Boost your chance with Universities in 5 tips

Boost your chance with Universities in 5 tips


Hi everyone, this week’s post is about your HigherEdMe profile.
For the ones among you who haven’t tried our platform yet, you can check our demo tour to discover it here or create your profile right now to be in contact with worldwide higher education institutions (click here).

profile mobile view of HigherEdMe Student AccountTo begin, I will explain briefly how your profile is organized.

You have 8 sections in it, each one with a theme: studies, language, project…
Every section contains between 1 and 5 fields that you can complete, none of which are mandatory, so if you don’t want to add a piece of information, you can skip it!

Now, let’s get in the HigherEdMe profile and my special tips to make it more interesting for recruiters.

Tip 1: Year of birth in the ‘My status’ section

I know, I know, it sounds weird. We are so used to be asked our full date of birth that when the question changes a bit we don’t know how to answer.
There are quite a lot among you who try to add your full date of birth, but we only ask for the year, so don’t bother to add the day and month, the year is all we need!

(Above is  what Schools see if you add more than the year in that field)


‘My studies’ section, what to answer

The following tips are more about what information you can add in the section “my studies”. This section is very valuable for recruiters so I can only advise you to not skip it (even if you can).

  • Your study level is the last you’ve passed if you aren’t a student. And the one you are currently achieving if you’re still studying.
  • Your study Domain is like your study fields, you can be precise here.
  • To finish, your study institution is the name of your current or last University (or School) you attended.

Tip 2: How to look serious in one move!

Easy, use the right denomination for your University name and don’t forget to use uppercase too


Tip 3: Use at its best the “Current occupation” field

Of course, most of you have for main occupation to be a student. But as a student, you can have a part-time job or hobbies or even activities that aren’t just hobbies, like volunteering or student rep. If it’s the case, write it here. And you will be part of the few students that have answered this question with valuable information 😉


Have you filled the motivation text in the ‘project’ section?

Big news, it’s an important opportunity to make a killer profile!!

Try to be clear as possible in it. Don’t need to be too formal, you aren’t applying for a precise university here. But you have to show that you are an asset for the place that will welcome you. and also that you have the will to go through all the barriers that you may encounter in the achievement of your study abroad project.
You can talk about :

  • why you want to go in a specific area or country,
  • what you love in your study field,
  • why you’re choosing it,
  • and what you can bring to the place in which you will study.



Tip 4: What isn’t needed in your motivation text

There are many of you to bring up the lack of quality in higher education in your home countries. Even if it’s the truth, it’s not useful to mention it here. International recruiters are generally well aware of the difference of education level between countries. So no need to tell them what they already know. Try to talk about what you like in your home country instead and how you can share these good things with your future friends in your destination country.

And I have kept the best for the end!!!!

Tip 5: If you share this post I will personally look at your profile and tell you what to do to boost it! (Go on Facebook to share the note)



After following all these pieces of advise, you will need to know how to answer to recruiters. Don’t worry, I have a post for that : answering Schools in a polite and courteous way

Don’t miss any messages from a school or a university, activate the notification by text messages.



    Study in Spain: a step by step guide

    Study in Spain: a step by step guide

    Our CEO is currently in Seville for EAIE 2017, Europe’s largest international higher education conference. It’s an opportunity for HigherEdMe to meet a lot of Schools and Universities. And we hope to have a lot registered on our platform and send you messages to go abroad! So for the occasion, I wrote a post about what to do to study in Spain.

    First step: where to go? the best students cities of Spain.

    If you hear Spain, you may think about its two biggest cities: Madrid and Barcelona. They all have plenty to offer for students but I prefer to talk to you about 3 other Spanish cities where students are welcome too:

    Valencia is on the east coast of Spain, and is the third largest city in the country. If you go to study in Valencia, try to be there in March for the Fallas Festival!


    Granada is located one hour from the Mediterranean sea, and is also at the feet of a mountain (Sierra Nevada). There are even local ski resorts! If you go there, you should visit the Alhambra, a palace and a fortress complex.

    Granada Spain

    Seville is the capital and largest city of Andalusia and the hottest city of western Europe (more than 35° in summer). Flamenco was born in the region too.

    Gold tower Seville Spain

    Step two: how to apply?

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    Here you will have to be cautious. You won’t have a national system that will help to apply for studies in Spain. You will have to check the right information for each university you wish to go to. Surely a good start when you have select one University or two would be to go to the Embassy of Spain in your own country. They will help you certify your High School Diploma and will have accurate information about health insurance and paperwork that you may need later.

    Bonus step: About the Spanish language

    A lot of Spanish universities offer international programs in English, but many students that have done the trip advise to have a basic knowledge of Spanish for a better immersion and communication. And you may need it anyway to successfully pass the step 2 😉

    Step 3: Papers, please!

    Screen shot from Papers please, a game by Lucas Pope

    Screen shot from Papers please, a game by Lucas Pope

    If you’re from the EU (or an EEA country), then you don’t need a VISA. But if your stay is longer than 3 months, you will need to register at the Central Registry Office for Foreigners (Registro Central de Extranjeros). They will ask for a copy of your ID (not your driving license), a copy of your health insurance, a €10,5 fee, and an accreditation for your studies in Spain.

    If you don’t come from the EU, then you will need a type D visa. Requirements will depend on your own country, and chances are you will have to be accepted at a University in Spain to obtain it. You can already start gathering information about the type D visa, and keep in mind that the process to get one might be long (up to three months).

    And once you get there, you will have to register for the NIE. I found an interesting post that explains in detail how to do it. So save that link, you will need it: How to Apply for the Spanish NIE/TIE

    Step 4: Spain and tuition fees

    EU has its advantages when it’s also the case in International Education. You will have the same tuition fees than Spanish students.In public Universities, it’s around US$1,100.
    In Granada, for example, it will be €757 a year (for an Undergraduate Degrees).For non-public Universities or Private Schools, the amount will vary more, between €5,000 to €20,000.
    And for you, who aren’t from an EU country, it will cost a bit more, sorry.

    Step 5: HigherEdMe and Spanish Schools/Universities

    If you are already on our platform, you may receive messages from differents places in Spain. In case you want to see for yourself, I made a list of the different institutions on our platform! 😉

    Looking for another guide? Read our post about French Visas

    Welcome to the University of Central Missouri and its Fighting Mule!!

    Welcome to the University of Central Missouri and its Fighting Mule!!

    Today, HigherEdMe welcomes the University of Central Missouri.


    Interested in a study abroad trip to the USA? Start to learn more about this great university on their website:


    Campus view of UCM

    About the University:

    UCM’s school colors are Cardinal (red) and black; its mascot is Mo the Mule. UCM has several interesting traditions and but a particularly nice one that demonstrates solidarity between students is the Mule Haul.  Mule Haul happens in August at the beginning of the semester. Every year, UCM staff, faculty, and students in higher years volunteer to help first-year students move into their residence halls on move-in day.

    UCM has consistently been named as a Best Regional University by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Ranking and The Princeton Review’s Best 377 Colleges. UCM offers 150 programs of study leading to certificates, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, education specialist degrees as well as a cooperative doctorate. These include 10 pre-professional programs, 27 areas of teacher certification and 37 graduate programs.

    red Fighting Mule University of Central Missouri


    What about international students?

    In its recent history, more than 3,000 international students from approximately 70 countries have called UCM home each year. In addition,  nearly 400 US students study abroad annually.

    In other words, they are ready to welcome you to a unique American environment with a global perspective! I invite you to look at this video that presents their Center for Global Education.


    For students who need ESL support before entering their degree-programs, and for students who want to come to UCM for a short-term English-language program, the English Language Institute (ELI) offers a number of different options. 

    UCM’s Intensive English Program is the first CEA-Accredited four-year institution in the state of Missouri, and students who start in the IEP are well-prepared to continue with their degree programs. 

    Additionally, the ELI offers certificate programs in Aviation English, TOEFL Preparation, Academic-Preparation, and Language & Culture Programs for 2, 3, and 4 weeks throughout the year. The ELI also creates tailor-made programs for individuals and groups. 

    For more information about the English Language Institute, please contact the director, Ms. Valerie Heming, at


    Where is the University? and where’s Missouri?







    Missouri is a state in the United States Midwest Region, sometimes also called the Heartland for its warm-hearted culture and central location in the U.S..   The State shares its name with the ‘Missouri River’ which is the second longest river in North America. “The Smithsonian Bureau of American Ethnology states that Missouri means town of the large canoes. Other authorities say the original native American syllables (from which the word came) mean wooden canoe people, he of the big canoe, or river of the big canoes.” (


    Missouri’s biggest city is Kansas City, 3 hours away from New York by plane. With 92 State Parks and Historic sites, Missouri has a rich history and beautiful wildlife.


    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), a famous Mark Twain novel is based on the town in Missouri where Mark Twain was raised.


    To learn more, have a look at their website! Interested in this opportunity? Fill up their dedicated contact form here to receive more information directly by email.

    Receive more information about UCM

    New! Explore abroad campus with amazing 360° videos

    New! Explore abroad campus with amazing 360° videos

    More and more videos are filmed in 360° or 180°.

    These videos in 180° and 360° formats answer the need for immersive experiences. You can find them on all the Social Network, you can watch Broadway shows, Sports videos or travel at free cost on google street view. In the light of this fact, at HigherEdMe, we thought that maybe you can have one more use of those innovating videos. Why not check your future campus abroad.

    360 degree camera video during the footage - abroad campus videos

    Where will you be studying next year? How will be the Housing? Will be good sports facilities? Is the neighborhood safe?

    When you are going abroad, why not have a real look of your campus without an expensive trip.
    In the near future, you will see before moving abroad a lot of this videos. Each one about places you will go and activities you will have there like how your housing, classrooms, or labs will be or what extra activities they offer. Coupled with alumni or teachers interviews, we think that we can really help you to project your future abroad self.

    Then with this in mind and with a partnership with Le Pôle Léonard de Vinci and Captiv360°, we made this cool video that presents the Pôle Léonard de Vinci. The Pôle Léonard de Vinci is a French school of management located in Paris.


    About The School:

    Ideally situated in the heart of La Défense business district, the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci unites more than 3500 students within its four schools which deliver degrees which are recognized by employers: the Graduate School of Engineering (ESILV), the Management School (EMLV), the Institute of Internet & Multimedia (IIM) and the School of Developers (DEVSCHOOL).The Institute of Executive Education (ILV) and the CFA Léonard de Vinci are also located within the Pole.

    More information on their website:

    In addition, if you wish to study in France, we already have some post that can interest you :

    How we did it:

    Thanks to the team of Captiv360°, all the footage turned in a day. You can see in the video some students of the school that came especially to help too. And special thanks to Pascal Brouaye, the Dean of Pôle Universitaire Léonard De Vinci who agreed to participate.

    Of course, we hope to have more and more videos like that in the future. What do you think about it? Do you enjoy the video, does it give you to know more about the school that it presents? Share your thoughts in the comments!

    By the way, if you are interested in The Pôle Léonard De Vinci, create your profile on HigherEdMe : Create a free account

    Which language is the most popular on HigherEdMe?

    Which language is the most popular on HigherEdMe?

    English Language still in the first place

    I was curious about this specific matter last week, so I have looked at the June stats of our platform and create you a little pie chart about it. Like you can see the top 3 most desired language for your study abroad projects are:
    1. English,
    2. Spanish
    3. French.

    But what this chart doesn’t show is that you are 2% to choose German and 1% Italian.

    Germany is one of the top most wanted destination to study abroad.

    With low tuition fees, a reasonable cost of living, and a central place in Europe, it is only normal to want to study there.

    The four most important cities in Germany by population are:

    1. Berlin
    2. Hamburg
    3. Munich (München)
    4. Cologne (Köln)

    As you can see, you only have to choose in which area of Germany you want to study, you will find a big city to welcome you.


    Reutlingen University is located to the northwest of Munich, in the Baden-Württemberg state. It is Germany’s third largest state in terms of size and population.

    How the University presents itself:

    Reutlingen University is one of Germany’s leading universities, offering international academic programmes with close ties to industry and commerce. On our campus we have around 5800 students spread across five different Schools: Applied Chemistry, Engineering, ESB Business School, Informatics, and Textiles & Design.

    Professors, Visiting Lecturers and administrative and technical staff guide these talented young people along their academic path.

    We offer 43 degree programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, in which we train the top executives of the future. At the same time it is very important to us to support our students’ personal development and to ensure that they become specialists and managers for whom social responsibility is second nature.

    Learn more on their website:

    About the German Language

    I start with some fact from:

    • German is the first language of about 95 million people worldwide and the most widely spoken native language in the European Union
    • The German language consists of about 5.3 million words
    • The first printed book was written in German (The Gutenberg Bible)
    • English and German share 60% of their vocabulary.

    Did you know the last one? Maybe this fact will convince you to take learn some German and maybe to go study in this country!

    So do you speak German? Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
    Tell us why in the comments, or share your experience in Germany!

    English Language Certificates – Conclusion and Comparison chart

    English Language Certificates – Conclusion and Comparison chart

    Choosing between all these tests and certificates

    We hope that all the details we gave you about these certificates and standardized tests helped you understand them better and will help you make a choice. There are so many parameters to take into account before taking your decision. Do I want a real certificate or a standardized test? what level do I need?  TOEIC or IELTS or Cambridge?

    You can find below a chart of comparison between the different tests based on levels.

    If you had to compare the ETS tests to the Cambridge tests  we might add that the Cambridge are better suited if you are planning to join a British school and The ETS ones if you are going to the US. Although it is not definitive. You can indeed study with a TOEFL in the UK and about everywhere. Conversely your IELTS or CAE will be recognized about everywhere. In the end it is just about what certificate or test the school you have set your mind upon will accept.


    TOEFL / IELTS / CECR Levels comparison chart

    English certificates comparison chart

    More certificates and tests we did not mention :

    The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE academic) by  by Pearson Language Tests is an Australian test  to assess non-native English speakers’ readiness to follow university-level studies. It is recognized in the UK, the US and many other countries like France, Spain, China, Italy Malaysia… in prestigious universities like Harvard, Yale, business schools like London business school, HEC and also a number of art and music schools.

    Test scores range from 10 to 90, using the GSE (Global Scale of English) .

    ECL English language test by the  ECL – European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages.

    The ECL provides a standardised test system customised to the languages of the EU member states. The test system is based on the recommendations of the CEFR.

    The ECL language exam can be taken on four levels based on CEFR levels:

    • A2 – Waystage
    • B1 – Threshold
    • B2 – Vantage
    • C1 – Effective Operational Proficiency

    The exam consists of four parts: oral communication, listening, written communication and reading comprehension. The test does not grammar tests and translation tasks.

    The exam can be taken in 15 languages.

    Other european test systems are available in multiple languages like the TELC managed by a German organisation and the DCL run by the French ministry of National Education

    Let’s mention the GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test before we finish. It is a test in English language partially managed by Pearson that can but the test assesses more than just English proficiency.

    Indeed it measures several skills considered essential for students who pursuing admission in a graduate management program, such as an MBA so it assesses certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for that purpose. We have included this one to be complete but this one is borderline. It is a language test but not entirely a language test.

    Talking about completeness, there are more than 50 different English language tests on the market and we did not include every one of them. Chance is you can take one of those we mention near your place because we have tackled the most renowned tests and certificates in the world today. They are recognized for their quality and so you know what you are getting and chances will be greater than your school recognizes it.  Whatever your decision regarding which examination you should take, we have to insist that it is better to contact the school first and read their requirements for admission. They usually list a batch of tests or certificates they accept for admission and we obviously advise you choose one of them. If you think we have missed a major actor on the market or you have in mind one you would like us to mention, please leave a comment below.