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February 2015
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Don't forget to remind your students to explore the open day events coming-up at Dutch Universities over the coming months. Further information is available on the Dutch Open Days website:
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14 - 16 March 2015
NHTV Breda
For example, the orientation weekend in March at NHTV Breda is a great opportunity for your students to explore what it'd be like to study in the Netherlands ... and NHTV offers transport from the airport, food and accommodation for the whole weekend! 

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Sciences Po Reims campus
Sciences Po Reims campus
Sciences Po Poitiers campus
Sciences Po 
Poitiers campus

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Read about a Vesalius College International Affairs student's intern experience at the Global Governance Institute in Brussels.

Vesalius College students

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International & European Law

Watch THU International & European Law students Laura Luca and Ioana Moraro explain how this degree programme combines both practical and theoretical
approaches to learning.


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Bocconi students on campus

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Welcome to the first newsletter of 2015.  We have already visited around 30 schools since the beginning of the year and interest in international education continues to grow at an encouraging rate.

In this issue of the newsletter we include details of application procedures at international universities as well as a number of degrees that include work experience within them.

We are also delighted to announce the publication of our guide to applying to the best universities in Europe. We are quite often asked to help students apply to universities that, while excellent, may not have anything to offer the monoglot. We hope this guide will give you an idea of what is actually available in English and accessible to British school leavers. You can download the guide here:

A Guide to Applying to The Best Universities in Europe
Please also keep your eyes open for a chance to visit Sciences Po in March. France's leading university in the social sciences now has a range of courses taught in English. Find out more
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Studying Abroad: 
An Alternative To UCAS Choices


Although the UCAS deadline has just passed your students still have the opportunity to apply to universities abroad. There is nothing to stop them from applying to British and international universities at the same time.

The UCAS process is completely separate to applying to international universities so they can choose five British universities, select two offers, and also line up an additional, probably lower, insurance offer from a university abroad.


Find out more about applying to universities overseas and their application deadlines.


Studying in France
Introducing Sciences Po

Sciences Po is France's leading university in the social sciences and the 2014 QS World University Rankings ranked Sciences Po 13th in the world for Politics & International Studies. Since 1872, Sciences Po has educated decision-makers in the public and private sectors.


Sciences Po offers a multidisciplinary, multilingual and outward looking education. In order to provide a comprehensive curriculum, Sciences Po places great emphasis on fundamental academic courses (law, economics, history, political science, and sociology), professional training and extra-curricular activities. 

Following completion of their degree, Sciences Po graduates possess unique profiles, which are highly sought by leading recruiters. 80% of Sciences Po graduates are hired within six months of graduation and 39% start their career abroad.


Sciences Po has six campuses outside Paris, each with a unique cultural identity. Located in Dijon, Menton, Nancy, Poitiers, Reims and Le Havre, they reflect the desire to further increase the diversity of the student body as well as academic programmes and languages. Sciences Po hosts 13,000 students and half are international, coming from 150 countries. 


At the undergraduate level, Sciences Po offers a three-year undergraduate degree that includes a compulsory year abroad at one of their 410 partner universities.

English-taught Sciences Po Undergraduate Programmes

At the undergraduate level, Sciences Po offers a three-year undergraduate degree that includes a compulsory year abroad at one of their 410 partner universities.


Europe - Africa programme

Europe - Asia programme

Europe - North American programme

Central - Eastern European programme

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean programme

Franco - German programme

Europe - Latin America programme


There is no requirement to speak French to enrol in these programmes: students can take intensive French language courses during their studies at Sciences Po, and become multilingual.


Tuition Fees

Students whose tax residence is in the European Economic Area pay fees according to a sliding scale, from €0 to €9,940/year for the undergraduate programmes depending on total declared family income and size of the household.

Find out more about Sciences Po


SciencePoCareers Adviser Event
Monday 2 - Tuesday 3 March 2015, Science Po, France
Sciences Po are hosting a 2-day event at their Paris and Reims campuses for school careers advisers wanting to find out more about their faculties, English-taught programmes and admissions procedures. Sciences Po will cover the costs of lunches, 1 night's accommodation in Paris and train travel to and from Reims.

If you are interested in attending please register your interest by emailing Sciences Po's International Affairs Manager for the UK, Brendan Tighe, no later than Friday 6 February 2015. 
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Unique Work Placements

Getting work experience as part of a degree is more important now than it has ever been. Often employers will say that they prefer to hire graduates with practical experience alongside their more theoretical understanding.

Increasingly universities offer their students the chance to build work experience into their degrees and it some places it is actually compulsory to do this. 

Below are a few examples of where gaining work experience abroad might be a good idea ...


Vesalius students
Vesalius College, Belgium

Vesalius Colege specialise in teaching international affairs and law, a very competitive profession to enter. As part of their studies students have the chance to go out and gain work experience among the many international organisations with a presence in Brussels. So your students could find themselves trying to enter the job market having already worked for the European Union or NATO or the United Nations ...

BA in International Affairs

BA in International and European Law **new for September 2015**


Hague students

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Another example is from The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THU) in the Netherlands.

You couldn't ask for a more inspiring setting to study in than The Hague. The city is an International City of Peace and Justice, home of the International Criminal Court, War Crimes Tribunal, Europol, Permanent Court of Arbitration and The Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Students studying law at THU often find work experience in the ICC for example. We are not aware of any British university that could offer students this opportunity.

LLB in International and European Law 

BA in European Studies 

Hear from UK student Louise Sherfield on her experience of studying Finance and Control at The Hague.
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Universita Bocconi, Milan

And finally, Universita Bocconi's careers services help to arrange 3-6 month internships for their students. Their internship network includes institutions and companies, for example, the UN Secretariat, the European Commission, OECD Paris, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the World Health and Trade Organisations.

BA in International Politics and Government

BSc in International Economics and Management

World Bachelor in Business


We hope you find the information in this newsletter to be interesting and relevant to you and your students. 

If your students are looking for something else, there are plenty of course options and our A Star Future website might be a good place to suggest they start their search.

If you would like more help, please feel free to email us at any time.


Best regards,



Mark Huntington
A Star Future Ltd