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 ...

Liberal Arts & Sciences – is this the degree for you?

What is a Liberal Arts & Sciences degree? Liberal Arts and Sciences is not a new idea and in fact began in Ancient Greece aimed at facilitating high quality, academic studies to develop critical and analytical thinkers in a broad range of disciplines. Typically (but not exclusively) the Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges today are small, selective, campus institutions where students work in small groups with lecturers who work with the students face-to-face offering a very personal and interactive style of ...

Before you start the IB Diploma, think about your University Choices

Think about your university choices before you start the IB Diploma? You may think it's  too early to start thinking of what you want to study in university before you have even embarked on your IB Diploma adventure, but it may be a good idea to take a look at the following information. OSC runs both a University Application Course in Boston and University Tour here in the UK, for students who have already been through one year of the IB Diploma Programme. Last year on the tour, it ...

Staying up-to-date with your applications

You may have already sent your application(s), you may be in the process of completing your application(s) or you may be just beginning to think about application (s). Whichever applies to you, follow some simple rules to stay up-to-date with all the communications that you are receiving or are about to receive: Applications: Step One: Keep a record of all your applications (copy each application/take a snapshot of each page of each application/print copies and keep a digital/paper file of them all) Step ...

Which university is for me?

There are so many things to consider when choosing a university or college and with so many options, it’s difficult to know where to start your decision-making process. By answering a set of questions, you might get closer to that all important decision. Sarah Cassell is an experienced College Counsellor at an IB school in Switzerland who has outlined these questions for you. Which one is for me?  Where in the world?  

University Advice for IB Students from Leeds University

Leeds University is a regular attendee of OSC's IB University Fairs and we are delighted to have them provide us with their insight into the application process. As we approach the start of a new academic year, we’re getting ready to welcome our new undergraduate intake. Students from all over the world choose to study at Leeds on one of over 500 undergraduate degree programmes. Through our discovery themes we also offer students the opportunity to explore specific subjects, issues or skills ...

University Advice for IB Students from the University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a regular attendee of OSC's IB University Fairs and we are delighted to have them provide us with their insight into the application process. The University of Surrey, ranked 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2016, welcomes international students from around the world each year to commence their studies with us.  Set amongst pretty countryside but just 35 minutes to Central London, the University of Surrey offers the benefits of a relaxed campus university with the ...

University Advice for IB Students from University College London

University College London (UCL) is a regular attendee of OSC's IB University Fairs and we are delighted to have them provide us with their insight into the value of the International Baccalaureate. The International Baccalaureate is a highly valued qualification for UCL and other prestigious UK universities. This is because the students who have obtained the IB diploma have demonstrated that they are skilled, knowledgeable and hard-working which is exactly the kind of person that studies at a world-leading university, such ...

University Advice for IB Students from Oxford Brookes

Oxford Brookes University is a regular attendee of OSC's IB University Fairs and we are delighted to have them provide us with their insight into their requirements. Oxford Brookes University offers a world class student experience in the beautiful city of Oxford where we have recently invested £150m in state-of-the-art facilities. You will also benefit from strong links with business and industry, and an international reputation for teaching and research excellence. We are widely acknowledged to be one of the UK's leading ...

University Advice for IB Students from the University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a regular attendee of OSC's IB University Fairs and we are delighted to have them provide us with their insight into the application process. At UEA, we think the IB is an ideal preparation for University and admit hundreds of IB students onto our courses each year. Students who have taken the IB are well prepared for university level study - the experience associated with researching and writing an extended essay is a great ...