2 février 2019 Genève. Salon des formations internationales.

Ne manquez pas le salon « formations et carrières internationales« 

samedi 2 février 2019 (hotel Kempinski)

Pour obtenir une invitation, cliquez ici:

Vous trouverez sur ce salon:

– Un espace « formations Internationales » ouvert aux étudiants Suisses, français et étrangers de niveau maturité/bac au Master attirés par un cursus international :

– Des établissements Suisses qui proposent des formations dédiées à l’international.

– Des écoles et universités étrangères Européennes, Canadiennes, Américaines et Australiennes qui viennent présenter leurs programmes.

– Un espace « mobilité internationale », avec des organismes spécialisés dans les séjours linguistiques.

– Des offres d’emplois, jobs et de stages à vocation internationale librement consultables.

Informations pratiques

Date: 2 février 2019

Horaires : 10h00 – 17h00

Lieu : Hotel Kempinski, Quai du Mont Blanc, 19, Genève

University of Arts London – Visit to Florimont

My notes from the meeting with Jean Michel Brawand, Recruitment Representative.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with him at mbrawand@universityoftheartslondon.info.

  • 6 x campus
  • Film, graphic design, drama, architecture, fashion marketing, sound, theatre design, graphic design, art theory, journalism
  • Apply thru Foundation – non-portfolio – anything related to the business side.  Majority require portfolio.
  • IELTS 5.5 – foundation.  Language classes available.e full wor
  • EU (including Switzerland) via UCAS.  International via you.
  • Portfolio – in progress
  • PS – why that particular school and what sets them apart – reading, politics, psychology – need to be thinking.  What sets them apart? THE EARLIER THE BETTER.
  • Courses that demand portfolios need to be decided on fast.
  • There are specialized foundations – watch out!
  • Best alumni – fashion design – best in world – Alexander McQueen, John G, Stella M, Jimmy Chung.
  • Acting – Tim Roth, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, Russell Brand (got kicked out).
  • Directors – Mike Lee, Josh Oppenheimer, Steve McQueen
  • Artists – Gilber & George, Lucien Freud
  • Singers – PJ Harvey, MIA, Jarvis Cocker, The Clash – 3 members.  All did Fine Art.
  • 1/4 of student international.  Alumni – good network.  E.g. strong in France.  Ideas for Switzerland.  Lebanon, Jordan – openness.
  • Film, studios, wood workshops, photography students.
  • Students have acces to all 6 campuses.  Fashion library – Oxford Circus – BEST IN UK.
  • Camberwell – close-knit.  Known for fine arts and illustration.  Tradition – working with materials directly – sculpture – NOT DIGITAL
  • Central Saint Martins – risk-taking, provocation, pushing the boundaries.  A real mix in the café.  Tense climate.  Elite.  Fashion design the most competitive in the world to get into.  IF DECIDE LAST YEAR NO CHANCE.  Those who get in – 4-7 years of sketchbook.
  • Every other course – 2 years should be fine.
  • Film – make film.  FASHION CAN’T BE FAKED.
  • Chelsea – most academic – art theory, curation, fine art. Research-based ethos.  Should be reading – McCluhan, Chomsky, Cage, gender studies.  PS – areas other than art – human experience.
  • London College of Communication – the major school.  Photography, film, screen-printing – the full works.  EMPLOYABILITY – everyone is working in the field.  Internship – 2nd year.
  • London College of Fashion – 76 courses offered – only fashion uni in Europe.  All aspects of Fashion – from beginning to end.  Cosmetics, women wear, shoes. Accessories.
  • Wimbledon – Theatre Design & Fine Art.  Immediate employment in West End, Madame Tussaud’s etc. Saatchi’s contemporaries.  15 mins from City – quiet – trees – People who need quiet and head space.  Everyone gets a studio.
  • Accommodation – some central, some not. Do it first year then find a flat together.  BUT CAN STAY AS LONG AS THEY WANT.  Prices.  Hoxton – East London (very artsy – Brick Lane, Hackney)  Expensive.  Tooting, New Cross (Peckham) (gentrification – increasingly arty) – south, cheaper.
  • West London – fashion events.
  • North London – alternative scene – Camden.
  • Squats – the further north you go.  Finsbury Park.  Industrial buildings.  Fine artists – north or south.
  • 200 museums, lots of students.  Great place to create contacts.
  • ALL TEACHERS ARE WORKING ARTISTS – actual cinematographers, fashion people
  • External lectures by industry insiders.
  • CSM – baptism by fire – independence. Essays at end of every term but it’s up to you to pursue your own practice (Fine Art course) cf Film (LCC) – live editing. (sent home if late).  A contact is doing Rihanna’s clothes.

Law Update 2015

  • Getting into Law
  • Law degrees have a strong vocational element + professional bodies have a strong input to the curriculum
  • Law degrees have 2 stages: (1) academic, (2) vocational
    • “Vocational” stage includes practice as either…
      • Solicitor: Legal Practice Course (LPC)
      • Barrister: Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
  • Non-law graduates must take 1 year “Graduate Diploma in Law” before LPC or BPTC
    • So, it IS possible to be a lawyer in the UK without studying law at undergraduate!
    • The “Graduate Diploma in Law” is intensely academic and competitive (12 months)
  • Half of all practicing lawyers in the UK do NOT have an undergraduate law degree
    • Indeed, some employers PREFER this as it demonstrates well-rounded-ness
    • This half of the lawyers in the UK follow the “Graduate Diploma in Law”
  • LLB and BA (Law) degrees are widely recognized internationally
    • Note the difference in years (2/3/4) as some countries won’t recognize shorter ones
  • Separately, the LLM is a post-graduate qualification which does not allow you to study law!
  • Requirements of the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD, i.e. LLB or BA) throughout the UK are currently:
    • Constitutional or Administrative Law
    • Contract Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Equity & Trusts
    • EU Law
    • Land/Property Law
    • Law of Torts
  • Also further requirement of English legal system + legal study skills
  • So, these above 7 courses + 8th requirement take up the entirety of the first 2 yrs of the course EVERYWHERE
  • See photo for the various types of law degrees available
  • Typical Russell Group (RG) offers for law: AAA/A* or 38 IB pts.
    • Some RG uni’s have slightly lighter requirements for intl students (e.g. AAA or 36)
  • Many other UK uni’s offer law with less demanding offers: BBB, 34 pts, or 280 Tariff, etc
  • Personal Statements should include:
    • Motivation (defending views)
    • Confidence (expression)
    • Preparation to participate
    • Do NOT have to be career-intensive
  • Most uni’s get far too many apps as compared to available seats
  • UCAS app is helpful, but most all candidates have great grades, glittering references, sooo…
  • LNAT: used by Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, KCL, UCL, Nottingham, Oxford
  • LNAT must be done online in a test centre
  • Structure of LNAT test:
    • Multiple choice component with 42 questions
    • Essay component with choice of 5 prompts, answered in 40 min
      • Essay is sent to relevant schools
    • Average score is 18/42; at some uni’s 20+ is minimum score with entries
    • Pass mark can move from year to year

Making an application to the Universities of Oxford & Cambridge 2015

UCAS International Advisor’s Conference

June 11-12, 2015


Session 1:

Making an application to the Universities of Oxford & Cambridge

  • These uni’s are separate from the others because the application process is different/earlier
  • Both uni’s are rated top 2 in UK, top 3 in Europe, top 5 in the World
  • Both uni’s have a LONG history of admitting intl students
  • NO broad base (i.e. lib arts) on any course; students MUST be absolutely committed to the programme
  • DON’T apply/come for the:
    • Brand name
    • Location
    • beauty
    • history
    • tv shows & movies
    • employability
  • DO apply/come for the:
    • ACADEMICS (tiny classes)
    • world-class teaching tutorials
    • facilities
    • college structure
  • challenging yet supportive; SUPER individualized
  • intl populations: Oxford – 17%; Cambridge – 19% NO quotas, only academics
  • Medicine: Oxford has 14 places for non-UK/EU students; Cambridge has space for 15
  • At OxBridge, 5 applicants per place, i.e. 20% success rate would be assumed, BUT because more than 50% of intl applicants apply to only 5 courses, admission ratio is actually 12-13%
  • Most popular courses for intl applicants: medicine, law, engineering, economics, PPE
    • Competition for these is keen and can be as much as 16 applicants per seat!
  • Oxford’s Econ & Mgmt course is a pure maths course with a bit more practical application
  • Being an open applicant (for colleges) will NEVER disadvantage your application chances
  • Oxford admissions: more exams-focused, most taken at test center in November
  • Cambridge:
    • extra paperwork (online)
      • UK students: SAQ
      • Intl students: COPA
    • Marked written work from school curricula helps to provide content for interview
  • Interviews:
    • Oxford – December
    • Cambridge – Sept to Dec.
  • Decisions out by end of January to allow for moderation and intercollegiate assignments
  • Admission criteria (with varying importance at each uni):
    • Pre-16 academic achievements
    • Post-16 academic predictions
    • Personal statement (PS)
    • References
    • Interview
    • Written work and/or adm tests
  • PS is used as the starting point for the interview…
    • Use 80% on ACADEMIC interests! “we love geeks”
      • Interest, excitement, engagement
      • Inspiration from current curriculum
      • Evidence of going over & above super-curricular
    • Remaining 20% is for everything else
  • Cambridge: about 16,500 applicants for 3,400 offers for 3,300 final seats
  • Oxford: about 18,000 applicants for 3,500 offers for 3,200 seats
    • Stats by country are available online!
  • Counsellor’s reference:
    • 10% about school, include link to profile
    • 80% on academic achievement including subject-specific commentary
    • final 10% could be final persuasive comments or (as necessary) any mitigating circumstances
  • Oxford tests: benchmark across the board to help as applicant pool is so diverse in terms of qualifications
    • Past papers and mark schemes on the Oxford site
    • Encourage students to do exams under timed conditions
  • Oxford interview: 60% will be interviewed… limited to about 3 per place
  • Cambridge interview: 80% interviewed
  • Generally for both universities: aptitude and suitability is the rationale for the conversation
    • Asking questions the kids don’t know answers to
    • Practice for what you would be doing at the university
    • Not about the “right” answer… it IS about the problem-solving style
      • “Can you do the basics before you do the complicated bits?”
        • i.e. examine the test, consider the evidence, etc
    • Don’t use the prep agencies the universities offer help, better & cheaper!
  • How do advisors guide students to choose between the two universities?
    • COURSE choices: names, specifics, modules
    • In the humanities: similar names, poss different approaches
    • In the social sciences: very different options/names
    • In the Sciences
      • at Cambridge, students study sciences together, specialize as you go along, but starting with generalization (both in sciences as well as in engineering)
      • at Oxford, students study within a specific area from day 1
  • COPA may be changing to limit the redundancies
  • COPA may also have an earlier deadline (compared to Oct. 15) in the future