Missed out on your first choice university in the UK? Don't settle for second best!

Have you been predicted good grades at A-Level yet still missed out on getting a conditional offer for your first choice university in the UK? Don't worry, you're not alone. Competition for university places in the UK is at an all-time high, and thousands of students currently don't have offers for their preferred choice university.

If you don't like the look of the offers you have been given, and definitely don't want to brave the clearing system, maybe it's time to think about applying to study at a university in Australia or New Zealand instead. You still have plenty of time to research your options and make an application for the next academic intake.

Australian and New Zealand university terms start in February (at the end of the southern hemisphere summer) rather than in September, and applications can be submitted to Study Options right up until Friday October 30th, 2009, for courses starting in February 2010. So, if you want, you can even wait until you have your final A-Level grades in August and then apply for an unconditional offer straightaway.

Click here to have a look at how Australian and New Zealand universities rank internationally, according to the annual stats from The Times Higher Education Supplement. You might be surprised to see how they compare to your original first choice university in the UK.

Great universities, high standard of teaching, achievable entry requirements, amazing location... what's not to like?! If you'd like to get a list of the degrees available in your chosen subject, please contact Study Options.

We're a free service for students, and we're here to help. If you'd prefer to speak to one of the team in person to discuss your situation, please give us a call - our number is on the top right hand corner of the page. Look forward to hearing from you!