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Overseas University Applications

General application overview

Important information

Most applications to US universities have to be made on the Common App platform, while applications to UK universities have to be made on the UCAS platform. See sub-sections (2) and (3) below for more information on applications to US and UK universities respectively.

The application deadlines are usually in early January (next year). This means that current JC2 students will need to request for predicted grades, as your A Level results will not be ready yet. Request for your predicted grades can be made between 1 Aug 2022 – 30 Sep 2022. You can make a request via this online form.

Both UK and US universities require a personal statement and recommendation letter(s) from your tutors. 

Personal statement: Admissions offices in the UK and the US expect to see different things in the personal statement. Follow the link here (login to Student ICON email account) to find out more about how you can write an impressive personal statement for the universities you are applying to!

Recommendation letter: Do make the request for the recommendation letter early (at least 3-4 weeks before the deadline), so that your tutor has enough time to write a good letter for you.

More resources on overseas education can also be found here.



Applying to UK Universities

How do I apply?

Students will apply to UK universities via the UCAS online portal. You can start your application now in the from July 2022 onwards.

You may find a step-by-step guide to completing the UCAS application here

You will be requested to enter the UCAS buzzword during the application. YIJC’s UCAS buzzword is: YIJCUK2023

Application deadlines

15 Oct 2022 – For any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry.

26 Jan 2023 – For the majority of courses in the UK.

Admission tests

Some universities require you to sit an admissions test as part of the application process. Most admissions tests happen between August and November the year before you're due to start your studies.

Please follow the link here for more information about the admission tests.

Applying to US Universities

How do I apply?

Application to most US universities will be made via the Common Application (Common App). You can start filling out your application now.

You may find a step-by-step guide to completing the Common App application here.

Please scan your:

‘O’ level result certificate
JC1 and JC2 result slips

and send the image files to your CT (College Counsellor). Your CT (College Counsellor) will need to upload these documents to Common Apps for you for your US University application.

Please note that the college counsellor testimonial needs to be filled up by your CT.

Application deadline

Deadlines vary from university to university, and you will need to check the university website for the specific deadlines.

Admission tests

As a result of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions leading to limited testing availability for both SAT and the ACT, universities across the US have made the SAT/ACT optional. Please visit the following link for more information on the universities that have made the tests optional.

Need more information or personalised help?

Drop by for a personalised discussion with our friendly ECG counsellor!

Email your name, class, school to Vina_SIM@schools.gov.sg or fill out the Online Form https://go.gov.sg/yijcecg

You can also contact Ms Vina via the Telegram App. Her username is @ECGC_V

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