APPLYING TO UNIVERSITIES
The choice in the U.K. is immense. There are over 50,000 degree courses on offer in British universities and over 300 institutions in the UCAS scheme – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Students can only apply to five. Choosing which degree courses are the most suitable in terms of the subject/s, the entrance requirements, the chances of being made an offer of a place, the quality of the teaching, as well as the university’s location and environment is a complex business. The education consultancy offers in depth advice to students on all of these aspects of the application process.
We also advise students on how to write effective personal statements and how to prepare for any entrance tests such as the LNAT (Law), BMAT / UKCAT (Medicine), TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment), STEP / MAT (Mathematics), PAT (Physics) which are required by leading universities and medical schools.
APPLICATIONS TO U.K. UNIVERSITIES: EUROPEANS
The consultancy is accredited by UCAS and so students are able to apply to university through the consultancy in the same way as if they were attending a British school. For European students taking exams such as the ITALIAN ESAME DI STATO, French or Belgian Baccalaureat, we are able to advise on the equivalence of their exam grades with U.K. entrance requirements. We liaise with schools regarding academic references; we arrange for them to be translated; we monitor each student’s university offers and advise students throughout the ten months of the application process until they have firmly accepted a place and secured accommodation. Throughout the application process, if students have any queries, they are able to contact their UCAS Consultant by Skype at pre-set times.
OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE
We advise students on which university to apply to and which colleges to consider. Students are advised how to improve their chances of being offered a place. We are able to arrange intensive tuition to help students prepare for interviews and entrance exams. Each applicant is also given lists of interview questions, a reading list in relation to their degree subjects as well as links to various relevant online lectures. Mock interviews are arranged with experienced Oxbridge Admissions Tutors and degree subject specialists who give feedback and suggestions for improving performance.
OTHER HIGHLY COMPETITIVE COURSES
Students applying for highly competitive courses such as medicine, veterinary science, engineering, history of art or architecture courses are also able to arrange mock interviews in person or by Skype or Zoom . Information about how to prepare for interviews and sample interview questions are included in each student’s University Applications Report.
ENGLISH TAUGHT DEGREES IN EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES
We are able to advise students on applications for degrees taught in English at universities and business schools in Holland, France, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Italy etc . Many EU universities are now offering English taught Bachelor’s and Postgraduate degree courses in the popular subjects such as Economics, Business Management, Medicine, Engineering, Psychology. In Holland, the leading universities all offer Liberal Arts and Sciences courses which allow students to study a wide range of subjects, all taught in English.
Fees for EU students at public European universities are much lower than in the UK, following Brexit. In Holland, for example, fees are normally 2,000-3,000 euros per annum for undergraduate degrees. In Germany and Ireland tuition fees are normally free for EU students at public universities, providing they have been resident in the EU for a number of years before they apply. More detailed information is provided to students following aconsultation.
Popular destinations for EU students wishing to study in English include Maastricht University, Leiden University, University of Amsterdam, Groningen University, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork, Charles University Medical School, Prague, St George’s Medical School Cyprus, University of London Institute in Paris, Grenoble School of Management, IE university and business school in Madrid and Segovia and plenty more.
Words of wisdom: Senator Fulbright on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Fulbright international educational exchange program, 1976
‘International educational exchange is the most significant current project designed to continue the process of humanizing mankind to the point, we would hope, that men can learn to live in peace–eventually even to cooperate in constructive activities rather than compete in a mindless contest of mutual destruction….We must try to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy and perception, and there is no way of doing that except through education.’
The education consultancy advises students on Art School Foundation and degree applications and offers advice regarding the applicant’s portfolio. Tuition in art is also available with a very experienced A Level Art tutor. Mock interviews can be arranged with Sheila Cosgrove, Art School Consultant, to help students develop their critical awareness and verbal confidence before the actual interview.
Students applying for highly competitive courses such as medicine, veterinary science, engineering, history of art or architecture courses are also able to arrange mock interviews in person or by Skype. Information about how to prepare for interviews and sample interview questions are included in each student’s University Applications Report.