Finding the Right Fit: A Look at Counselling Models at International Schools
By Robbie Jefferiss
United World College South East Asia, Singapore
Counseling international students on university options is an increasingly complex and challenging role. The breadth and diversity of university choices continues to expand as a steady stream of new opportunities emerge; from new joint global ventures between established universities, to the ever expanding list of programs taught in English throughout Europe. The expertise and depth of knowledge needed to “master” multiple higher education systems, and provide advocacy and support for students and families is often more than a full time job.
However, the diversity of options that stand before our students, is often matched by the diversity of ‘hats’ we wear at our schools. Depending on the size of your school, you may also be the social emotional counselor, a teacher, IB coordinator, assistant principal, registrar, house parent, homeroom advisor, coach, etc. etc. The breadth of our experiences and the diversity of our schools is what makes working at international schools fascinating; no two schools or programs are alike. Similarly, the role of college counselor at your school may have emerged from various groundings. It may have grown organically from a teacher’s part time additional role, or perhaps from a British, American, or mixed international foundation, sometimes with various heads of school carrying their own perception of the role. A recent article published by Shaun McElroy in The International Educator has prompted discussions on Facebook and beyond, looking at the various models used at international schools. So we decided to explore these in more depth with some insight from some experienced counselors who have worked in different models.
International ACAC 2017
Pre and Post-Conference Offerings: The Power of Three
Hone and enhance your summer learning! Join us for an extended stay in Cleveland this summer by adding on a pre or post-conference offering:
The Professional Development committee has worked this year to offer engaging and energetic programs that will compliment the annual summer conference:
- For admission professionals with five or more years of experience we have collaborated with Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management to offer a custom leadership program for a small cohort of individuals wishing to focus on developing their leadership potential.
- For school counselors, educational consultants, and your inner Jedi - The Pre-Conference Institute; International University Counseling 101 has returned for those with 0-2 years of experience. Come network with other international school counselors and superhero admission professionals - learn from the most charismatic and fun-loving people in the profession!
- Go Athletes! A special post-conference workshop on advising student athletes will take place to wrap up your time in Cleveland, OH. Learn how to best advise your burgeoning athletes in the university process!
Pre-Conference Institute: Monday, July 10 & Tuesday, July 11
International University Counseling 101
Are you an international school counselor or educational consultant who is new to guiding students in international admissions and university counseling? Do you feel that you would like to learn more about fundamental topics in the field of international admissions? If so, be sure to sign up for the Pre-Conference International Counseling 101 workshop created especially counselors and consultants with 0-2 years experience. In the two days that lead into main International ACAC Conference, experienced counselors and university admissions representatives will present on a wide variety of topics to help you feel more comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable in your work with students as they prepare for post-secondary life and studies. See more detailed information here.
Second Annual Vancouver International Universities Fair
By Tatjana Guadalupe
NACAC International Initiatives Coordinator
The Vancouver International Universities Fair (VIUF) will be held this coming April 30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre-East from 1pm-4pm (PDT). Registration for exhibitors and students is now open through the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Fairs website.
Putting Your Mask on First
By Kelly Braun
International School of Sacred Heart, Tokyo
We’ve all heard the announcement. It comes after learning how to fasten our seatbelts for the millionth time, just before we’re told where our floatation devices are located beneath our seats:
“Oxygen masks will drop down from above your seat. Place the mask over your mouth and nose, like this. Pull the strap to tighten it. If you are traveling with children, make sure that your own mask is on first before helping your children.”
Top 10 Tips: Advice for the Parents of the College-Bound Expatriate
By Barbara C. ChenCollege Admissions Professional, Beijing
As the annual ritual of parents sending their children off to college nears, articles highlighting debates such as buying versus renting a mini fridge abound. Indeed, these editorials have merit, but they overlook a growing population of students arriving on U.S. college campuses each year: the American expatriate. If the number of Americans living overseas were placed in one state, it would be the 13th most populous state in the U.S. Adjusting for growth since the last census, at roughly 8 million citizens abroad, they comprise a demographic that remains largely invisible. To add to that perspective, that figure excludes those who reside abroad related to U.S. government and military work. Different from their fellow citizens who live and attend high school in the US, and different still from international students, the American who grew up overseas but returns “home”
for college has an entirely different college move- in check list.
International ACAC Conference by the Numbers
While International ACAC Events can never be just about the numbers…
Here it is just about the numbers.
#IntlACAC16 Conference Rutgers
Conference First Timers FAQ
By Johanna Fishbein, and Michael Maki
Q: Where is the conference information?
A: You can access all of the conference information from internationalacac.org/conference Everything you need to know (schedules, sessions) is on here so visit it frequently!
Q: Do people really stay in the dorms?
A: Yep! Reliving your younger years in a dorm room is part of the Int'l ACAC experience, but it is not a requirement. You can find information about on campus and off campus housing here: http://iacac2016.rutgers.edu/stayinghere.html
If you do decide to stay in the dorms (most attendees do), it can be a really great way to meet people. You can put down the name of someone you’d like to stay with or be randomly assigned which can be fun too. Everyone in the dorms is very friendly and welcoming and you will always have your own bedroom, although you may be sharing a bathroom.
Explore the Globes Contest
Berta Laio, Hsinchu International School
Kristina Dooley, Estrela Consulting
Kristin Crosby, Washington & Jefferson College
Correct decoded word: GREEN
Top Ten Things to Know About New Brunswick & New Jersey
By Jennifer Hollis
Admissions Counselor, Rutgers University
1) Location, Location, Location! – At the center of the Boston-to-Washington, D.C. metropolitan corridor, New Jersey is at the hub of business, industry, and culture in a region that is unsurpassed in the world. New Brunswick is in a prime location within the state with three international airports nearby and quick travel by mass transit or car to New York City or Philadelphia. New Jersey is home to the headquarters of 19 Fortune 500 companies, four of which are also Global 500 companies as well as more than 1,100 multinational firms representing 40 nations.
2) The Science State – New Jersey employs more science professionals than any state in the U.S. and is home to more scientists and engineers per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Fifteen of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have their headquarters here as well.
INTERNATIONAL ACAC Scholars 2016
By Joan Liu
University Advisor, United World College of South East Asia
International ACAC actively promotes access to higher education for high-achieving, low-income students around the world by supporting those who work directly with them. Through the International ACAC Scholar Program, high-impact but under-resourced counselors and leaders are given an opportunity to gain much-needed professional development to support these talented students.
Scholarship recipients are funded to attend the International College Counseling 101 Institute, the annual conference, as well as a bus tour. Scholars are then paired with a mentor for a year beyond the conference. This four-part program allows Scholars to bring new knowledge, best practices, and a larger network to their students, communities, and regions.
Top Five Things To Do in Vancouver While in Town for The Fair
NACAC’s first International Universities Fair is being held in Vancouver May 7 and the city is ready to welcome visitors from institutions all over the world. The fair, Saturday May 7 from 1:00 - 4:00PM has over a 150 universities from a dozen different countries converging on Vancouver Convention Center to promote higher education options to the region's secondary school students. Recognizing that many university representatives will only have a few spare hours before or after the fair, International ACAC has received special advice from a local Vancouverite to come up with the ever helpful Top Five Things.
TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER BEFORE OR AFTER THE NACAC FAIR
1. Take a Water Taxi Ride to See the City
College Summer Programs List 2016
Search below to see a list of member institutions summer program offerings for high school students !
More and more colleges and universities are offering short term on-campus programs that offer a taste of what life would be like at that institution. Many offer a mixture of academic and social content, courses taught by tenured professors, and some even provide credit. All provide a fantastic way to discover college life and an enriching summer experience.
Selecting a summer program can be as challenging as choosing which college to apply for – thankfully its hard to make a bad choice. Here are some factors to consider while working with your students and their parents:
- Dream College : This may be the first chance for your student to experience the college they already have at the top of their list. However, as a grade 10 or 11 student, there is still time to explore. If a student’s heart has always been set on College X , and will apply there no matter what - - then perhaps a summer program at College Y is the perfect opportunity to discover the next best thing.
Conference Funding Request Template
Many counselors attend the International ACAC Conference thanks to the support of their school's administration. However, sometimes just finding the time to write a letter of request can be a challenge.
If you need help requesting funding for this valuable professional development opportunity, International ACAC has drafted the following letter template to get you started.
INSTRUCTIONS: Simply access the template from this blog post, copy the content into a word document, edit and personalize, mail to your principal/superintendent, cross your fingers ...
Click HERE to download the Conference Funding Request Template
Behind The Scenes of The International Universities Fair Vancouver
By Beth Cleary
NACAC, International Initiatives Coordinator
The National Association for College Admission Counseling and International ACAC are co-hosting the first International Universities Fair in Vancouver on May 7, 2016.
Chaired by Nancy Cromarty, director of university and career counseling at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, the fair preparations are off to a great start. “Interest and excitement about this first time event has already begun among parents, students and counselors here in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver,” says Cromarty.
Giving & Receiving - Top Gifts from the Global Road
By Samantha Deleon
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Survey Says!! : What's the BEST gift you received from a university representative or high school counselor ? Whats the best memento you have ever shared with a friend or family member after a trip ?
Thinking about giving and receiving at this time of year we thought we'd look at some of the best gifts the university reps have received from counselors, and some of the ways university reps are giving back upon their return home...
OACAC Conference By The Numbers
While OACAC Events can never be just about the numbers… here it is just about the numbers
#OACAC2015 Conference Oregon
Intro to NACAC's Vancouver International Universities Fair
An interview with Nancy L. Cromarty
Colleges: mark your calendars for next May - NACAC is going International
Next spring the NACAC will host the first stand alone College Fair outside the United States. The Vancouver International Universities Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Whenever NACAC runs a National College Fair in the United States, the regional affiliate serves as a local organizing committee, and supports NACAC in the promotion and planning of the event. Since Vanoucver, Canada is 'international' Overseas ACAC has the privilege of supporting this event. Recently, OACAC.com talked with Nancy Cromarty, Chair of the Organizing Committee and Director of University & Career Counseling at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, about this exciting new initiative and what participants can expect.
Are you going to OACAC?
By Kelly Braun
Int'l School of Sacred Heart, Tokyo
That’s a wrap! With some of us nearing or finishing our academic year, we head back to our home countries, take our valued holidays, reflect on the last year, and most importantly...attend this year’s OACAC conference. OACAC is a highlight of my year, it’s a great way to finish up the last academic year and kick off a new one. I always take away incredible ideas from the presenters, inevitably meet someone new every time I turn around, and see people I consider good friends who live at least 3,000 miles away. The question at this time of year amongst our kind is not “what are you doing this summer?” but instead “are you going to OACAC?”. People are bummed if you can’t go this year, but the promise of attendance in future years makes everyone feel a bit better.
This year I am especially excited, as a born and bred Pacific Northwesterner, I am thrilled I won’t have to travel to the other coast, instead we will be enjoying what my beautiful home state of Oregon has to offer. It’s the land of trees that are hundreds of years old, local microbrews, fantastic wine, Ducks vs. Beavers, delicious Voodoo doughnuts, and boutique coffee shops on just about every corner. This year’s conference will no doubt be another great one, Eugene here we come! #OACAC2015
Exactly What to Expect in Eugene*
By Beau C. Benson
Senior Assistant Director, New York University
10. Spread out over 295 acres in the beautiful Willamette Valley between the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains, the University of Oregon’s campus will offer plenty of opportunities to break out your walking/jogging/running shoes. Try to see as much as possible -- but remember, see as much as possible while sporting your Nikes, which were founded by University of Oregon track athlete Philip Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman in January 1964
9. Not a fan of running? Well, we’ve got you covered. Bicycling magazine called Eugene one of the ten most bicycle-friendly cities in the nation.
OACAC Scholars 2015
By Joan Liu
University Advisor, United World College of South East Asia
OACAC actively promotes access to higher education opportunities for the neediest students around the world by supporting those who work directly with them. Through the OACAC Scholarship Program, we fund and support high-impact counselors working to help academically bright, but under-resourced international students gain access to higher education.
Thank you for helping us identify talented counselors around the world. This year, we received 73 nominations from you. We then reached out to these nominees to encourage them to apply for the OACAC Scholarship. In total, we received 61 applications from 49 countries.
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