How to go global

May 22, 2017 2:15:56 PM

A lack of international experience might be holding back British graduates

When it comes to post-graduate life, international experience is often cited as a key factor for getting and keeping that dream job. But according to a recent poll, it seems that a lack of that global knowledge is actually holding recent graduates back, particularly in Britain. 

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Is technology in education changing the world?

May 11, 2017 5:06:54 PM

Few of us would disagree with the idea that education has the power to transform lives and change the world...

World leaders, from Nelson Mandela to Kofi Annan, have stressed that education liberates and empowers; and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that every human being has a right to a free and quality education. Education, in fact, is fundamental to the promotion of understanding between peoples and respect for one another’s freedoms. If we want to make the world a better place, education is the best investment we can make.  

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The BridgeU guide to studying in Australia

Apr 28, 2017 5:35:59 PM

A gap year in Australia is a time-honoured way to experience this amazing country - but why settle for just one year when you could stay for several? As a university student in Oz, undergraduates can enjoy the country’s spectacular landscapes, unmatched beaches, sports mania, excellent cuisine and endless sunshine for much longer and get a world-class education at the same time.

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The changing face of the Higher Education industry

Mar 31, 2017 3:14:47 PM

Higher Education is changing very quickly - but what will it mean for careers advisers in practice?

What does it mean to be ready to leave school? Counsellers and advisers can’t just make sure students have a plan for the next three or four years; they must help students to prepare themselves for the next ten years. To do this, university preparation and careers guidance professionals need the same flexible, fluid approach as the market – and, most importantly, they need to be armed with accurate, real-time information in order to help their students make the types of decisions, today, that will position them for bright futures.

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Where are the universities of the future?

Mar 24, 2017 5:55:40 PM

The world of higher education is currently experiencing vast, swift growth. In 1970, there were just 27 million people in higher education around the globe: but by 2025, there will be as many as 262 million number of students in universities and HE institutions worldwide.

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The real value of international students to the UK

Mar 17, 2017 2:53:19 PM

The benefits of studying abroad for students are well-documented: international experience is high on the list of qualities desired by graduate employers; the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people and become immersed in a new culture doesn't often come along in the years after university; and it opens up a whole world of renowned academic institutions. However, it's easy to fail to consider the benefits from the other side - what about the benefits that international students bring to the country where they're studying?

We're not simply talking about cultural enrichment and diversity, although those are all very real and important benefits of having international students. A new study has shown that international students in the UK generate more than £25 billion for the economy, and significantly support local businesses and jobs across the country.

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How have UK university options changed since 2015?

Mar 8, 2017 8:47:00 AM

There have been plenty of changes at UK universities over the last few years - we've taken a look at some that might affect your students.

The UK higher education landscape is constantly changing, making it more than a little daunting for students and schools to keep up to date with the many options available. Staying informed would mean reading more information and analysing more new data than any one person could possibly manage. So we've pulled together some of the most recent trends that show changes at UK universities - such as which courses are changing and which are staying the same, and changes in grade requirements.

For universities, keeping up with subject trends and peer institutions is always challenging. Often, in order to meet demand, new courses are developed and old ones taken off syllabi. Since August 2015, over 5,400 courses have been added  into British universities. These new courses now make up 16.7% of the total courses available to applicants - and at the same time, just under 5,200 courses were removed. 

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The BridgeU guide to financial aid in the US

Feb 22, 2017 1:10:37 PM

If your students are thinking of applying to study in the US, but anxious about paying the fees, we're here to help. Applying for financial aid in the US is often a fraught process, especially for international students. Whilst applying to US colleges as an international student myself, I was initially unaware that I was even eligible for aid, and didn't realise I would have to fill in financial aid forms that meant asking my parents to verify their assets and convert everything from HKD to USD. This confusing state of affairs means that fewer than 20% of international undergraduate students end up receiving financial aid. International students often rely on personal or family funds, but they might be missing out on all the different types of aid that they could receive. 

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New on BridgeU: Document Sending

Feb 15, 2017 4:26:30 PM

The BridgeU mission is simple. We want to empower schools to provide smarter, better university and careers guidance for their students. But for us, that doesn’t just mean trying to get students into their universities of choice - it’s about looking at the entire process of preparing for university, and thinking about all the ways BridgeU can help.

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Why are UCAS student numbers going down?

Feb 3, 2017 8:30:00 AM

A new report from UCAS suggests that UK university intake will be down in 2017 - but why has this happened, and what does it mean for schools?

Brexit is still being debated in Parliament, and Britain is still a long way from actually being out of the European Union. But declining numbers of students applying to UK universities, as reported by UCAS, suggests that fears over funding for EU students and confusion as to the future of Britain’s place in Europe are already having an effect on higher education.

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