About us

Who we are

Hotcourses has a simple mission: To produce websites that make it easy for international students to find the right college or university overseas so they can pursue their dream of studying abroad. In an increasingly globalised world, we’re proud to guide international students along the way, so they can learn from their experiences as students in another country and change their lives as a result. We provide students with the largest database of courses in the world, comprehensively covering all degree opportunities available at every university or college in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland.

Through our Ultimate Search facility, students can search for a course; compare and shortlist courses and universities; read reviews by real students and graduates; read articles and guides written by students, university staff and experts; download full prospectuses to their device; and contact an appropriate member of staff at a university. In addition to Hotcourses Abroad, we also have a network of local language sites.

Supported by a team of 250 employees Hotcourses operates out of offices in Chennai in India, Sydney in Australia, Boston in the US and London in the UK.

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The Team

Mike Elms, Chairman, Hotcourses Inc.

Studied at: University of Nottingham (UK); Carroll University (USA)

Studied: American Studies and Literature

Role: ‘To make sure that we stay true to our mission of building great websites to help students find the right courses for them. We are very proud at Hotcourses of our constant innovation, regularly coming up with changes to our products to achieve this mission. I was lucky enough to study abroad and know firsthand what a wonderful experience it can be, so I hope our websites will help others do the same.’

If I could study abroad today, I’d study...: ‘Probably something gastronomic...I did a food and wine combination course in Venice once which was pretty hard to beat.’

Simon Emmett, CEO, Hotcourses Inc.

Studied at: University of Warwick

Studied: Economics BSc

Role: ‘To lead and implement the Hotcourses’ global strategy. I believe Education improves lives. I’m committed to building products and services that help our users find the right university or college. I’m committed to investing in, developing and rewarding the Hotcourses team. And I’m committed to our charity in Kenya which funds the Education of over 3000 HIV affected children.’

If I could study abroad today, I’d study...: ‘Sports Management at New York University’

Andrew Wharton, Managing Director, Hotcourses International

Studied at: University of Nottingham (UK)

Studied: Law L.L.B.

Role: ‘‘I’ve been with Hotcourses since 2002 and recently returned to London after launching our Australasian operations in Sydney. I’m responsible for the direction of our diverse range of websites for international students, as well as our Virtual Agency operations.’

If I could study abroad today, I’d study...: 'I'd take advantage of the partnerships that many universities have with counterparts in other countries in order to experience a range of countries & their cultures. A combination of New Zealand & its incredible natural beauty; Kuala Lumpur & Malaysia for its diverse culture; and finishing with the glitz and glamour of the American Dream would be an amazing lifestyle eye-opener to take away with my degree.’

Neil Pearson, Chief Technology Officer, Hotcourses Inc.

Studied at: University of Exeter (UK)

Studied: English and Fine Art B.A.

Role: ‘Whilst ultimately I am responsible for all the tech stuff, I largely float around with quasi-annoying opinions on practically anything. I’m particularly interested in the speed and marketing of our sites, as big new steps forward in what the user can do.’

If I could study abroad today, I’d study...:Architecture in Singapore. Would love to study architecture and Singapore has a lot of modern designs to draw inspiration from. Either that or a gambling degree in Vegas, if one exists...’

Santhosh Reddy Mandadi, Lead Developer, Hotcourses International

Studied at: Osmania University (India)

Studied: Computer Applications M.A.

Role: ‘I’m responsible for implementing innovations suggested by web ex team and making sure they run efficiently on the site. The challenging tasks in dealing with website development are performance and usability. Hotcourses delivers the best usability features with very good speeds which in turn help students to choose the right course at the right time.’

If I could study abroad today, I’d study...:M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science in the USA’

Beilin Wu, User Experience, Hotcourses International

Studied at: Cardiff University (UK)

Studied: International Public Relations M.A.

Role: ‘I'm responsible for providing the best user experience and making sure the Hotcourses brand is known worldwide’

If I could study abroad today, I’d study...: ‘I would love to study Industrial Design in the UK because I need to release the creativity trapped in me or Environmental Science in the Netherlands because I want to save the earth.’

Our content authors
Katie Duncan

Katie Duncan (UK)

Studied at: University of Exeter (UK)

Studied: English Literature and Spanish

Role: ‘My role is to make studying abroad as accessible as possible for international students by providing digestible articles, videos and news. Whether it’s videos made by students themselves, Q&As with academics, or the latest updates on visa policies, all of the content is unique and current. I’ve worked as an educational counsellor, in an English language school and as a reporter on the education sector, so I’m familiar with the intricacies of higher education systems across the world. I’ve also studied abroad myself, so I know how daunting moving overseas can be, but trust me when I say it could be the best time in your life!’

If I could study abroad today, I’d study...: 'Zoology or marine biology in Australia’s Northern Territory. With all the rare species of the barrier reef and the rainforest on my doorstep, it would be a perfect environment to bring my studies to life. I also enjoy photography so would relish the chance to photograph the beautiful scenery in my spare time.’

One of the best

Hotcourses was selected as one of the top 100 ‘The Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For’ in 2012. The list was compiled from the views of over 246,000 employees from 828 different companies on everything from how well they got on with their managers to how far their company went towards supporting the environment. We’re really proud to be involved in such a prestigious competition and hope to keep up the great work for a long time to come.

ABCE accredited

The traffic for Hotcourses websites is audited and independently verified by the UK's internet traffic standards body, the ABCe.

ABCe aids the buying and selling of advertising through independent certification to industry-agreed standards and metrics. To find out more about these industry standards visit their web site, www.abc.org.uk