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University Counselling News

On this page we post news and information for students working on, or thinking about, university applications.

G9 to G12 students interested in the Tourism and Hospitality industry

On Thursday 16 March the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality will be holding their European Hotellerie Roadshow in the DSC corridor during lunch.

Please do pop by and talk to their representatives and find out more about the exciting variety of careers within the Tourism and Hospitality industry.

Grade 10-12 students interested in Sports Event Management

Glion and Les Roches are organizing a new event called Industry Day on 31st March 2017 in Bern. It’s a great opportunity to understand the hospitality and event management behind sport events in one of the most competitive championships in the world.

In partnership with top-tier Swiss ice hockey club SC Bern, we are proud to give you an exclusive insight into the business of a professional sports team.

The PostFinance Arena in Bern is the most visited Ice Hockey Stadium in Europe and we are pleased to offer a personalised tour of the venue, led by the Hospitality Managing Director Mr Sven Rindlisbacher, including an insightful presentation about the hospitality and event related operations required to be successful at the highest competitive level.

Type: Industry Day – Be the business behind the show !

Location: PostFinance-Arena. With a spectator capacity of 17,000 seats, the PostFinance Arena is the largest ice stadium in Switzerland and one of the largest halls in Europe

Date : Friday 31.03.2017

Time: from 18.00 to 20.30

If you are curious about career opportunities in the field of events, sports and entertainment please register and attend the event ! Participation is limited to the first online registrations received at

Open Day at the London School of Economics and Political Science

If you are thinking of applying to study at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for entry September 2018 then you may be interested in attending their Open Day on Wednesday 29 March. Please see here for more information and to register yourself.

IE Junior Advisory Board

Calling all Grade 11 students - Thinking about applying to IE next year? If so then it would be a good idea to apply to the IE Junior Advisory Board. Please see details here.

Applications for LIYSF 2017 are now open!

Interested in Science?

Interested in Imperial College, London?

Looking for something to enrich your university applications during the summer?

Then please read on:

Applications for LIYSF 2017 are now open!

The 59th London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) - 26th July to 9th August 2017 - invites students to apply now to join 500 other likeminded students gathered from 70 countries across the world at a two-week residential course, held at Imperial College London. The LIYSF programme includes lectures, demonstrations from leading scientists and visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions, world-class laboratories and universities, along with an active social calendar and a focus on cultural education and forming lasting friendships.

LIYSF is delighted to announce that the underlying theme at LIYSF 2017 will be; "Science - Making Life Better". As always, LIYSF will cover all areas of science (STEM), but this underlying theme will be considered on the opening day, in the student debate and over the specialist study day.

Please see this link for more details and how to apply.

Virtual College Tours

Here is an interesting site where you can take a college tour without actually leaving your home:

From autumn 2016 onwards: admissions tests for Cambridge University

Thinking about applying to the University of Cambridge for entry in autumn 2017 onwards? If so, you should be aware that Cambridge has just introduced admissions tests for some courses. That means that for both Oxford and Cambridge, applicants may need to sit an entrance examination on 2 November. Students will need to ask our University Counsellor, Rachel Doell, to register them for this test by mid-October. Find out here which Cambridge courses require admissions tests.

See the interactive ICS University Handbook

ICS has created an interactive University Handbook. It offers information and guidance to students from Grades 9-12. See the University Handbook here.

UK universities admissions test dates

Admissions tests are required by Oxford, Cambridge and by some other UK universities and for certain subjects (such as medicine, dentistry, etc). See the test dates for students entering university in September 2017 here.

USA Standardised Test Score Dates 2016/2017

These are the dates this school year when students can sit standardised tests such as the SAT, SAT subject tests, the ACT, IELTS, etc.

UK university applications deadlines 2016/2017

Here are the deadlines for applying to UK universities for entry in Autumn 2017.

Application Deadlines for US Universities 2017

For entry to US universities in Autumn 2017, these are the application deadlines.

Information for parents about UK university applications

UCAS (the UK's universities and colleges admissions service) publishes a 'Getting into UK Universities' Guide for Parents. It has useful information on application deadlines, financing courses, and finding accommodation. Plus parents can sign up for a regular newsletter.

Information resource for International Students is a useful resource for international students. It has information about applying to higher education institutions outside your home country. You can search for subject areas or geographic regions you are interested in; and also sign-up to receive the monthly i-student global newsletter.

Want to study in the US - without taking the SAT?

Fair Test keeps a list of US schools that do not use SAT or ACT scores to admit substantial numbers of students into Bachelor's programmes.

How universities recognise the IB Diploma

On the IB website, there is specific information about how higher education institutions in countries around the world recognise the IB Diploma. You can find this information on the country recognition statements page on the IB website.
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