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Class of 2020 and University Visits

Class of 2020, story so far…

12 percent of the cohort have now received university offers. These include Kent, Edinburgh, Warwick and Exeter. This week we are focusing on Early Decision/Early Action applications to the United States and this year we will be sending 12. ED/EA is usually used by students who are very sure of what they want to do. Students usually dare to dream at this time and apply to what are usually thought of as ‘reach’ schools.

I am going to repeat the messages about Brexit as it has proven to be something of a talking point – feel free to keep the questions coming.

A few families have enquired about the possible impact of Brexit – both now and in the future. We have kept in close touch with European universities about this and we do not perceive a huge change in the market. Due to reduced applications from EU member states – UK schools may look to appeal to the Asian market even more. This would suggest favourable conditions for our students moving forward. The visa process changed a few years ago for non EU passport holders and will simply encompass European passport holders.

What does all this mean for British passport holders?  It is probably going to be good news. A shrinking field of applicants may make grade expectations a little softer for a few years. Also, as private companies, each university would be very brave to increase fees to compensate for a loss of European students. The rule that passport holders need to be resident for 3 years prior to application will remain but will continue but we expect it to be applied, as it is now, only occasionally by individual schools.

There will be reductions in the amount of funding for postgraduate research as much of the finance for this has previously come from the European Union. This is a long way off for our current students and the picture may well have changed significantly in five years time.

In summary, we are quietly optimistic that if Brexit occurs the future of the UK market will not change significantly and may well serve our students quite well in the short and medium term. Further to this, Quennie Yang is heading to Bilbao next month for the big European university conference – she will feedback to you in later issues.

Please join me in wishing our applicants the best of luck,

Mark Attwood 

 

University Visits

4 November 12.40pm Humanities 6

Ritsumeikan University

 

7 November 12.40pm Humanities 6

Singapore Management University

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

8 November 12.40pm Humanities 6

Waseda University

 

SAT

The SAT is a selection of optional external tests that many colleges in the USA require for admission consideration. Please speak with us about the suitability of this exam set before you sign up.

Registration deadline for 7 December test is on 8 November.  Please remember to register as early as possible as the BSM testing centre fills up quickly.

Do not forget to register for SATs at http://sat.collegeboard.org/home.

Remember to be early, by 7.30am, for the SAT.  Remember to bring the following materials when you test:

  • Admission ticket which you print from your SAT registration console
  •  Your school ID, which will be used to properly identify you as the test taker
  • Two number 2 pencils
  • Calculator and/or backup calculator

 

John Macrow and Quennie Yang
Careers and Higher Education Advisers

 

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