Hello everyone, This is my very first post here as I just got to know there's such a forum where I can look for teaching-related information. It really means a lot to me, because, as an international whose native language isn't English and who's never been to the UK, I only have a little knowledge about PGCE and the teaching profession in the UK and Europe. I am considering a PGCE because I am passionate about teaching, love students, and want to work at international schools. About me: I've been working as a TA at a university for 1.5 years; prior to this, I volunteered to teach at a high school abroad for one semester after doing my masters in the US. That said, I have a few questions and I’d sincerely appreciate if you don’t mind sharing any of your insights with me. 1. Is it too late to apply for the class starting in Fall 2019? If I start to prepare for the application now, considering the language tests I need to take, most probably I can apply in April 2019 the earliest – I am afraid that programs would be full then. 2. How to choose the program that suits me best? There are around 26 Economics/Business Studies programs in the UK, but by reading the descriptions, I cannot really tell the differences among them. I notice, for international students, the university programs are usually 1.5-2 times more expensive than those run by institutions, e.g. SCITT and training partnership. I wonder whether this means that they are generally better. But someone who got PGCE and is teaching in the UK told me that there’s no difference between programs and locations, because which school and mentor I’ll be assigned to is up to luck and job posts will be online, which means that technology I cannot pick a “better” program for myself. Is it true? 3. If I have financial concerns (living in the UK is quite expensive to me), would you recommend that I find a teaching job at an international school first to save money and get some experiences at the same time and then apply for PGCE after, say, 2 years? I’m not sure if I should borrow money from my family and start PGCE this year, because I do not know how big the horizon PGCE can bring me. 4. Any tips on a budget-friendly PGCE year for an international? Thanks for reading my long questions. Again, I’m truly grateful for any suggestions you might have for me and all thoughts are welcome! Looking forward to your replies.