Goodbye NAVIANCE: What next? Alternative Platforms for International Schools

It was announced earlier this year that Hobsons is to close its NAVIANCE services to International Schools.  After the initial cries of panic reverberating around the globe, discussions were held between individuals and various organisations (such as International ACAC and NACAC), with Hobsons, and it has been agreed that the services for existing clients will remain open until June 2019. This gives time to safely complete application files for the Classes of 2018, securely transfer all data from the NAVIANCE ...

Foundations Galore!

Looking back at my blog from November 2016, there appears to have been an upward trend in the number and variety of Foundation Programmes on offer.  The general rules remain the same as in the 2016 blog, but here I will give you some further examples of who are offering these programmes in the UK. N.B. For all courses, please do check which ones are open to International and which ones are open to Home/EU students. Some are open to both, ...

Universities of the Year 2017/2018 – the results are in!

It's that time of year again when universities around the globe eagerly await the decisions of a variety of awards, rankings and league table updates. Many universities, but it is important to note that not all, are assessed on specific criteria developed by each individual publisher of rankings and league tables. I have included a few of these publishers below. Important note: Please be aware that all league tables have their own systems and criteria for assessing universities.  Be consumer savvy ...

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 ...