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    Hi everyone,

    I'm currently enrolled as a first year business student at the City University of Hong Kong. Unfortunately, due to various reasons and circumstances I have chosen to leave this university after the first semester with a wish to start my studies fresh in the UK from September 2016. I have taken a gap year last year, so quitting this uni is a pretty big and stressful choice for me as it will technically be my second year off school, nevertheless i've got some useful things planned before school would start again.

    I've got a couple of questions regarding my UCAS application and how to deal with this matter:
    Firstly, should I include my time at this university in my personal statement? I think it is a great experience and should be included, but I don't want to send the wrong message to universities. I would have to say that it was an amazing experience, but I had to leave due to unforeseen circumstances (or something along those lines) and wish to continue university education in the UK from next year.

    Secondly, in the UCAS application itself, do I have to list this university under education if I've been here only for one semester? It would have to be only from 2015 to 2015.

    Thank you for the help, it is much appreciated.
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    (Original post by Gusty)
    Hi everyone,

    I'm currently enrolled as a first year business student at the City University of Hong Kong. Unfortunately, due to various reasons and circumstances I have chosen to leave this university after the first semester with a wish to start my studies fresh in the UK from September 2016. I have taken a gap year last year, so quitting this uni is a pretty big and stressful choice for me as it will technically be my second year off school, nevertheless i've got some useful things planned before school would start again.

    I've got a couple of questions regarding my UCAS application and how to deal with this matter:
    Firstly, should I include my time at this university in my personal statement? I think it is a great experience and should be included, but I don't want to send the wrong message to universities. I would have to say that it was an amazing experience, but I had to leave due to unforeseen circumstances (or something along those lines) and wish to continue university education in the UK from next year.

    Secondly, in the UCAS application itself, do I have to list this university under education if I've been here only for one semester? It would have to be only from 2015 to 2015.

    Thank you for the help, it is much appreciated.
    Yes, you have to list it. Don't put it in your ps unless it is relevant to the course you are applying for now. You can ask your referee to explain anything about having to leave that needs to be explained. Your ps should be a positive statement about your interest in, and suitability for, the new course, not a negative reference to the past.
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    Yes, you have to list it. Don't put it in your ps unless it is relevant to the course you are applying for now. You can ask your referee to explain anything about having to leave that needs to be explained. Your ps should be a positive statement about your interest in, and suitability for, the new course, not a negative reference to the past.
    Won't it be a little suspicious if they see it on my ucas but no mention in the personal statement?

    I've come up with this paragraph: "I’m currently enrolled as a 1st year business student at the City University of HongKong, which is an invaluable experience of such a different culture and learning environment. However, due to unfortunate family circumstances I will be returning home after the first semester and I wish to start school from September in the UK. The UK represents a natural learning environment for me, having been educated in English schools my whole life. I am looking forward to making the most of the close contact with tutors and lecturers that the British system endorses."

    Do you still think that I shouldn't include this and instead ask my referee to mention it in the reference?

    Thank you for your answer!
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    (Original post by Gusty)
    Won't it be a little suspicious if they see it on my ucas but no mention in the personal statement?

    I've come up with this paragraph: "I’m currently enrolled as a 1st year business student at the City University of HongKong, which is an invaluable experience of such a different culture and learning environment. However, due to unfortunate family circumstances I will be returning home after the first semester and I wish to start school from September in the UK. The UK represents a natural learning environment for me, having been educated in English schools my whole life. I am looking forward to making the most of the close contact with tutors and lecturers that the British system endorses."

    Do you still think that I shouldn't include this and instead ask my referee to mention it in the reference?

    Thank you for your answer!
    It's ok, not great. Anyway you probably have to rewrite it now. Just focus on th course your applying to and the particular modules you want to study.
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    (Original post by Gusty)
    Won't it be a little suspicious if they see it on my ucas but no mention in the personal statement?

    I've come up with this paragraph: "I’m currently enrolled as a 1st year business student at the City University of HongKong, which is an invaluable experience of such a different culture and learning environment. However, due to unfortunate family circumstances I will be returning home after the first semester and I wish to start school from September in the UK. The UK represents a natural learning environment for me, having been educated in English schools my whole life. I am looking forward to making the most of the close contact with tutors and lecturers that the British system endorses."

    Do you still think that I shouldn't include this and instead ask my referee to mention it in the reference?

    Thank you for your answer!
    Don't put that on your PS, you'd be wasting space for relevant information. The universities will know you left CUHK early - there's no need to repeat yourself.

    If you really want it mentioned, ask your referee to write 1-2 sentences about it.

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