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University Guidance

Nord Anglia International School Dubai works with students to build upon their academic and extracurricular experiences to achieve their university aspirations. Our students have received university acceptances from around the world, including University of Cambridge, LSE, Imperial College London, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania and Yale NUS.

The path to university should be a time of growth and self-reflection, and we endeavour to make this process as constructive as possible. We understand that this is often an anxious and stressful time for both parents and students, and so our aim is to ensure that families are well-informed and that they begin the process early to avoid unnecessary pressures.

The most important element of the university search process should be identifying environments where the student is likely to thrive, both academically and as an individual. Therefore, the concept of “fit” is crucial. The best way to find the “good-fit” universities where you as a student are most likely to flourish is to first understand yourself: what are your strengths and interests, what are you hoping to achieve through a university education, and in which environment are you most likely to succeed? 

In Year 10, we work with students and parents to create an academic plan and begin exploring potential careers and majors. Our curriculum culminates in a weeklong work experience for all students, giving them the opportunity to explore careers firsthand.

In Year 11, we work to identify the country system or systems that are best suited to the student and help them to plan their IB choices in order to ensure that they are meeting requirements for the universities and courses of greatest interest to them.

Year 12 is focused on identifying a short list of good-fit universities, writing the Personal Statement and completing the foundational elements of each application. We work individually with students to help them identify readings, coursework, internships, and other extracurricular activities that will help them build their stories and stand out in the university admissions process.

In Year 13, we help students finalise and send their applications, support them with interview preparation, and help them with deferral and waitlist strategies. We meet one-on-one with students to ensure that they are on track with applications and that all deadlines are met.


For more information on the Careers and University Guidance Program at NAS, please contact:

Ms. Holly Walker 

University Guidance Counsellor 



Ms. Mary Ellen Simoni

University Guidance Counsellor


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