About the Fair
The University Fair is a great place to start your university research and begin the process of thinking about your options for the future. It also provides an opportunity for you to find out about universities and courses that you may not have considered or even heard of before; you can meet members of staff from each institution, ask any questions you have and gain a better understanding of what it is you are looking for in a university while also finding out things you may not have thought of.
- The University Fair is on 11 March 2017
There is no rush to decide where or what you want to study whilst you are at the fair. It is an opportunity to collect prospectuses, request further information and exchange contact details with university representatives.
Which course and university could be right for you?
The University fair is an ideal way to find out which universities would suit your interests, preferences, and academic strengths. Representatives from each university are on hand to discuss courses, what the university is like, where it is located, what its graduates go on to do, and more.
In order to make the most of the fair it is important that when you get your chance to speak to university representatives, you ask the right questions – those which will best help you make important decisions about your future.
Things to consider:
Where in the world do I want to study?
Different countries have different systems of education – in some countries (such as the UK) students usually specialise in a subject area from the very start; in other countries (such as the USA) it is common to take a range of subjects before specialising after two years of study. Which mode of study would suit you best?
What are the university entry requirements?
IB Scores - some universities will ask students to achieve particular IB scores for specific courses (e.g. 38 IB points, including core points, to study Management at the University of Warwick). They may also require you to have taken particular subjects (e.g. HL Maths for some Economics courses) Other universities (for example, those in Hong Kong) will ask for a minimum predicted IB score in order for you to be considered but will expect you to achieve higher grades in order to be competitive.
Admissions Tests - some universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, require students to take admissions tests for some subjects. Some (but not all) US universities require students to have taken SAT or ACT tests.
English Language Requirements – most universities worldwide regard a 4 or 5 at Higher or Standard Level IB English (A or B) sufficient to meet their English Language requirements, but a few may also require students to have achieved minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores.
What qualities and skills does the university look for when considering applicants?
Don’t try to match yourself to a university, rather try to pick a university that matches you. The fair is a chance to find out not just what a university requires of you, but what you are looking for in a university.
Higher Education Information: Advice and Guidance
As part of the IB Academy, the Higher Education Team at BISS Puxi works with students and parents to manage each step of the university application process and is experienced in guiding and advising students to help them find the route to Higher Education that is right for them. We are very happy to answer any questions or meet with parents.
Head of Higher Education Guidance
Higher Education Adviser
Higher Education Adviser