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How to get into a top university in the United States, the United Kingdom, or Europe: all the secrets to success

The best universities in the world are coming to Upgrade University Summit! Watch on-demand recordings of 2 days packed with masterclasses held by admission experts and Harvard, Cambridge, or Oxford alumni.

University of Cambridge

Bocconi University

John Hopkins University

Jacobs Bremen University

Abu Dhabi

Warwick University


Trinity College

Do you want to know how to get into Cambridge, NYU, Sciences Po or another top university?

This is your free ticket to the best educational event of the year! We are proud to bring together some of the most prestigious universities in the world and teach masterclasses on nailing your application.



The event was held on the 2nd and 3rd of April, 2022


Top Universities

Find the right fit for you in one of the universities gathered here



Interact with our speakers and get answers to your burnings questions about university admissions


Always a standout among Italian schools for its international outlook, Bocconi offers a range of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs taught in English by an international faculty. Bocconi aims to provide selected students - from Italy, Europe and the rest of the world - with a truly international education that leads to professional growth and superior access to the job market.



Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins University is a liberal arts university located in Baltimore, Maryland that promotes an interdisciplinary educational experience based on exploration and discovery. Johns Hopkins is the oldest research university in the United States, but it keeps an ever-expanding approach with more than 24,000 full- and part-time students throughout nine academic divisions.


United States

Jacobs Bremen University

Jacobs University is a private, research-oriented, state-accredited university with a broad portfolio of undergraduate study programs from the natural and social sciences, engineering, and economics. It is ranked as the #1 private and #1 international university in Germany, characterized by a truly intercultural community.



Sciences Po

Sciences Po is an international research university, both selective and open to the world, ranking among the finest institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Students gain admission to Sciences Po after passing the Baccalauréat (or a foreign equivalent) or having completed an undergraduate or graduate programme.



University of Cambridge

Consistently rated at the top of international rankings, Cambridge is one of the world’s leading research universities, offering a challenging, flexible, and individual learning experience for its students. Home to over 23,000 students from more than 140 countries, we offer undergraduate degree courses in the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering.


United Kingdom

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, is Ireland's oldest university and one of the world’s most prestigious universities, with a global reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and innovation - ranked No. 1 in Ireland, the most international university in Europe, and in the top 1% of universities worldwide.



Warwick University

Warwick is one of the UK's leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry. We're a world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. Our lively and modern campus in Coventry is a central location in the UK, attracting applicants from all over the world to join our diverse university community.


United Kingdom

NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first highly selective liberal arts and science college in the Middle East that is integrated into a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi offers generous financial support for its large international student population.


United Arab Emirates

Day 1


Are you thinking of studying in the US or the UK? Learn everything there is to know about the admissions processes of top universities. Then, see which country suits your needs best and start on the journey of becoming the perfect applicant for your dream unis!

  • UK vs US universities: What should you choose

    + Hour:
    + Speaker: Tinu Bosiceanu
    + Speaker Title: Upgrade Education CEO
    + Duration: 30 minutes
    + Do you know what differentiates the academic structure of UK universities from that of US colleges? Join the masterclass hosted by Tinu who went through both application processes and got accepted at Cambridge and Harvard to name a few, and figure out which country suits you best!
  • Warwick University

    + Hour:
    + Speaker: Abby Hannan
    + Speaker Title: Warwick University Student Recruitment Executive
    + Duration: 15 minutes
    + If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live and study at Warwick’s University research lead campus university, Abby will be covering a variety of topics including study options, admissions, the campus life here, and many more! Happy to answer any questions you have.
  • What UK Admission Officers Look for

    + Hour:
    + speaker: Ilinca Manolache
    + Speaker Title: Upgrade Education Admissions Expert
    + Duration: 45 minutes
    + What is the most important part of the UCAS application? What does an excellent UK applicant look like? Learn from Upgrade Education’s admissions expert, Ilinca, and gain insight into super curricular activities, personal essays, and other elements that will increase your admission chances to top UK universities.
  • University of Cambridge

    + Hour:
    + Speaker: Olivia Matthewson
    + Speaker title: University of CambridgeRegional Manager (East Asia)
    + Duration: 15 minutes
    + In this session, Olivia will begin by exploring what sets Cambridge apart from many other universities around the world. She’ll then move on to what they’re looking for in applicants, and how you can maximize your chance of success. There will be plenty of time for questions at the end, so please feel free to ask Olivia anything you’d like to know about Cambridge!
  • UK Personal Statement Masterclass

    + Hour:
    +Speaker: Adrian David
    +Speaker title: Upgrade Education Admissions Expert
    + Duration: 45 minutes
    + You only have 500 words to get admitted. How do you choose them? This masterclass will teach you everything you need to know about writing your Personal Statement in a way that will make you stand out!
  • What US Admission Officers Look For

    + Hour:
    +Speaker: Tinu Bosinceanu
    + Speaker title: Upgrade Education CEO
    + Duration: 45 minutes
    + Short description: How do you make your application stand out in a seemingly endless applicant pool? Tinu will help you construct a profile that will differentiate you from your competition. He knows what admission officers are looking for and how they select students, so take notes from him.
  • How to build an ECL portfolio that stands out

    + Hour:
    + Speaker: Francesca Raileanu
    + Speaker title: Upgrade Education mentor
    + Duration: 45 minutes
    + Short description: Are you overwhelmed with the many opportunities there are for extracurricular activities? Or perhaps you have no idea where to look for an extracurricular that will make you stand out. Join the masterclass hosted by Francesca and see which activities can improve your portfolio and how to develop your own projects which will make your application stand out.
  • Johns Hopkins University

    + Hour:
    + Speaker: Ria Jagasia
    + Speaker title: Johns Hopkins University International Admission Officer
    + Duration: 15 minutes
    + Short description: Ria will briefly present the academic culture and student life experiences at Johns Hopkins. She will also discuss the admissions review process, deadlines, and what Hopkins is looking for in an application.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi

    + Hour:
    + Speaker: Zsuzsanna Kovács
    + Speaker Title: NYU Abu Dhabi Outreach Officer
    + Duration: 15 minutes
    + Short description: Would you like to find out what it’s like to study at a global university, where you would have the opportunity to study at a campus that combines modern, metropolitan culture with an innovative liberal arts curriculum? Join Zsuzsanna for a discussion about academics, research and student life at NYUAD.
  • US Personal Statement Masterclass

    + Hour:
    + Speaker: Tana Culturela
    + Speaker Title: Upgrade Education mentor
    + Duration: 45 minutes
    + Short description: Perfect grammar, an engrossing story and a compelling writing style - this is what makes a US Personal Statement admissions worthy. To find out how to fine-tune those characteristics in your own essay, attend the masterclass led by Tana and improve your admission Personal Statement for US top colleges.
  • Q&A

    + Hour:
    + Speaker: Tinu Bosinceanu
    + Speaker Title: Upgrade Education CEO
    + Duration: 1 hour
    + Short description: Upgrade Education helped hundreds of students receive admission offers from top universities around the world! This is your chance to ask Tinu anything you want about your future university, different fields of study, and career opportunities.

"The Choosing Top EU Universities Masterclass has been extremely helpful to me as I was able to understand what matters when making my choice. This masterclass opened my eyes to aspects I didn’t consider before in my research on EU universities. I am glad I attended this summit as it gave me all the information I needed to start my admission process."


Student Testimonial

"Seeing the Cambridge university talk last year was so inspiring for me as I was in my first year of high school and didn’t know much about applying to university. I had only heard about Cambridge but I had never believed that I could be studying there someday. The talk with the admissions officer made me more hopeful about my chances if I were to work hard in the next couple of years. "


Student Testimonial

"Watching the masterclass on what US admissions officers look for in a potential student made me realise how bad was my understanding of what I need to do to be accepted by a top university in the States. Luckily, I still had time to reassess my plan for admission, but I wish I had known this sooner so I wouldn’t have spent time on extracurricular activities that everyone else is doing, or on reading blogs about admissions. Anyone who is considering applying to US colleges should be at this university summit. "


Student Testimonial

Our Speakers

Cambridge graduate & Upgrade Education mentor

Camelia Diaconu

After completing her Bachelor's and Master's in Aerospace Engineering at University of Cambridgewith First Class Honours, Cami became a mentor for Upgrade Education.

Harvard graduate & Upgrade Education CEO

Tinu Bosînceanu

Tinu studied Mathematics at Harvard University. After working in the financial sector in the US he founded Upgrade Education.

UPenn & Upgrade Education mentor

Tana Cuturela

Tana studies Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania in the US.

Cambridge graduate & UA Admissions Expert

Ilinca Manolache

llinca graduated with a degree in Psychological and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and since then she has been working in Climate & Sustainability policy.

Oxford graduate & Upgrade Education Admissions Expert

Adrian David

Adi obtained a First Class MMath in Mathematics from the University of Oxford. After a gap year that included internships in an IT start-up and an art studio, Adi moved to Japan where he joined the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST).

Tufts University graduate & Upgrade Education mentor

Francesca Raileanu

Francesca studied Clinical Psychology at Tufts University. She continued her education by completing a Master in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

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