International University Advice Service

For students applying to a university outside the UK

The International University Advice Service is designed to help students who wish to apply to a university outside of the UK.

For students wishing to apply to a University in the UK, please visit our UK Universities Advice Service page.

The global admissions process has grown increasingly complex and there are significant differences in the requirements between countries. In order to reduce stress, and avoid wasting time and money, it is important for families to have a clear understanding of what will be required of applicants from the outset.

Many homeschoolers welcome advice on a variety of questions as they consider international university options:

  • What subjects should I take at A level?
  • What co curricular and extra curricular activities should I be considering?
  • What are the application requirements of different countries?
  • When should I start the application process?
  • What forms will I need to complete?
  • What should I write in my application essays, personal statement and/or CV?
  • How can I apply for scholarships and financial aid?
  • Do I need to take SAT, ACT and English Language tests?
  • How can I best present my homeschooling experience to institutions?

Our International University Advice Service will guide you every step of the way: from A level choices, constructing a University shortlist, through to completing the wide range of application forms you may need to complete.

Please note that the University Advice Service is only available to students enrolled with Wolsey Hall, or as part of our ongoing Admissions process.

Wolsey Hall wall of fame of past students

We are very proud of our past students and have created a Wall of Fame page that celebrates their progress to a wide range of top Universities both in the UK and overseas.

International University Advisor Sarah WIlson

International Universities Advisor – Sarah Wilson

Sarah oversees the UK and International University Advice Services at Wolsey Hall Oxford.

She is an experienced IEC (Independent Educational Consultant) and has worked in UK and international education for over 25 years. She has supported hundreds of students on their successful journey to higher education, including those applying to elite universities in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Our international higher education support services

our UK University advice helps many students looking for university places

For Lower Secondary, IGCSE & A level students

Explore

This consultation offers a wide-ranging assessment of your aims, personal strengths and attributes, and future study ambitions. There will be an opportunity to explore higher education options around the world and discover courses that align with your desired career paths. You will leave with guidelines for constructing your shortlist, an understanding of admissions requirements for your destination/s of choice, research resources and a clear set of action steps for moving forward. With clear goals in mind, you will be able to make the best choices about your AS and A Level subjects and work effectively to realise your academic ambitions. The fee is £75.

Teenager receiving university advice over the phone

30/45/60 minutes

Follow up consultations

A follow up consultation can be used to: – refine your short list and discuss individual application procedures – work on application documentation, including personal statements, supplementary essays, personal profiles, and resumes – discuss how to build a strong holistic profile for US entry – including co-curricular and extra-curricular engagements – prepare for interviews – discuss how to arrange university visits – prepare scholarship applications – complete online applications – plan a gap year The fee is: 30 minutes: £35, 45 minutes: £45, 60 minutes: £65.

University advice for students

For AS and A Level students

All Inclusive International (including references and transcripts)

Our All Inclusive International University Support Package will provide comprehensive support to prepare your shortlist and complete the applications for wherever in the world you decide to apply. Detailed guidance will be given on how to frame and write the documentation required by admissions, including: Common App essays, supplementary questions, personal profiles, letters of motivation and resumes. Support can also be given for scholarship applications and interviews. Your advisor may also suggest appropriate university webinars for you to attend and provide ongoing support networking with your institutions. All references and documentation are included. This package is valid for one full application cycle. Communication takes place via Zoom or email according to your preferences. Each All-Inclusive package is individualised according to your requirements and our University Advisor works with families to ensure that they feel supported throughout the entire process. The fee is £365.

University advice for students

For AS and A Level students

All Inclusive UK (including a UCAS reference and predicted grades)

Our All Inclusive UK University Support Package will provide comprehensive support to research universities, prepare your shortlist and complete your UCAS application. Detailed guidance will be given on how to research suitable institutions and draw up an appropriate shortlist. We will then work together to prepare a strong personal statement that will highlight your academic strengths and interests. Support can also be given for scholarship applications and interviews. Your advisor may also suggest appropriate university webinars for you to attend and provide ongoing support networking with your institutions. Your UCAS reference and predicted grades are included. This package is valid for one full application cycle. Communication takes place via Zoom or email according to your preferences. Each All-Inclusive package is individualised according to your requirements and our University Advisor works with families to ensure that they feel supported throughout the entire process. The fee is £330.

University advice reference service

International Basic Reference

This option provides a basic reference that can be used for international university applications and other institutional requests. The reference will contain contextual information about the nature of the learning programmes and tutor contact at Wolsey Hall, and contributions from up to three subject Tutors. Students selecting this option will receive no additional individual guidance with their applications. The fee is: International reference with one Tutor reference £45, with two Tutor references £65, with three Tutor references £85.

University advice transcription service

Transcript Service

This option provides an academic transcript that can be used for university applications and other institutional requests. The transcript will contain contextual information about the nature of the learning programmes and tutor contact at Wolsey Hall, the student’s personal details, enrollment and course completion dates, a record of courses taken at each level, and average assignment percentages. Predicted grades, external examination results, and other required data can also be added upon request. The fee is: £60

YouScience Career Aptitude Account

We also offer two services (Explore PLUS and All-Inclusive PLUS) which include a YouScience Career Aptitude Account.

YouScience is a career exploration platform for secondary-age students. What makes YouScience different from other career exploration tools is that the career matches are based on your APTITUDES (your natural talents), and not just on an interest survey alone. This allows you to explore careers that you’ve never thought of before; and ones you might not have known suited your talents.

Once you have created a YouScience account, you will be able to proceed to complete 11 “brain games” which measure your natural aptitudes, work approach, and interests. The brain games take 90 minutes to complete but can be done over several sessions. After all 11 brain games are completed, your results will be ready in your YouScience account.

You will have access to your YouScience accounts for ten years, to ensure that you can take those results and use them not only in high school, but for years afterward as well For further details on the services including a YouScience account, please see below.

students around the world use our University Advice Service

Explore PLUS

After an initial 15-minute introductory meeting, you create your YouScience account (see above) and proceed to complete the 11 “brain games”. Once you have your YouScience results, you then book a 45-minute consultation with our University Advisor to discuss the results and how these might inform IGCSE, A Level and university course choices. You will move forward with a clear plan to achieve your academic and career goals. The fee is: £150

students around the world use our University Advice Service

All-Inclusive PLUS

After an initial 15-minute introductory meeting, you create your YouScience account (see above) and proceed to complete the 11 “brain games”. You then book an initial consultation with our University Advisor to discuss your YouScience results and how these might inform the university planning and application process. Our University Advisor will then provide comprehensive, step-by-step guidance on all aspects of the admission process for your countries of choice. All references and documentation are included. This package is valid for one full application cycle. Communication takes place via Zoom or email according to your preferences. Each All-Inclusive package is individualised according to your requirements and our University Advisor works with families to ensure that they feel supported throughout the entire process. The fee is: £465

I’ve done it, I’ve gotten in to university, and Edinburgh University, no less! Thank you so very much for your help in preparing my application. I really and truly could not have done this without you, and I wanted to let you know that all your work to help me has borne university-shaped fruit. I am extremely excited, and VERY busy getting ready as I move very soon. Thank you! Joel Roderick helped Annelise with her application to Edinburgh University.
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Annelise O’Connell, Homeschooling Student

Scotland

Thank you so much for your help with James’ application. He has an unconditional offer to do Computer Science at Kings College London which I think is our first choice, and other offers. All the best at what must be a challenging and hectic time.
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Rona – Mother of James

UK