International University Advice Service

For students applying to a university outside the UK

The International University Advice Service is designed to help students who wish to apply to a university outside of the UK.

For students wishing to apply to a University in the UK, please visit our UK Universities Advice Service page.

The global admissions process has grown increasingly complex and there are significant differences in the requirements between countries. In order to reduce stress, and avoid wasting time and money, it is important for families to have a clear understanding of what will be required of applicants from the outset.

Many homeschoolers welcome advice on a variety of questions as they consider international university options:

  • What subjects should I take at A level?
  • What co curricular and extra curricular activities should I be considering?
  • What are the application requirements of different countries?
  • When should I start the application process?
  • What forms will I need to complete?
  • What should I write in my application essays, personal statement and/or CV?
  • How can I apply for scholarships and financial aid?
  • Do I need to take SAT, ACT and English Language tests?
  • How can I best present my homeschooling experience to institutions?

Our International University Advice Service will guide you every step of the way: from A level choices, constructing a University shortlist, through to completing the wide range of application forms you may need to complete.

Please note that the University Advice Service is only available to students enrolled with Wolsey Hall, or as part of our ongoing Admissions process.

Wolsey Hall wall of fame of past students

We are very proud of our past students and have created a Wall of Fame page that celebrates their progress to a wide range of top Universities both in the UK and overseas.

International University Advisor Sarah WIlson

International Universities Advisor – Sarah Wilson

Our International University Advisor, Sarah Wilson has fifteen years experience in international education and can guide students through the process of applying to highly regarded universities in countries including: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, the Netherlands, Japan, Singapore and Germany.

Our international higher education support services

our UK University advice helps many students looking for university places

Explore (for IGCSE & A level students)

The initial consultation is a wide-ranging assessment of your aims, strengths, and background to help you decide on your best choice of IGCSE and/or A level subjects. Your choice of subjects should be carefully considered, particularly if you have a particular career or degree course that you aspire to. The University Advisor is also able to provide resources and help you explore different career paths if you are still uncertain which direction might be a good fit. This initial consultation will help you move forward in your studies with a clear goal in mind and it will ensure that you, your family and Wolsey Hall staff are able to work together effectively to realise your academic ambitions. The fee is £75.

Teenager receiving university advice over the phone

Follow up consultation

During this consultation – which is usually held at the end of your first A level year – we consider the merits of various institutions and courses with a view to narrowing down your University choices. We will discuss a variety of strategies, including travel plans, visits to open days, work experience and further reading. The objective is to ensure you make the strongest possible University application. The fee is 30 minutes: £35, 45 minutes: £45, 60 minutes: £55.

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All inclusive (including references)

Our Advisor provides comprehensive, step-by-step support to finalise your University application and ensure it presents you to best advantage. He will provide detailed guidance on how to frame and write your personal statement. The objective is to present a clear picture of your aptitudes, qualifications and experience in your University application. The fee is £325.

University advice reference service

International Basic Reference

This option provides a basic reference that can be used for international university applications and other institutional requests. The reference will contain contextual information about the nature of the learning programmes and tutor contact at Wolsey Hall, and contributions from up to three subject Tutors. Students selecting this option will receive no additional individual guidance with their applications. The fee is: International reference with one Tutor reference £45, with two Tutor references £65, with three Tutor references £85.

University advice transcription service

Transcript Service

This option provides an academic transcript that can be used for university applications and other institutional requests. The transcript will contain contextual information about the nature of the learning programmes and tutor contact at Wolsey Hall, the student’s personal details, enrollment and course completion dates, a record of courses taken at each level, and average assignment percentages. Predicted grades, external examination results, and other required data can also be added upon request. The fee is: £60

YouScience Career Aptitude Account

We also offer two services (Explore PLUS and All-Inclusive PLUS) which include a YouScience Career Aptitude Account.

YouScience is a career exploration platform for secondary-age students. What makes YouScience different from other career exploration tools is that the career matches are based on your APTITUDES (your natural talents), and not just on an interest survey alone. This allows you to explore careers that you’ve never thought of before; and ones you might not have known suited your talents.

Once you have created a YouScience account, you will be able to proceed to complete 11 “brain games” which measure your natural aptitudes, work approach, and interests. The brain games take 90 minutes to complete but can be done over several sessions. After all 11 brain games are completed, your results will be ready in your YouScience account.

You will have access to your YouScience accounts for ten years, to ensure that you can take those results and use them not only in high school, but for years afterward as well For further details on the services including a YouScience account, please see below.

students around the world use our University Advice Service

Explore PLUS

After an initial 15-minute introductory meeting, you create your YouScience account (see above) and proceed to complete the 11 “brain games”. Once you have your YouScience results, you then book a 45-minute consultation with our University Advisor to discuss the results and how these might inform IGCSE, A Level and university course choices. You will move forward with a clear plan to achieve your academic and career goals. The fee is: £140

students around the world use our University Advice Service

All-Inclusive PLUS

After an initial 15-minute introductory meeting, you create your YouScience account (see above) and proceed to complete the 11 “brain games”. You then book an initial consultation with our University Advisor to discuss your YouScience results and how these might inform the university planning and application process. Our University Advisor will then provide comprehensive, step-by-step guidance on all aspects of the admission process for your countries of choice. All references and documentation are included. This package is valid for one full application cycle. Communication takes place via Zoom or email according to your preferences. Each All-Inclusive package is individualised according to your requirements and our University Advisor works with families to ensure that they feel supported throughout the entire process. The fee is: £465

I’ve done it, I’ve gotten in to university, and Edinburgh University, no less! Thank you so very much for your help in preparing my application. I really and truly could not have done this without you, and I wanted to let you know that all your work to help me has borne university-shaped fruit. I am extremely excited, and VERY busy getting ready as I move very soon. Thank you!Joel Roderick helped Annelise with her application to Edinburgh University.
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Annelise O’Connell, Homeschooling Student


Thank you so much for your help with James’ application. He has an unconditional offer to do Computer Science at Kings College London which I think is our first choice, and other offers. All the best at what must be a challenging and hectic time.
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Rona – Mother of James