Most Universities will be interviewing you before issuing you CAS. University Interviews and the one with UKVI are of the same format and the main purpose is to find out if you’re a genuine student or not.
If you consider yourself to be a GENUINE student, you should know;
- about the course and modules you are spending thousands of £’s on.
- location of your University, why this University, why the city, etc
- who is sponsoring you and are they really able to? Parents profession, earnings, etc.
- who paid for your fee. If you paid through consultant/friend/relative, dont lie because they will probably know.
- how will this course benefit you and where do you see yourself in few years
Now that you have some understanding of the REASONS for this interview, let’s see some of the commonly asked questions and generic answers. PLEASE do not ratta-fy this and do your own research.
Be confident, do your own research and you’ll ace it!
Qs 1:Why you have chosen to study in the UK over your home country or other countries like USA , Canada, and Australia?
There are a number of reasons for choosing to study in the UK;
The UK is one of the top higher education destinations for international students.
British higher education and qualifications have an impressive international reputation because universities in the UK not only offer latest knowledge, tools and techniques, but also prepare students with soft skills to develop students academically, personally and professionally.
Their programs are more professional and practical oriented than the education programs of my home country and some other countries.
Having a degree from the UK is the best recognized in my country in comparison to any other countries in the world like USA, Canada, and Australia.
UK graduates are more popular among employers in our country.
Tuition fees and living costs are lower in the UK than USA, Canada and Australia while benefits are greater in terms of employability.
Postgraduate courses in the UK tend to be shorter than in other countries which can help to keep the cost of tuition fees and living expenses down.
Studying in the UK helps international students to develop excellent language skills which will be beneficial for my future career.
These features have motivated me to choose UK for higher educations.
QS 2. Why did you choose to study at this University? (using Kingston as an example)
- I have chosen to study at Kingston University due to the unique combination of course modules that are directly linked to my long-term career plan. It is also located in close proximity to London, which is the hub of business.
2. It is a renowned British university with a rich legacy of academic excellence and is based in London, which is also the business hub of the country.
3. The high quality of teaching is one of the biggest reasons for choosing to study at this Uni.
4. It is also ranked 48th in the UK as per the 2020 ranking of the guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/…/university-league-tables…
QS 3: Which other universities did you consider? And why you did not apply/opt for the other universities?
I have researched a few other universities in the UK including the University of Westminster, the University of Greenwich, and Bournemouth University. However, I have decided to pursue the course at Kingston University because of a few factors.
The university is located in close proximity to London which is certainly an advantage as it will give me a good opportunity to be studying in the hub of businesses. Westminster, Greenwich, and Bournemouth all these universities are lower ranked than Kingston for the course I am applying for.
Another reason to choose Kingston is also that it is considered to be the safest borough in the UK. As a girl coming to the UK for the first time, staying in a safe environment is key.
[the key is to make it personalised – your reasons should be researched]
QS 4: What do you know about London City?
(assuming you’re going to a London Uni)
London is the capital of and largest city in England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the EU. London is considered to be one of the world’s most important global cities & has been termed the world’s most powerful, most desirable, most influential, most popular for work, a city in the world. There are many tourist attraction places in London like as the Tower of London, the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Parliament, the national gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Westminster abbey, convent garden, the London Eye, Greenwich and docklands, Kew gardens and so on.
5. Q: What university campus will you be studying at?
This address will be mentioned in your CAS. Keep in mind that Universities often have different campuses, and you must know where you will be studying.
6. Q: Which course you have applied for?
MSc International Business Management
7. Q: What are the course module you will study?
View modules and course description here: https://www.kingston.ac.uk/…/international-business…/
8. Q: Do you know what level your course is?
Yes, it is a LEVEL 7 MSc course.
(Undergraduate is Level 6)
9. Q: How will the course you have chosen help you in your chosen career?
This is where you need to connect your educational or work experiences with the course you want to study. Mention how this course is a perfect fit to fill the gap.
10. Q: What salary would you expect after this course?
This is often asked and some students do get refused as well if the answer is not good enough. Do some research on your salary. See what you are already getting paid and how much you can expect AFTER your postgrad from UK.
11. Q: What was the last course of study you completed and when?
They are likely asking this to understand the gap in your education or if your previous course is linked to the new course.
12. Q: What have you been doing since?
Work experience? Internship? Looking for universities? Could be anything. Just have to be properly justified
13. Q: What qualification you will receive?
14. Q: Who is financing or funding your studies?
If you are funding yourself, they’ll want to know how you saved this money. From your own job? Savings? Did your parents give you the money? Do you have personal savings?
15. Q: What job does your financial sponsors do?. How much is your family’s total income?
16. Q: How many dependent family members do you have?
17. Q: How much will cost for the maintenance fund per month and per year you need to show?
18.Q: Where will you live?
19. Q: Have you booked the accommodation? How did you book it?
20. Q: What are the tuition fees? How much have you paid? How you have paid the fees?
21. Q: Do you have any relatives in the UK?
22. Q: Have you any refusal from any countries?
23. Q: How did you apply for the course at this University?
24. Q: What is your career plan?
25. Q: Do you understand what your responsibilities will be as a Tier 4 students
A: Yes, I do. I understand that –
1. I cannot change course or institution without permission of Home Office / UKVI, I must attend required classes and make academic progression;
2. I must not engage in business or take employment, except part-time or vacation work without the consent of the Secretary of State;
3. I must be able to meet the costs of my course and accommodation and the maintenance of myself without taking employment or engaging in business or having recourse to public funds;
4. I shall leave the UK once I finish my study.
5. I have to notify the Home Office if change my address or other contact or circumstance changes.