College Counseling

Important Information
Dear students and parents,
Some important news for those of you who are considering university in the UK. Today, related to ongoing Brexit talks, the UK Universities Minister made an announcement that impacts all students holding passports from the EU, and other EEA states as well as Swiss nationals. For students seeking to enter higher education in the UK in 2021 and beyond, EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals will now be subject to overseas/international tuition fees. International tuition fees range from program to program, but for non-specialist courses (not including medicine, etc.) are typically approximately 19,000 GBP per year (not including accommodation cost).
At this stage, we are currently unaware how this will officially impact the cost of attendance for Scottish universities, and whether EU nationals will need to be in possession of a student visa in order to pursue studies in the UK. As further details are worked out, I will make you aware. In the meantime, UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) offers guidance here. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have, or to discuss this issue further over Zoom (please do be aware that my response to you may be delayed due to summer holidays).
Here is the statement from the UK Universities Minister in full:
“I am today confirming the eligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals, and their family members, who wish to commence courses in England in the Academic Year starting in August 2021.

Following our decision to leave the EU, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. This change will also apply to Further Education funding for those aged 19+, and funding for apprenticeships. It will not affect students starting courses in academic year 2020/21, nor those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement. EU, other EEA and Swiss students, staff and researchers make an important contribution to our universities.

I want that contribution to continue and am confident – given the world-leading quality of our higher education sector – that it will.”

College Counseling Program

 
“As a community, we empower each student to embrace opportunities, pursue passions and contribute thoughtfully to the world.”   
 
This looks different for every student! College Counseling is meant to help support students in continuing to develop their vision, ambitions, and passions once they graduate from ISL. A well-thought out college counseling program allows students to identify universities that fit their needs and aid them in the next steps of their journey.
 
We believe that thoughtful and advanced planning is essential to choosing a direction for life after ISL.

We teach and advise students to prepare well-written, carefully chosen, and thoughtful applications, and select the direction that fits their own goals and personality best.

We believe that this process should be very rewarding for students as they experience self-examination and independence as they transition into life after ISL.

College and university planning does not have to be mysterious or stressful. Here, you can find up-to-date information about ISL’s College Counseling Program. To find out more, contact our College Counselors Anne Payne via e-mail: apayne@isl.edu.lv

Please use THIS FORM for requesting supporting university application documents such as transcripts, anticipated grades, letters of recommendation, etc. For each university to which a student is applying, one form should be submitted. Please contact the College Counselor if you are uncertain about how best to proceed.

Meet our College Counselor!

As a college counselor, I seek to…

  • teach and advise students to prepare well-written, carefully chosen, and thoughtful applications, and select the direction that fits their own goals and personality best.
  • empower students to incorporate a routing of self-examination and reflection in their lives as they gain independence and transition into life after ISL.
  • demystify the distinguishing characteristics of university systems around the world and support students from the initial identification of universities all the way to choosing their future home.

While some resources are still a work in progress, this website offers valuable resources for members of our community seeking to learn more about best-fit systems worldwide. My door is always open! If you have any questions about how to support your student, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at apayne@isl.edu.lv.

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