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Dear Parents and Students

It’s been a busy and productive term for everyone and hard to believe that the Easter break is just around the corner.

Highlights of the term include an impressive stream of universities visiting DC giving students an excellent head start in their research; Year 11 students making IB subject choices for next year; release of PSAT results and the continuing flow of great university offers for Year 13.  

In this newsletter:

Year 13

Offers from London School of Economics (LSE) and Imperial College London add to the list of excellent UK offers. The majority of US offers will be released at the beginning of April, but students have already received offers from Northeastern, American University, Purdue, State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo, Hawaiian Pacific University, University of Tampa, University of Denver.  Offers from Canada include those from the Universities of British Columbia (UBC), Toronto (U of T) and McGill. We are also excited to receive offers from HKU and CUHK.   Our first offers from European universities are from Maastricht and Utrecht in the Netherlands.

With only a few weeks of school remaining, Year 13 students have been busily making their final decisions over university choices.  In order for their university places to be officially secured, students need to arrange for their IB exam results to be sent directly from the IBO to their first choices.  

In order for this to happen smoothly, students will have to fill out the attached form and return to the HEO by Friday 15 April 2016.

Year 12 - Time to get prepared and develop an HE profile!

All students have now completed their Brag Sheet, which gives the HEO valuable information and background to advise and counsel students more effectively on their university choices. It also focuses students on the important element of self-assessment in the whole process of university research.

Students have been encouraged to set up an HE portfolio to store all their university research material, notes and correspondence. They have been given excellent research tools to explore different majors and institutions and students should now be building a long list of options.  For more information, please click HERE

Taster lectures in the fields of Law and Psychology from professors at the universities of Leeds, Bath and Bristol have given students a valuable insight into the academic life of higher education.    

For a copy of the University of Bath Psychology lecture, please click HERE

For a copy of the University of Leeds Law lecture, please click HERE.  

Oxford Information Session – Monday 21 March 2016

A group of 11 Year 12 students expressing a serious interest in applying to Oxbridge next year will attend an information session presented by Dr. Shannon McKellar Stephen, the Senior Tutor at St Anne’s College. Students will leave school after recess and travel to Chinese International School by public transport.  An E-notice has been sent to parents.

University Essay Writing Workshop – Friday 20 May 2016

All Year 12 students will be expected to attend an Essay-Writing Workshop on Friday 20 May 2016 from 11am to 1pm. This is the perfect time for students to start brainstorming and drafting their essays – it can be a long and difficult process which needs to start early.  

So just how Important is the Admissions Essay?

‘Enough to potentially make the difference between getting into the school of your choice, or landing on the reject pile. A lousy essay can sink a student with terrific grades and test scores; likewise, a compelling, well-crafted essay just might push a more moderate achiever over the top and into class next fall.’


Year 11 - DP Subject Selection

The subjects that students choose for the IB Diploma can play a crucial role in university admissions. They can determine an offer or a rejection and the subjects studied at Higher Level can be particularly important. However, course requirements can vary between country, programme and university.  Some courses do not require particular combinations, but some do so it’s important that you do your research early.

Over the coming weeks the HEO will meet with all Year 11 students in small groups, to review their subject choice combinations.  

Year 10 - Great Effort!

We continue to be impressed with the great turnout by Year 10 students to university visits and workshops and urge you to keep up this effort. This will definitely pay dividends by the time you reach Year 12 and will give you a serious head start to the whole process.

HEO Feature – NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

I was blown away by my recent visit to NYU’s campus in the remarkable city of Abu Dhabi. For those of you who don’t know, Abu Dhabi is an international city of great diversity with a population of approximately 1.5 million.  International residents from 150 countries make up approximately 80% of the population with Emiratis as the remaining 20%, making it one of the most global cities on the planet.  

It is no surprise then that NYUAD is probably the most global institution of higher education in the world. Students are from over 100 different countries, speaking over 100 different languages and representing cultures and ideas from all over the world.  Like NYU’s campus in New York City, NYUAD is a degree-granting campus offering a four-year undergraduate curriculum that includes opportunities to study around the world at locations on six continents. Classes are small (around 15 students on average) and the quality of resources is staggering.

With heavy funding from the government of the UAE, generous scholarships are abundant, attracting the brightest of students from around the world. For those who feel skeptical about its location and troubled past, I urge you to take the courage to look at NYUAD as a serious contender – you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

For more information, please look at:

- Susie Blomfield

Upcoming events

Tuesday 12 April 2016, 7-9pm at Diocesan Girls’ School
There will be an information session by admission officers from Dartmouth College, Stanford University and Wellesley College, USA. Please click HERE to RSVP.

Happy Easter everyone – have a wonderful and relaxing break.

Kind regards,
Ms Blomfield and Ms Yan
Higher Education Counsellors
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