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Applying to University and College - tips & tricks

Going to university is much more than just filling out application forms and getting good grades in school; it involves a major life change for our students. We ensure that our students have the necessary academic preparation for higher education, as well as offering sessions focusing on ‘life at college’ - what is it really like to live away from home? Our full-time University and Career Advisor assists students in:

  • researching their higher education options
  • investigating career options
  • completing the different steps within the university application process
  • directly liaising with college admissions officers worldwide.

Students are encouraged to consider many factors when applying to university. Fields of study, university size, geographic location, cost, family factors, and academic rigor are just a few of these. Support focuses on helping students get to know themselves and what they are looking for in a university, creating a list of schools to apply to, writing meaningful, strategic essays, and managing the application process, including the many important deadlines. Throughout the year, students are offered parent/student information evenings, information sessions through the advisory program, optional lunch-time sessions, and individual counseling.

While BIS students study in all four corners of the world, most choose to study in the USA, UK, Canada and Europe. In order to meet the differing entrance requirements, BIS offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Course Certificates, the BIS High School Diploma. It is a College Board Testing site offering the SAT three times per year, in addition to the PSAT in the autumn (fall). Arrangements can also be made with local testing sites for those who need to take TOEFL or ACT tests.

Visits by university and college admissions officers from around the world take place directly at BIS. Diploma Programme students and parents are notified in advance of these visits. In addition, students and parents are provided information about opportunities to visit touring university groups visiting the local area. BIS has built links with universities that enable students to experience life at university during the summer vacation at the end of Grade 11. 

Career and university advising starts during our Middle Years Programme. Students examine their strengths, their aspirations and their possibilities during this time so that they are well-prepared to choose courses in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 which will develop their individual potential and achieve university aspirations.

Please do not hesitate to contact Sara Miletic, our University and Career Advisor, with any questions that you may have.