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Tanya Kaushal

Journalism BA (Hons)

Tanya is an international student who joined City through Clearing to study Journalism.

What was it like applying through Clearing as an international student?

The Clearing process as an international student was quite clear and straightforward. The information I got from the International Student Advice team and the Visa team at City was very helpful. The days following up to the Results and Clearing day, I had called both teams numerous times and every time they answered my questions with the same politeness and viewed my case on an individual basis. They even helped me solve my UCAS queries: no question was left unanswered.

When I asked a question that was specific to a particular department, they would not hesitate to forward my call to them. On the other hand, communication via email was also quick, informative, and handy. The staff I spoke to was knowledgeable about the different international education boards and that was very reassuring.

As I did Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) A-Levels, I was not sure what the Clearing requirements were or even how Clearing worked but the team at City helped me understand it all. They explained it to me as though I was not the 150th person asking but the first. As an international student, familiarizing yourself with a new education system can be daunting but I am grateful to the team at City for making it a little less scary for me and providing me the information that would be helpful even if I had applied for Clearing to another university.

However, the Clearing application itself was very quick. I probably spent a maximum of 15 minutes on the phone. At every stage, from taking in my details, my results, and at the end speaking to a lecturer on my course who assessed my application and conducted a short interview, I became less nervous and more hopeful. It is only because in those 15 minutes I was able to regain my confidence that I had put forward my best.

Besides, it was a challenging task because as an international student you are moving across countries and you are relying on this last chance of getting into your first choice. It is nothing new that with Clearing comes a lot of uncertainty but having a determined, optimistic but not overconfident attitude from you and the people around you aid in making it a smoother and less stressful process.

Had you heard of City before you entered Clearing?

Yes. At one of the Higher education fairs at my high school, City had a stall. I spoke to the representative there to ask about my course and life at City. I had also done a lot of online research to find the best universities that offered undergraduate journalism and City was one of them.

What made you choose City through Clearing?

As I applied for BA Journalism, I knew that the journalism department at City is highly renowned and has prominent alumni in the field. It is also a very hands-on course which made City my first choice and my UCAS tariff points totalled to the Clearing requirements for my course.

What were the most important resources for you in helping you in make a decision?

Apart from thoroughly researching my course and the university, I read and listened to stories of other students, some who had gotten into their first choice from Clearing and some who hadn’t. I particularly paid attention to the students who did not get in to avoid the mistakes they made such as not checking the Clearing requirements on the day before applying. It also helped to connect with other potential City students online as we were all in the same boat.

Why did you enter Clearing?

I had to enter Clearing only for City because I had a conditional offer but I was one mark off the offer and it was my first choice.

How are you getting on at City now?

My life at City is better than I expected. I have made friends for life and I am really enjoying my course. My grades are consistent and my overall academic life is going very well too. There have naturally been some hiccups along the way, but the support I have got at City from not only the admin team and my course but also the overall support system and atmosphere has made it easier. I have also got a professional mentor to minister my career choices and to think about life after graduation as I am now entering my third and final year. Time flies when you are having fun!

What is your favourite thing about studying at City?

Even as a Central London university, surrounded by the fast-urban life, there is an impressive community spirit at City, which certainly makes it less academic and more like a second home. As a result, I have friends in almost every school at City from Law to Engineering. All the events at the communal spaces like City Bar and City Sport also help amplify this sense of community.

What top three tips would you give to someone who is going through Clearing?

  1. Do as much research as possible not only online but also by speaking to other students and the team at City. This way you can avoid any mistakes and be decisive.
  2. Make a shortlist of pros and cons to help in your decision making.
  3. Don’t stress about it! The more you stress, the worse it will get and you won’t be able to put your best foot forward.