Year 13 students are now busily preparing their university choices and applications. In particular, they need to be working on their personal statements - 47 lines where they describe themselves and what they offer universities. If the students are applying to Oxford or Cambridge University or for medicine, veterinary or dentistry, the closing date for applications is 15th October; we need it before then, to be able to write and add the reference to the application.

Whilst it is essential for Year 13 to be doing this research and preparations, it is something that younger students can be doing at any time too, especially Year 11 and Year 12 students. There is a wealth of information online for students but we will also try to make them aware of alternative sources of information too.

University in the UK

In the UK, university applications are co-ordinated by an organisation called UCAS; all university applications are made through them. Students can make a maximum of 5 choices. The full UCAS site can be found at:

UCAS also offers a course search facility whereby students can search for potential courses and find out where they can be done and what grades the universities would be looking for. It can be found at:

If students want to know more about the reputation and standing of each UK university they can go to: CLICK HERE

Universities across the world

Students and parents may also want to research universities in other countries. They might begin at the following pages:

Universities in the Netherlands:

Universities in Germany:

Universities in Spain:

Universities in the USA:

Online University Fairs

We have developed a relationship with The Student World, who organise university fairs for students and parents from all around the world. We have access to an online fair on Tuesday 20th October. Their website can be found at:

On that page, students can find:

- the list of universities participating (18 now; should any other institution register, the page will be automatically updated)

- the platform demo so that students can familiarise with it

- a study abroad motivational video

- list of reasons why studying abroad give you competitive advantages

- list of questions students may want to ask to the reps (in case they don't know how to break the ice)

- registration link

It's really important that students register for the event or they can't access the platform.

We also have a relationship with SRT Fairs, who also run university fairs for students and parents. They have a number of webinars coming up. You can register for them at: or by clicking on the relevant ‘register’ button:

Study STEM Bocconi University (Italy), Full Sail University (USA)

5th October, 4:00 PM GMT

Study in the Netherlands Radboud University, University of Groningen, Avans University of Applied Sciences

6th October, 3:00 PM GMT

Study in the Netherlands AMSIB Amsterdam School of International Business, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Hotel School the Hague

7th October, 4:00 PM GMT

Study in Spain

8th October, 3:00 PM GMT

Study in France Excelia Group, Kedge Business School

9th October, 4:00 PM GMT

Study in Canada Capilano University, Carleton University, University of Prince Edward Island

10th October, 4:00 PM GMT

Study Engineering Imperial College London, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

13th October, 3:00 PM GMT

Arts and Design Webinar Norwich University of the Arts, LABA Valencia, SCAD (USA)

14th October, 4:00 PM GMT

EUC Exclusive Bocconi University (Italy), EHL - Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Switzerland), Jacobs University Bremen (Germany), Modul University Vienna (Austria)

15th October, 3:00 PM

Study in Switzerland Franklin University Switzerland, Business School Lausanne, IMI International Management Institute

16th October, 4:00 PM GMT

Community Colleges in USA Edmonds College

19th October, 3:00 PM GMT

Study in Ireland Dundalk Institute of Technology, Mary Immaculate College, University College Dublin

20th October, 4:00 PM GMT

Study Medicine in Europe European University Cyprus, University College Cork (Ireland)

21st October, 3:00 PM GMT

Study Hospitality Capilano University (Canada), Glion Institute of Higher Education (Switzerland), Hotelschool The Hague (The Netherlands), Les Roches Global Hospitality Education (Switzerland)

23th October, 3:00 PM GMT

Study in the Netherlands Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

27th October, 3:00 PM GMT

Business Schools in Europe WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, European University Cyprus, Kühne Logistics University

28th October, 4:00 PM GMT

Business Schools in USA Bentley University, Coastal Carolina University, Loyola Marymount University

30th October, 3:00 PM GMT

Arts and Design Webinar Northumbria University Newcastle, Loyola Marymount University (USA), Falmouth University (UK)

16th November, 4:00 PM GMT

All about Sport Studies Northumbria University Newcastle, Institute of Technology Carlow (Ireland), St Mary's University (UK)

17th November, 3:00 PM GMT

Study Culinary Arts École Ducasse (France), Johnson & Wales University (USA)

18th November, 4:00 PM GMT