At most international schools, you can expect students to be assigned a university counsellor from at least Year 12/Grade 11. Many schools start even earlier, as Zoe Williams at Tanglin explains:
“Students are engaged with thinking about future degree options from Year 9 when they choose their options and again in Year 11 before they decide on their A Levels or IB Pathways.”
Hani Rahman at Dover Court explains why it is so important to plan for university well ahead of time.
“The school supports its students before even reaching Sixth Form. We want students to feel comfortable with their course options in Sixth Form, so the best counselling should start ahead of time. Students should have a basic idea of what courses can help them with their end goals, if they have those defined.”
During the application period, students will be supported with the writing of their personal statement; they may have one to one meetings to discuss their future plans; and schools make country-specific presentations to outline the application processes, timeline, requirements and investment involved in each country. Schools such as Tanglin host a series of workshops in the Spring term focusing on applications for Oxbridge, medicine and US universities. And, since Covid-19, there has a been a more virtual approach to visiting university campuses.
Tannaz Daver at SJI International explains how university fairs at the school have changed over the past two years.
“Before COVID we had over 250 universities visit our school every year, giving students the opportunity to talk to a range of university representatives. This is now replicated through curated online presentations for our community as well as sharing open public events taking place.”
It’s also interesting to see how schools are supporting students once they finish their final exams. Tanglin, for example gives its Year 13 graduating cohort a fun ‘UK Survival Guide’ and connects leavers with Tanglin alumni at its Top 20 university destinations.
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