You’ve been waiting for months after applying to your dream universities and you receive a letter from the university that says ‘Conditional Offer’. It might throw you off as it does not exactly sound like an acceptance letter. Do not worry, you have fulfilled their eligibility criteria and you are only a few steps away from the final entry into the university. In order to give an appropriate response to the university, you must know what this document entails and what your next step would be during this application process.
If you have received your conditional offer letter, your dream to study abroad has almost come true, there is only one step left.
What is a conditional offer letter?
As the name suggests, the conditional letter of offer you have received is a provisional letter that mentions some conditions that you must meet in order to make your admission unconditional. You must read these conditions thoroughly or bring it to our expert who can help you decipher the exact terms and conditions of the letter before you take any step or respond to the university. Due to the timeline of your educational path, you might not have provided all the documents (certificates, transcripts, etc.) the university’s admission committee needs to make a decision about your case. Do not worry, there is usually ample time given to submit these documents so you do not have to stress about the offer being taken back.
Difference between conditional and unconditional offer letters
An unconditional offer letter is also known as a final acceptance letter. This means that the university has accepted you because you provided all the necessary evidence of your eligibility. One great benefit of receiving the conditional offer letter is that you can apply for a student loan from a bank using this document. Unconditional offer letter actually requires only one step from the student- making the necessary payments (usually known as the confirmation payment, which is different from the first semester fee of your course) to the university to enrol in the program.
What kind of conditions can I expect?
There are three kinds of conditions to be expected from a conditional offer. Once you fulfil these conditions, you will be granted admission into the university:
Academic requirements: Due to a reasonable situation, you might not have provided all your documents or academic results. For example, if you are studying in your second year of A levels and you have not appeared for the second year exams at the time of sending the application, you will be required to provide your provisional results as soon as you get them. Sometimes if your grade in these results is not up to par, your conditional offer of admission will be cancelled.
English language requirements: If you have not provided the proof of your English proficiency in the form of your IELTS results (or any other English language test result required by the university), the conditional offer letter will ask you to provide the results and your admission will be dependent on the band of score you get.
Financial documents or verification documents: These are usually just the last minute checks that the university needs in order to make sure your intentions for studying in the university are honest. Sometimes, the offer would ask you to show proof of a financial statement, verified documents of your work experience, etc.
What happens if I don’t meet these conditions?
After seeing the conditions provided in the offer letter, if you feel that they are too difficult for you to fulfil, it will be a good idea to start looking at other universities. You need to fulfil these conditions to apply for the visa as well so consider your offer invalid if you fail to provide them with the documents or academic scores that they have asked for.
Accepting the offer
If you fulfil all the mentioned criteria and can supply the university with all the documents, you will be accepting the offer. Talk to your advisor about all the formalities and they can help you with the procedures.
The last word
Remember to thoroughly and properly read the conditional offer before applying for the visa because no matter how well you do in the visa interview, your visa can get stuck if the terms of the conditional offer are not met. Do not make any payment before making sure that all the conditions are met.
If you have met the conditions, the conditional offer will turn into an unconditional offer. All you need to do then is to start your pre-departure preparations and start looking for accommodation in the country you’ll be going to.