SI-UK has placed thousands of international students into UK universities. Our services ensure that they have the best possible chance of entering their chosen institution and below are some examples of their success:
Melissa Dubé, SI-UK Toronto
LLB - 3 years, City, University of London
- Why did you choose City University London?
Ultimately, I chose City because I wanted to be in London for my studies. This was a personal choice that I let weigh heavily on my decision. Being a mature student and having worked in a law firm for a number of years I was less transfixed on ranking of the school. I saw as people climbed the corporate ladder and noticed their university choice became less relevant as the years went on. I believed being in London would give me access to networking opportunities with top tier law firms that would allow my experience to shine greater than if I was at a top ranked school outside of London and missed out on said opportunities. Additionally, I knew I wanted to be able to explore London frequently and when I looked at the cost of transportation and accommodation, the financial expense of it meant there would be limits on how often I could actually visit London. I did, however, feel very conflicted as there were other universities outside of London that potentially appealed to me more in terms of their education. At the time it didn’t seem logical to base a career choice to attend law school on a personal desire but having lived in a number of other cities around the world I felt strongly that if I didn’t love where I lived, I wouldn’t love the next three years. In hindsight City has worked well for me and I have certainly been able to maximise on networking events and extra-curricular opportunities.
- How have your studies been so far?
My studies have been great. I didn’t have the option to do the LLB in two years which meant my subjects were taught at a decent pace where I could take my time. It also allowed me to focus on a number of extra-curriculars without feeling the impact on my studies. I met people on the two-year program who often said they felt their studies to be crammed and were overwhelmed with the pressure to network and engage in extra curriculars. If time is not an issue, I highly recommend the three-year option. I think at the end of the day you will get more out of your degree and be able to maximise on that in your career.
- Have you joined any clubs or societies?
The extra-curriculars I have participated in are Lawbore, mooting, and volunteering for Big Voice London. Lawbore is a legal hub for students in the UK run by City. I volunteered as a blogger and as a result I’ve been put forward to attend a number of events and interview the guest speakers. Mooting is a fantastic opportunity to practice your advocacy. City is well known for producing strong advocates and their internal mooting competition is overseen by alumni who have achieved great feats. It can be a bit daunting as a first year, but luckily everyone is really supportive and provides lots of feedback if you put yourself out there and ask questions. Finally, Big Voice London is a charity supported by the UK Supreme Court. I chose an opportunity to moot alongside high school students and act as their mentor. This required a fair bit of time commitment but was great for meeting other mentors (some who were working as young barristers). I had a number of friends engage in various societies and run for student union positions in their first year. This has been beneficial for meeting internal staff and students as well as developing other strengths that could be useful after completing your degree.
- What’s next for you?
I’m still unsure whether I would like to practice in Canada or in the UK. I’m keeping both doors open but I will probably have to decide in the next year or so. A lot of my Canadian friends would like to qualify in the UK and work here for a number of years. I’m trying to keep as many doors open as possible for the time being.
- What advice would you give someone who is considering studying in the UK?
My first point of advice would be to do your research; check the courses each university offers (do they offer Canadian/American modules), reach out to students at the university and ask them about their experience, look at options to study abroad for a term. Secondly, be realistic about what is important to you; on campus vs off campus, social events, library space, etc. Most importantly though, do not overthink it. By that I mean take your time and weigh things realistically but look at the bigger picture; studying abroad is a great chance to learn more about yourself and what’s important to you. Additionally, regardless of which university you study at, if you put the time and effort in you will excel. Employers will recognise your efforts to move to a new country and this will be a great experience to talk about during the recruitment process.
- How did SI-UK support you with your application?
I had toyed with the idea of studying in London, but I dismissed it because it felt all too complicated. I went to SI-UK two weeks before the deadline to apply for a September start having done zero research on universities or what programs were available to me. All I knew was that Oxford was supposed to be a good law school and it was somewhere in the UK (excuse my naïveté). SI-UK sat down with me and my father and at first, we discussed my high school marks and my relevant work experience to determine which universities I would likely be accepted to – Oxford was not one of them! They asked me what was important to me (location) and what I wasn’t concerned about (ranking and living on campus). They told me the application process and what they were going to do to help me through, then provided me with about ten universities and asked me to do some research to narrow down my options. They also helped me with my personal statement and cross checked my entire application. SI-UK instilled confidence in the process and sure enough helped me select the most appropriate university for me. Though the application may seem straight forward enough, I don’t believe I would have found the university right for me if it weren’t for them.
Sydney Scammell, SI-UK Toronto
Law, University of York
My experience with SI-UK has been incredibly rewarding. When I contacted the agency with inquiries about applying to law school my counsellor, Fareeda Chand told me that the deadline to apply was in 4 days. As you could imagine I was a little worried about getting my application in on time, I didn’t even think it would be possible. Nevertheless, Fareeda assured me that we would be able to submit on time so we started the process straight away. My counsellor worked long hours to help improve my personal statement and answer any questions I had. Without her help, I don’t think I would have received offers from all 5 universities I applied to.
These were all highly ranked schools recommended to me by Fareeda. It was a difficult choice, but when it came time I chose the University of York and I have never been happier. I would most definitely recommend SI- UK to other students looking to study in the UK, they are an admirable agency willing to do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true.