Hotcourses Group

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Hotcourses Group
FoundersJeremy Hunt and Mike Elms
London, SW6
United Kingdom

The Hotcourses Group was the public name for Hotcourses Ltd, an educational guidance company based in Fulham and the world's largest course database.[1][2]

In January 2017, Hotcourses Group was bought by IDP Education[3][4] and was rebranded as IDP Connect in January 2019.[5][6] IDP Education was founded in 1969 and in 1989 co-founded IELTS, a world-renowned English testing system.[7][8]


The company, now known as IDP Connect, has offices in the UK, India, the US and Australia and their websites help students make the right educational choice worldwide.[1][9] Websites owned by IDP Connect include Hotcourses, Postgraduate Search, Whatuni, The Complete University Guide, Hotcourses Abroad, as well as 11 other sites across the globe. They're all free for potential students to use.[10][11]

Universities, colleges and other course providers advertise on these websites as well as working in partnership with IDP Connect to learn more about their students and generate enrolments.[12][13] IDP Connect also runs a charity, the Hotcourses Foundation, set up in 2004, which works with Nyumbani UK to help children in Kenya have access to education.[14][15]

In 2013 changes to Hotcourses' articles of association were filed at Companies House three years late.[16]

In January 2017, The Hotcourses Group was bought by IDP Education.[17]


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  2. ^ "Hunt To Get £17m Payout From Hotcourses Sale". Sky News. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  3. ^ Kopenski, Mark (2017-01-16). "IDP Education acquires Hotcourses Group for £30m". Global Student Recruitment Advisors. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  4. ^ "IDP Education acquires Hotcourses for £35 million". Finance News Network. 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  5. ^ "IDP Connect born from Hotcourses in merger | BUILA". Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  6. ^ News, The PIE. "IDP Connect born from Hotcourses in merger with IDP Education". Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  7. ^ "Our story | IDP Partners". Retrieved 2019-02-15.
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  9. ^ "Conversions high in Hotcourses agency debut". PIE News. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Brands - The Hotcourses Group".
  11. ^ "Hotcourses acquires Complete University Guide". The PIE News. 13 Oct 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Marketing and Recruitment - The Hotcourses Group".
  13. ^ "Marketing and comms campaign category: award winner and runners up". Guardian. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Giving Back - The Hotcourses Group".
  15. ^ "Hotcourses Foundation". Nyumbani. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  16. ^ Holly Watt, Amelia Hill (26 June 2018). "Company co-founded by Jeremy Hunt broke law". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  17. ^ "IDP Education acquires Hotcourses Group". The Hotcourses Group. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2017.