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    Hi there! I'm Raffaele, I'm from Milan (Italy) and I just turned 20.
    During the last 6 months I found myself really dissatisfied by my life here in Italy, so I decided to shake it up moving to the UK.

    I graduated from high school in July 2014 with 92% and these are my individual grades:
    Italian (language and literature) 80%
    Latin (language and literature) 90%
    Ancient Greek (language and literature) 80%
    English (language and literature) 90%
    History 70%
    Philosophy 80%
    History of Art 100%
    Mathematics 80%
    Physics 70%
    Science (Biology / Chemistry / Geoscience) 90%
    I also took the IELTS certification in December with 7.5 overall.

    I sent my application to UCAS on 13th January for these courses:
    Goldsmith's University - Media and Communications
    Westminster University - PR and Advertising
    UAL (London College of Communication) - Media Communication
    University of Leeds - Communication and Media
    Birmingham City University - Media and Communication (Music Industry)

    What can you tell me about these universities? Are they any good? I'm especially looking forward to Goldsmith's, since I have a lot of friends who used to study there.

    More than a week passed and I received no offers at all (no rejections either, though): is this normal? Because I'm constantly reading about people receiving offers after few days, and I find my curriculum, even if not exceptional, quite impressive at least (I've been working since December 2013 for a PR and media society who organizes a lot of gigs and events here in Milan, and my boss wrote my reference letter; furthermore, I write about music for a famous Italian blog and I collaborated with some radios)

    Do I have to worry? Does the selection process last longer for international applicants? I keep on refreshing the UCAS page every minute and that's making me mad, so I just need someone who tells me everything is ok.
    Thank you so much in advance.

    P.S. What exactly is a Foundation Year? Because I haven't applied for it but, if Goldsmith's rejects me, I was thinking about emailing them and asking them for a place on it: will it increase my chance of getting in?
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    (Original post by RaffaB)

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    I sent my application to UCAS on 13th January for these courses:
    Goldsmith's University - Media and Communications
    Westminster University - PR and Advertising
    UAL (London College of Communication) - Media Communication
    University of Leeds - Communication and Media
    Birmingham City University - Media and Communication (Music Industry)

    What can you tell me about these universities? Are they any good? I'm especially looking forward to Goldsmith's, since I have a lot of friends who used to study there.

    More than a week passed and I received no offers at all (no rejections either, though): is this normal? Because I'm constantly reading about people receiving offers after few days, and I find my curriculum, even if not exceptional, quite impressive at least (I've been working since December 2013 for a PR and media society who organizes a lot of gigs and events here in Milan, and my boss wrote my reference letter; furthermore, I write about music for a famous Italian blog and I collaborated with some radios)

    Do I have to worry? Do the selection process last longer for international applicants? I keep on refreshing the UCAS page every minute and that's making me mad, so I just need someone who tells me everything is ok.
    Thank you so much in advance.

    P.S. What exactly is a Foundation Year? Because I haven't applied for it but, if Goldsmith's rejects me, I was thinking about emailing them and asking them for a place on it: will it increase my chance of getting in?
    I would suggest that Leeds and Goldsmiths are significantly better in general than Westminster and BCU, though I don't know anything about the courses to which you have applied. UAL specialises in certain areas and I believe has a good reputation within them.

    Some people wait months for responses, so a week is virtually nothing. You have nothing to worry about at the moment!

    A Foundation Year is for students who don't meet the requirements for the main course. It is aimed at getting them 'up to speed' so they can cope with the demands of undergraduate study. Did you check with Goldsmiths that your qualifications are good enough before you applied?
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    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    I would suggest that Leeds and Goldsmiths are significantly better in general than Westminster and BCU, though I don't know anything about the courses to which you have applied. UAL specialises in certain areas and I believe has a good reputation within them.

    Some people wait months for responses, so a week is virtually nothing. You have nothing to worry about at the moment!

    A Foundation Year is for students who don't meet the requirements for the main course. It is aimed at getting them 'up to speed' so they can cope with the demands of undergraduate study. Did you check with Goldsmiths that your qualifications are good enough before you applied?
    I did, they state that my overall grade is something between AAA and AAB (AAB being 90% and AAA being 95%), and they require AAB/ABB for this course.
    I certainly meet the requirements, but, looking at the subjects I studied, there's nothing media/art-related (expect for 100% History of Art): could this be a sufficient reason for a rejection? This is why I was asking about foundation year
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    (Original post by RaffaB)
    I did, they state that my overall grade is something between AAA and AAB (AAB being 90% and AAA being 95%), and they require AAB/ABB for this course.
    I certainly meet the requirements, but, looking at the subjects I studied, there's nothing media/art-related (expect for 100% History of Art): could this be a sufficient reason for a rejection? This is why I was asking about foundation year
    I agree that you meet Goldsmith's requirements, including surpassing their minimum requirement in IELTS. I wouldn't worry about the subjects you have studied, which cover a wide variety of topics. You might be concerned that you haven't studied something like Media Studies, but in the UK A-levels in that subject are not universally taught in schools and are not well-regarded by many academic institutions.

    If Goldsmiths decide that you are not quite good enough for the straight BA course they could decide to offer you the foundation course on their own initiative. While you could write to ask them to consider you for the latter, I personally would wait until at least March until doing so. The BA has been in Clearing for the past two years which means it has not been filled up. The situation could well be different this year, but I doubt it will be over-subscribed.
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    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    I agree that you meet Goldsmith's requirements, including surpassing their minimum requirement in IELTS. I wouldn't worry about the subjects you have studied, which cover a wide variety of topics. You might be concerned that you haven't studied something like Media Studies, but in the UK A-levels in that subject are not universally taught in schools and are not well-regarded by many academic institutions.

    If Goldsmiths decide that you are not quite good enough for the straight BA course they could decide to offer you the foundation course on their own initiative. While you could write to ask them to consider you for the latter, I personally would wait until at least March until doing so. The BA has been in Clearing for the past two years which means it has not been filled up. The situation could well be different this year, but I doubt it will be over-subscribed.
    Oh, thank you so much for pointing this clearing thing out, because I always thought Goldsmiths was over-subscribed!

    I'm waiting for more infos about the other universities now :-)
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    (Original post by RaffaB)
    Oh, thank you so much for pointing this clearing thing out, because I always thought Goldsmiths was over-subscribed!

    I'm waiting for more infos about the other universities now :-)
    It's a perfectly good uni and some of its courses might well be over-subscribed. However, you seem to have a good chance of getting in.

    Good luck!
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    Heyy Raffaele, my name is Maria am doing my master at BCU. DONT WORRY YOU WILL GET ANSWERS SOON!! this stuff need some time to review, if you decide to go to BCU you will have multo fun!! Media department at BCU are really good the facilities and modules are the best!! hope this help!!
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    Heyy Raffaele, my name is Maria am doing my master at BCU. DONT WORRY YOU WILL GET ANSWERS SOON!! this stuff need some time to review, if you decide to go to BCU you will have multo fun!! Media department at BCU are really good the facilities and modules are the best!! hope this help!!
    Hey Maria, BCU has actually been the first one to answer me, inviting me to an Interview day in March.
    I'm still waiting for a reply from all the other unis and panicking every day a little more

    How is BCU? Do you like it?
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    Hi Raffaele,

    Well done for the interview, BCU is really good I really like it here. Am doing my master here on television production. I graduate from another university in the UK and to be honest was nothing like BCU especially in the media subject, we are having 2 new studios this year and new facilities for the media school really nice, did you check the BCU website?? Check it here if you didn't do already http://www.bcu.ac.uk/media you will love it

    Hope the others answer soon )
 
 
 
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