U.S. university application & SAT course

10th-14th July 2017 or 21st-25th August 2017.

Are you thinking about applying to an American university but don’t know where to start?  Join us for a week-long course in Oxford where you’ll learn about the entire American university application process and leave with a personalised plan for your application.  Whether you will be making an application in 2017 or a little later, this course will give you a good grounding to make your application process as smooth as possible.

The course is divided into two parts: the application itself and preparation for the SAT I (the Reasoning Test) respectively.  Students are welcome to join us for a full course or for one part of the course only.

The full course includes:

- 16 hours of SAT I tuition;

- 14 hours of U.S. university application support;

- 6 hours of workshops with support available either for SAT I or applications;

- Morning seminars on a variety of topics e.g. the SAT I, SAT II (Subject Tests), U.S. universities and the application process;

- A brainstorming lunch on the first day of the application portion of the course.

Course dates and Fees

MonthU.S. university application and SAT I preparation courseU.S. SAT I preparation course onlyU.S. university application course only

July 2017Dates and timesMonday - Friday, 10th-14th July

9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Monday, 10th July
Wednesday, 12th July
Friday, 14th July
Tuesday, 11th July
Thursday, 13th July
August 2017Dates and timesMonday - Friday, 21st - 25th August

9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Wednesday, 23rd August
Thursday, 24th August
Friday, 25th August
Monday, 21st August
Tuesday, 22nd August

The application: organisation and essays

The application itself can seem intimidating when you first look at it.  It is very different from the UCAS application; the Personal Statement and supplementary essays really are personal rather than subject-centred and are often an exercise in creative writing.  There is also the question of which universities you should consider.  With over 3,000 on offer, making your list can be daunting.  In this portion of the course, you will spend time making a list of suitable universities under the guidance of the course tutor, working on Personal Statements and supplementary essays and creating a personalised timeline of the application for you to use during the academic year.  By the completion of these sessions, you will have an outline (and more probably a first draft) of your Personal Statement, a solid understanding of the most important factors to consider when choosing universities and an action plan for making your application.


The SAT I is the general admissions test required by most universities in the States and can be a major source of anxiety for students already busy with A level or IB studies.  Our SAT I sessions will give you a grounding in the major strategies and techniques for tackling each section of the SAT I.  You will also be able to discuss how to register for the examination, how many times to take it and what other resources you can use when preparing for it.  We will also discuss the SAT II (the specialised subject test required by the most competitive universities): what it is, which subjects generally suit non-U.S. students and when students should consider taking SAT IIs given their school and extra-curricular commitments.


Every student on the course will have access to daily workshops where specialist tutors will be available to answer questions you may have about topics in the SAT I or your Personal Statements or essays.


To register for a course, please contact us by e-mail to: u.s.services@greenes.org.uk.  If you have any questions, or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at the above address or by telephone: 01865 248 308.


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