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Guernsey students explore international study

Guernsey students explore international study

Sunday 18 August 2019

Guernsey students explore international study

With more local students choosing to study abroad, an expert in international education is visiting Guernsey to offer guidance and support for those considering it.

David Hawkins will host an information evening for students and parents next month.

He is an Independent College Counsellor and specialises in supporting students who are applying to elite universities in the USA, UK, Canada and Europe.

"Increasingly, students at schools across the UK and Channel Islands are starting to look more and more at international university options," Mr Hawkins said. "The USA continues to be the big draw, helped by the high rankings of the most well-known universities, a strong research output and the availability of academic and sports scholarships.

However, more UK schools are fining that their students are interested in applications to universities in many other countries, realising that their 'best fit' university might not be in the UK.

David Hawkins

Pictured: David Hawkins. Image from his website:

"I want students and their families to realise that there are other options open to them than just studying at a UK university, and to help them understand how they can prepare and apply for international places. They may decide the UK is the place for them, but I believe passionately that they shouldn't feel anything is unachievable."

Studying internationally brings a number of benefits for some students, including different university systems that can offer more choice for those who want to explore a variety of different subjects. For example, the Liberal Arts and Sciences model of the USA and the European university systems allow students to study a broader curriculum, without having to specify one or two areas of study at the time of application.

Mr Hawkins is visiting the island on 18 September and will hold a talk for Grammar School students in the daytime, before hosting an open information event in the evening. For more information and to attend, parents and students can contact

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