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 ...

2016/2017 Universities of the Year, World Rankings and League Tables. The results are in!

Many universities belong to league tables and each year they are assessed on the specific criteria developed by the league table publisher.  So here are some of the winners for 2016 and 2017.   *Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide UK University of the Year Award 2017:  University of Leeds. And the Oscar goes to..................on November 24 2016, the Times Higher Education Awards will be announced. Take a look at the full ...

Cambridge and Oxford application basics

So, you want to apply to Cambridge or Oxford?    Here are the basics for preparing an application to either institution. Grades count!  If you are an IB Diploma student then your target is 40-42 inc. 776 in HLs for Cambridge and 38-40 inc. 776 in HLs for Oxford.  See the IB Diploma link for Cambridge here and for Oxford here. For A Level students your target will be 3 or 4 subjects with scores ranging from A*A*A to AAA.   See the A Level link ...

Applying Early to the UK or USA?

Whether you are applying to Oxford, Cambridge, Vet/Dentist/Med School or you are looking at applying Early Decision to the USA you need to start writing your application essays and filling in the pages of the application forms NOW! Oxford, Cambridge, Medical School and most Veterinary and Dentistry applications in the UK are due on or before October 15th. Check out the information on UCAS for all deadlines. Early Decision and Early Action deadlines vary in the USA.  Some are as early as October, some are November 1st, ...

Places still available in UK Universities and Colleges!

So now all the results are in and you are off to university or college.  Congratulations! What happens if you didn't get your required result for your First Choice place?  Well for some universities and colleges you simply call them on the number given on your offer letter to see if they will still accept you. You can find the offer letters on your UCAS TRACK page.  If they say yes, great! Start packing your bags and get yourself there for Freshers' Week! If ...

Application Essays, Personal Statements, Letters of Motivation… your voice, your application!

For most applications a personal piece of writing is required (but of course there are exceptions). This piece of writing may be restricted to a word or character limit, some may have a specific prompt, others may offer a choice of prompts, some will have specific instructions, some are written separately to the application form, some are written as part of the application form and some will have a mixture of the aforementioned. Whichever it is be sure to take this requirement ...

Interviews, auditions, VDOs and portfolios!

Some of you may be preparing Fine Art/Performance/Media/Design portfolios, some may be preparing audition pieces for Drama/Music/Dance/Circus Arts College, some of you preparing Performance/Media/Design VDO pieces and some of you preparing for face-to-face interviews for a wide variety of subjects. Portfolios can be very specific so take note of how many pieces, their sizes and in what format. Many portfolios are uploaded digitally so you will need to register to a site such as Dropbox or Flikr. Some institutions will ask ...