There can be no doubt that studying overseas can be a really rewarding and exciting experience. It is challenging and requires, of course, rather more preparation than an application made through UCAS. However, many employers worldwide are seeking to attract applicants who have had such experience, especially if they have begun to learn a new foreign language during their studies. Studying abroad will help you build a wide network of contacts, especially if your university is one of the leading “world class” higher education institutions to which the best students from all around the world wish to apply.
Bolton School has an excellent record of supporting students who apply overseas. The staff who lead higher education applications have experience of giving advice, information and guidance about the different admissions procedures and can help too with all aspects of your application from personal statement to filling in forms.
School has been delighted to see students secure places at both Harvard and Yale, two of the most prestigious members of the elite Ivy League group of American universities.
A number of students have combined their studies with the opportunity to develop their sporting talents at American colleges which offer world-class facilities and coaching of international standard.
Paddy Pender was recently offered a place to study at Harvard University in the US. Paddy chose to study at Harvard because of the opportunities it offers, not just academically but also in sport, although he gained his place on academic merit and did not receive a sponsorship as some athletes do.
Paul Drinkwater is currently in the US for golf, while studying Economics in Austin, Texas. He is at the end of his second year of a four year course. Paul has to maintain a high standard in his academic grades to be considered to be part of the golf team. Like many pupils, being in America proved to be an irresistible opportunity for him to study in an environment which would allow him to balance his academic work with sport.
Swimmer Daniel Sliwinski also studied in the US at the University of Indiana, as did Tom Whittaker and Chas Parry, who had football scholarships at the University of Rio Grande Ohio and Purdue University in Indiana respectively. Krishnan Patel headed to Lassen Community College on the West Coast, also for football and Chris Nott went to the University of Arizona for Tennis. Former Girls’ Division student and swimmer Emma Saunders is currently studying at Alabama University and Beth Coton will attend the University of Colorado to study and play tennis.
Another former Bolton School student to take up an opportunity at an American university was six time 24-hour solo World Champion mountain bike racer, Chris Eatough. He went to Clemson University on a football scholarship and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He then moved on to The University of Virginia, where he earned a master's degree in transportation engineering and where he discovered mountain biking and became passionate about the sport.