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We want to make sure that all of our international students are aware of the benefits for them at MMU. Did you know that if you are already an international student at MMU, and decide to stay with us for your postgraduate studies, you could be eligible for a discount on your fees?

International students who successfully complete a full-time Bachelor’s degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and continue full-time taught postgraduate studies with us can be eligible for a tuition fee discount of £1,000.

If you have paid full overseas tuition fees for your full-time undergraduate studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and enroll at MMU for further full time Postgraduate Taught study – whether a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or Master’s Degree – you could be eligible for £1,000 off the fees of your postgraduate studies.

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Chinese New Year

Happy Year of the Horse! As you may know, it is now the Chinese New Year, or ‘’.

Chinese New Year is a major traditional Chinese holiday celebrated in countries around the world, not just in China! Countries around the world with Chinese populations will celebrate the new year in a festival that will usually fall in January or February and lasts over two weeks.

China is a big country, and the way people celebrate Chinese New Year can vary a lot. Often however people will come together for dinner, clean out their houses, and hang red decorations for good luck – and light fireworks, exchange gifts and money in red envelopes.

The festival is very old, and according to mythology it originates with a mythical monster, the Nian, who would come on the first day of the new year to eat children. People would put out food to distract it, and noticed that it was scared of the colour red, and thus hung red lanterns and decorations to scare the monster away for good.

Manchester has it’s own Chinese New Year parade  which includes red decorations all over the city centre, lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, art workshops and a 15 minute firework display in Manchester’s China town.

The International Office at MMU held a Chinese New  Year party as well – celebrating with decorations and food.

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We also hung charts around the room to let people find out which Zodiac year they were born in!

Do you know which Zodiac year you were born in, and what that says about you? 

How to… apply to UCAS

UCAS is the UK’s online application system to apply for university. It might seem scary and confusing, but not to worry – it isn’t. Even as an international student, UCAS can be your way into the UK university of your choice, making the process of applying straightforward. From submitting your application to getting an offer, everything is in one place!

First of all, it is important to look at the UCAS deadlines. UCAS works with deadlines that are very important to stick to – if you are late handing in your application, you may miss the chance of getting a place at the university of your choice. Make sure that you consult the UCAS website and check which deadline applies for you and the course you are interested in studying.

For the 2014 cycle, you need to remember that 15th October at midnight is the deadline for Oxford or Cambridge, or any courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry – even if you’re an international student. The normal deadlines for UK and EU students are the 15th January at 6pm for all other courses other than arts and design courses, for which the deadline is 24th March at 6pm. For international students outside of the EU, your final deadline is the 30th June. However, it is best to apply well before this date to ensure that places are still available (popular courses might book up), and leave enough time to arrange your visa, travel, accommodation, etc.

Before you apply to any courses through UCAS, make sure that you are eligible for the course you would like to apply to – you only get 5 choices – so if you are applying to courses for which you are not eligible, you are essentially wasting your ‘slots’. It is always wise to keep one ‘safe’ option which might not necessarily be your first choice, but you would be likely to be accepted for. Remember also that you can apply for more than one course at the same university.

Then, check whether your school or college is registered with UCAS Apply – if so, you will need to apply through your school, and they can help you with the process. If your school or college isn’t registered with UCAS Apply this isn’t a problem, you can still apply independently.

Either way, start applying! You can do this simply by clicking the ‘Apply’ button from the UCAS homepage. You will be asked to provide information about yourself and your qualifications. Ensure that everything is accurate and spelled correctly – this is the only chance you will get to represent yourself to the university you want to attend! Have all the information you need before you start – including qualifications, results, references and personal statements. Approach your referees to check they are happy to provide your references before you include their details. Make sure that you have written your personal statement ahead of time, proofread it, and had it checked by someone else before you enter it into the Personal Statement box.

Remember that UK students usually apply before they have received their final examination results – this is normal, and it’s not expected of you to have finished already. It does mean that some offers you receive might be conditional on getting certain results. If you still need to obtain your results, select ‘pending’ in the drop down list.

If you have the results of your qualifications already, you can add them at this point, make sure you give the original qualifications, and not what you think is the English equivalent. You will usually need to show your English Language Qualifications.

Finally, remember that you can save and come back to your application any time before you submit it – give yourself plenty of time, and look at it as a work in progress. That way there will be no last minute stress – don’t forget that for the 2014 cycle, the deadlines are now 6pm, rather than midnight.

There you go – everything you need to know about applying to UCAS as an international student. You are not the first international student to apply! As long as you take plenty of time and make sure you have all the information you need ready to go, you will be fine! Good luck!