We support international tutors, agents and advisers, on top of processing applications to hundreds of universities and colleges in the UK.

UCAS jargon buster

Confused by the terms UCAS uses? This short video explains what they all mean.

UCAS applications to UK higher education

What is UCAS' role?

We are the official online admissions service for UK universities – we are a non-profit organisation and have registered charity status. We work on behalf of the universities connecting people to higher education.

What we do:

  • Process applications
  • Provide fraud and verification services
  • Provide information, advice and training
  • Conduct education sector engagement

What we don't do:

  • Suggest courses/universities
  • Make decisions/offers
  • Advise on finance/immigration/visas

EU student fees update

In a written statement on 23 June 2020, Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan, announced that from August 2021 EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status undergraduate, postgraduate, and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. This change will also apply to further education funding for those aged 19+, and funding for apprenticeships.

Note that EU students entering HE in 2020/21 will continue to pay home fees for the duration of their course and be eligible for the UK’s EU settlement scheme if they arrived before the end of this year (31 December 2020). Students who start university or college in the 2020/21 academic year but arrive after 31 December 2020 will also be eligible for home fees but will need to apply for a student visa.

This will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Governments in the rest of the UK are yet to confirm arrangements, but we’ll communicate their position as soon as it is known.

Update 28 August: Northern Irish government has confirmed that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members will no longer be eligible for ‘home’ fee charges or financial support from Student Finance NI for courses starting from academic year 2021/22. View the full update.

Update 10 August: Kirsty Williams, MS, Minister for Education, Wales, has confirmed that EU students who begin a course of higher or further education in Wales on or after 1 August 2021 will not be eligible for support or, in the case of higher education courses, home fee status. View the full update.

Update 9 July: Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, announced details of the tuition fee arrangements for EU students starting a course in Scotland from the 2021-22 academic year. EU students will have to pay tuition fees from 2021/22. Note that EU students who have already started their studies, or who start this autumn, will not be affected. View the announcement.

Become a UCAS centre

We support international tutors, agents and advisers, on top of processing applications to hundreds of universities and colleges in the UK.

To help you manage your students' applications to UK universities, you can become a UCAS registered centre and use Apply for advisers, which enables you to link students to your centre. It's free to become a centre – stay up-to-date with the latest news with our monthly newsletters. We'll also provide you with online toolkits to help with the application process.

Agents become UCAS centres in a slightly different way

It’s the same registration as becoming a UCAS centre – with the same benefits above – we just ask you to provide a reference from one of our member universities or colleges in the UK.

  • This shows you are committed to helping students apply to study here.
  • Universities and colleges can then easily monitor applications from your agency.

We are keen to work with any agents who work with our member universities and colleges in the UK. If you have any questions about registering as a UCAS centre, email us at schools@ucas.ac.uk.

International events

We also attend many events so you, your students and their parents can ask us about higher education and UCAS applications.

Resources and advice

To really help your students, you will need to know and advise on the following:

There are many guides and resources available to you, but the  International guide for advisers will give you the basic knowledge and understanding of UCAS, and is a great starting point. For further information, please view our  International resources for details.

We also have guides on applying to study an undergraduate qualification in the UK, available in different languages.  

To keep up-to-date with UCAS, sign up for our newsletter

You may also be interested in the benefits of becoming a UCAS registered centre. There are currently over 10,500 registered centres worldwide, including 4,200 schools, education consultancies, and other organisations outside the UK.

Please note: there have been some changes to Home Office approved Secure English Language Testing (SELT). These changes came into effect on 6 April 2015.

Writing references

David Winstanley, Head of Undergraduate Admissions at University of Sussex, leads a session for international teachers and advisers on best practice in writing references.

Training and resources

We have information for international audiences on our how UK higher education works, choosing courses and applications web pages.

Alternatively, you can access guides and training resources by clicking on the links below.