11.05.2018
New location in Montana, Bulgaria
Our new address ... more
19.08.2017
Free job position
We are looking ... more
21.04.2017
Universities in England
Those who would ... more


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News Archive

11.05.2018
New location in Montana, Bulgaria
Our new address in Montana is: 6 Vasil Levski St, Montana 3400, Bulgaria. Working hours: 8.00 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

19.08.2017
Free job position
We are looking for an office manager-proofreader for our Sofia office. If you are fluent in Bulgarian, if you have excellent computer skills and attention to detail, you might be our new team member. Please get in touch!

21.04.2017
Universities in England
Those who would like to apply at English universities for the academic 2018/2019 year may do so under the old conditions. For further information, please visit the following link:

За 11-класниците се запазват старите условия за кандидатстване в университети в Англия т.е. НЕ плащат таксите за обучение, а получават заем за това. Моля, пишете ни, ако желаете да ви помогнем с кандидатстването!
http://www.bbc.com/news/education-39670693
http://www.bbc.com/news/education-39670693 

P
lease contact us if you need our help with the application process.


15.04.2017
Happy Easter!
Happy Easter to all our clients and friends!

25.03.2017
Good news from Scotland!
EU students can apply at Scottish universities for the 2018/2019 academic year under the old conditions.

https://news.gov.scot/news/eu-student-status-confirmed 


12 December 2016
New Office in Sofia
Our Sofia office has a new address: 8 Pozitano St, Office 112. We are near Serdika underground station and the Law Courts building. 

04.05.2016
May the 4th be with you!
Cool

29.03.2016
Vidin
Our new office in Vidin will be open on 1 April.
On 2 April we will be happy to meet the parents of our students and undergraduates from Vidin. This will be our first parents' meeting outside Sofia. Please check our facebook page or the 'Детето ми учи в UK' ('My child studies in the UK')-group for details. 


24.03.2016
New office in Vidin
We are opening a new office in the town of Vidin. Its address is 5 Targovska St. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Smile

23.02.2016
We are currently looking for an Office assistant
If you would like to join our team and you live in Vidin, please have a look at our job offer:

http://www.jobs.bg/f3105417 


01.01.2016
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all our clients and friends! 

18 December 2015
Choosing your career path
If you are finishing school soon and still don't know what career you would like to pursue, please have a look here:

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs#js=on


01.09.2015
The English Neighbour is on the market
'The English Neighbour', translated by Milena and Simon Bullock, has been published and is on the market. You can buy it at any bookshop in the country or online:

http://ciela.bg/books/book/the-english-neighbour/2300

e-book: http://www.ciela.com/ciela_books/the-english-neighbour.html

We'd be more than happy to hear your opinion about it. Enjoy! Cool


26.08.2015
Delightful ways to refer to groups of animals
http://www.grammarly.com/blog/2015/delightful-ways-we-refer-to-groups-of-animals-in-english/?utm_campaign=Blog_Augment_1&utm_source=Facebook_org&utm_medium=social&utm_content=link_post

31.05.2014
For year 11 students
If you are finishing year 11 now, this is the time to be thinking about what you are going to do when you leave school next year. Would you like to continue at a university? If yes, here or abroad? This is a very important step for you and you'll need as much information as you could find. Please contact us and we'll be happy to answer all your questions. Completely free of charge!

28.03.2014г.
10% off between 1st and 30th of April 2014
Bullock International are pleased to give a special 10% discount to our Facebook friends. Just follow the link on our main website and leave us a message on our facebook page.

10.10.2013
Prepare for an exam with a native teacher
If you would like to prepare for your IELTS, FCE, CAE etc. exam with a professional native English teacher, please contact us and book an appointment with Mr Simon Bullock. He will not waste your time - fast and efficient preparation - one-to-one or on Skype - whichever is more convenient for you.

11.06.2013
Congratulations!
Congratulations to our student Martin Kirov who has just completed his first year in Software Engineering at Glasgow University! Not only did he pass his exams, but in almost every subject he achieved top marks. We are delighted for him.

17.03.2013
Tips for writing a UCAS personal statement

Your personal statement

Tell the universities and colleges why they should choose you

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell universities and colleges about your suitability for the course(s) that you hope to study. You need to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment, and above all, ensure that you stand out from the crowd.

Explain why you want to study the course you are applying for. If you mention your personal interests and hobbies, try to link them to the skills and experience required for the course.

Make sure it is organised and literate. Get the grammar, spelling and punctuation right. A statement filled with errors will give a negative impression of your skills and the effort you have put in to being accepted. Your statement must be written in English.

Applying to multiple courses

Remember that you only write one personal statement so it will be used for all your choices. Try not to mention a university or college by name, even if you're applying to only one university - your personal statement cannot be changed if you apply to a different place later.

If you're applying for a joint degree you will need to explain why you are interested in both aspects of this joint programme.

If you're applying for different subjects or courses, you need to identify the common themes and skills that are relevant to your choices. For example, both mathematics and law are subjects where you have to think logically and apply rules. You may like both subjects because you enjoy solving problems, using theory and natural or man-made laws to come to a correct conclusion.

In your personal statement you need to put your meaning across directly and simply. You can do this by keeping your sentences to an average of 12-20 words, and using English in a way that is natural to you. Avoid sounding either over-familiar or over-formal and write to get yourself and your message across clearly. Check that each sentence adds something new, otherwise it is just adding to the word count rather than adding value.

The quality of your writing reflects the quality of your thinking. Show that you know your strengths and can outline your ideas clearly. Use words you know will be understood by the person reading your statement; you might find it easier if you imagine you are talking to them across their desk. In fact, you can sometimes spot where your statement doesn't work well by reading it aloud.

 

What to include

Writing about the course

Two of the most important things to include are:

  • why you're applying for the course you've chosen: this is particularly important when you're applying for a subject that you have not studied before. Tell the university the reasons why that subject interests you, and include evidence that you understand what's required to study the course, e.g. if applying for psychology courses, show that you know how scientific the subject is.
  • why you're suitable for the course: tell the universities the skills and experience you have that will help you to succeed on the course.

 We looked at some of the reasons why applications were unsuccessful and here's a few that were sent to applicants in 2010:

  • Your personal statement does not strongly support your desire to study your chosen degree.
  • Your personal statement did not show sufficient understanding, relevance or knowledge about the course you are applying for.
  • You failed to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and interest in the subject in your personal statement.
  • There is a lot of competition for places on this course and your personal statement and experience was not as strong as other applicants this year.
  • Application form (including personal statement, reference and predicted grades) does not evidence accurate understanding of or motivation for subject.
  • Unsuccessful as you have not expressed a strong enough interest in the subject area in your personal statement.

 

This should give you an idea of how important it is to show why you want to study the course and what you can bring to it - especially because it might be compared with other applicants applying for the same course.

Skills and achievements

Universities like to know the types of skills you have that will help you on the course, or generally at university.

  any achievements that you are proud of, eg reaching grade 3 piano or being selected for the local volleyball team.

  positions of responsibility that you hold/have held both in and out of school, eg class representative  or representative for a local charity.

  attributes that make you interesting, special or unique.

Hobbies and interests

Think about how your hobbies, interests and social activities demonstrate your skills and abilities. If there's anything that relates to your course or to the skills needed to complete a higher education course, include it - the more evidence the better.

Your statement will be more convincing and personal if you write about why an experience, activity or interest makes you a good candidate for the course. Include enough additional information to make it interesting and to demonstrate your own interest. Rather than making a statement such as

'I enjoy badminton'

try to provide context and show what you have learnt

'I play badminton twice a week with a club that plays in local competitions and I play in both singles and doubles matches. Doubles matches requires good team working, an ability to support your partner, to devise a game plan but be able to adapt it as required and fast reactions. I enjoy the social side of the club and take responsibility for organising the social activities and fundraising events. This gives me an opportunity to develop my organisational and planning skills. Fitting in all these activities while keeping up with my academic studies demands good time management and I think I do that very well.'

Foreign students

Try to answer these questions in your statement:

Why do you want to study in the UK?

  • How can you show that you can successfully complete a higher education course that is taught in English? Please say if some of your studies have been taught or examined in English.
  • Have you taken part in any activities where you have used English outside of your studies?

 Future plans

If you know what you'd like to achieve after completing a university course, explain how you want to use the knowledge and experience that you gain.

Dos and don'ts when writing your personal statement

Do create a list of your ideas before attempting to write the real thing.

Do expect to produce several drafts before being totally happy.

Do ask people you trust for their feedback.

Do check university and college prospectuses, websites and Entry Profiles, as they usually tell you the criteria and qualities that they want their students to demonstrate.

Do use your best English  and don't let spelling and grammatical errors spoil your statement.

Do be enthusiastic - if you show your interest in the course, it may help you get a place.

Don't feel that you need to use elaborate language. If you try too hard to impress with long words that you are not confident using, the focus of your writing may be lost.

Don't say too much about things that are not relevant - if you think that you are starting to, take a break and come back to your statement when you feel more focused.

Don't lie - if you exaggerate you may get caught out.

Don't rely on a spellchecker as it will not pick up everything - proof read as many times as possible.

Don't leave it to the last minute - your statement will seem rushed and important information could be left out.

Don't expect to be able to write your personal statement whilst watching TV or surfing the internet - this is your future, so make the most of the opportunity to succeed.

How to provide your personal statement

You can enter up to 4,000 characters (this includes spaces) or 47 lines of text (this includes blank lines), whichever comes first. You do not have to use all the space provided. When you save text, the system will tell you how many characters are still available or if you have used too many characters. You can preview your statement after you have saved it.

Please note that you cannot use italicsbold or underlining in your personal statement - the system will automatically remove these when saved. This will not disadvantage your application.

Source: UCAS 2013


17.10.2012
30 Britishisms used by Americans
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-19929249




12.06.2012
Congratulations to Martin and Vladislav!
Well done to Marty and Vlady for the excellent results at their Final Exams! We wish them success in their future studies in Scotland! 

29.05.2012
Summer Language School
We have started booking students for our Summer Language School. If you'd like to brush-up your English, come and spend some time with us, at the beautiful Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Ahtopol. Please, contact us for further information. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

24.03.2012
Congratulations!

We are very happy for Orlin, who has just been accepted onto a Master's degree course at the University of Southern Denmark! We wish him lots of luck and success! Well done!



22.03.2012
Opening our new office
Our new city centre office is opening today! You can find us at:

Office 3, 1st floor,
14, Pozitano St.
Sofia 1301

We are looking forward to meeting our new clients there! 


28.02.2012
Going to university abroad
Have you thought of going to University abroad?

FACT
– The best Bulgarian University is ranked 800th in the world.

FACT
– You can study at some of the Universities in the Top 50 FOR FREE.




16.02.2012
Careful with Translations!
Online translation websites: A cautionary tale: 
http://sofiaecho.com/2012/02/15/1767545_online-translation-websites-a-cautionary-tale/bulletin


03.02.2012
Congratulations
8 in IELTS for our student Vladi!!! We wish him every success in the future! Well done!

30.01.2012
Free online resources
Essential basic phrases in forty languages - learn them online:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix/ 


25.01.2012
Free online resources

Brush up your skills:

http://www.tolearnenglish.com/test-de-niveau-anglais-grammaire.php 



18.01.2012
Free online resources
Here is your quizz for the day:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/worldservice/quiznet/quizengine?ContentType=text/html;quiz=1755_spelling 


11.01.2012
Free online resources

Here is a game for you to practice your synonims:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/similar_meanings/play/ 



01.01.2012
Happy New Year
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

25.12.2011
Merry Christmas!
Warmest Christmas wishes to you and your families!

23.12.2011
A song for you...
For all of you who are watching the snow outside: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctWNJ3rwYto&feature=related

21.11.2011
Word power

Job - n a regular activity performed in exchange for payment.
Just the ~ (colloq) exactly what is wanted
A good ~ (colloq) a fortunate state of affairs: He lost his seat in Parliament and a good job too!
Make a good/fine ~ of something  do it well
'odd-job man' one who makes a living by doing any bits of work he is asked to do
Make the best of a bad ~ do what one can to remedy an unfortunate state of affairs 



18.11.2011
Word power
Mint - n I. plant whose leaves are used for flavouring (eg in drinks and in chewing-gum) and in making a sauce. II. 1. place where coins are made, usually under State authority: coins fresh from the ~. 2. make/earn a ~ (of money), (colloq) a large amount. 3. (attrib, of medals, stamps, prints, books etc) unused. in ~ condition, as if new; unsoiled; perfect
v 1. make (coin) by stamping metal: ~ coins of 50p. 2. (fig) invent a word, phrase etc. 


17.11.2011
Free online resources
Learn some idioms: http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-86693.php

14.11.2011
Word power
Lawyer - n person who practises law, esp a barrister or solicitor.

Whether you are a lawyer or an actor, we can help you with the English you need. 


07.11.2011
UCAS
If you are applying to a UK university you will need to apply through UCAS.
We can help you with your online application, your supporting statement and your reference. We can help you find the best course at the best university for you.
The deadline for applications for 2012 courses is in Jan 2012 so act now.
Please contact us if you have any queries.


20.10.2011
Applying for university abroad?
 If you are hoping to go to a university abroad in 2012 then now is the time to apply. The deadline for the UK is Jan 2012 but you have a lot to do.
We can help you reach the level of English you need in IELTS or TOEFL. We can also help you with your application. Please contact us if you would like any further information.
If you are hoping to go to a university abroad in 2012 then now is the time to apply. The deadline for the UK is Jan 2012 but you have a lot to do.We can help you reach the level of English you need in IELTS or TOEFL. We can also help you with your application. Please contact us if you would like any further information.


04.10.2011
Word power

sensible adj - having or showing good sense; reasonable; practical: a ~ woman; ~ shoes for mountain climbing; ~ clothing, functional, not merely for appearance or ornament; ~ ideas. That was ~ of you. 

It is very sensible to take regular lessons and to study hard before taking an exam.



28.09.2011
Word power
concede v - admit; grant; allow: ~ a point in an argument. He ~d ten points to his opponent. They have ~d us the right to cross their land. You must ~ that I have tried hard. We cannot ~ any of our territory, allow another country to have it.

24.09.2011
Word power
kettle n 1. чайник; a ~ of fish - 1. ситуация, положение; 2. случай;

example: The Callan method is a whole new kettle of fish for the Balkans.

kettle-drum n муз. литавра


22.09.2011
Word power
monkey - Іn маймуна; to make a ~of oneself - правя се на маймуна; 
              ІІ. v правя шеги (маймунджилъци) (about) 
monkey-business -
n разг. глупости, маймунджилъци;
monkey-nut - n фъстък;
monkey-wrench - n тех. френски ключ, регулируем гаечен ключ; 


19.09.2011
Word power
nought - n 1. нищо; to bring to ~ - съсипвам, разорявам, опропастявам; свеждам до нула; to come to ~ - нямам успех, пропадам, провалям се; to set at ~ - не смятам за нищо; 2. нула (и прен.) - 0.3; ~s and crosses - нули и кръстчета (детска игра).

16.09.2011
Did you know?
The Callan method provides accelerated language learning. The word 'accelerate' means to increase speed. That is why learning with us means you learn faster!

14.09.2011
Our autumn enrolment has begun
Preparation for IELTS, TOEFL, CAE. Of course, students for our Callan course are always welcome - both advanced and absolute beginners. Please contact us for more information. 

24.08.2011
GCE A-LEVEL SUCCESS!!
Congratulations to our student Martin who has just been awarded top marks in his AS-level Maths. He will continue towards his A-Level later this year and we wish him every success.

23.08.2011
IELTS SUCCESS!
Congratulations to our student Elma who recently prepared for her IELTS exam with us. She scored an amazing 7.5, and has now been accepted by the University of Kent in England. We wish her every success with her studies.<

16.08.2011
Welcome to our new website!
We hope you like it and find it easy to navigate. We would like to thank Art Forma for the wonderful design!
We would be very happy to have feedback from you – comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.