• Pay attention to each student’s needs
• Alleviate stress for both student and parent
• Give the student a competitive edge
• Eliminate the confusion
• Save money
College selection and application is a very time-consuming process. Counseling—of all types—requires time and energy from a professional. But school guidance counselors are overworked and have less time than perhaps they once did to give personalized college counseling hence the need for an external consultant.
Good guidance in selecting the right schools and in completing the application can make the difference between acceptance and rejection. An education consultant/counselor can help your son or daughter develop an appropriate college selection and admissions strategy to give them the best possible chance of reaching their educational goals.
While we can never guarantee a particular outcome, we have a strong record of helping families reduce the overall cost of a college education by carefully selecting the right colleges to which to apply. Even families that do not expect any financial aid often find that working with us can save them tens of thousands of pounds in tuition bills.
So while hiring an educational consultant may seem like a hefty cost, many families are surprised at how much money and time they can save by hiring an experienced educational consultant.
Excellent international reputation: The quality of UK education is internationally recognized by employers, universities and governments, making it a popular choice for many international students. The UK is also renowned for the excellence of its research and teaching.
Good quality of education: The quality of a university’s or college’s teaching and its general facilities are assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Research standards are examined by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which publishes its findings every five years.
The results of all these assessments are freely available on the internet. Information on quality assurance and assessments is also available from the Higher Education Funding Councils.
International tradition: The UK has always welcomed students from all over the world. In 2006/2007, there were 239,210 international students in the UK at undergraduate and postgraduate level. UK universities are used to looking after the welfare of non-UK students and have well-developed support services and social networks on campus.
Choice of courses: Higher education institutions in the UK offer a broad range of courses. Therefore, you are sure to find one that caters for your interests and career goals. You can search over 50,000 courses on the UCAS website to find the right one for you.
Business language: Studying in the UK offers a great opportunity to improve your knowledge of the English language – speaking English fluently is a vital skill to have if you are considering entering the international business world. As the UK is a member of the EU, studying here can give you a valuable insight to how the European market operates.
Culture and people: The UK is full of many different cultures and people, another reason why international students are interested in coming to study here. With big cities, rural towns and villages, modern and historical architecture, the UK is a diverse and exciting place to explore.
Value for money: Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK are generally much shorter than those abroad, which helps to reduce the amount of money you will end up paying in tuition fees and living costs. Most undergraduate courses take three years to complete, although in Scotland it would be typically four years. A postgraduate Masters course will normally only take 1 year, whereas PhD will take 3 or 4 years.
Another key thing for parents to consider is that education at a private boarding school is a lot more expensive than education at a day school, and there are very few state maintained boarding schools in the UK. But academic and extracurricular offerings at boarding schools can often outstrip their day-school options and provide a very fulfilling education. Here’s a look at the key benefits.
Personal Attention: Boarding schools often have smaller class numbers than day schools, and this, together with the fact that boarding school staff will spend much more time with their students, can help teachers to engage and encourage each individual in the classroom.
Staff: Since boarding schools charge more for fees, they can often afford to pay staff higher salaries and therefore employ more qualified teachers and other members of staff faculty. These teachers may have advanced degrees in their subject or extra teaching qualifications that can help them to help student development.
Better Resources: Just as staff investment may be higher; this is true too of facilities and resources. Boarding schools are often set in the countryside amidst expansive grounds, with top class facilities such as the well-stocked libraries, sports fields and equipment and science laboratories. These may be available to students outside of the school day too, so they can enjoy personal hobbies in their own time.
Encouraging Personal Responsibility: Boarding schools often claim that their schooling methods help pupils to become independent and mature individuals. Students are away from the shelter of home life, and have to make their own choices about day to day decisions but also bigger choices such as organizing one’s time. At the same time, boarding schools offer supportive pastoral staff, which will usually include medical doctors and nurses, counseling services and advice.
Making Strong Friendships: Boarding school students often say they have been able to make very intense friendships with fellow boarders as they gain the closeness of living together from a young age. The fellow boarders may become a support network for each student, and may also come from a wide range of backgrounds, including students from abroad, and from different racial and social backgrounds. Friends made at boarding schools will often become friends for life, with whom boarders share childhood memories.
On Hand Advice: The boarding school setting means that expert members of the faculty are available for much longer than they would be for day school students. Pupils will be exposed to staff and teachers in settings outside of the classroom, such as on the playing field, in extracurricular group activities, in pastoral situations as advisors and as academic help providers. If a child has a problem with homework, for example, a subject expert will normally be on hand to answer them – which may not be the case at home.