4 days of presentations and information sessions with 42 Colleges That Change Lives

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CTCL Colleges That Change Lives Tours

Colleges That Change Lives

August 15-18, 2020

4 days of presentations and information sessions with 42 Colleges That Change Lives

Free for students & counselors

Virtually Yours….

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Sort of.

I don’t know anyone who would say the year 2020 has been like any other or that the college search is no different now than it was a year ago. Without question, the pandemic has changed many things about school and the college search process, most notably the ability to visit college campuses and meet admission representatives in person. That said, many of the other concerns facing prospective students today are what we might call “oldies but goodies” such as how to write a great college essay, how to play varsity sports in college, how to choose a major, and so forth.

In any other year, the CTCL-member schools would be traveling across the country to meet students, families, and counselors to answer these questions and tell you more about their individual college campuses. Unfortunately, CTCL isn’t able to travel this year, so we are going to do the next best thing: “meet” you online during CTCL Virtual Days.

Hosted August 15-18 via Zoom, CTCL Virtual Days gives you the opportunity to listen to presenters, ask questions, and find the information you need to successfully navigate the college search—without any of the parking hassles. Learn more here.


Register for CTCL Virtual Days

Featured Presentations

Saturday, August 15 @ 9:00 AM CDT – CTCL and the Liberal Arts
Saturday, August 15 @ 8:00 PM CDT – Digital Recruitment and the New Landscape of the College Search Process
Saturday, August 15 @ 1:00 PM CDT – CTCL and the Liberal Arts, en Español

Sunday, August 16 @ 10:00 AM CDT – The College Athletic Recruiting Process
Sunday, August 16 @ 6:00 PM CDT – Writing your Personal Statement
Sunday, August 16 @ 4:00 PM CDT – CTCL and the Liberal Arts

Monday, August 17 @ 9:00 AM CDT – CTCL Presentation for Counselors
Monday, August 17 @ 12:00 PM CDT – Reaching Out: Engaging and Communicating with a College Admission Office

Tuesday, August 18 @ 9:00 AM CDT – CTCL for International Students
Tuesday, August 18 @ 2:00 PM CDT – Navigating the College Visit

Georgia Tech Strive Virtual College Exploration STEM Days

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We invite you to join the Strive Virtual College Exploration STEM Days!

Strive Virtual College Exploration STEM Days

Tuesday, August 11 – Thursday, August 13

This three-day event is FREE for high school students and counselors, and features virtual STEM information sessions with 34 colleges from around the country, including Georgia Tech!

You will have the opportunity to attend multiple presentations and panels covering a variety of STEM-related topics, such as project based learning, research and co-ops, communicating STEM interests in college applications, and more!

Interested in registering? Use the link below to view the full online schedule of events for next week.


Full agenda for the UK Universities Clearing event | AUG 11

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Here’s the agenda for our UK Universities Clearing Event tomorrow!

The following universities will share exclusive insights about the Clearing and Adjustment places they have available – please feel free to drop in to as many sessions as you’d like.

And if you haven’t had the chance to register yet, you can do so here.

BridgeU UK Universities Clearing Event, Tuesday 11 August

  • 08:00 BST / 15:00 HKT: University of Exeter
  • 08:15 BST / 15:15 HKT: SOAS University of London
  • 08:30 BST / 15:30 HKT: Arts University Bournemouth
  • 08:45 BST / 15:45 HKT: Queen Mary University of London
  • 09:00 BST / 16:00 HKT: University of Plymouth
  • 09:15 BST / 16:15 HKT: University of Liverpool
  • 09:30 BST / 16:30 HKT: UWE Bristol
  • 09:45 BST / 16:45 HKT: University of Portsmouth
  • 10:00 BST / 17:00 HKT: University of York
  • 10:15 BST / 17:15 HKT: Coventry University
  • 10:30 BST / 17:30 HKT: Brunel University London
  • 10:45 BST / 17:45 HKT: London Metropolitan University
  • 11:00 BST / 18:00 HKT: University of Essex
  • 11:15 BST / 18:15 HKT: University of Nottingham
  • 11:30 BST / 18:30 HKT: Nottingham Trent University

Register for the event here.

Clearing & Adjustment at King’s

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Clearing & Adjustment at King’s

Important information and resources for your students

We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well during this challenging time.

With IB results released on 6 July and A levels coming through next month, we want to give you the most up-to-date information from King’s on our September start and the Adjustment, Clearing and Conformation process.

September start

At King’s, planning is advancing at a great pace for the start of the new academic year.

  • King’s is open. We know some students may not be able to join us in London straight away. We want to assure students if this is the case, they will be able to access our high-quality education and support remotely until such time as they are able to be here with us in person.
  • We are combining in-person and online teaching. We are ready to welcome students in September. We plan to combine as much small group, face-to-face teaching as we safely can with high quality online formats for teaching and learning. Access to our campuses will always be governed by safe distancing guidelines. We will closely regulate the number of students and staff who are able to be on campus safely at any one time.
  • The student experience will still go beyond the classroom. Many of our services and facilities will still be available to students including the Library, Careers, welfare services, study spaces and the Students’ Union. Many of these services will have digital alternatives, however those that provide on-campus services and may operate differently to ensure the safety of students and everybody around them.

Clearing and Adjustment

Students who have already received their results can apply through Clearing now for courses listed on UCAS. We will be regularly updating our course availability on our Clearing and Adjustment Hub in the lead up to A Level Results Day on Thursday 13 August.

Adjustment is available if your students meet and exceed the terms of their offer. This allows them to search for course vacancies, whilst continuing to hold their offer. Adjustment will only be available from Thursday 13 August.

Due to the busy period leading up to A-level results day and the UCAS embargo, we will be unable to communicate with students between Friday 7 August and 8am Thursday 13 August, on the status of their application, including scholarship applications and accommodation offers (where applicable).

Please note: the Admissions office number will not be in use on Thursday 13 August. Anyone calling on this date must use the Clearing & Adjustment hotline number: +44 (0)20 3858 1050.

Clearing at King’s: webinars and videos

We have a video resources available for teachers, counsellors and advisors on our Schools Liaison Hub that look at various topics around Clearing and Adjustment: terminology, the King’s Clearing process, dispelling the myths and a step-by-step guide.

You can request membership to our Schools Liaison Hub on our registration page.

A series of webinars are scheduled throughout July and August in the lead up to A level results day. We will provide tips on preparing for Clearing at King’s, dispelling the myths, jargon busting and lots more. Details can be found on our Clearing and Adjustment Hub. We look forward to seeing you and answering your questions.

Clearing and Adjustment at King’s

King’s Offer Holders

If your students have King’s as their firm choice and they have met the conditions of their offer, their place will be confirmed in UCAS Track.

If their offer is currently on hold, we are still hoping to be able to confirm their place with us in August. As they have not quite met their conditions, they will now have to wait until we have all the results for our applicants, which will be in mid-August. This allows us to see how many students have met their conditions and if we still have places available. The good news is that they have not been rejected at the moment, but they will have to wait a little longer for confirmation.

If they have not yet provided all evidence, please inform your students to send this through their King’s Apply account as soon as it is available. If your students have any queries, please ask them to send a message through the King’s Apply Portal.

High-achieving students

Students who have achieved A*A*A at A-level or 35 points overall with three HL subjects at 776 in the IB will be eligible for our Superstar offer. This year we will be making places available on most of our courses* for students who have achieved Superstar grades and are interested in studying at King’s.

Further information about which courses will be accepting Superstar students will be made available closer to Thursday 13 August on our Clearing and Adjustment Hub.

*Please note: this excludes some courses including Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Nutrition and Dietetics, and all courses offered by the King’s Business School.

On A-Level results day

If any of your students wish to call us regarding course availability and their options for Clearing, Adjustment or Superstar offers, our hotline will be open on Thursday 13 August from 8am-8pm (BST), where experienced King’s staff will be on hand to answer all of their questions.

King’s Clearing and Adjustment hotline

The Clearing and Adjustment hotline number is:

+44 (0)20 3858 1050

The usual Admissions number +44 (0)207 848 7000 will not be in use on Thursday 13 August but will be available before and after this date. Students calling on Thursday 13 August must use the hotline number shown above.

Please encourage your students to have the following to hand when calling:

  • Their UCAS Personal ID (if they applied to UCAS this year)
  • Details of the subjects they have studied, their qualifications and grades.

We expect our hotline will be very busy but please do reassure students that we will answer their calls as soon as possible. Please note, offers will be made on a first come first served basis.

If you or your students have any questions regarding this, please look at our Clearing and Adjustment Hub which clearly outlines the next steps.

Finally, we wish you and your students the very best wishes in this important final stage.

Best wishes,
Schools and Colleges Liaison Team
King’s College London

BridgeU: UK Universities Clearing Event – Aug 11 – 12

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I’m happy to let you know that the speakers for our first UK Universities Clearing Event have been announced!

On Tuesday 11 August from 08:00 GMT, the following universities will be highlighting the clearing spaces they have available:

  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth
  • SOAS University of London
  • Queen Mary University
  • University of York

There will also be a second session on 12 August with a different university lineup – I’ll follow up with another email when the universities have been confirmed.

Register for both sessions here.

And please feel free to encourage students and parents to attend by downloading and sharing this letter.

Reminder: Study UK East Asia Webinar Connect: Developing your Career with a UK Business Degree, 28 July 18.30-19.30 HK

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Do you have big plans for a career in Business?

There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has made a significant impact on global economies and changed our ways of working. How can you better equip yourselves in the post-Covid19 world?

The British Council is delighted to invite prospective parents and students for the first session of Study UK East Asia Webinar Connect on Tuesday 28 July. Academic speakers from the University of Birmingham, University of Exeter and Goldsmiths, University of London will introduce the UK’s Business undergraduate courses such as Business and Management, Business Analysis, Marketing, and Economics and how the qualification leads you to a global career. There will also be a Q&A session after the presentations for the guest speakers to address open questions from the audience.

Onsite offers may be given to suitable candidates who wish to study in the UK this September. Register with us today!

Session I:
Future Readiness – Developing Your Career with a UK Business Degree

Date: Tuesday 28 July 2020

Time: 18.30 –19.30 HKT (11.30 – 12.30 BSTT)

Website: For more information, visit our website HERE .

Registration: Click HERE to register for the event.

Enquires: Please email studyuk.hongkong@britishcouncil.org 

Note: to be conducted in English.

About Our Speakers

Dr Scott Taylor
Reader in Leadership & Organization Studies
Department of Management, Birmingham Business School

Dr Rebecca Mitchell
Programme Director MSc Business Analytics
University of Exeter Business School

Dr Tomás Rotta
Lecturer in Economics
Institute of Management Studies


List of the Participating Universities

University of Birmingham Business School

Birmingham Business School, one of the largest business schools in the UK, is ranked consistently highly in a range of UK and global league tables. We boast triple crown accreditation at postgraduate level from AMBA (UK), EQUIS (Europe) and AACSB (USA) and students of our programmes can gain exemption from professional exams such as ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA.

More Information

Study at Birmingham this September

There is still time for you to study with the University. Here are some useful websites:


University of Exeter Business School

The Science, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship department focuses on how science and technology can support businesses, particularly in facilitating innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset. Members of the department conduct world leading interdisciplinary research around current business topics such as: digital economy, simulation and analytics, circular economy and the strategic implications of innovation.

More Information

Study at Exeter this September

There is still time for you to study with the University. Here are some useful websites:


Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths locates in one of the world’s business hubs – London, and was ranked in 7th place in the Guardian 2019 subject rankings for business, management and marketing places. Our management degrees offer three different specialisms including economics, entrepreneurship and marketing to prepare our students ready for a global Business career after graduation.

More Information

Study at Goldsmiths this September

There is still time for you to study with the University. Here are some useful websites:


HKMSUK Aspiring Medical Student Event

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It is our pleasure to invite your students to our Aspiring Medical Students event, tailored to those who have an interest in Medicine. This event will provide insight on the UCAS application process, UCAT and BMAT aptitude tests, teaching styles, and the UK healthcare system. Medical students currently studying at a range of UK universities will be sharing their personal experiences and attendees also have the opportunity to ask questions after the talk. This year, we are also excited to invite our partner, the Hong Kong Medical Society of Australia, to provide insight into the application process for those interested in studying in Australia.


In previous years, we received incredibly positive feedback from students and parents alike. Taking into account the safety of the students amidst this pandemic, we have decided to hold this year’s event online. We hope you can share this event to your students. Parents and teachers are also welcome to attend our event. The details are as follows: 


Date: 9th August 2020

Time: 9-11am BST / 4-6pm HKT / 6-8pm AEST

Venue: Online Zoom Webinar


Please refer to this link for further information and event sign-up:


HKU 2020 Visiting Student Scheme

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International Affairs Office, The University of Hong Kong

2020 Visiting Student Scheme (Local Students)

In view of the unprecedented impact brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is launching a 2020 Visiting Student Scheme to assist local students whose overseas study plan is affected. Under the scheme, selected students who are Hong Kong citizens from your school with an offer from an overseas university will stand a chance to spend the first semester of their Year 1 undergraduate studies at HKU as visiting student. Students must meet the HKU admission standard for their chosen discipline or programme in order to be eligible for the scheme. Chosen students shall pay a tuition fee of HK$21,050 for the first semester at HKU. For those who are interested, please apply via this link: https://aal.hku.hk/studyabroad/avail_program.php?pid=13&type=incoming.


The application deadline is July 31, 2020. Thank you!

COVID-19 Contingency Plans: UK Universities Respond

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In the past few weeks, we’ve been running a series of virtual showcases, giving students from all over the world a chance to put their most frequently asked questions to UK universities.

We know a lot of students are worried about university’s COVID-19 contingency plans for September, how they will be taught and, perhaps most importantly, what it will mean for their social life on campus.

In our second showcase, admission reps from universities in Bristol, York, Nottingham and Liverpool were among those answering questions about their university’s COVID-19 contingency plans, as well as the usual insights on entry requirements & life as an international student.

Once again, we’ve collated the highlights from our Q&A session with these 6 reps. We hope you’ll find their insights as useful as we did!

Take a look at their key takeaways below or Read the post and watch all the presentations here.

“There’ll be lots of one on one time then when the student is counselled and guided by the academic but of course there are opportunities throughout the year anyway to have regular sessions with your tutor”

– University of Liverpool

Key Takeaway from Liverpool’s Presentation:

COVID-19 Contingency Measures

They still plan on welcoming students to campus in September, combining face-to-face teaching in smaller groups with virtual teaching sessions. They are also working on socially distanced study spaces and ways to reduce foot traffic.
Read the post and watch the presentation.

“In terms of work experience opportunities, we’re one of the most prolific universities in terms of the number of students we have on work placements”

 – Nottingham Trent University

Key Takeaway from Nottingham Trent’s Presentation:

The range of IB scores that are accepted

They would typically be looking at between 14 and 16 points for your three Higher Level scores. So scores of perhaps 555 or 556 for your Higher Levels if you held the full diploma including CAS, Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay. If you just had the certificates, they’d use the UCAS Tariff system to check your total scores.
Read the post and watch the presentation.

“We’re a very diverse UK university. We have students from a wide range of backgrounds, in terms of socio-economic and ethnic background… we have students from over 150 countries around the world.”

 – University of York

Key Takeaway from York’s Presentation:

Advice to students who are missing out on work experience opportunities

York will read applications knowing students haven’t been able to access some of these opportunities. They recommend you make up that gap by reading and watching as much as you can about that particular profession.
Read the post and watch the presentation.

“We actually had one of our Residential Life advisers have someone’s mum phone them up and say “I’m booking flights now, I need my son to confirm he’s available and he won’t answer his phone.” So we knocked on his door and asked the student if they could pick up the phone to their mum”

 – University of Bristol

Key Takeaway from Bristol’s Presentation:

Whether scholarships are merit-based or needs-based

They are merit based, but it’s not academic merit. They are really looking for students who have made a contribution through school, national or international community, strong leadership skills or a plan for how their degree will help them make a difference in the future.
Read the post and watch the presentation.

“Probably the easiest opportunity is Student Ambassador work. It’s very flexible. In terms of internships, the opportunities will vary year on year.”

 – SOAS, University of London

Key Takeaway from SOAS’s Presentation:

Study abroad programmes on offer

If you’re looking to study for a term or one year at SOAS, they have a flexible scheme where you can pick four modules from across the different departments. You don’t have to specialise – you can pick something from Japanese to Economics!
Read the post and watch the presentation.

“I watched a gig in a tiny room and then got to hang out with the band afterwards. I couldn’t have had any of those experiences in London! That day highlighted the advantages of a small town versus a big city”

 – Lancaster University

Key Takeaway from Lancaster’s Presentation:

The welfare provision available for students on campus

Within each college, they have staff who are there to support students who are members of that college and that’s someone you can get to know on first name terms! there’s also a building called the Base and that covers employability and student support services.
Read the post and watch the presentation.

Fall 2020 Global Online Learning from San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley

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Global Online Learning (GOL)

·       Earn Credits across 148 Universities

·       Accept both High School Graduates and Current High School Students

·       Self-paced Classes Designed and Taught by Our College Professors

·       Save up to 65% off University Tuition, and Scholarships are Available

Since 2016, students from outside the US have been successfully taking our online credit courses accepted by 140+ universities, including those in the top 20 such as UC Berkeley and UCLA (See 2019 Student Testimonials). With GOL offered by our colleges, students have an extensive selection of university-approved courses and pay much lower tuition compared to the same courses offered at those universities. GOL classes are designed and taught directly by our college professors and high-tech professionals in Silicon Valley.  The classes are asynchronous (self-paced) with dedicated support and tutoring services as well as live/synchronous teaching where needed. 


High school graduates can now directly apply for GOL here.


Current high school students in foreign countries can also apply but must belong to a cohort (group) managed by a partner of our colleges. A partner can be an education consultancy, agency, or a high school. If you are or know someone who is interested in being a GOL partner with us, please complete and submit this FORM. Inquire now.


To Learn More: attend our Pre-scheduled Open Office Chat/Info Webinars.

If you have questions about GOL or any other subjects, please join us every Thursday at 7am (PST). Click here to register. You only need to register once to attend all future sessions.

GOL Websitewww.smccd.edu/international/gol.php

San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley are three fully accredited public colleges: Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College, located near San Francisco in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

The colleges are known for their Top Rankings, Great Locations and Exceptional Services. They are No. 1 in international transfer student admission rates to UC Berkeley and 70% admission rate to UCLA (honors students). They are ranked Top 20 among all community college in America by IIE since 2018. They have the largest university network, called College University Partnership (CUP) in the US.

They are known for their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, eArt and Math) programs and various partnership programs with world-class companies such as Gilead, PlayStation, YouTube, Netflix, Google, Apple, Salesforce, Twitter and Facebook.