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Choosing your university

How to select the right universities:

Students often receive insufficient advice from their school counselors who have too many students to manage. Additionally, they often have good familiarity with one system, but not so often two or more.

Choosing a university is so much more than rankings (which factor in school endowment, graduate programs, and other metrics which are not always relevant to prospective undergraduates). We find students who are the most satisfied with their university experience are ones who have done thorough examination of their preferred course of study and researched programs within different universities to understand the strengths and emphases of different programs. And to do this effectively, you must first do a thorough examination of YOURSELF.

ITS offers a 10-hour pre-university admissions course, with experts from coaching and both university systems, to help students better understand themselves and academic philosophies of different countries and the universities within. Our support is available to both our own full-time students and those taking their main schooling elsewhere. A standard package may look like this:

  • 2 hours with a qualified personal coach to thoroughly review personal strengths, weaknesses and goals
  • 4 hours with US oriented counsellors
  • 4 hours with UK oriented counsellors

We appreciate that not everyone wants to look at only the UK and US and we can also help support thoughts about university in Hong Kong, China, Canada, Australia and others.

See what our students say

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Thomas Richards

Dr. Richards
Ph.D. English Stanford
ex-Harvard Professor of English
ex-Harvard Admissions Committee member

Michael Li

Mr. Michael Li
(B.A.) Mathematics and Economics
IB Examiner (Math)
ITS Director of US Admissions

Danny Harrington

Danny Harrington
M.A. (Oxford)
DipHE (London)
CELTA (RSA/Cambridge)
ITS Education Founder

David Russel

David Russell
ICF Certified Coach


UK destinations:

You have to apply through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). ITS is a fully registered UCAS centre (#S45903) and provides full university application support for anyone who asks, be they ITS students or not. 

UCAS application support includes:

  • course choice and selection strategy
  • personal statement writing
  • writing of the reference
  • submission of the application (including the application fee)
  • monitoring of the application
  • subsequent advice regarding offer

Some courses require entrance exams. We are an official test centre (HK109) for Cambridge Admissions Testing and provide teaching, exam prep, enrolment and invigilation of these tests (including BMAT, STEP, TSA Oxford and many more). More information about ITS UCAS support and UK university entrance exams.

We are also experts in applying to Oxbridge

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US destinations:

There are hundreds of universities that can provide students with a bachelor’s degree to serve them for all future pathways: graduate school, professional schools, or entering the workforce. The variety of universities in the US means that students are not looking at aggregate Top University Lists, like those produced by USNews. Students need to consider all of the below as they decide where to apply and how to tailor applications:

  • Student Passions
  • Academic Profile (Strengths and Weaknesses)
  • School and Community Engagement
  • Choice of Major(s) and Minor(s)
  • Geographic and Cultural Preferences
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • And much more…

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English proficiency tests

Universities in countries where English is the/a 'first' language often require proof of English language ability from students originating other countries. This is both an academic and an immigration/visa requirement. You need to check what tests you may need based on:

  • where you want to study
  • the subject you wish to study
  • your passport
  • your country of birth
  • your current country of study
  • the academic qualifications you hold

ITS has courses and 1-to-1 tuition for globally recognized English proficiency exams IELTS and PTE. Or we can tutor you for another test you prefer.

For more information please call +852 2116 3916 or drop us an email at info@itseducation.asia.

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