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PG Personal Statement Samples

STEP 1

Introduce yourself, starting with your name. Furthermore, tell the reader about your background on a brief note.

Talk about your interest in life and where you would like to be in a few years. Talk about your hubby or what you love to do

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STEP 3

Tell the reader why you have decided to undertake that course and what you intend to achieve at the end of that program. Also, mention your future ambition, what you intend to do or where you would want to secure employment. Ensure to elaborate on this part.

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STEP 2

Talk about your academic qualifications and why you decided to obtain those qualifications. Talk about any IT knowledge or skills you have attained

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STEP 4

Tell the ready why you chose to study in that institution and why you feel the institution is better than other institutions. Talk about the academic achievements of the institution as well as the infrastructure. Show an in-depth understanding of the institution you intend to attend.  

Furthermore, talk about why you prefer to study in that country other than any other country

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Please, note this is supposed to be a guide. You are not expected to copy for submission as this would result to plagiarism

  • Am I allowed to come with my family while studying?
    The Home office rules stipulate that only postgraduate students can bring in their family as Tier 4 dependants. If you are an undergraduate student, you would not be allowed to come with your family
  • What kind of visa category am I supposed to use as a student?
    Foe every adult student that is someone coming for foundation to PhD, the visa category expected to use is the Tier 4 General student visa
  • What is TB test?
    This is known as Tubberculusis test and every student coming for a program that is more than 6 months would require to go for this test. There are several centres for this test. For thise in Nigeria, below are the centres; B Test centres Clinic address Lagos Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) No. 1 Isaac John Street (at the corner of Isaac John Street and Oduduwa Way) G.R.A. Ikeja Lagos Nigeria Telephone: +234(0) 807 219 1112 or 080 2226 4059 or 0909 999 1256 Email: IOM medical booking Operating hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:30am to 12pm Friday: 7:30am to 9.00am Closed on National/ IOM holidays. Abuja International Organization for Migration (IOM) No. 4, Buchannan Close, off Buchannan Crescent, off Amino Kano Crescent Wuse 11 Abuja Telephone: +234(0) 807 219 1122,080 9563 7898/080 8522 1427/703 289 8491. Email: IOM medical booking Operating hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 12:30pm Friday: 8:30am to 10am Closed on National/ IOM holidays.
  • I am not based in Nigeria, how do I get other centres?"
    Test centre by county
  • Does my family members who intend to join me to the UK require to take the TB test?
    Yes your family memebers require the TB test. Even if you have a baby less than one year old
  • How much is required as Maintenance funds for my family?
    You are expected to maintain for 28 days Studying outside London £680 x 9 months = £6120 Studying inside London £845 x months = £7,605 This means that either £6,120 or £7,605 needs to be in your account or that of your spouse for 28 days Use the OANDA Currency Coverter to check the value in your local currency
  • Would I be interviewed at the visa centre?
    Yes you would be interviewed. The interview is conducted to know your credibility towards coming over to study. Note for some students who apply using Super Priority Visa, they are not interviewed at the visa centre. But the Home office in some instances identify some students and call them for interview. sometimes they send an email to them to come to the centre on a specific day for an interview.
  • What are the kind of questions asked during the interview?
    Why did you choose to study in the UK? What is the name of your school? What course are you going for? How much is your fee? How much is your maintenance or upkeep money? When Is the start and end date of your course? Where would you stay when you come to the UK? How Much is the hostel fees? Who would be sponsoring you? Did you apply or check any other school? Why did you choose to study at this University? How would this course help you? What are the Units or Modules you would be studying? How would you be assessed? Note there may be other questions partaining to your circumstance
  • I have been refused visa previously can I apply for a student visa?
    Yes you can. The good thing about the UK is that decisions are taken based on the current circumstance. If yoiu have been previously refused and as long as its not as a result of any fraudulent resaon then you should not have any problem. We advice you discuss intensively with our visa team and ensure to send us your previous refusal letter
  • What is the five year rule for a student?
    In general, you are limited to a maximum of five years in the UK studying at undergraduate and/or Masters level. The Home Office allows you more time if: your undergraduate degree course was four or five years long and you want to study a Master's degree.
  • How long is a visa duration given?
    This depends on the kind of program you applied. Normally, a Tier 4 visa will be valid for the duration of your Masters degree and for a further four months after you complete your course. You can use this extra time to look for work or apply for further study. However, you will normally need a new visa to carry out either of these activities
  • Am I entitled to work in the UK?
    Your visa permit allows you to work for 20 hours a week. Sometimes during your holidays, like the summer break you could work for full time. But you are adviced to discuss with the internation office of your school for further advice on this.
  • Are there any reasons why my student visa could be refused?
    It is important your ensure that all the requirements are met. At Jokings Educare we would give you all the support you need. Finance: You must maintain the required funds as stipulated in the Tier 4 UKVI Guardiance policy. Credibility Questions: You must be able to prove that you are a credible student. Ensure to understand the course you would be undertaking, why you want to study the course, the city where your school is located, what is peculiar to the city, did you apply to otjers schools and how you would get to school daily. Disclosing previous immigration history: you must disclose your previous immigration history be it for the UK or any other country. This must be done perfectly
  • Can I use my sponsores business account statement for visa application?
    This process is complicated. However, you are adviced to make use of a personal bank statement of your sponsor (parents or legal guardian) or yourself.
  • What are the documents required if I was to use my parents bank statement?
    If you make use of your parents bank statement, you would need to present a financial consent letter fcor this purpose. A sample of such letter can be seen below; TIER 4 GENERAL STUDENT UK VISA AND IMMIGRATION UNITED KINGDOM FINANCIAL CONSENT LETTER FOR MR/MISS XXXXXXXXXX -PASSPORT NO: XXXXXXXX TO USE MY BANK STATEMENT I MR/MRS XXXXXXXXXX do hereby give my consent for my XXXXX bank statement to be used by my child MR/MRS/MISS XXXXXXXXXX for his/her her upkeep while studying at the University of XXXXXXXXX I do also confirm that he/ she can have access to the specified upkeep funds as required by immigration Please, feel free to contact me if any clarification is required. Yours faithfully, MR/MRS XXXXXXXXXX
  • How much are the tuition fees in the UK?
    The tuition fees vary from different schools. Most of the fees ranges between £10,500 to £22,000
  • Can I make installment payments for my fees?
    Yes, you can make your tuition fee in different installments and this depends on the school you are offered. Some school takes 30%, 40%, 50%, and 75% upfront tuition fee deposit before you are allowed to get a CAS letter. And in some cases, you are expected to pay more on your arrival. While some other schools would allow you to register and then agree with them on payment plans
  • Can I get student Loan in the UK
    Being an international student you are not entitled to any student loan.
  • Are there available scholarships in the UK?
    Yes there are some form of scholarship or discount offered to students by most institutions. We have been able to identify some of the schools and you can click on this link below to view available scholarship in the UK Scholarship/ Discount
  • How do I pay my tuition fees?
    Once you get your conditional or unconditional offer, you can go along with your international passport and your letter to the bank in your location. Most times the schools indicate their account numbers and IBAN or transfer instructions on the offer letter. Once you show that to the bank they would process the payment for you. Note you must indicate your student application number or student ID reference nymber, your surname as well as initials as the " Refence of payment". This will enable the school identify that this payment is coming from you. Remember so many people all over the world are making payment to the same school. Some schools would indicate a link on your offer letter which would direct you to a page on their website on how you can make payment. Another way to make paytment is through online card payment on the school site. More instructions can be seen on the school website on payment of fees. You can also discuss with our customer service team on further advice.
  • What evidence can I show as proof of payment?
    Once a tuition fee is paid from your home bank, they would give you a telex copy and you can send this to us so that we can provide it to the school
  • Must my tuition fee come from my sponsor's account?
    Your tuition fee can come from anywhere. Your main spoinsor could be you dad and yopur tuition fee end up coming from your account or any other family memeber. There are no specific criteria for this.
  • What if I am unable to meet up further fee payments as requested by the school?
    The school may decide to request the home office to curtail your visa. This means that you would be asked to leave the school and the UK. However, we advice that once you arrive the UK, ensure to discuss on a payment plan with the school's finance department. Seek to negotiate a better plan that can be affordable by you.
  • What are the documents required for application to study abroad?
    The following documents are required for a student seeking to study abroad: Undergraduate: High School result (In Nigeria is WAEC or NECO), CV, Two academic reference letters, International passport Pstgraduate: High School result, Degree certificate and transcript, CV, International passport, WAEC/ NECO, Two academic reference letters PhD: High School result, Degree certificate and transcript, Masters Certificate and Transcript, CV, International passport, WAEC/ NECO, Two academic reference letters and Research Proposal
  • What are the financial involvements for students seeking to study abroad?
    Note that this defer by countries United Kingdom Once a student is able to pay their full tuition fees, they are required to have maintained a total of £9,135 in their account for 28 days (Note if the school is outside London). OR a total of £11,385 (If the school is inside London) You can further discuss with Isioma Canada At present this is deemed to be CA$10,000 (~US$7,650) for every year of your stay (CA$11,000/~US$8,400 if you're applying to study in Quebec) on top of your tuition fees Example: Outside Quebec If you and two family members want to come to a province outside Quebec for a year, you will need: Tuition +$10,000 (for the student) +$4,000 (for the first family member) +$3,000 (for the second family member) Total: Tuition + $17,000 You can further discuss with Isioma Example Inside Quebec If you and two family members (over the age of 18) want to come to Quebec for a year, you will need Tuition +$11,000 (for the student) +$5,100 (for the first family member) +$5,125 (for the second family member) Total: Tuition + $21,225 Discuss with Isioma on any further information Germany All students would need to open a Block account with EUR 8,960 and also show that their tuition fee balance is available in their Nigerian account or sponsors account. Note that the blocked account is a German account opened online. The student also needs to have paid their tuition fee deposit Other European Countries Discuss further with Isioma
  • Is it possible for a student to get a direct year 1 admission
    There are two or three schools in the UK that can offer a student with High school result a direct year 1 admission. Coventry University, Bedfordshire University and Hertfordshire. Note that the student’s high school result must be very good (WAEC/ NECO and for other countries High school diploma)Note that many other school will insist that the student undertake a foundation program known as International Year 0 before they progress to year 1.
  • Who are pathway Providers?
    Pathway providers are higher education institutions that provide a foundation or pre-Master programs for Universities. Some of them are Oxford International, Holmes Education group, Cambridge Education, INTO, STUDY GROUP, MWP And NAVITAS (Please, note we no longer work with NAVITAS
  • Does a student need IELTS for Foundation program?
    Yes most foundation or pathway providers require UKVI IELTS for any pathway student. We have some pathways providers that do not require UKVI IELTS as a criteria for admission. They are; Oxford International, Holmes Education. Others insist student must obtain UKVI IELTS along with other documents
  • Who can sponsor a student to study abroad?
    United Kingdom The student Father Mother UKVI Official Financial sponsor (Eg PTDF, TETFUND, FSB, SHELL, NNPC, NDDC etc) ​ Canada / USA/ Australia The student Father Mother Any Relation Family friend Your Organisation UKVI Official Financial sponsor (Eg PTDF, TETFUND, FSB, SHELL, NNPC, NDDC etc) ​ Germany ​ The student ​ Europe The student Parents Official Sponsor
  • For how long does the process of admission take?
    The process of admission takes between 2 days to 2 weeks. This depends on the school as well as nature of the course applied. Some courses require decisions to be taken by the faculty. This means that the admission team would have to pass the student’s documents to the faculty for decision making thereby resulting too late response. Again where a student does not meet the specific requirement but probably has work experience, they would result in the admission team sending the student’s documents to the faculty for decision making. But where there is a straight forward application the admission team takes a quick decision.
  • Can tuition fees be paid on instalment basis?
    Yes every school has its own policy. Some schools take between 30% - 50% down payment and balance can be paid gradually on arrival to school
  • Are there further payments to be made by the student after first tuition fee payment?
    This depends on the program. Some programs are one year or two years and the tuition fees are just once. This would be stated in the offer letter. But for undergraduates and Ph.D., their tuition fees are paid yearly. There are some 2 years courses too like the MSc Nursing with registration would require two years fees
  • Can students send their transcripts dirtectly to the school.
    Students can send directly to the school. But we advise against this because if the student's ID number has not been generated it would be difficult to locate student once the transcript arrive. However, we recomend that students should send their transcript to our email or using DHL to our UK postal office address Jokings Educare 28 Park street Luton Bedfordshire LU1 3FL United Kingdom or possibly to any of our offices in Nigeria
  • What is the cost implication of coming to study in the UK?
    Tuition fees range from £11000 to £25000 depending on the schoolThe rule expects that if a student pays his tuition fees he would need to show that he or she has £9135 in their account for one month if their school is based outside London. But if their school is based inside London, then they would need to show that they have £11,385 for one month.Also, if the student pays just 50% of their tuition fees they would need to show that they have £9135 Plus the balance 50% tuition in their account for one month if their school is based outside London. And for those schools inside London, they would need to show that they have £11,385 Plus the balance 50% tuition for one month. Another Illustration Note I am using N500 exchange rate. This may be a bit higher or lower Master tuition fee - (£12500) N6,250,000*** Expected to deposit (£5,000) N2,500,000***. (Balance can be paid at a later time when you are in the UK) The UK Law expects that if a student pays his tuition fees he would need to show that he or she has £9135 funds for upkeep or maitenance in their account for one month if their school is based outside London. But NOTE, if you only pay part of you fees , the UK law expects that you show that you have the balance fees - (£12,500-£5000= £7500) in your account plus the upkeep or maintenance funds -£9,135 This implies that you have funds for upkeep and remaining fees (Balance fees £7500 + £9135= £16,135) and In Naira bank gives you N8,067,500 Now if you do not have that N8,067,500, we can recommend a bank that can lend you that money for one month at 10% The bank would fix the funds at 10%. Of N8,067,500 = N806,750 So if you ask me how much total would I spend Total to spend fees and bank interest (N2,500,000 fess + N806,750). N3,306,750
  • What does Immigration mean?
    Many schools insist that students must complete an immigration history form. This form is usually gotten or received from the school. It is basically meant for the student who has previously studied in the UK or have visited the UK. It requires that we complete the date the students arrived in the UK, and when they left the UK as well as what they came to do in the UK. In such cases, I would advise you to discuss this with me on this. Sometimes students who have had previous visa refusals have always been refused by schools because of such disclosure. So let’s discuss this before it is sent to the school.
  • How long does a student need to keep their Maintenance funds in their account?
    United Kingdom For the UK, a student is expected to maintain these funds in the bank account for 28 days. Canada In the case of Canada, the embassy would like to see a 6 months bank statement from the student or their sponsor ​ USA In the case of the USA, the embassy would like to see a 6 months bank statement from the student or their sponsor ​ Australia In the case of the USA, the embassy would like to see a 6 months bank statement from the student or their sponsor ​ Germany ​ The student is expected to open a blocked account in Germany and this is done online while the student is in their home country. They are expected to open the account with EUR 8960 ​ Europe All other European student visa application would require one month bank statement
  • What does Maintenance funds mean?
    This is the expected funds required by law for a student to have before coming abroad for studies. Tgere are various amounts as stipulated by the immigration office of each country
  • Are students permitted to travel with their family members?
    Yes a student can travel along with his family. but in the case of the United Kingdom, it has to be a postgraduate student
  • What does it mean to assess a student's credibility?
    This is an assessment used by the immigration office or embassy to assess the credibility of a student on his or her intentions to study in that country. They apparently want to know how genuine the student's intention to study. This is done by asking them certain questions to ascertain their genuineness
  • What kind of Questiosn are asked during the visa interview?
    Why did you choose to study in the UK? What is the name of your school? What course are you going for? How much is your fee? How much is your maintenance or upkeep money? When Is the start and end date of your course? Where would you stay when you come to the UK? How Much is the hostel fees? Who would be sponsoring you? Did you apply or check any other school? Why did you choose to study at this University? How would this course help you? What are the Units or Modules you would be studying? How would you be assessed? Sample 1 - Public health Sample 2 -IBM Sample 3 -Bus Marketing Sample 4 - Sample 5 - Project Mgt Sample 6 - Cyber Security Sample 7 - IBM Sample 8 - Health Safety & Env Sample 9 -BSc Engineering Sample10-Project Mgt
  • Can I work and study at the same time?
    Yes the UK and most other countries offer 20 hours work permit to a student. However, when the student is on holiday, like summer or Christmas break they can work full time within this period. Also, for students who are married and come with their spouse, the partner can work full time.
  • What are the possibilities of obtaining a residential permit through coming abroad for study?
    Unitede Kingdom The UK requires an individual to stay in the UK for 10 years legally in order to obtain an indefinite leave to remain. But there are cases where a student can obtain indefinite leave to remain before 10 years.A. The student changes his status to a Tier 2 work permit. This means he gets a permanent job from an organization that has the license to grant a work permitB. The student moves to the Tier 1 entrepreneur or innovators visaC. Get married to a British Citizen
  • What are the funds needed for my family account?
    United Kingdom The process is for the main applicant who is the student. As for the family, they would need to apply for a Tier 4 dependant visa and the law expects them to have the sum of £6120 for each family member in their account for one month
  • Can a student work while studying? ​
    Yes, a student can work for 20 hours a week while studying. Also during the major holidays, you can as well work full time but permission would be obtained from your institution.
  • Who can sponsor or be my financial sponsor
    Your financial sponsor can be your father or your mother. Also, you can get a sponsorship letter from a UKVI recognised financial sponsor
  • What is the financial requirement for my study?
    The rule expects that if you are studying outside London, you are supposed to maintain £9135 in your account for 28 days. And if you are studying inside London , you would need to maintain £11,385 for 28 days . Note by outside London we means your school is based outside the city of London and inside London, your school is located in the city of London
  • If I pay 50% or some part of my fees, what would be the financial requirement for my visa?"
    Lets use this as a sample; If the student pays just 50% of their tuition fees they would need to show that they have £9135 Plus the balance 50% tuition in their account for one month if their school is based outside London. And for those schools inside London, they would need to show that they have £11,385 Plus the balance 50% tuition for one month. So if your fees is £12,000 And you pay 100%, its means all you need for 28 days is; School outside London - £9,135 Inside London - £11,385 However if you pay 50% out of the £11,000, it means you need to have; Schools Outside London- £9,135 + £5,500 (50% fees) = £14,635 Schools Inside London - £11,385 + £5,500 (50% fees) = £16,885 Check the value in your currency using OANDA
  • How do I get the right exchange rate?
    The UKVI always make use of OANDA curreency voverter to determine the current exchange rate for that day, see link below; OANDA
  • Can I take a loan from my home courntry for my studies?
    Yes you can take a loan for your studies in the UK to pay your tuition fees. Note any funds given to you for studies, you need to show evidence that these funds are avialbel for you all through the duration of your studies
  • Can I easily get an accomodation in the UK?
    Yes you can. You may chose to stay in a private accommodation provider or in a regular house share. Also you can stay in the University accommodation
  • What is the cost of accommodation?
    This depends on the city where you are staying. Most accommodation outside the school premised cost between £300 to £500 a month. Also, for proivate luxary accommodation you may get them between £100 -£190 a week and this depends on the kind of accommodation you select
  • Can I easily get a bank overdraft or credit card once I arrive the UK?
    Securing a bank overdraft or credit card in the Uk depends on the credit check carried out by the financial institution. Once you arrive the UK, ensure to maintain a good credit record. You can visit online to see how you good get a good credit rating or keep a good credit record while in the UK
  • Can I pay for my Immigration health Surcharge later when I get to the UK?
    The answer to this is No. You must psy for your IHS during your visa application process. And this is calculated based on the during of your stay in the UK
  • Can I use more than one bank statement from different banks for my visa application
    You can use more than one bank statement for Tier 4 Visa application. You can also combine your bank statement to that of your parents. But note in this situation you must present their consnet letter or authorisation letter
  • What are the documents required if I was to use my parents bank statement?
    If you make use of your parents bank statement, you would need to present a financial consent letter fcor this purpose. A sample of such letter can be seen below; TIER 4 GENERAL STUDENT UK VISA AND IMMIGRATION UNITED KINGDOM FINANCIAL CONSENT LETTER FOR MR/MISS XXXXXXXXXX -PASSPORT NO: XXXXXXXX TO USE MY BANK STATEMENT I MR/MRS XXXXXXXXXX do hereby give my consent for my XXXXX bank statement to be used by my child MR/MRS/MISS XXXXXXXXXX for his/her her upkeep while studying at the University of XXXXXXXXX I do also confirm that he/ she can have access to the specified upkeep funds as required by immigration Please, feel free to contact me if any clarification is required. Yours faithfully, MR/MRS XXXXXXXXXX
  • Are the people in the UK friendly?
    The people in the UK are friendly and receptive to international students. We've bearly had any complian of discrimination or racism. These are major offences in the Uk and as an international student you MUST report any incidence of discrimination or racist commenet to the police.
  • What is the cost of accommodation?
    This depends on the city where you are staying. Most accommodation outside the school premised cost between £300 to £500 a month. Also, for proivate luxary accommodation you may get them between £100 -£190 a week and this depends on the kind of accommodation you select
  • Are there available jobs in the UK?
    There are jobs you can secure in the UK. This apparently depends on the city of your location. Not all cities are economically vibtrant. However we advice that you check the city where your school is located to get more information about the place. You can get severally jobs and this would depend on how you organise your curriculum vitae
  • Can I get a highly skilled job in the UK?
    This is apparently possible. Most times students do not beleieve that they can secure highly skilled jobs in the UK. In pastr we have several students who have gotten great jobs and were offer a tier 2 work permit. Once you are about finishing your studies, we advice you continue looking at job sites for highly slkilled jobs and ensure to prepare an organised CV that can impress the employer.
  • What are the requirement to work in the UK?
    You must have work permit on your visa status. You would require to get a National Insurance number Prepare your CV You can also seek for voluntary jonbs to give you a UK experience. You can also contact our UK office: +447551455980
  • How do I get my National Insurance number?
    You must contact the work and pension with this number: 0800 141 2075 Note before you call them, ensure to have your Biometric Resident Permit (BRP), international passport and your address details in front of you.
  • Can I open an account in the UK while I am studying?
    You can open an account in the UK when you come in a sa student. The process would be for you to first get your Biometric Resident Permit from ypour school or post office and then register in school. Once you have done al;l these,, you can approach your international office or student support to give you a letter to any bank of your choice. Your address must be indicated on the letter.
  • Can I be able to work enough in the UK to be able to pay the balance of my fees?
    In all honestly, this is very slim to achieve. Most students think that when they arrive the UK, they may be able to work and pay off the balance of their fees. Remember you can only work for 20 hours a week. This means that your ability to earn as much as £1000 is absolutely slim. We advise you ensure to get every support from your home country towards your tuition fee payment before arriving the UK
  • What are the chances of me getting a permanent stay in the UK
    Note to secure a permanent stay in the UK, there are several routes. Mostly, you are expected to stay in the UK legally for 10 years to enable you qualify for settlement. On the other hand there are other routes like the tier 2 work permit or Tier 1 entrepreneur routes which can give you a quicker process to gain your permanet stay. please, discuss with out UK team for further advice
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