Truly global advising, not just the USA

Earlier this week I was on tenterhooks. Not for the latest news on the US admissions scandal, but I was expecting news on whether one student had been made an offer from her top choice university. This was not an option in the UK, or Europe, or North America, but instead a world-class institution located in Tokyo, Japan.

When I tell students that I advise on global university options, I really do mean global. For a number of reasons this student’s criteria were very narrow, meaning that we rapidly got down to a very small shortlist of universities that matched her and her family’s needs. Two of these were in Europe but the third suggestion I made led to silence at the end of the video call.

“Japan? In English? We’d never even thought of that.”

Over 50 Japanese universities offer at least one degree taught in English, and some universities there are offering many more. From Waseda to Keio to Temple to Doshisha and many more, there is something for everyone who wants to experience Japanese cultural while getting their degree.

This particular student will embark on a truly life-changing experience when she starts university this autumn, something I’m delighted to have assisted with. It’s at times like this that I really do love my job.

David Hawkins