Nigerian startup, StudySearch has launched an online platform aimed at influencing the higher-education market, providing support and personal advice for students who wish to study abroad.
StudySearch gives students hoping to attend higher education institutes overseas the opportunity connect with a network of current students and alumni of education establishments across the world, ask for help and guidance in choosing a school, and on the application process.
According to co-founder and CEO of StudySearch, Frederick Obasi, the aim of the online platform is to help African students make the best choices concerning their education and to help them access study opportunities outside of their home country.
“The concept behind StudySearch is simple. Our mission is to help students make the best decision about their study options,” Obasi said.
“A burgeoning middle class and fast growing population across Africa means there is an increase in the demand for quality education. Africa is amongst the fastest growing regions for globally mobile students, as African students are choosing to further their education both overseas, and within the continent, outside of their home country,” he said.
“We want to help this new wave of globally minded students make the best decision about their future and we’re doing this the only way we know how, building software and connecting people.”
A network of “peer advisors” – current students and alumni – respond with offers to become the applicant’s advisor.
“The most underutilised and probably the best source for information on applying, studying and living abroad is current students and alumni,” he says.
“Using the StudySearch advisor network, prospective students can instantly connect with current students and alumni for advice and support that’s transparent, unbiased and free. All advisors are rated by the students they assist.”
Students hoping to study abroad log on to StudySearch, fill out a form detailing the subject and school they would like to attend, explain what they need feedback and help with and also state how much they are willing to pay for help.
Obasi revealed that demand focuses on Europe, North America and Asia, although interest in intra-African study is also growing on the network.