SI-UK Company History
SI-UK is the leading provider of free, independent advice and support to international students applying to study in the UK. Since 2006, SI-UK has built a reputation as an industry leader, and each year SI-UK assists hundreds of thousands of international students to join UK universities.
In 2021, our global offices sent over 130,000 applications to UK universities from 45,000 students in over 90 different countries, with a 98% success rate of students receiving their first choice offer.
Learn more about SI-UK's history below and, if you would like to begin your UK university application, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK Hong Kong today.
Predecessor company of SI-UK was established in Shinjuku, Tokyo and successfully placed thousands of students from Japan into UK universities and colleges.
- SI-UK International Co., Ltd. founded in Tokyo, Japan. Head office opened in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku ward. SI-UK sets out a strategy for global expansion of services.
- SI-UK Tokyo Language Centre opened offering a wide range of test preparation courses including IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, LSAT and other university preparation classes.
SI-UK Osaka office opened to provide application support to students in the west of Japan.
SI-UK Osaka Language Centre opened offering a full range of university preparation lessons including IELTS.
SI-UK holds its first UK University Fairs in Tokyo and Osaka. Both attract hundreds of visitors seeking information about courses at UK universities.
SI-UK London office opened in Russell Square, next to University of London Campus. SI-UK is the first London-based agency to recruit international students of all nationalities to the UK.
SI-UK London creates the first multi-lingual website for international students seeking information on studying in the UK. Languages include English, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, and Spanish.
SI-UK launches a comprehensive online university course search function free of use to all, with over 30,000 university and college courses linking directly to university/college course pages.
SI-UK London opens an IELTS preparation centre to help international students gain the required English score to enter university.
- SI-UK Tokyo opens its second office in the city.
- Tokyo and Osaka university fairs now established as the largest UK-only education events in Japan.
First SI-UK London university fair with over 80 UK universities attending, making it the largest UK university fair worldwide.
SI-UK creates the first online library, containing over a thousand samples of university application documents including personal statements, resumes, reference letters, UCAS and university application forms, for students.
SI-UK Hong Kong office opened in the commercial centre of the city.
SI-UK Delhi office opens.
SI-UK Bangalore office opened.
- SI-UK Chennai office opened.
- SI-UK Manchester office opened.
- SI-UK London office relocated to its current location on Regent Street.
SI-UK Istanbul office opened.
SI-UK Tokyo Language Training Centre moves into expanded, custom-built facilities. With 12 UK-native teachers, the Centre now offers more IELTS courses than any other language school in Japan.
Tokyo and Osaka university fairs attract a record 53 universities to Japan.
First SI-UK UK University Fair held in Amsterdam.
First SI-UK UK University Fair in Manchester.
First UK University Fair in Istanbul, Turkey.
- SI-UK office opens in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Over 90 universities attend London UK University Fair, making it the largest SI-UK UK University Fair to date.
SI-UK opens in China.
SI-UK opens its first office in Lagos, Nigeria.
A second Turkish office opens in capital city Ankara.
Tokyo office relocates to the prestigious Shibuya district in Japan.
A second Nigerian office is opened in Abuja.
- SI-UK launches its new state-of-the-art website in the UK.
- First UK University Fairs held in Abuja and Lagos.
- New SI-UK website is launched in India and Thailand.
- First UK University Fair in Delhi.
SI-UK London builds two new IELTS classrooms at Regent Street office.
Awarded a grant by the UK government as one of the fastest growing businesses in the UK.
- SI-UK Delhi hosts India’s largest UK University Fair, with 55 UK universities attending.
- SI-UK's first national TV advert premieres on the Star Network, India.
- A record 100 UK universities attend the UK University Fair London.
UCAS Schools Service launches providing expert services to top boarding schools and A-level colleges in the UK and globally.
New Spanish and Vietnamese websites launched.
SI-UK relaunches brand with new logo.
New office opened in Tehran, Iran.
- New SI-UK office opens in Doha, Qatar.
- New SI-UK office opens in Toronto, Canada.
New SI-UK office opens in Nicosia, Cyprus.
- New offices opened in Pune, India and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
- New SI-UK office opens in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
- New SI-UK office opens in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- New SI-UK office opens in Bogota, Colombia.
- New SI-UK office opens in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
- SI-UK India opens new office in Coimbatore.
- New SI-UK office opens in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Italian language website launched.
- SI-UK India opens new office in Ahmedabad.
- SI-UK Pakistan opens two new offices in Karachi and Lahore.
SI-UK Kenya opens second office in Mombasa.
- New SI-UK office opens in Nicosia, South Cyprus.
- SI-UK Pakistan opens fourth office in Peshawar.
- New SI-UK office opens in Athens, Greece.
- New SI-UK office opens in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- SI-UK India opens its 8th office in Jaipur.
- New SI-UK office opens in Malaysia.
SI-UK India opens 9th and 10th new offices in Lucknow and Hyderabad.
- SI-UK Thailand opens second office in Chiang Mai.
- New SI-UK office opens in Uganda.
New SI-UK office opens in Sri Lanka.
SI-UK Vietnam reopens offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
SI-UK Pakistan opens fifth office in Faisalabad.
- New SI-UK student office opens in Hong Kong.
- SI-UK Pakistan opens sixth office in Sahiwal.
SI-UK India opens additional offices in Chennai and Delhi, and new offices in Kolkata, Kochin, Chandigarh.
- New SI-UK office opens in Taipei, Taiwan.
- New SI-UK office opens in Jakarta, Indonesia.
- New SI-UK office opens in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
- New SI-UK office opens in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
- New SI-UK office opens in Casablanca, Morocco.
- SI-UK Saudi Arabia opens Riyadh office.
- New SI-UK office opens in Warsaw, Poland.
- New SI-UK office opens in Tirana, Albania.
- New SI-UK office opens in Pristina, Kosovo.
- New SI-UK office opens in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Changsha, China.
- New SI-UK office opens in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- New SI-UK office opens in Kyiv, Ukraine.
- New SI-UK office opens in Vientiane, Laos.