The Avail Counseling team has many years of experience in placing Nigerian students into UK boarding Schools, Colleges and Universities. We specialize in finding the right school and course for students. We have a sound understanding of the British Education System.
Avail team is experienced with student counseling on education in UK, USA, Australia and Malaysia programmes and an excellent track record of preparing and guiding students through the application and visa processes
Our experience spans 6 years, having worked for International Organization with core specialty and competency in Students Recruitments coupled with extensive travels to countries like United Kingdom and United Arab Emirate.
We are adequately equipped to providing useful counsels to students through Seminars, School Visitations and Quality Advertisement in dailies in conjunction with Institution’s Recruitment/Marketing Officer
My name is Bola Agunbiade and I am honest, reliable and polite individual. I love hard work and tenacity, combine that with a sense of humour and a friendly approach and you have me! With over 18 years of experience in acting, customer service, media, public relations, marketing and International education, it gives me great joy and satisfaction to assist students in achieving their dreams and ambitions in studying abroad!
I am the Chief Executive Officer of Avail International Consult Limited (AICL). AICL raises awareness of higher education among students in the national level. We inspire students and once incited, we provide them with required information to guide them with the entire admission and visa application process. We also utilize our international expatriate and students’ network to help aspirants in Nigeria for their career-related and academic problem solving, through collaborative discussion, and social networking.
We believe our country can be uplifted only through proper utilization of its intellectual and skilled manpower. We believe studying abroad not only opens opportunities to international career exposure, better education and state-of-the-art research, but also individual economic and intellectual advancement can work as a catalytic agent for overall improvement for a greater society.
Education and Certifications
I have a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. I have various professional certificates amongst which are Certificate in Strategic Marketing, British Council certificate for education Agents; BPP UK, University of East Anglia, West London College, Cambridge Education Group Agent training certificates to name a few.
Over the last 13 years years I have helped provide independent advice and support to prospective undergraduates and postgraduate students applying for Universities and Colleges in UK, USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. The services I offer include providing careers counseling, independent support for course selection, and providing progressive support for students’ in their transition through the higher education system. I have a comprehensive knowledge of the overseas higher education sector and have a hundreds of contacts in Universities and Colleges there. From 2004 up till 2011, when I started AICL, I worked for International Organizations with core specialty and competency in Students Recruitments like Preparation For Life, Nigeria. I also worked as a Country Representative for West London College, UK. I have worked in conjuction with other international student recruitment agencies across the Continent as a Consultant.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy learning new things and keeping myself busy, picking up new hobbies along the way. I especially love anything to do with the Arts both visual or performing. I love to do creative things. Computer Art is something I would love to damble into.
I love to dance and sing.
Another thing I really love to do is travel. I enjoy visiting exotic places.
I love reading; novels, magazines, blogs, websites, plays, dramas, poetry, I love them all and more....lol! Reading is the best way to relax, and if you are a stressed out person, it can take your mind off many things...try it! I love sports too and sometimes watch an occassional football with my partner.
But I would rather watch basketball and swimming :)
I love to write! Poems, stories, novels even screenplay writing. Especially now with computers in the main stream I can make a web page for the world to see my thoughts...!
I also love photography, all kinds. I love taking photos of people and selfies :)
I am a christian, what else? lol. God has kept His promises to me, and blessed me in so many ways. He’s helped me to grow. I’m not what I ought to be – but I know that I’m not what I was. I know that there’s nobody else like him. Why would I not want to be a Christian? Where else would I go, either now for a relationship with the living God, or in eternity when I have to stand before God and have my life judged by him?
Thank you for your time :)
If you feel that there may be any opportunities to collaborate I would be delighted to hear from you. All of my details are below:
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...