IST University Information Session 1 February 2011 Ms. Sheaffer, Counselor/University Advisor What to Consider when Choosing a University Admission requirements-do I have what they want? Is it a good “fit” for me? “Best school for…” does not always matter! Don’t choose a uni just for the name! Major of study Location Country Urban Rural Weather Cost Size Activities/sports Make up of student body- International, TCK Where should I go? THE WORLD is the Option! USA Canada UK Australia South Africa Europe American Oversees Colleges Rest of world USA “College” & “University” interchangeable 3700 in the US Public & Private 4 years for Bachelor Degree (BA/BS) Select “major” of study Must check prerequisites Liberal arts component Scholarships Available for US and foreign students Need based Merit based USA-What is important? Grades-9th-12th SAT/ACT/SAT Subject, TOEFL Exams IB Diploma or IB Certificates Rigor of program Essays Extracurricular involvement Teacher recommendations USA-Application Process Needed: 2-3 letters of recommendations from teachers Must fill in “Teacher Recommendation Info sheets” Essays CV/Resume (just to help you fill out app) Test Scores (SAT, ACT, IB Predicted) SAT “Score Choice”-March 2009 Transcript IST University Application Info sheet Available in August 2011 USA-Application Process Many deadlines-1 January IST deadline-November 29, 2011 Early Decision, Early Action-October 15th Uses a “holistic” approach “X” factor Mid-year reports Conditional acceptance/offer CANADA 50-60 Universities in Canada ALL are public Typically 4 years for Bachelor’s Allows for flexibility Study classes not in major Select a “Faculty” of study Must check prerequisites Offer only merit based scholarships for Canadian & foreign students CANADA Only considers grades IB Diploma Predicted Scores Grades and SAT-US Diploma Tuition- cheaper than US Deadlines begin-1 February IST Deadline- 21 January Student Study Visa- liberal visa requirements Can work for 3 years after graduation-immigration process Can work 40 hours/week in summers UK All are Public Typically 3 years to complete Bachelor’s Only study classes in major/course 4years in Scotland—model for US system-some flexibility Scotland-tuition may be free for EU/UK citizens Scotland & Wales-cheaper than England Tuition increase starting 2012 (England only-for UK/EU Students) UK-UCAS UCAS-Application clearing house Apply to 5 unis at once online Apply with “buzzword” for IST Deadline-15 January IST deadline- November 29, 2011 May need admissions testing Limited aid for international students UK-UCAS IB Diploma: IB predicted Scores-MUST BE ACCURATE! 1 teacher recommendation (“referee”) Personal statement GCSE/IGCSE scores IELTS exam UK-UCAS US/IST Diploma with IB Certificates Grades, IB Predicted & SAT scores May need AP exams GCSE/IGCSE/O-levels scores IELTS exam may be required Foundation year may be required UK-UCAS Conditional offers Choose 2 from offers UCAS Extra Clearing “Trade Up”-August 2009 AUSTRALIA 39 Universities (37 public, 2 private) Typically-3 years for Bachelor’s Only study classes in your major Southern hemisphere schedule Late Feb start-Mid Dec deadline IB Diploma highly recommended US Diploma SAT, Grades, AP, Foundation year TOEFL/IELTS-for visa purposes AUSTRALIA Must be able to pay full fees for visa cheaper than US or UK Some aid for international students Prefer use of agent for international applications Local agent- Global Education South Africa Typically, 3 years for Bachelor’s Southern hemisphere schedule Matriculation Exemption Required SA Higher Education Department IB Diploma or US diploma SAT scores & acceptance into US university No TOEFL required No aid for international TZ citizens get SA prices American Oversees Universities US or US Type universities all over Europe & other parts of the world Requirements & Application process like US universities Recommended for students who want to study in Europe in ENGLISH and have the flexibility of US style Bachelors EUROPE-European National Universities Universities in each country in the local language (some bi-lingual) Typically, 3 year bachelor’s Fairly cheap for EU citizens IB Diploma highly recommended IB Diploma Admission requirements vary US Diploma-possible, but not recommended Should only apply if you are COMPLETELY FLUENT (reading/writing/speaking) in that language to study in local language Rest of World India Middle East New Zealand Asia Other Options Tech/Trade Schools Art Schools/Institutes US-Community Colleges GAP year Google “Gap Year” How many universities should I apply to? 1-2 aspiration (long shot) schools 2 that you have a 50/50 shot of getting into 1-2 you are fairly sure you can get into 1 safety Don’t go crazy and apply to 1000 universities in 18 countries—that is way too much! Who needs to take the SAT??? Anyone applying to the USA (even with IB Diploma) Anyone without the IB Diploma applying to the following countries: USA Canada UK Europe Australia South Africa Rest of World SAT Registration Juniors should take 2 times at end of 11 th grade 7 May (deadline 8 April) 4 June (deadline 6 May) SAT Subject-October or November 2011 SAT prep Online-Collegeboard Books in library class- TanSAO (Mr. Rustad) $300 USD from 4-8 April 2010, 16-21 April, 21-15 June, or 28 June28-2 July Register at www.collegeboard.com ACT-midwest US universities- www.actstudent.org Financial Aid US FAFSA and CSS Profile Scholarships Merit based Academic Sports Needs based Other Countries Loans & scholarships University Guidance Ms. Sheaffer & Mr. Battersby Assist with choosing majors and universities Review applications Essays Teacher recommendations Completing required forms Parent meetings University Guidance Ms. Sherali Transcript Mailing application materials What is YOUR Responsibility? RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!! Know the deadlines! SAT/SAT Subject/ACT/Admissions tests Applications Know what each school requires Meet with Ms. Sheaffer & Mr. Battersby WE WILL NOT HUNT YOU DOWN! ????