March 29, 2022 | Knowledge Bank

Documents You Need to Prepare to Apply to UK Universities

For you to be able to start your study at a university, you first need to submit several documents describing who you are, as well as documents to meet the university's entry requirements. Generally universities have standard requirements on what documents you need to provide, but there are some documents that are unique only to UK universities.

So let's get yourself prepared before making your application!

1. Academic Transcript

Your academic transcript contains information on your most recent year of study, it is a record of authentic academic achievement as proof of your latest education. Usually, it includes courses or subjects you studied along with the grades you achieved.

2. Certificate of Graduation

Having your graduation certificate proves that you have completed your previous study, whether it is your high school or your higher education degree. Depending on the degree you are applying for, you would need to submit:

  • Undergraduate degree: High school certificate (Ijazah/A-Levels/IB/AP)
  • Postgraduate degree: Bachelor's degree certificate
  • PhD degree: Postgraduate degree certificate

Tip: If your grade academic transcript and/or certificate of graduation is in Bahasa Indonesia, you are required to have it translated to English

3. Certificate of English Language Proficiency

You will be required to submit a certificate of English language proficiency as proof that you are able to read, write, listen, and speak in English, the language that will be used during the course of your study. The type of certificate and the minimum score depends on the university you are applying to.

Which test should you take?  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is commonly used and accepted by UK universities.

4. Personal Statement

A personal statement is an application essay often around one or two pages containing a brief personal summary, submitted to a university as part of your application process. It is a chance for you to show your interest, skills, and experiences related to the course you are applying to, but most importatnly, it is a great way to prove that you are a good fit for the university.

5. Reference Letter(s)

A reference letter is normally requested to support your university application, usually written by a teacher, professor, and/or employer who has a working relationship with you. It provides insight on what you are like as a person from the perspective of someone who has worked with you closely either academically or professionally, for instance, during your high school, university or work period.

6. Passport and Visa

As an international student, you are required to have a visa included in your passport to study in the UK. The type of visa is Student Visa. To obtain this, you will need to obtain a letter of acceptance from the university you are accepted into. Your letter of acceptance include your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Study) number, which is required to make your visa application.

Tip: Your CAS number is only valid for six months after the issue date. So, it is advised that you apply for your student visa during this period!

Please be mindful that each university and/or course might have different requirements in terms of what documents the applicants need to submit to obtain their place at the university. Contact our team at for more detailed information about other documents required.