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COVID-19 Effects: Online Interviews at the University of Oxford

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Oxford has decided that it will not be conducting in-person admissions interviews this December. To keep up-to-date about the online interviews, click here.

Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program

Students who have completed the 10th or 11th grade by the start of summer classes can be part of UC Berkeley's excellence this summer. From the convenience of home, you can enrol in countless courses, offered virtually in real time or self-paced. Spanning six sessions, starting from May, study humanities, social sciences, ESL, STEM, and much more and earn college credit. For more information, click here.

Meet Admissions Officers from 7 Leading US Universities

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of questions about the upcoming application cycle. Join this webinar with admissions officers from the Universities of Cincinnati, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee Knoxville, along with Miami and Ohio University where they will talk about the value of a US degree, the UG application process and more. To register, click here.

Ashoka University’s Young Scholars Programme

Ashoka University's unique Young Scholars Programme introduces high school students to a liberal arts and sciences education. Students can choose between a five or 10 day programme where they are exposed to different disciplines through academic work, writing and multi-media learning from the comfort of their home! For more information, click here.

Inspirit AI’s Live Online AI Summer Program

Inspirit AI's AI Scholars Live Online is a 10-session, pre-college Artificial Intelligence education programme developed and taught by a team of graduate students from Stanford University. The program is delivered online through live video classes in small groups and is offered on weekends or weekdays to students of all levels with multiple options of dates and time slots. For more information, click here

Speech and Debate India Summer Online Plans

Speech and Debate India is going virtual with interactive lectures and a debating programme. Join 200+ students in grades 3-12 across India for a two week intensive debate tracks held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in April, May, June and July.  For more information, click here.


Talerang Reality Bytes Online Program 

Given the current coronavirus pandemic, Talerang is offering high school students the opportunity to learn 21st century skills online, work on a live project with an organisation, present findings to its senior leadership and enjoy lifelong career mentorship! Training dates start from 8 - 14 April, 2020. For more information, click here.

TribesforGOOD Virtual Programmes

TribesforGOOD is offering two intensive online programmes this summer. The Young Changemaker programme is a mix of online group classes and one–on–one sessions for grades 9-11 in April and May. The Summer Program: Global Challenges and Social Justice 2020 is for students aged 13-17 and is based on their goals and interests in the social impact space with sessions in May and June. For more information, click here.

COVID-19 Effects: The GMAT Online Exam

Due to the shut down of GMAT test centres around the world, the GMAT test has gone online. View this recording of a webinar about the Online GMAT. The GMAC also has an online whiteboard practice tool to help you become familiar with the features before your exam so that you can perform your best on test day!

COVID-19 Effects: Why 2020 is the Craziest MBA Admissions Cycle

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused havoc across the world. In response to this, many colleges and universities have amended their application requirements for prospective applicants this cycle. Read this article to find out why this MBA admissions cycle is the craziest one yet!


COVID-19 Effects: MBA On-Campus Start In The Fall?

Recently, the Dean of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University spoke about why he feels that come fall, instruction will return to the physical classroom and the campus. Read his thoughts here.


COVID-Effects: Fuqua School of Business MBA Updates

In response to COVID-19, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has shifted the start date for its Daytime MBA programme to August 31. It has also added another round, Round 4, for applicants. For more information, click here.

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?