Past Webinars

Creative US College Applications

Wednesday 18th May 2022
Are you interested in following a creative path at university? Join Martine Gagnon, College Counsellor at UES, for a Q&A session with Olivia Anderson, Associate Director of Admissions at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), and learn more about their creative programmes in everything from the arts to design to writing, as well as their four different campuses.

The session will also explore how students can start preparing a portfolio to support their university applications - whether that be for art, design, photography, music, drama, or anything else creative!

Life after College: what do employers think of US graduates?

Wednesday 30th March 2022
Parents and students are rightly concerned about students' job prospects after attending university, and whether the cost of international education, particularly in the US, is worth it. A common question is, "If I haven't heard of this university, how will my child possibly get a job afterwards?" The prospects, however, for US college graduates are extremely good, with students from Liberal Arts degrees highly sought after at top companies, regardless of whether the college is an Ivy League or similar.

In this webinar, representatives from companies across a range of sectors (Finance, Law, and Engineering) explain what qualities they look for in graduates, and why the name of the university matters far less than you might think.

Testing Strategies - SAT vs ACT and Test Optional

Wednesday 16th February 2022
Standardised testing never gets any easier, and there is now the tricky question of whether to submit scores to test-optional colleges at all. Despite this, more people are testing in the UK than ever.

Jason Smith (Director) and Dan Escott (Academic Director) will discuss what the current testing trends are, how to choose between the SAT and ACT, and how colleges view the scores. They will also delve into when the optimal time to start is, how long to prepare for, and when to stop!

US Applications 2022

Monday 24th January 2022
Jason Smith and Simon Lewis give their predictions for the next round of applications and discuss why students and families might take on external support for their university applications - particularly for American applications. They discuss what made up successful applications this time around, what students and families miss when trying to do it themselves, and why UK schools struggle to provide as much support as they would like.

College Counselling for US Applications

Tuesday 30th November 2021
US admissions have always been holistic and complex, but in the last two years applications have become ultra competitive, with 23% more applications from the UK last year, and a similar increase predicted this year. Admit rates at the most selective colleges are now in the low single-figure percentages.

Jason Smith and Simon Lewis discuss why so many students and families choose external support for their university applications - particularly for American applications. They discuss all the moving parts of a good application, what students and families miss when trying to do it themselves, and why even the best UK schools can't provide as much support as they would like.

Accommodations - Extra Time for the SAT and ACT

Tuesday 9th November 2021
Alys Langdale, Head of International University Guidance at Marlborough College, UK, and Jason Smith, Director of UES, discuss the ins and outs of getting extra time (or other special accommodations) on the SAT and ACT, and why the process seems so difficult.

Marlborough College is an exception in that it hosts the ACT including extra time, which means they see students from across the UK and Europe, whilst sending their SAT students elsewhere. It doesn't have to be this way, and Jason and Alys will talk about what students and their schools can do to smooth the process.

Finance for US Colleges - In Depth

Wednesday 15th September 2021
This session is intended for teachers and IECs as a follow up to the UES Conference session on financial aid this past June, or for teachers/advisors who would like to know more about financing college in the US.

Joan Liu, university advisor at United World College in Singapore, will talk about what to do this term if you are (1) working with a student who NEEDS financial aid, or (2) working with a student who WANTS a scholarship.

US Colleges Panel Event

Wednesday 8th September 2021
Director of UES, Jason Smith, will be kicking off the new term with a live panel event featuring a range of interesting US colleges. They will be talking about:

  • The difference between different types of US colleges
  • Why students should be considering a wide range of colleges they might have never heard of
  • What students can do to improve their chances in this era of hyper-selective admissions
  • Why it's not all about grades and test scores
  • The variability in cost between colleges

Demonstrated Interest: How to show universities that you really want to go there!

Wednesday 9th June 2021
In this webinar Megan Mankerian-Stem of Creighton University, Marylyn Scott of the African Leadership Academy, Sam Wong of Hong Kong Baptist University, and Jason Smith of UES talk about what Demonstrated Interest is and how you can use it to your advantage.

UES Annual Conference

Monday 7th June 2021
Our annual conference aimed at teachers who handle US applications, including Overseas Universities Advisors, Heads of Careers, and Heads of Sixth Form. Attendees have the opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the most knowledgeable professionals in the world of international university applications.

The Lifecycle of a US College Application Webinar

Wednesday 19th May 2021
Lisa Mortini, Assistant Director of Admissions at NYU, is joined by Jason Smith of UES, to discuss what happens after a student hits 'Submit' on their application form. Lisa will explain what colleges look out for in applications, what might raise red flags, where things like test scores come into play at a test-optional college (or test-flexible in the case of NYU), and what is really meant by 'holistic' admissions.

SAT and ACT: How Will Tests Be Seen This Year? - Webinar

Wednesday 12th May 2021
An update on what's happened with the SAT and ACT, and how scores will likely be viewed by colleges this year.

US College Applications Review of the Year and Predictions Webinar

Tuesday 4th May 2021
A look at what happened in the last round of US college applications, including why there were so many more applicants from the UK this year, and why some colleges have suddenly become so much more competitive.

Sports Scholarships 2021

Wednesday 17th February 2021
An update on what's going on with sports scholarships in America this year from Rob Thomas (of Sporting Elite USA) and Jason Smith (of UES Education).

US Application Update Webinar

Wednesday 3rd February 2021
An update on the recent SAT changes, and what's happening this year in the world of US college applications.

Review of the Year 2020

Wednesday 16th December 2020
Jason will be joined by David Hawkins of the University Guys for a review of the year, from the perspective of international university applicants.

Where in the World is Wake Forest? - Facebook Live

Wednesday 4th November 2020
Jason chatted live with Niki McInteer, Associate Dean of International Admissions at Wake Forest University, North Carolina. They answered your questions about US admissions in general, and discussed why Wake Forest has such an excellent reputation nationally and internationally, both academically and in terms of its location. Tune in to learn more!

Tennis and Other Sports Scholarships in the USA

Wednesday 28th October 2020
This week, Jason is chatting live with Sarah Borwell, former British number one ranked tennis player in doubles, and owner of Tennis Smart, a sports consultancy training and advising young tennis players aiming for college in the USA. Sarah and Jason will be discussing what it takes to get a sports scholarship, how students should promote themselves to coaches, and what the situation is at colleges in the USA at the moment.

Graduate Panel Event- Webinar

Thursday 22nd October 2020
Jason Smith, Director of UES, speaks with experts about graduate programmes like the MBA, and about the GMAT and GRE - the entrance tests for such programmes.

Study in Australia or New Zealand! - Facebook Live

Wednesday 21st October 2020
Our Director Jason was joined by Stefan Watts, Director of Study Options, who helps students apply to university down under. Tune in to hear why you should consider it, and what it takes to get into one of the great universities in the antipodes!

Sports at US colleges - Webinar

Wednesday 14th October 2020
A chance to speak with experts on the complex topic of sports and sports scholarships in the USA

US College Q&A Panel Event

Wednesday 7th October 2020
US College Panel with admissions officers from some great universities in America.

The standardised testing landscape - autumn 2020 Webinar

Wednesday 30th September 2020
An update on what's happening with the SAT and ACT with regards to US admissions.

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