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Applying through UCAS whilst already studying locally in Malaysia.

My name is Arman and I am currently reading Actuarial science at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, having enrolled last month. I am also applying for entry into LSE, City, Kent, Southampton and York trough UCAS for entry next September, where I will be starting as a year 1 student. I didnt apply last year due to poor finances and a lack of a scholarship. By the way, I finished my A-levels in June, with 3A* s in Mathematics, Physics and Economics, and an A in Further Mathematics.

I was wondering whether I should include the fact that I am currently studying at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia in my personal statement. I have no qualifications from the university and am not awaiting any as I just started. My plan was to apply, and once I get my acceptance letters and scholarship offers, I would drop out of university here.

If i were to include it in my PS, would that jeopardise my chances of being accepted by any of the universities?

Also, is there anything that could go wrong if I didnt include it in my PS? Would my application be rejected if they found out? By the way, i hadn't applied through UCAS before, and i didn't have to in order to get into Heriot Watt Malaysia, despite the university originating from Edinburgh.

All the help is much appreciated!!!
Answered by Alison Patterson
Hi Arman,

You need to be honest about where you are studying and the qualification you have started. State that your circumstances have changed, that you now have the possibility of funding to study in the UK. This should all be mentioned in your personal statement.

It is not a good idea to start a profession which requires professional integrity with a misleading application, so you must be transparent.

As an aside, it may be possible to apply direct for a transfer (if you plan to complete the first year.)

If you have any more questions about the applications, you may find the answers here: www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/universities/.../

Best of luck!

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