7 education consultancies to unravel your overseas Uni admission woes

Burning with a desire to study abroad? Or is the discipline you want to study not offered in Singapore?

While researching on admission procedures and universities to go to, this might have been you:

If all the procedures and paperwork are driving you crazy and causing a lot of confusion, an educational consultancy might be able to help. It’s a common misconception that they charge for their services. The majority does not; instead, they receive commission from the universities they represent. Your course fees will be unaffected too.

A huge bonus is the scholarship services that they offer their clients, which can be hard to source and apply for on your own; tap into their resources and expertise to offset hefty overseas education costs!

We did some research and put together a list of education providers that you can try! As usual, this list is not an endorsement, so please do some homework to ensure that any education consultancy/placement agency you choose matches your needs. One good way to do this is to check out reviews on Facebook and ask your peers or seniors!

Without further ado:

Based in Singapore, TheRIghtU represents over 200 universities worldwide in Australia, UK, US, Ireland, Switzerland, New Zealand and Europe. The education consultancy offers online tools that let you compare thousands of courses across a wide variety of disciplines, apply to multiple universities, and seek tips and advice. You can also book a face-to-face appointment with them if you prefer via their website or their Facebook page—pretty nifty, we think!

TheRightU also organizes an overseas university fair twice a year with over 250 universities in attendance, which you can check out. Entry is free.

Caters to: Foundation-level, Undergraduate-level, Postgraduate-level

Fees:  Free. Applicants do not need to pay university application fees if applying to their university partners.

Founded in New Zealand in 2013, Crimson Education has since expanded into numerous countries—Singapore being one of them. The education consultancy specializes in UK and US university admissions, providing personalised mentoring in a system where students are assigned mentors that help in various aspects of development like extracurriculars and leadership. From helping to find the most suitable universities and increasing their chances of entering them, the mentoring programme lasts two to three years on average. Mentors are typically recent graduates or current students of top universities.

Caters to: Individuals looking to get into top tier US and UK universities, all levels

Fees: Free consultation, the cost of their tailored education programmes starts from SGD 4,000

With headquarters in Singapore, and other offices in Asia JACK Study Abroad was established in 2005 and offers assistance to those looking to study in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Universities they represent include 7 out of Australia’s ‘Group of 8’, 10 Russell Group Universities (US), and all 8 NZ universities. They provide University Application, Visa Application, and UCAS Application services. JACK Study Abroad also organizes an overseas university fair (Global University Expo ™ ) thrice yearly with over 50 institutions in attendance that you can check out. Entry is free.

Caters to: Individuals looking to study in UK, Australia and New Zealand in particular at Foundation-level, Undergraduate-level, Postgraduate-level

Fees: Free

Established in 2002, Overseas Education offers University Application, Visa Application, UCAS Application, and pre-departure services. All of Overseas Education’s course counsellors have at least 3 – 5 years of education counselling experience and are, in addition, Australia Qualified Education Agent Counsellors. Overseas Education is a member of the Association of Consultants for International Students, Singapore (ACISS), as well as the Quality International Study Abroad Network, (UK).

Overseas Education also organizes regular overseas university fairs (Global University Expo ™ ) with over 50 institutions in attendance that you can check out. Entry is free.

Caters to: Individuals looking to study in UK, Australia and New Zealand in particular at Foundation-level, Undergraduate-level, Postgraduate-level. Overseas Education also assists with a few Canadian, Swiss, and US universities/colleges.

Fees: Free

Part of the AUG Global Network, which also has offices in Australia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, AUG Singapore provides university application, scholarship, migration (to Australia) and internship services. They offer personalised support via live chat as well as face-to-face meetings, depending on what you prefer. AUG Global Study has over 24 years of experience in the education placement industry, representing more than 500 educational institutions. They have placed more than 300,000 students to date.

AUG Singapore also organizes regular overseas university fairs that you can check out. Entry is free.

Caters to: Individuals looking to study in Australia in particular, as well as Canada, Ireland, UK, US, and Switzerland, all levels
Fees: Free

Established in 2000, Educational Link Consultants is run by a husband-and-wife team, Bill and Ginny Lee, and their team of education counsellors. Services they provide include Visa Application, Accommodation arrangements, pre-departure briefings, University Application, and so on. The consultancy has received many good reviews for their passion and meticulous service, which includes personally surveying the universities on their rosters.

Caters to: Students looking to study in Australia, the UK and the USA, across all levels

Fees: Free

With offices in over 32 countries, IDP has over 50 years of experience and partners with more than 650 leading universities, schools and colleges. IDP provides Visa application, personalised Course application, as well as pre-departure services. If you’re looking to study in Australia, IDP provide exclusive services to our students. These include health cover, accommodation, guardianship, and bank account setup assistance.

IDP Singapore also organizes regular overseas university fairs that you can check out. Entry is free.

Caters to: Students looking to study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, across all levels

Fees: Free

We hope that this list gets you off to a great start, and wish you all the best in your academic journey! If you’re a fresh grad that has engaged the help of an education service provider, do share your experiences with us, and how your studies abroad went! We look forward to hearing from you!

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