I knew I wanted to study in London and I was sure that I wanted to do a Masters in Marketing. So I started my research of universities in London by checking the QS World University Rankings® and searching in Google. I chose a selection of universities in London, and by checking the websites of each I narrowed them down to those which offered a program in marketing for the price that I could afford. Next, I went through the subjects that were to be covered in each university and surfed sections of the website such as news and events, faculty and alumni, as well as social media pages… and made my choice!
When applying to study in London, I would recommend starting at least six months in advance and having your IELTS test passed by then. I needed two reference letters, so I took one from my employer and one from the university where I did my bachelor’s. I also had to write a motivation letter about why I wanted to study in London at that particular university. And since I was an international student, the university issued a CASS number for my visa application. The university application itself might not take long, but all the paperwork that overseas students have to do requires a lot of time.
My first month of student life in London was challenging, but very exciting! I arrived in late September, so London weather left much to be desired. It rained a lot, I had a language barrier, and because of the time difference I couldn’t really talk to my family back home when I wanted. At the same time, every day I would meet people from different corners of the world, learn about their culture and cuisine, and learn a couple of words, like “hello" and "thank you”, in their language. I also went discovering the city and found myself next to the big London landmarks I used to see in English language books at school, which was amazing.
One of the main highlights of my student life in London was the opportunity for career development and networking. Every marketing student at my university became an affiliate at The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). As a part of CIM, every now and then we would have lectures where experienced marketing professionals would come and speak about their successful marketing campaign or current trends in marketing according to their research. Students and alumni could attend lectures like this and networking sessions that took place afterwards for free.
London is home to over 100,000 international students from over 200 different nations – that's more international students studying in London than in any other city in the world.
London's Amazing Choice of University Courses
London universities offer every undergraduate degree and postgraduate courses you can imagine, from accountancy to zoology. Choose from over 10,000 university courses at 50 universities.
UK universities will usually charge you for course tuition. Fees can vary between universities and between courses. If you are an international student, a different scale of fees is chargeable.
All universities clearly show course fees on their websites. The Fees & Finance tab on our university profiles give details of 2018-19 tuition fees. Make sure to check the universities and courses you are interested in before you make your UCAS choices.
As a student you will also have maintenance or living costs, especially if you move away from home. This can include rent, bills, travel, textbooks and other living expenses.
There are two different types of loan that are usually available if you eligible and plan to study in the UK. They are the:
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