About Us

Alpha Academic Consultants is a Student Recruitment and Academic Consultancy office.  We are based in the Eastern Mediterranean and cover the markets of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Egypt and Lebanon. We consult with students wishing to further their education in higher levels as well as we are country representatives of a range of well-known worldwide base Universities. We are specialized in counselling of young students, assist them with school strands selection, foundation studies, IB or GCSE and ‘A’ Level preparation in order to prepare for university entry. We are consulting a great number of school graduates who are ready for university entry, as well as university graduates who wish to continue their education to postgraduate level – part time, full time or distance learning needs are accommodated.

For the past 8 years we have further developed in becoming education providers, by offering 2 foundation schools, UKFC in Athens and CYPF in Nicosia.

Our operations as Ltd Company started in 2005 in Nicosia Cyprus and five years later, in 2010 in Athens Greece. Moving on and in 2011 we operated our 3rd office in Larnaca, Cyprus and in 2013 a 4th office in Thessaloniki Greece. In December 2017 we established our first office in Catania, Italy from where we envision to cover whole of Italy via web consulting and recruitment with regular visits and presentation to other places. We also have representation agreements with recruitment offices in Egypt and Lebanon. Our portfolio of university representations covers an excellent range of institutions whereas we try to focus on the strengths of each one and help increase their student numbers from our market areas.

With over 22 years of experiences in education Alpha Academic Consultants provide students and their family with individual attention, first-hand knowledge of hundreds of educational opportunities, and the time to explore all of the options.

With our extensive knowledge of schools, colleges and universities around the globe we can broaden the potential choices, and provide vital help in weighing factors such as quality of education, cost, location and standards of living but most importantly course curriculum. Our students have the opportunity to explore a wider variety of options and discuss possibilities in a meaningful way.

All our consultants travelled around the world visiting universities in order to obtain first hand experiences which are then passed onto our students. Alpha Consultants members of staff all subscribe to the Good Practice Principles and are required to annually sign and follow the principles as part of their employment in good standing.

We are committed to helping each and every individual make the right choices for their future by offering professional advice on career development and self-improvement. Our services cater very much to the individual’s needs – we pride ourselves in taking our time to get to know our students and offering advice applicable to them – from which course to choose to the best location to suit them.

Meet the team

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Sotia Karatzia Santangelo

MA, MSc, PGDip, BA

Our Director Mrs. Sotia Karatzia Santangelo masters a successful career in the sector of higher education and business development and management, since 1998. Highly focusing on the individual seeking for assistance she draws the lines on providing the correct and adjusted pathway to each of her students. By travelling the world, she visits each and every university she believes suitable for her students in order to have first-hand experiences to pass onto her students and their parents. In 2005 she starts up her own business Alpha Academic Consultants which she operates all alone and handles all duties herself, gradually employing more people and now manages 4 academic consultants, and 3 admin staff. Believes in continuing development and evolvement whereas in 2015 she also starts up CYPF, Cyprus Foundation Course, a foundation school designed specifically to meet the needs of her students and fill in their education gaps prior the beginning of their University journey. She is the School Director and director of studies at CYPF. Mrs. Santangelo received her Degrees from UK Universities where she lived and studied in her early 20s. She studied BA Business Management, MSc Human Resource Management, BSc Psychology and PGDiploma in Career guidance.

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Panagiotis Sergiou

MA, MSc, PGDip, BA

Mr. Panagiotis Sergiou has been working with Alpha since 2011 and is another valuable member of our Group. He is the Head Academic Consultant in our offices in Larnaca from where he handles local recruitment. Panagiotis also consults students in our offices in Agia Napa fully covering the Famagusta area. Panagiotis completed his studies in Greek Philology at the University of Patras in Greece and upon completion of his internship at Alpha Academic Consultants in the summer following his studies he progressed onto the MA/PGDip in Career Guidance at the University of Sunderland. Panagiotis followed extensive training regarding student counselling via local and international seminars, most of them within prestigious universities in the UK. Panagiotis also attended numerous agent conferences in the UK and travels to many different countries on an annual basis in order to obtain personal touches, further flourishing his knowledge and skills in university recruitment and student counselling.

Ignazio Santangelo

Ignazio Santangelo

Certificate, Diploma

Mr. Ignazio Santangelo is Italian married in Cyprus and he is our head of applications administration and liaison with universities covering the full applications processes. Ignazio completed his certificates Culinary Arts and Cabin Crew in the UK where he lived, worked and studied since his teens. Having worked in Newcastle Restaurants for a few years he shifted his career and worked as an admissions administrator in Gateshead College in Newcastle. Ignazio obtained extensive training for this career shift as well as performed numerous trips to universities both locally and abroad, mainly round Europe in order to attend recruitment conferences and meet with university staff members for administration procedures and updates. He is now offering training to our younger trainees. Ignazio Speaks Italian, English and Greek.

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Konstantinos Kosmidis

MSc,PGDip, BSc

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Liverpool, Konstantinos was appointed Fellow of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and is still an active member of the UK Centre for Tissue Engineering (UKCTE). Currently, he is Director of Studies at UKFC Foundation course of Athens, where he painstakingly prepares students for life and study at British Universities. Konstantinos is the acting counselor at Alpha Consultants office Athens.

Efthymia Martini

Efthymia Martini


With both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Political, International, European and Geostrategy, Efi is our Senior Academic Advisor and Admissions Manager at Alpha Academic Consultants Office and UKFC Foundation College in Athens, Greece. With more than ten years experience in the field of education, she is assisting students in their growth and development by constructing meaningful educational plans which are compatible with their life goals. She is a true specialist into providing sensitive and thoughtful support to our students as they wrestle with the many choices open to them.

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Elena Koumeni


Elena is the newest member of Alpha Academic Consultant Ltd. She has completed her undergraduate degree in Byzantine and Modern Greek at the University of Cyprus. Her passion about supporting students lead her to do her Master Degree in Career Counselling and Guidance at the University of Nicosia. During her master Elena gained valuable counselling and employability skills as she got certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). Following her studies she is working within our organization as Career Counsellor since 2017.