I am currently living in South Africa and am due to start my undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town in Feb this year. I really, really want to go to a UK university for the quality of teaching and experience, and because I am planning to emigrate and settle in the UK as a long-term plan; I was planning to apply to several UK universities for 2012 entry but the applications fell through due to financial trouble. As I am a straight-A student and was offered a merit scholarship from UCT, I see no reason I should not aim high and at least try for Oxbridge.
What I want to know is, would it be possible for me to transfer (if necessary re-starting from first year) to an undergraduate degree at Oxford or Cambridge in 2013, given that I get the required academic results and adequate references from my UCT lecturers? I am aware that Cambridge in particular does not as a rule accept transfer or mature students, but I got the impression that this is mainly for students studying at UK universities rather than overseas. And if it is not possible to transfer as such, could I still be considered for 2013 entry having completed one year of undergraduate study in South Africa?
Thank you for your help and advice. x
Could this happen to you?