Step 1: Course Selection
Choosing the right university and degree programme is often about career planning. We encourage you to take a long-term perspective and select courses which maximize your career options after graduation. For some applicants, university choice is driven by a deep academic curiosity, which may lead to masters or PhD level study. Whatever your goal, our experts help you identify the most suitable programme.
Our unique advantage is that our consultants are current university tutors, and we are independent. We do not receive commission from universities for encouraging you to study particular programmes. We objectively choose the best possible programme for you. To do this, we first learn about you in detail: your background, your competencies, your interests, your preferred learning environment, and future career goals. Top global universities can receive between five and ten applicants for every place, and because many universities accept applicants without an interview, having a superb personal statement is crucial.
Step 2: Personal Statements
Your personal statement is an opportunity to stand out from other applicants who have very similar backgrounds. What does a model personal statement look like?” There is no one model. Each statement is unique because universities prefer unique individuals, with different backgrounds, life experiences, interests, and ambitions. Admission officers quickly identify personal statements with vague content, excessive description, or clichés, even if they are written in perfect English. Top universities also expect 90% of the statement to show your ‘academic voice’, showing interdisciplinary awareness, academic interests and your reflections.
Our view is that writing a good personal statement takes time: around 16-20 hours is needed for a good master’s statement. 80% of this time is for research and reflection, and we meet you for around six to eight hours to guide you through this process week-by-week. In the end, you will have a statement which represents you in the best possible light, concisely written and in perfect English.
Step 3: Application
How to apply depends on your chosen level of study. For example, in the UK, you can apply for up to five undergraduate programmes via the UCAS online platform. Postgraduates need to apply to each university individually. Top universities may also require you to upload additional application materials, for example, essays or careers questionnaires. In addition, Oxford and Cambridge require you to take extra exams. We act on your behalf during this whole application process and can assist in obtaining and translating academic references and liaising with university admission departments to ensure you submit all documents well in advance of deadlines. For other countries, application processes vary.
Step 4: Interview
If a university likes your application, the next step may be an interview. Increasingly, this could mean attending a live online interview with an academic member of staff or recording short answers on an online interview platform. For Oxford and Cambridge, you’ll usually need to make the trip to the UK for a face-to-face interview.
We provide coaching for all interview formats and practice the types of questions you may face. Usually, some questions are based on your personal statement, so you need to be able to effortlessly expand upon its content and demonstrate an enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity for your chosen subject. Interviews are also often a test of your English and ability to build rapport. Remember that UK universities look for proactive individuals, who make strong team players, and like asking lots of questions. Our coaches are language experts and will help you present your responses in an engaging and organized way.
Step 5: Pre-departure
If a university is happy with your application, it issues either a conditional or unconditional offer letter. With a conditional offer, you need to satisfy this offer by achieving a particular academic grade or by passing an English test like IELTS or TOEFL. If you need to prepare for either the IELTS or duolingo English test, we offer 1-to-1 or group classes. Next, there is the issue of obtaining a study visa. This process may require you to provide evidence of funds to cover UK living costs. We can guide you through each step of this process.
But there is more pre-departure planning needed too, including opening bank accounts, securing health insurance, finding accommodation, and airport pick up and travel arrangements. If you have any questions throughout the whole process, we will respond promptly. If you are studying in the UK, we are happy to help you as you begin and continue your studies because we are based there.
We can offer flexible packages of services to meet your specific requirements. For example, you may only need our personal statement or interview preparation service only, or you may require a whole application package, from start to finish. Please contact us to discuss your particular needs and arrange a 30-minute free consultation with Jim McCloskey.
Two of our consultants are currently staff members at Imperial College, London. To avoid any perceived ‘conflict of interest’, these two individuals cannot directly assist with Imperial College applications.