University Counselling and advice service: "World’s TOP universities"

Haileybury Almaty offers a wide range of support for applying to universities in the UK, USA and Canada.

"Together we have the experience, knowledge and contacts to help you apply for and receive offers from many of the world's best universities in sciences, business, medicine and Pre Med, law and Pre Law, and most other majors. We also help to find universities that provide generous scholarships and bursaries for students who need financial assistance." - says Mr. Stockermans.

Haileybury Almaty has partnered with the university consulting service "World’s TOP universities" which supports pupils to gain entry to the world’s most competitive universities including Ivy League in the USA, and Oxford, Cambridge, and Russell Group universities in the UK.

Pupils who are applying to universities in any country have access to specialised advice and counselling so that they make the best possible choices. Haileybury Almaty  ensures that every student has the opportunity to take advantage of all the support they need when it comes to testing, essay writing, financial aid applications and interviews which also includes support for specialised university entrance examinations (for example to Oxford and Cambridge).

All of our pupils at Haileybury Almaty have the opportunity to develop both socially and intellectually through a variety of activities overseen by our highly  qualified and dedicated staff.

These include:

  • Model United Nations and the Debate Team
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
  • Athletic competitions with other top schools in Central Asia
  • Career guidance and life skills training
  • Peer mentoring and community service
  • Student government and opportunities to develop leadership skills through the House System

Who we are


"World’s TOP universities"

Directors Steve Stockermans and Ana Munoz Lopera are expert university admissions advisors for USA, Canada, Europe and Asia and have 15 years experience advising in high schools and universities in Canada, Japan, Spain, and the Middle East.

Successfully placed students at:
- US colleges: MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, UC Berkeley, NYU, Duke, Chicago…
- UK universities: Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, LSE, Imperial, Queen Mary, Manchester…
- European universities: Erasmus, Groningen, Amsterdam, Science Po, Vienna Economics, Geneva, Carlos III, ESADE, IE, Bocconi...
- Asian universities: (Japan) ICU, Keio, Waseda, Sophia. (Korea) KAIST, (Hong Kong) HKUST, HK Poli, (Singapore) NUS/Yale, Nanyan Tech, (Australia): Monash, Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, SP Jain...
- Canadian universities: Toronto, McGill, UBC, Waterloo, Queens, Dalhousie..

"World’s TOP universities"

What we offer

  • Regular interviews and consultations to make a plan and keep you to it
  • Extra curricular activities:  Planning and execution of a great story
  • Essay writing: Help with the draft and final copy of your various essays
  • Scholarship search and application process
  • Mentoring, Job Shadowing and Internships. Assistance to find suitable role models
  • Summer programs: SAT Boot Camp, Leadership, academic subjects.

Our holistic approach provides support across all areas of the North American and UK university application process. Our services are based on our belief that every pupil deserves individualised support in every aspect of their application(s) — from university selection strategy, test preparation and personal statement/essay support, to co-curricular mentoring and interview practice.

Our counsellors and mentors have the most compelling academic and co-curricular resumes:

US and International University Admissions Counsellor

Mr. Steve Stockermans, Director

Trinity College, University of Toronto (BA International Relations)
Universidad de Comillas, Madrid (MA Political Science)
University College London M.Ed in Educational Leadership
Canadian, with 3 degrees from 3 countries.
Worked in Undergraduate Admissions at University of Toronto
Teaching licences for Spain, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, Canada
IB Leadership qualification (UCL)
Worked in Shinshu University (Japan)
High schools in Canada, Spain and Saudi Arabia. (Senior School vice principal, English, History, Career Counselling)
Specialist consultant with elite college admissions agencies in New York and Washington for students from the Middle East aiming for Ivy League and high level North American universities
Mr. Steve Stockermans, Director

Congratulation to our 2023 graduates who are now going to study in top global universities

"The fact that I received an offer from Yale University was and is the merit of my Haileybury education.  My teachers supported me in my choice and provided excellent guidance, which is so important when applying abroad. In addition, representatives of the school helped us edit our essays, fill out applications for universities. I think this combination of factors led me to my dream - to eventually become a student at one of the world's best universities" - Gaukhar says.

US and International University Admissions Counsellor

Ms. Ana Isabel Munoz Lopera, Director

University of Zaragoza, BA in English Philology; University College London, Masters in Educational Leadership, University of Salamanca, BA Primary Education
Ana is Spanish-Canadian, with Masters degrees from the University of Zaragoza (English Philology) and from the University College London (M. Educational Leadership, IB). She attended University of Toronto for her Canadian teaching degree. She was a director of the Erasmus International Exchanges in Europe, sending high school students to different high schools and universities around Europe and the world. She worked in a Japanese university, as a specialist in the Middle East for government scholarship agencies and is a consultant with elite university agencies in New York and Washington for admission to North American, UK, European and Asian universities.
Ms. Ana Isabel Munoz Lopera, Director

Congratulation to our 2022 graduates who are now going to study in top global universities

Andrew Choi was admitted to world renowned Imperial College in the UK but decided to take a year off to aim for his dream university. This year Andrew received an offer from Cambridge University.
"The interview with representatives of the university turned out to be the most exciting thing for me. Without the preparation that the Haileybury Almaty university counsellors gave me, I don't know how I would have coped." - Andrew says. 
UK University Admissions

Janice Williams, Head of UK University Admissions

Liverpool John Moores University, The Open University. Edge Hill University, BSc in Biomedical Science. MSc Science with Distinction, PGCE Secondary Science
Ms Williams leads the university application committee and heads up a team of cousellors to ensure that the students are on track with their applications. She leads on UK universities applications and is responsible for UCAS process.
Janice Williams, Head of UK University Admissions
"I came to Haileybury Almaty as an A-Level Scholarship pupil. Throughout those 2 years, my teachers and university counsellors helped me to improve my English and also helped me to choose wisely which university I should apply to.  The most helpful aspect of the process was assistance with my personal statement, and I'm really thankful to Mr. Pandya for his help." - Alibek Sembayev was admitted to the University of Manchester, UK Russell Group university.

How do we do it

Personal Interviews
  1. Personal Interviews with the student and their parents starting in their Junior year and with regular follow up sessions.  What are their goals? Find the best mix of universities and majors for their aspirations and applications: 
    1. Reach. The ambitious schools where acceptance is possible but not guaranteed. 
    2. Target. A higher probability of acceptance, but still need hard work to get there.
    3. Safety schools. A net of schools and Foundation Year programs that are almost assured just in case. 
How to make a student STAND OUT
  1. What’s the Plan?   How to make a student STAND OUT
  2. Page 1. Is the English test (TOEFL or IELTS) ready?   IELTS target 7.5, TOEFL target 100. 
    1. Additional tutoring for students who need extra help.
    2. In school Mock Tests of the TOEFL and IELTS tests.
  3. Page 2.  School academic success. Help choose the right courses in high school, and follow up that the grades are where they need to be. The A Level is highly recognized internationally and a good grade in these courses will bring you far.
    1. Follow up with the student’s teachers to assure that they can get the best possible results 
Extra Academic Success Stories
  1. Page 3. Extra Academic Success Stories
  2. Getting the SAT right for US and other international schools. 
    1. Mock SAT tests in school
    2. SAT study Club
  3. AP exams for US focussed students. How to prepare for this test
    1. For students who are looking for a specialist major (medicine, sciences) these external exams are available and add value to a US application.
  4. Olympiad competitions in Maths and CS are also highly coveted awards for some universities such as MIT.
    1. Provide support with extra Olympiad competition experience
  5. Research papers, published articles, Science Fairs, extra language certifications…. Anything else that will make your academic credentials even better.
    1. Provide in School opportunities to lead on new clubs and activities
    2. Provide advice for applications and networking opportunities

Summer courses in the colleges of your interest. Want to go to Yale? Take a Yale Summer course, get credits and get recognized.

High level colleges want to know if you will FIT
    1. Page 4. Extra Curriculars and the Personal Essay. High level colleges want to know if you will FIT.
      1. A list, not long but deep, of activities that you do beyond the school.
      2. These should show 
        1. INITIATIVE.  Not just follow someone else’s path, but make your own.
        2. LEADERSHIP/ORGANIZATION. Can you show that you have made your organization better and that it will last longer than you do?
  • Ask not what your university can do for you – ask what you can do for your community 


University application tips:
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