AP in my junior year, calc AB, but i'm also taking IB exams this may. i reported my sat's and ap scores; not the official report from ETS, i only listed them in the UCAS form)
are you familiar with common application? UCAS is similar to that. for any school you want to apply in UK, you need to fill only ONE application through the UCAS system (great isnt it? I had to do around 7 different personal statements for my US apps ). there, you'll report your exam grades (SAT, AP, etc), write 1 personal statement, and have one teacher write a recommendation/reference.
i don't really know about psych, but i heard from vavavoom that nottingham is 1st in psychology.
yeah , every school has rather different policies about taking AP's although actually you can take APs any year even without taking the courses. but, dont worry. just do well on your courses and have a teacher to write a good rec for you (saying that you're doing well and expecting to get good AP scores etc )
oh, when you have decided which schools you're applying to, you have to make some kind of contact with them, because you're not a 'traditional' applicant who take A-levels etc. different school will have different policies about internationals.
try to maintain grades as high as possible (you'll make an even better impression on the teacher who're writing your rec!). 80-90 percent is good; to get 5's in AP (and 7's in IB), you need to get around 75-80% of the marks in the exam.