UK is a favorite academic destination for higher education amongst students as it offers an unparalleled student experience. Apart from being home to some of the oldest and most reputed universities in the world, scenic UK also offers a taste of true multiculturalism, exposure to the global employment scene and once in a lifetime opportunity to experience its rich history and heritage. Each year, several thousand students apply to various universities but only a few of them make it to their dream university.
The application process to secure admission into some of the world’s most sought-after universities can be a daunting task, especially if you are doing it on your own! Ideally, one must start the process at least a year before and it involves quite a lot research, documentation, preparation for interviews etc. Even if you meet all the entry and university requirements, any error in the application process might abort your dream of a UK degree. The entire process of university application is extremely time-consuming and comprises of several crucial steps, which if not followed appropriately, might lead to rejection of your university application.
That is one of the reasons why most students prefer to avail the services of an Educational Consultancy that can guide them through the journey from university selection to admission confirmation and sometimes, even beyond! Educational Consultancy, if chosen the ‘right’ one, can truly transform the entire university application experience. The ‘right’ consultant partners with the student throughout the entire journey, providing adequate guidance and motivation to achieve their common goal.
However, it is very important to consider a few factors before you entrust your dream of pursuing a UK degree in the hands of a consultant.
Researching about the Educational Consultancy
It is important to conduct a thorough background research about the credibility educational consultancy firm. With several consultancies claiming the moon to the students, it is imperative that you authenticate their claims. Getting a firsthand narrative from people who have availed the consultancies services before, reviews and recommendations from unbiased platforms etc. can help you make an informed decision.
Type of Consultancy Services Offered
The process of university application involves several crucial steps, and it is important to have clarity regarding what are the services offered by the consultancy firm. Students must confirm if assistance will be provided regarding writing the perfect Statement of Purpose, preparing for English Language Tests, and the UKVI interviews. Prestigious educational consultancies provide free guidance, counselling, and advice regarding university selection apart from assistance in university application process, visa application support, and competitive scholarship preparation. Top educational consultancies like Student Connect helps in securing admissions to the prestigious Russell Group universities and offer pre-departure support.
It is also very important to clarify if the services offered are free/ paid and especially beware of hidden costs involved.
Success Rate in Terms of University Application Acceptance
The overall success ratio of the consultancy and the consultant assigned to assist you is an important criterion before you choose your consultancy. Apart from that, it is important to verify the academic qualification of the consultant and if he has relevant prior experience in providing consultancy support for UK universities. The visa application process for each country differs and students must ensure that the consultant has sufficient knowledge and experience about the UK Visa procedures. Consultancies that have several years of business expertise, professionally experienced consultants and a strong global presence are more likely to make the application process smoother for students.
The partner universities of the educational consultancy firms must also be considered before making a choice. Students must check how many universities have partnered with the consultancy, what are the rankings of the partner universities, if their choice of university is listed as a partner, and the average world rankings/ national rankings of the partner universities.
Prestigious tie-ups with reputed universities speak volumes about the credibility of the consultancy’s reputation as a reliable service provider.