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Applying to University

25 April 2014

It’s that time of year when a lot of our Year 12 students are thinking about which universities to apply to next year.

Our Higher Education Advisor, Roohi Iqbal, is always working to get universities from around the world to come to our school and talk to students, so they can explore the different types of universities out there and make the right choices.

Last week we had visits from Oxford University, Imperial College London and Warwick University in the UK and next Monday we have the prestigious South Korean university KAIST coming to present to interested students and their parents.

We thought, therefore, that it would be a good time to ask Ms Iqbal a few questions about applying to universities and what Year 12 students should be thinking about when they have the opportunity to talk to universities face to face.

When is the best time to start thinking about what universities you want to apply to?

Year 12 second term is a good time to start thinking seriously about your academic and career interests.  For certain types of careers, it is advantageous or required to pursue a relevant undergraduate degree.  This is also a good time to make an appointment with me: after learning your objectives and family background, I can make suggestions regarding specific universities. However, it is also a good idea to do some research and reading on your own.

What if you’re not sure what you want to study?

For UK and Hong Kong universities, you apply for a specific course of study, so it is important to have a good idea of what you would like to spend the next 3-4 years studying. For most US universities however, you apply to an open ended undergraduate programme where you have the flexibility of deciding your major during your first or even second year at university.

What kinds of questions should students ask when they have the opportunity to talk to universities?

Meeting a university representative is a great opportunity to learn more about their institution.  While some students do visit universities in other countries, at BISS Puxi we are fortunate that the representatives of a number of top universities visit our campus each year.

Students typically ask questions along the lines of: What kind of student candidate are they looking for? What is their teaching style? What kind of housing options are provided? How are students coming from international backgrounds integrated into the university community? What are some ways in which a student can make their admission application stand out?

What should you think about when you’re deciding which country you should go to for university?

Important factors include whether you are looking for an open-ended or prescriptive curriculum, the fees and associated expenses of attendance, the style of teaching, and the level of comfort with the language and culture of the destination country. Feel free to come and speak to me if you have any questions!

More university offers from the USA

We mentioned before that the US offers would be coming in April and there have been a lot! You can see the universities that our students have been accepted to below. Congratulations to all students who have had offers! 

University of Wisconsin, University of California- Davis, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Irvine, Georgia Tech University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, Boston University, University of Illinois-Urban Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, Rhodes College, Whitman College, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, Worcester Polytechnic University, Northeastern University, Ohio State University, Bucknell University, Hawaii Pacific University, State University of New York- Fredonia, Bard College, Skidmore College, Marist University.