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BVIS University acquaint and application support programme – September

Friday 18th September

As part of our University acquaint and application support programme, Years 11 to 13 attended a seminar about universities in America put on by a group of representatives from some top US universities, Minnesota, Oregon, Miami and the University of Vermont.  All of the representatives had flown in to HCMC to talk to students about their universities but they took the time out to present to our students an insight into US universities in general.

The seminar included advice on applications and what universities are looking for, the advantages of having ‘A’ levels and the credits available towards a student’s first year of their bachelor’s degree as well as funding opportunities generally available in the US.

The presentation was warmly received and the students had a good opportunity to ask questions both as a group and one to one with the university staff.

The seminar also reinforced the following points:

-          US universities are independent institutions not regulated by any national authority

-          US universities like ‘A’ level qualifications

-          SAT is not needed by all universities – some do and some don’t require it

Therefore there is a need to research each university independently to see what their entry requirements are

The need for a well thought through entry essay, the title of which is set individually by the universities themselves.

Monday 21st September

The second part of our University acquaint and application support programme, was open to Years 11 to 13 and only those with a specific interest in hospitality and hotel management attended the presentation by admissions officer for SE Asia for Laureate  Glion and Le Roches hotel and hospitality universities in Switzerland.

The seminar was well attended by the students with around 25 showing considerable interest in this area as a future career.  Ms Mueller gave an initial presentation regarding what is covered in a hospitality degree in the 21st century and the options for specialisation.

Switzerland is the top place to study hospitality and hotel management and is renowned for the quality of the education available, which is now supplemented by placements available around the world in sister establishments in London, France, the US, China, Singapore and Australia.  Hospitality is a massive growth area and training at these establishments provide a hands on approach to gaining the necessary skills.

Selection is largely through the quality of entry essay students provide where they need to show they have a genuine interest for working within the industry.

After a great deal of Swiss chocolate given out for questions and good knowledge, Ms Mueller was able to talk individually with the students.

Comment from both our groups of visitors so far is overwhelming positive about how engaged our students are in the process of finding a university to suit their needs.

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