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    Hello,
    I am from Lithuania and currently thinking about applying to economics and IR at St. Andrews. My grades are quite good with 10/10/10/9 for my 4 main subjects, which should be an equivalent to A*/A*/A*/A, and the same grades predicted. However, due to the fact that some universities doubt Lithuanian education standards (UCL only permits Lithuanians who have completed 1 year of bachelor studies to apply), coupled with my PS not being particularly prominent in terms of achievements/extra-curricular activities, I am a bit reluctant to use 1 UCAS spot on such a highly ranked university. What do you guys think ?
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    Contact the University and ask ?

    due to the structure of the UK education system, particularly the way in which people can begin to specialise at 14 and mosy 16 -18 courses have a significant amount of specialisation - entry standards for students from places which continue to generalist education to 18 can seem odd, it;s the breadth and depth issue rather than a lack of trust or consideration that the standards are inadequate ( the US addresses this with AP courses )
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    Well, it is not completely generalized. All of my 4 main subjects ( Lithuanian language and literature, English language and literature, Maths and History) are A levels ( or as they are called in my country - extensive courses ), but the problem is that some unis do not really consider Lithuanian education standards to be adequate to those which you receive.

    How should I go about contacting them? Just emailing their admissions department and asking my question?
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    (Original post by zzas)
    Hello,
    I am from Lithuania and currently thinking about applying to economics and IR at St. Andrews. My grades are quite good with 10/10/10/9 for my 4 main subjects, which should be an equivalent to A*/A*/A*/A, and the same grades predicted. However, due to the fact that some universities doubt Lithuanian education standards (UCL only permits Lithuanians who have completed 1 year of bachelor studies to apply), coupled with my PS not being particularly prominent in terms of achievements/extra-curricular activities, I am a bit reluctant to use 1 UCAS spot on such a highly ranked university. What do you guys think ?
    St Andrews definitely has quite a few Lithuanian students, and you can see the entry requirements for Lithuanians on this page: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/e...nts/lithuania/ .
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    I am a first-year in St Andrews (from Bulgaria, so another "lesser-known country") and I have a few Lithuanian friends in uni (they went to either the Vilnius Lyceum or the KTU Gymnasium, but I think those do not offer international diplomas of any sort). There should be no problem in my opinion and St Andrews definitely values Lithuanian educational standards equally to those of any other country in the EU.
 
 
 
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