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  Education UK e-newsletter
June 2015
 
 
2.6 Seminar: Warwick International Foundation Programme (Warwick IFP) by University of Warwick

8.6 Seminar: How to easily get into university year 1 for current DSE students by EF

26.6 Seminar: Pathways to top UK universities by Kaplan International Colleges
19.7 Exhibition: Education UK Fair for HKDSE and IB students
new Immigration Health Surcharge effective on 6 April 2015
new Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) being issued from 15 April 2015
new New Secure English Language Tests (SELT) providers from 6 April 2015
  UK Visa application centre has moved
 

Online Guide to Study in the UK now available

 

Online publication: Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong 2014-15

   

Tuesday 2 June
19.00 - 20.00
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Seminar: Warwick International Foundation Programme (Warwick IFP) by University of Warwick

Venue:

Room 307, 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries & Registration: Call 2525 4604 or email info@warwick.com.hk
Website: www.warwick.com.hk
Speaker:

Mr Tom Such, Warwick IFP Manager

Warwick IFP is a leading foundation programme developed and monitored by the University of Warwick. It is a nine-month intensive preparatory programme for students intending to study at a top UK university in the areas of Business Studies, Law, Mathematics & Economics, Science & Engineering, or Social Science.

This seminar is suitable for students and parents who are interested in finding out more about the programme. Mr Tom Such, Warwick IFP Manager of the Warwick International Office will introduce the programme structure, the admissions requirements, as well as the application procedure.

By reservation only. To be conducted in English.


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Monday 8 June
19.00 - 20.00
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Seminar: How to easily get into university year 1 for current DSE students by EF

Venue:

Room 309, 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries: Call 2111 2388 or email Joyce Wong at wong.joyce@ef.com
Registration: Please reserve your place online here
Website: www.ef.com.hk/university/
Speaker:

EF Admissions department

All parents want the best university pathway for their children. After the DSE exams, students and parents worried about their results and are starting to think about a backup plan in case they fail to enter local universities. One popular option for DSE students is to enter International year 1 at our school which helps bridge them into year 2 of a Business and Management degree in the UK after studying a year with us. Register to our seminar to learn more about this option for yourself or for your children.

Our school is going to share with you:

  • Last minute University application tips
  • Programme and pathway details for entering International year 1
  • Simple yet effective steps to coach DSE students to success
  • Multiple EF pathways to enter universities

By reservation only. To be conducted in Cantonese.


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Friday 26 June
19.00 - 20.30
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Seminar: Pathways to top UK universities by Kaplan International Colleges

Venue:

Room 309, 3/F British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries & Registration: Call 2777 8771 or email info@aac.hk
Website: www.aac.hk

Kaplan International Colleges partners with 10 of the UK's top universities to provide a pathway for international students to progress into undergraduate and postgraduate degree. On successful completion of our courses to the required level, students are guaranteed entry to a range of degree courses at a partner university including City University, University of Glasgow, University of Birmingham, University of Liverpool and University of York, and so on. The wide range of degree programmes includes Architecture, Art and Design, Business, Criminology, Engineering, Hospitality and Event Management, Law, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Science, etc.

The seminar will provide information on our entry requirements, application procedure, accommodation details, visa matters, sharing by alumni and scholarships.

By reservation only. To be conducted in Cantonese.


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Sunday 19 July
13.00 - 18.00
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Exhibition: Education UK Fair for HKDSE and IB students

Venue:

Concord Room, 8/F, Renaissance Harbour View Hong Kong, Wan Chai

Enquiries: Call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk
Registration: Please reserve your place online here
Website: www.educationuk.org/hongkong/articles/educationukfair2015/

The result of IB Diploma Programme and Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination will be announced on 6 July and 15 July 2015 respectively. To help parents and students make informed decisions for their future after their examinations and obtain the latest information on pathway options in the UK, British Council is organising the Education UK Fair on 19 July 2015. Representatives from UK institutions will be present to answer any questions you may have and provide immediate enrolment opportunities to potential students.


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Immigration Health Surcharge effective on 6 April 2015

The UK government is introducing an immigration health surcharge on 6 April 2015. The health surcharge will be paid by non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who apply to come to the UK to work, study or join family for a period of more than 6 months. It will also be paid by non-EEA nationals who are already in the UK and apply to extend their stay after 6 April 2015.

Customer guidance will be available on www.gov.uk/visas-immigration from 6 April.

Read more:

- HIS factsheet
- HIS Q&A
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Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) being issued from 15 April 2015

Any non-EEA national applying from overseas for permission to stay in the UK for more than six months will be required to apply for a BRP.

BRPs provide a more secure, streamlined and faster method for applicants, businesses and our services, to verify someone's identity and right to be in the UK.

Further information about BRPs for overseas visa applicants: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/biometric-residence-permits-overseas-applicant-and-sponsor-information

Full guidance: https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits

Read more:

- BRP Q&A
- Students Partners Briefing Pack



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New Secure English Language Tests (SELT) providers from 6 April 2015

Two new providers have been selected to deliver approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) and will replace current providers from 6 April 2015. The new providers are:

  • UK only: Trinity College London
  • UK and Rest of World: IELTS SELT Consortia

The current SELT test providers (City and Guilds, Pearson, Cambridge English Language and Trinity College London) will cease testing from the 5 April 2015. Applicants who take the language test on or before 5 April 2015 with the current providers will be able to use their certificates until 5 November 2015.

Applicants should go online SELT pages of GOV.UK from 26 February to find out where their nearest test centre is located.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will continue to choose their own method of testing international students' English language skills (for students undertaking courses at degree level or above) and therefore the SELT changes do not affect these students.

Read more:

- SELT_Tests_Q&A



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UK Visa application centre has moved

From 21 March 2014, VFS Global has moved its operation of the Visa Application Centre (VAC) of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong.

All UK visas, including student visas, are processed at the new VAC located on 15/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. The new VAC will operate extended opening hours from 08.00 to 15.00 (08.00 to 18.00 during the summer peak season).

For details, please visit www.gov.uk/world/hong-kong
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Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong

Online Guide to Study in the UK now available

Students who are investigating options for study in the UK, are already planning their departure to the UK or would just like to understand more about UK education can read the Study in the UK Guide available here. The Guide includes an introduction to the learning and education in the UK, pathways through the UK's education system for prospective students from Hong Kong, advice from current Hong Kong students studying in the UK and practical tips on choosing a course, how to apply, adjusting to life in the UK and what to prepare before you go.

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Online publication: Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong 2014-15

Staying close to friends and family, flexibility, work commitments and career development are all reasons why in Hong Kong might be the right choice for you.

With over 700 UK courses offered in Hong Kong, ranging from postgraduate, undergraduate degree, sub-degree and vocational, there is an offering available for everyone.

The British Council Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong is a convenient reference that includes a course directory, institution profiles, and other useful information such as explaining what studying non-local courses involves, and how to fund your study.

Click here to read the Guide.


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Saturday 6 June
15.00-16.00

 

Seminar: UCAS Application 2016

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Saturday 13 June
15.00-16.00

 

Seminar: Pathways to Professional Degrees

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Tuesday-Wednesday
23-24 June
10.00-18.00

 

Interview with University of the Arts London (Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Wimbledon College of Arts)

Venue:
21/F., 10 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Chamberlain Educational Services Centre
Representative:
Ms Kate Scully from University of the Arts London
Enquiries & reservation:
Please reserve your place online here
Call 3426 8000 or email ualhk@chamberlain-edu.com
   
Wednesday 24 June
15.45-18.00

 

Hong Kong Western Art & Design Creativity Workshop with University of the Arts London (Camberwell, CSM, Chelsea, LCC, LCF, Wimbledon)

Venue:
21/F., 10 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Chamberlain Educational Services Centre
Representative:
Ms Kate Scully from University of the Arts London
Enquiries & reservation:
Please reserve your place online here
Call 3426 8000 or email ualhk@chamberlain-edu.com
   



   
 

Top Tips for your IELTS test

Each month we bring you Top Tips to help you prepare for the IELTS test - your passport to studying overseas. You can find more learning resources at www.britishcouncil.hk/en/exam/ielts, as well as test dates and online registration. Here are this month¡¦s tips:

Reading
Do:
Look carefully at the title of the passage and any subtitles and illustrations it may have. You can get a quick idea of what the passage is about from these.
Don't: Don't go back to the beginning of the passage for each question when you know from the task type that the answers will come in the order of the information in the passage.

Writing
Do: Remember that Writing Task 2 carries more marks, so you need plenty of time to answer it.

Don't: Don't use note form or bullet points.

Listening
Do: Write all your answers as you listen. Remember, you won't hear the recording a second time.
Don't: Don't write more than the maximum number of words or letters allowed for each answer.

Speaking
Do: Practise speaking for two minutes for the long turn in Part 2.
Don't: Don't worry if the examiner stops you in Part 2. It means you have spoken enough, and s/he has to keep to the timing of the test.
 

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