AICL IN THE NEWS
December 20, 2012. Bola Agunbiade is an educationist and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Avail International Consults (AICL), a recruitment agency based in Lagos. In this interview with KUNLE AKINRINADE, she explained why many Nigerians are eager to study abroad and how AICL provides free counselling services.
What does your agency do in terms of placements for Nigerians in universities abroad?
What we do at AICL Consults is to assist students and parents who want to send their wards to study abroad. We assist with the United Kingdom, Canada and United States. We also assist those who have very low budget, who can’t afford to pay for these, because to be honest it is quite expensive. We do Europe, Asia for those who have low budgets. You got to have a lot of millions to afford UK, US and Canada.
We assist them with the application processing, getting the admission, and information on choosing their courses because a lot of students come in, but they don’t even know the course they want to study; they have no result or, they are not really sure. So, we don’t just get admission and say: ‘Oh bring your result, we will give you computer science’, We actually look at the results and interview the students to know what they like to do, what they are good in, what they have been doing in their past, the clubs they belong to in their secondary school, were they in the debating and literary society, and all of those things.
Do you select courses and schools for them?
Though we pick courses for them, some of them already know the courses they want to study, for those ones, we just go ahead and pick schools for them. Now in picking schools, we have to be careful; because we have to be sure that it’s a school that fits their budgets. Some schools have high fees, some have medium, some have low, so we have to be sure, is their transportation and cost of living low? It’s not just getting them the admission; we look at the students, look at their parents, what they want and get them the admission.
There are so many other agencies out there, what makes yours stand out?
I emphasise students ‘ingenuity. Right now, universities are very jittery about taking international students who are from Nigeria. There is a high probability that the Canadian embassy or the US embassy will differ. So, we try as much as possible to verify documents.
There are other agencies that are out there for the money; they don’t bother with verification or documentation. They don’t bother to know what the students actually want. But we go the extra mile to make sure this is the subject or the course that the student will excel in; and I often make sure that the documentations are genuine. That is why a Nigerian student with genuine documentation even if it is something we considered not too good here, excel very well abroad. A 2.2 student here may be competing for distinction abroad because the learning environment is not the same, but it all starts from the genuineness of documents and certificates.
What are the basic requirements for prospective students?
Basically for undergraduates, they need five credits including Mathematics and English, for those who are not so good in English language; there is this opportunity to take an English test, International English Testing Exams (IELTS). Those born with extra talent and have done A Level are accepted directly unto the Year 1, so they don’t have to do the one-year foundation. We accept ND as well. They take those ones unto Year 1, or diploma from any recognized institution. For Masters, students must have 2:1 or 2:2. For those with 3rd Class, there is opportunity for them to do pre-masters bridge programmed. This is a requirement that runs across most of the countries. continue reading...
October 27, 2012. Mrs. Bola Agunbiade is the Managing Director of Avail International Consults Ltd. (AICL), an education recruitment agency based in Lagos. AICL has offered free professional educational counselling to students and graduates in the country who intends to further their study abroad in the United Kingdom, United States of America (USA), Canada or Europe.
Agunbiade through AICL has given hope to hundreds of Nigerians youths to actualize their dream of studying in foreign universities of their choice. She has also empowered many youths through professional counseling to be relevant in their chosen career within and outside Nigeria. Agunbiade has also put smiles on the faces of many brilliant students, especially those from poor background through several scholarship opportunities.continue reading...
June 25, 2012. Mrs Bola Agunbiade is the Director of Avail International Consult Limited (AICL), an agency which specialises in international students’ placement. In this interview, she speaks with Chioma Pius about the importance of studying abroad and how to improve the standard of education in Nigeria.
What is the focus of your agency?
The name of the agency is AICL and what we do basically is to help students who are able, willing and has the financial capacity to study abroad. We deal with three major countries, but we are expanding right now because we realised that not all students can go into these countries. We help students into schools in the United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA), and Canada. continue reading...
The Guardian Newspaper
November 10, 2012. Mrs. Bola Agunbiade is the Managing Director, Avail International Consults (AICL), a renowned international education recruitment agency based in Lagos. AICL offers free professional educational counselling for students and graduates in Nigeria who intend to further their education in the UK, USA, Canada or Europe. In her on-going free workshop at the AICL Open House event, Ogba in Ikeja, she aimed at guiding students and parents who want to study abroad on the do and don’t. She spoke with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS and OYINKANSOLA SADIQ-MABEKO on the activities of AICL and other related issues.
FOR some years now, people often tried in different ways and capacity to offer services to mankind. Avail International Consults, an educational consultancy firm under the directorate of Bola Agunbiade, has also taken it upon herself to render such services by helping students and parents who wish to study abroad.continue reading...
July 21, 2011. Sincerity of purpose is important when applying to schools in the United Kingdom (UK), Managing Partner of Avail International Consult Ltd (AICL Education), Mrs Bola Agunbiade, has said.
She said students seeking admission into colleges and universities in the UK need to seek information from genuine recruiting agencies, while such firms also need to ensure that when admitted, the students would do Nigeria proud in their various schools.
In an interview with The Nation at Avail’s Ogba office, Mrs Agunbiade said the stringent immigration requirements of the UK Border Agency leave little room for errors or dishonesty on the part of the potential students. continue reading...
July 21, 2011. Those who think the United Kingdom has made the opportunity of Nigerian students securing study Visa abroad stiff and unattainable can breathe a sigh of relief as the representative of thirty universities and colleges in the UK and five universities in Canada; Mrs. Bola Agunbiade has stated that obtaining study Visa will henceforth be easy if the student has genuine credentials. continue reading...