Recent Posts by Sarah Cassell

University Entrance Exams and Tests – Deadlines and Test Centre availability

There is a plethora of entrance exams or tests for different universities around the world and they all have deadlines for registering.  From the SATs and ACTs, to the IELTS and TOEFLs, to the TSAs and all the other subject-specific and country-specific exams, you will need to check all dates for registering.  And not only the dates but also the Test Centre availability.  Seats fill up quickly at Test Centres so make sure that you get in there early. With the ...

IB Career-Related Programme – university admission news update

The latest news on the block (see news from TIE Online, 30 May 2017) is that the University of Southampton now accepts applications from students taking the IBCP.  Please read the UoS Admissions Policy Statement carefully to fully understand the requirements.  Have a look at an example course here (Economics and Philosophy). Add this high-quality, research-focused, Russell Group University to the growing list of other UK universities accepting the IBCP and you will soon realise that there are a wide-range of ...

So let’s get started on those Application Forms and Essays!

So here you are, those glorious summer holidays are over.  Studies for your final year at school have started, or are about to start, and you've just been reminded by friends, tutors, advisors or parents that it's now time to start thinking about your university or college applications.  You may be thinking, 'But the year has only just started and I don't need to apply until January or even later'.  Last year's graduating students will be able to tell you ...

It’s never too late to apply – late applications.

You have completed your exams, had fun on a graduation trip, attended the Graduation Ceremony and finally finished with school - and now you have decided that you would like to go to college/university after all.  That's okay, because it's never too late to apply, there is still time, you just need to follow the instructions below. What to do for applications to the UK: Check on UCAS to see which institutions have places available.  You can do this by going ...

BREXIT and its impact on students applying for undergraduate study in the UK

What impact will BREXIT have on students applying to study in the UK? At this moment in time, and including entry in September 2018, there is a commitment to maintaining current fee levels.  After 2018, well, no-one knows! According to government announcements the following commitments have been confirmed: In September 2018 fees for EU students studying in England will remain the same (max. GBP9250).  For EU students studying in Scotland there will still be no ‘fee’ (just the usual administration costs ...

News from Collegeboard regarding the US Executive Order on immigration to America

Below is a message to college counsellors received from Collegeboard on February 9th, 2017: The College Board is taking action to help students affected by the recent U.S. executive order on immigration that temporarily prevents citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. We are taking the following actions: Connecting students to non-U.S. universities through College Board's Student Search Service® in case they are worried about their ability to attend a U.S. university.  We're allowing participating ...

The New Coalition Platform for applications to the USA

With a mantra of,  'Access, Affordability and Success',  the new COALITION university application system to American institutions began in July 2016.  Founded by a small group of universities in America, the COALITION currently consists of 95 institutions.   The group's aim is to encourage increased access to the application process for all students with a promise to make college affordable for all.  Students can access the system at any point between Grade 9 (Year 10) to Grade 12 (Year 13).  The ...

2017 Deadlines – time to complete your applications!

Winter break holidays are coming to an end so now is the time to pull your applications together for the 2017 deadlines. UK: January 15, 2017 for September 2017 entry. Late applications are allowed until June but the applications received by January 15th will be read and responded to as priority.  If you do apply late please note that many popular courses at popular institutions will be filled quickly.  UCAS has the information on its website. USA: January 1st - 15th. The ...

Going Dutch – top class universities and colleges in The Netherlands

Looking for affordable, top class, Higher Education taught in English?  Then look no further than The Netherlands (Holland). The Netherlands offers 3 main streams of Higher Education: University, University of Applied Sciences and Liberal Arts & Sciences Colleges  (additionally, there are specialist Technical Schools and Arts Colleges).  Many of these Higher Education institutions feature in The QS Top 200 Universities in the World. What do you need to be eligible to enter a Dutch University or College?  A passing grade in a ...

Foundation Programmes – are they for you?

Foundation Programmes (or Pathway Programmes as they are sometimes known) are growing in number and in style.  Some are offered directly via the university either at their main campus or at partner institutions. Some are offered by private educational groups working in cooperation with university institutions.  Some are offered by private educational companies.  So what are they and will they suit your needs and your budgets? Types of Foundation Programme Subject-specific Foundation Programmes: Usually 1 year in length full-time. These are geared ...