International Students and UCAS Clearing

We’ve rounded up a list of frequently asked questions from international students about UCAS Clearing

Can students from outside the UK use Clearing?

Absolutely, providing you have, or open, an application through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). This is an online system that is used for sending applications from students to their desired universities. Whilst it is predominately UK students applying to universities through clearing, thousands of international students use this route ever year too.

How do international students use UCAS Clearing?

In exactly the same way as UK students! Of course, the whole clearing process can be a lot more challenging if you’re in a different timezone. It can also be quite daunting if you’ve never lived in the UK before, or if English isn’t your first language. But don’t worry, you can receive help at every step of your clearing journey. Check out our guide for how to survive university clearing for more help and advice on how clearing works.

What do I do if my clearing application is not successful?

Those who do not secure an offer through clearing are able to reapply the following year. Studying abroad is a huge investment. Taking an extra year out – in the grand scheme of things – is completely understandable. International students may also wish to consider other types of qualifications in the UK, including further education, English language courses or shorter courses.

What else should international students bear in mind about clearing?

Make sure you know when you’ll get your exam results and and that you check your UCAS Track on the same day (or not long after). If you have firm and insurance offers from UK universities, you won’t know your clearing status until confirmation of your results have been received. If you do not hold any offers, you’re free to apply to courses through clearing as soon as you get your results. International students should ensure they have time to apply for a UK visa, if required and to find accommodation in their chosen city before the course starts. Finding last minute student accommodation can be exceptionally tricky in some of the more popular cities – and even more challenging if you’re searching from overseas. Check out our tips for finding last minute student accommodation for advice.