UK College Application Consulting
The UK has a central college application system, UCAS, and that makes submitting applications easier. But you can only apply to 5 universities and you need to sure about what you want to major in. Moreover, universities do not offer scholarships, apart from Oxbridge, which are highly competitive.
Universities in UK look for academic rigour along with a clear demonstration and articulation of your chosen major and university. Demonstration the right work and articulating yourself to reflect your passion can get challenging. If you are applying for Medicine or Law, you’ll need to take additional tests as well.
While US universities look for well-rounded applicants, UK universities, on the other hand, look for academic rigor and for applicants with a proven track record in their choice of major.Applicants who are interested in getting into the Top UK colleges are suggested to demonstrate strong achievements and credentials in the field that they want to major in.
We want you to attend a college where you will thrive. You will be matched with colleges best suited for your academic interests and desired college experience.
It is extremely important that you convince the admissions officers that this academic subject is right for you! Our mentors will help you identify and frame past experiences tailored to your major.
If you have interviews, we will conduct as many mock interviews as you need to perfect your body language and communication of your achievements.
We will advice you on how to craft your strengths document to help your recommendors as well as help you identify the right teachers to get your reference letter from.
From applying for scholarships and educational loans to submitting your parents' bank statements and credentials, we’ll guide you at every step of the way.
The CIALFO Advantage
Applying to colleges can be stressful and time-consuming, which is why we don't charge by the hour. You will be given as much time as you need. We want to get you into the best colleges, no matter how many hours it may take.
Our mentors connect you with other students who are pursuing similar college majors, to organise projects or independent initiatives. You will gain entrepreneurship experience and leadership skills.
We will have a series of sessions with you to understand your personality, preferences and major. With our in-depth knowledge and experience with Oxford and Cambridge admits and alums, we will identify the one most suitable for you.
Additional Support for Medicine
We will work meticulously with you on your personal statement: ideating, editing, brainstorming, cutting it down and perfecting it. If you need more attachments or volunteering experience, we'll set you up. If you need help preparing for the UKCAT and BMAT, we'll guide you here as well. We have an advanced school selection tool that ensures you will make the best decision on your school list.
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While US universities look for well-rounded applicants, UK universities, on the other hand, look for academic rigor and for applicants with a proven track record in their choice of major.
Applicants who are interested in getting into the Top UK colleges are suggested to demonstrate strong achievements and credentials in the field that they want to major in.
How We Help You
Stand Out Factor Identification & Cultivation
We will assist you in planning projects and internships, so you'll have more experience in your intended major and a better chance to gain acceptance in your school of choice. We’ll also provide with reading lists to further your knowledge in your chosen major and to substantiate your interest in the major.
With COHESION, you can work together on a project of your choice, meet other highly motivated students and explore their academic interests to lead a project. Some of our students have organized hackathons, competitions, and community events in order to serve a need in their community and build social entrepreneurship skills.
With over 150 colleges to choose from, with specific colleges being strong in specific courses, college shortlisting can get time consuming and confusing! Each College has it’s own strengths and character and what may seem like a good option, may in fact not be a good fit for your major at all, and vice versa.
Hence it’s important that you decide on your course or major before you start shortlisting colleges. College shortlisting also entails identifying your preferences in living style, location and overall college experience. Moreover you can apply to only 5 colleges, making it critical to choose the right college!
How We Help You
A Tailored College Shortlist
We want you to attend a college where you will thrive and evolve to the best of your capabilities. In a series of sessions with our mentors, you will be matched with colleges best suited for your academic interests, desired college experience, and career aspirations. We will also work with you to craft a Dream\Match\Safe application strategy for you.
Detailed College Profiles
We have gathered all the information - most popular majors, admission requirements, life at the college and much more for over 50 colleges to help you make an informed decision. You can also bookmark colleges you wish to apply to and share that with your mentor. Your mentor will then be able to guide you in making the right decision.
Personal Statement Editing
Personal Statements are absolutely critical in communicating your interest in your desired major. You need to substantiate your choice through relevant projects, internships and activities. You also need to demonstrate transferrable skills and your ability to think critically. These 4000 words should get the admissions officer’s attention and convince him/her that you are the ideal applicant for that major.
The same personal statement is passed on to every college you apply and for every course. Thus you need to focused and clear about the choice of your major and why you are you should be offered a place to study the major. If You also need to share why you want to study in the UK specifically. Your personal statement could be the deciding factor between you and another similar candidate.
How We Help You
Ideation, Reviews & Edits
We will ensure that your personal statement is impactful and clear. And that it presents all the motivations, interests and experiences that make you a perfect candiate for the major, to the admissions officers! We will work with you endlessly to ensure that you deliver a winning and positive personal statement.
UK interviews are no joke. In fact, our research has shown that your performance in the interview can make or break your chances of acceptance. An interview can be conducted either over a video call or you will meet someone from the admissions office or an alumni from the college, in your own city.
At an interview, they could be looking at analyzing you academically or psychologically. Some interviews may focus on your academic suitability for your course of choice, while other may just be to gauge your overall match for the course and college.
How We Help You
Unlimited Mock Interviews
We will prepare you for all possible situations that you could encounter in an interview, and conduct a series of recorded mock interviews until your pitch is perfect. We will conduct as many mock interviews as you need to perfect your body language a communication of your achievements.
Reference letters are quite pivotal in UK college applications. The UK admissions officers look for that ‘stand-out factor’ in Personal Statements and Letters of Recommendation. You may need to arrange for two to three letters of Recommendations, depending on the requirement of the course.
Ideally, your thesis professor/guide or someone whom you may have worked closely with should write your reference letters. Having your referee vouch for your accomplishments in the field that your want to major in would be a huge plus.
How We Help You
We will formulate an application strategy for each school, and with our in-depth knowledge of the system, we will help you identify whom to approach for an impactful LOR in line with the application strategy. We will also try and guide your teacher/recommender on how to best structure and word the letter in order to elevate your application above others.
Scholarship & Financial Aid
College education in the US is very expensive! Tuition, accommodation and board could cost you anywhere between $15,000 to $40,000. Students often ask, “If I can’t afford that much, is it even worth applying for”? Are there scholarships or aid available to cover the cost? Yes there are! And it is worth it! You need to plan your finances and you need to know how and when to apply for the right scholarships and aids. Top colleges frequently offer financial aid to needy students.
Financial Aid is intended to help students pay college fees, living expenses such as dorm/housing etc., transportation, books, and supplies for study. A ‘scholarship’ is often used interchangeably with ‘financial aid’, although grants and student loans are also major components of financial aid packages. Scholarship, on the other hand, is given on the basis of qualifications, special artistic or athletic ability, agreeing to follow a particular career path, ethnic origins etc.
How We Help You
Monetary Needs Identification
There are numerous options for financial aid or scholarships, and our mentors will work with you to identify the best schools and packages that fit your monetary requirements.