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Council of International Schools

Class of 2020, story so far…

As we gear up for the Christmas break, about 18 students have already applied for UK universities and almost the same number of students are also applying to the US or Canada.  We have also sent off applications to other Asian countries such as University of Tokyo, HKU, HKUST, NUS and Yale-NUS.  Our BSM deadline is on 6 December, we are asking our Year 13 students to send us their final list so we have time to assist them in sending all their documents to each University.  Two weeks to go before we head off for the holidays, it is also the time when our Early Action or Early Decision applicants will know their results.  We are hoping for a positive outcome for all of them.

CIS Europe in Bilbao, Spain

CIS or Council of International Schools is a membership community working to shape international education through professional services to schools, higher education institutions, and individuals. The conference is a place where university guidance counsellors learn about the latest admission practices from CIS Member universities. Sessions cover global trends in international student recruitment and provide an opportunity to learn effective practices in supporting students through the university admissions process. The counsellor can promote their school to more than 400 university admissions representatives from around the world. They can also network and learn from the 400 university counsellors expected to attend.  

It was our first time to take part in this two day conference. University attendees and school attendees each got a chance to represent their institutions behind tables at university and school fairs.  More than 900 participants from all over the world and 423 comprised the University side from different regions.  From South Africa to the UK/Ireland, European countries, Canada and the US; from the Middle East down to Asia Pacific and Australia.  It was a huge University fair – a chance to meet University representatives face to face.  It was a great opportunity to get a chance to talk about what they are looking for in their applicants.  I was able to get more contacts from the admission representatives in the UK and European countries from which we have a growing number of our students who are thinking of applying.

About seven breakout sessions were conducted with various choices. I attended sessions about different applications/systems in some European countries, UK mock admission, Education about the Emerald Isle, Canadian application, Predicament of Predicted Grades, Preparing for Oxford/Cambridge application and Studying in Holland.  It focused on new trends about application and timelines that we follow which I will talk more about in the coming weeks. I also took the opportunity to visit some Universities in the Netherlands such as Erasmus in Rotterdam, Leiden University, Utrecht University and Utrecht College University. I met several of their student representatives to look around their campus and to talk about their experience as an international student in the Netherlands.

I was also given an opportunity to participate in the Schools fair together with other counsellors from ISM and Brent Manila.  It was a good networking opportunity and admission officers came to our table to talk about BSM and plan future University Fairs and visits to the Philippines.  We look forward to welcoming them to our campus in 2020.


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