• StEPS2Uni

    College applications can be stressful & daunting. Not anymore...

  • StEPS2Success

    Choosing and pursuing a career isn’t an easy decision and we understand...

About StEPS

Empowering Academic and Professional Success since 1998

Welcome to StEPS, your trusted educational consultant, career coach, and study abroad counselor. We are committed to providing independent advice and guidance counseling to students and professionals, as well as dedicated counseling for applicants to our partner universities.

We empower you to achieve academic and professional success.

With over 25 years of expertise, our internationally qualified educational counselors support you every step of the way.

Our Services


Discover Your Path to Higher Education with StEPS2Uni! Our innovative packages and individual consultations for partner and non partner university admissions are designed to guide and empower aspiring students on their journey to university success.

Whether you’re a high school student exploring your options, or a mature learner seeking new opportunities, StEPS2Uni provides the essential tools and resources to unlock your full potential.


Our solution centric approach to career development is designed to empower individuals to step into success with confidence.

With dynamic coaching focusing on your individual skills and expertise, we offer a transformative professional development experience like no other. Whether you’re a fresh graduate seeking your first job or an experienced professional looking to grow or transition in your career, StEPS2Success supports you through bespoke coaching to enhance your professional profile and achieve your goals.

Our University Partners

Our Free & Premium Services

What People Say

Educational Consultants

Do you have a dream to study overseas? There’s nowhere else to look! StEPSEDU is a one-stop educational consultant for your overseas education dreams. As the best educational consultant with over 25 years of experience in overseas education, we are the trusted partner for top UK universities and provide valuable support, trusted resources, and expert suggestions.

Our team is dedicated to providing customized support and helping you discover the world of study abroad options. Trust us to make your overseas education dreams come true.

Career Coaching

At StEPSEDU, we go beyond traditional education consulting. As experts in both university admissions and study abroad programs, with a strong educational background in English Language Teaching from the UK and extensive career development, training, coaching and mentoring experience, our experts offer specialized career coaching for professionals. Whether you’re a student exploring future opportunities or a seasoned professional seeking guidance, our dedicated team is committed to enhancing your success.
  • Ignite your passion: Our Expert coaching helps you find your dream job.
  • Master the market: We are experts in improving your resumes & Linkedin profiles. Whether you are a fresh graduate seeking your first job, or a senior professional who hasn’t updated the CV for some time, or someone looking to pivot into a different professional area, our bespoke placement and outplacement coaching will not only help you develop an ATS compliant CV but also guide you in towards your goals.
  • Return ship Coaching: If you are seeking to re-enter the workplace after a career gap due to personal reasons, you can book a private one to one session with our How Women Rise coach and mentor.
  • Chart your course: Discover your ideal study abroad program.
  • Showcase your strengths: Draft winning university essays and Personal Statements.
  • Craft winning applications: Secure scholarships and university admissions.
  • Embrace new horizons: Seamless visa and pre-departure support for a smooth transition.


Trust us to be your reliable partner as we guide you towards achieving your academic and career goals.

News & Events

Warwick Friends and Family Iftar

April 4th, 2024 – Warwick University’s Representative in Pakistan, StEPS hosted the Warwick community for a memorable Friends and Family Iftar, graciously sponsored by Pakistan premier household brand Sufi Group and loyal Warwick alumnus, Hamza Sufi.

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Saima Asghar, Misbah Fehmi, & Amna Khawar

Nurturing Future Leaders

UAE, with its world-class education sector, is rapidly becoming a literacy hub in the region. Over the years, a large number of private and public schools have been added to the lists of schools in UAE…

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  • CEO

    Saima Asghar Riaz

    Saima is a TESOL qualified Warwick Alumna, with over two decades of experience in student counseling, teaching, teacher training, and English language assessment. She has been representing her alma mater for international student admissions since 1998, and has successfully supported hundreds of students with their university, scholarship and job applications globally. As a certified DiSC and ‘How Women Rise’ coach, she supports professionals in bringing about workplace improvements through behavioral change.

    Saima Asghar Riaz
  • Director

    Zeeshan Riaz

    Zeeshan Riaz is an internationally experienced consultant with over 25 years of proven track record with comprehensive experience of advising corporate, higher education, consulting and training institutions.
    Zeeshan Riaz

    Why Choose Us

    Overseas Educational Consultants in Dubai

    We help students attain their dream of studying abroad by providing them with tailored solutions to their unique cases. StEPSEDU consultancy specializes in overseas education services.
    • We help you find the perfect key to unlock your dream universities.
    • We’re the experts on Application Form Filling, providing guidance and support every step of the way, so you can summit their applications with confidence.
    • We’re the cupid of campus choices, connecting you with the perfect institutions that match your interests, dreams, and aspirations thus . helping students achieve their career goals.
    • We map out your strengths, passions, and goals, equipping you with the tools to conquer any professional journey.
    • We’re the magical sprinklers, nurturing and watering the seeds of your skills, so they blossom into vibrant talents that impress the world.
    • We light the way with valuable interview tips and help you craft a CV and Personal Statement that shines brighter than a thousand stars.



    Nir Mathur

    Nir, a medical student at King’s College London, brings over three years of experience guiding students through the medical school admissions process, exam preparation, and interview/MMI preparation. Having successfully secured offers from medical schools in Ireland, Australia, the UK, and Singapore, He is well-versed in the requirements and intricacies of these regions’ application processes. His structured, relatable, and engaging teaching style makes complex concepts accessible and interesting. Managing medical school admissions and exam preparation at StEPS, Nir leverages this firsthand experience and teaching approach to provide tailored guidance and support to aspiring medical students worldwide.


    Amna Khawar

    Amna is a bilingual Montessori trained Learning Specialist with over 10 years of experience at Dubai International Academy.

    A Parent Ambassador for the prestigious Loughborough University, Amna will be supporting StEPS students and parents with their education planning.

    Working in the Special Needs Department she has contributed to the positive development and wellbeing of students with learning difficulties and lower level abilities in group and 1-1 settings inside and outside the classroom through multiple evidence based interventions.

    Mehak Amir

    Mehak Amir

    Senior Consultant

    Hello, I’m Mehek Amir, a Warwick Graduate. I have 7-8 years of experience in the education sector, I have worked with prestigious institutions such as LUMS. I have helped local and international students in completing their personal statements, guiding them through assignments and thesis.

    My journey in education has equipped me with a deep understanding of the challenges students face when seeking international opportunities. I believe that studying abroad not only broadens horizons but also opens doors to endless possibilities.

    As an experienced professional, I am well-versed in the intricacies of the application process, visa requirements, and the various educational systems around the world. I am committed to guiding students through every step of their journey, providing them with the knowledge and support they need to make informed decisions.

    Shayan Fareed

    Shayan Fareed

    Undergraduate Ambassador

    Shayan Fareed is an Undergraduate Ambassador for StEPS who recently graduated from Warwick Business School with a BSC in Management. Prior to that, he completed his A Levels at the prestigious Aitchison College. During his time at the University of Warwick, Shayan cherished the vibrant campus life and considered it his home for the past three years, leaving behind fond memories as he moves on to new endeavors.

    Faiza Omar

    Faiza Omer

    Communication Coordinator
    Faiza Omer has a Masters in Finance from Punjab University and extensive experience in working across a variety of functional roles. Having been part of the StEPS team for the last three years, Faiza manages the company’s HR for Pakistan and the UAE and also supports with operations. She is skilled in managing internal and external stakeholder engagement and has received several certificates and awards, demonstrating her proficiency in teamwork, customer service, and administrative expertise. Prior to joining StEPS, Faiza worked at DNATA Emirates Group in Dubai providing passenger services and coordinating flight operations.

    Misbah Fehmi​

    Misbah has long been guiding parents and students on higher education application processes, entry requirements, subject selection, and extra curricular activites for university admissions.

    We are delighted to have her support Team StEPS to share her expertise for North American university applications.

    In addition for her passion for guiding students and parents, she brings valuable cross sectoral experience in writing for impact, human resource, talent acquisition, recruitment consultancy, advertising and marketing.

    Wasim Hashmi Syed

    Wasim Hashmi Syed

    Senior Advisor

    Mr Wasim Hashmi Syed, Senior Advisor, Professional Development and Transnational Education.Mr Wasim Hashmi Syed has over twenty years of visionary experience in initiating and leading educational initiatives with tangible outcomes, creating international linkages, and providing development opportunities for Pakistani youth under the country’s vision 2025. He has been involved in various government and foreign-funded projects, including monitoring research and development projects in IT and engineering.

    As an Advisor and Consultant at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), he managed programs aimed at increasing the number of PhD faculty, providing scholarships for students, and fostering collaboration with foreign universities. Additionally, he oversaw the monitoring of research and development projects and played a key role in policy development for higher education institutions. He established collaboration with  more than 30 international foreign universities and organizations. He played a significant role in launching and overseeing scholarship programs and initiatives related to information and communication technology.

    He also served as an Advisor International Linkages at Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology Haripur, he had engaged in obtaining charter for Institute from HEC and PEC.

    In his role as General Manager Monitoring/Projects at the National ICT R&D Funds (IGNITE), he monitored numerous technical projects funded by academia and local industry.

    Mr. Hashmi obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering Technology Lahore. He also holds MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, from the University of Louisville Kentucky USA, and a Ph.D. (in progress) in Transport Engineering University of Hasselt Belgium.

    Zeeshan Riaz

    Zeeshan Riaz

    He leads the business development, international brand building and student recruitment initiatives for StEPS partner institutes.

    Zeeshan is a UK certified Clinical Therapist and British Council certified Trainer of Trainers (TOT) with higher education from Norway, Pakistan and UK in Computer Science with Business Management followed by MBA in Marketing.

    He has extensive experience in corporate strategy and development in Europe, Middle East and Asia, working in a range of industries with extensive involvement in Green-Field and Public & Private partnership development projects which provides him with in-depth knowledge of the global job market to advise on career growth and educational pathways for professionals and students.

    She has been representing her alma mater for international student admissions since 1998, and has successfully supported thousands of students with their academic development, university admissions and scholarship applications globally through educational guidance counseling, professional mentoring and career coaching.

    As a certified DiSC and ‘How Women Rise’ coach, she also supports the learning and development of professionals to bring about workplace improvements through transferable skills development, behavioral change, and individual profile building for successful career growth.

    Saima is a British Council trained and certified IELTS professional for British Council Dubai, Senior Consultant with Global Management Consultants UAE, Education Coordinator for BNI Konnectors in Dubai, and a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in Pakistan.

    Her previous experiences include teaching students and training professionals for prestigious institutions and organizations like The University of Warwick, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Kinnaird College for Women, Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Ali Institute of Education, Punjab Judicial Academy and The Ameliorate Group.

    With extensive experience in education management and administration, Saima has been the Founding Director for the Directorate of Faculty Development & Internationalisation (DFDI) at LCWU, and successfully launched a Faculty Development Centre as well as Pakistan’s first university-level mandatory Citizenship programme in collaboration with the British Council. She was thus responsible for supporting the enhancement of teaching and research capability of Asia’s largest women’s university, creating linkages with local and international partners, enabling students in social entrepreneurship projects, and raising the university profile on an international academic platform.