The Career/University Counsellor facilitates learning about career and university options for both students and families. From assessing personality traits and career interests, compiling transcripts and letters of recommendation, to mailing away applications to universities, the Counsellor plays an important role in helping students and families make choices about their future.

During high school, students are asked to consult with the Counsellor to determine an individualized path through the IB Diploma Programme and into the best-fit university. The Counsellor’s goal is for each student to gain acceptance to the school that matches their interest and personality. Admissions worldwide can be a complicated, demanding, and time-consuming process. The ISNS university counsellor provides every available resource to educate families on how to productively and ethically complete the admission process. 

ISNS uses BridgeU software as a way for stakeholders to gather information for university applications. Students can search for universities, apply and the counsellor can upload their official documents to support their university applications. Any outside testing scores can be stored on the student’s BridgeU individual research file.

The counsellor encourages students to assess their ambitions and pursue their dreams. ISNS families are encouraged to allow their children to pursue their interests. The MYP and DP programs are rigorous academic programs that are attractive to admissions offices at any university/college worldwide, and a student that prepares well will have their choice of desirable places to study beyond ISNS. 

University acceptances and DP results from previous classes highlight the strength of the ISNS approach.

What to expect from your Career/University Counsellor:

  • Guidance on course selection from Grade 10 onward in preparation for selecting subjects in the IB Diploma Programme
  • Comprehensive counselling that supports students throughout the university application process
  • Presentations to high school students and parents detailing all aspects of the university application process
  • Individual meetings with students and parents to remain on the same page about each student’s journey towards independent living.
  • Consultations about differing academic systems, the selection of schools, university courses and/or majors in countries worldwide
  • Supplying resources such as university brochures, catalogs, guides, to help students increase their university awareness
  • Advice on standardized testing, including the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test), the ACT (American College Test), the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
  • Targeting schools that are a good fit depending on the student’s interests, academic strengths, athletic and/or artistic skills, and other factors relevant to the student.
  • Assistance and guidance in preparation of applications including personal statements, essays, mock interviews, and contact with university representatives.
  • Counsellor letters of recommendation that strongly support student’s candidature to appropriate universities.
  • Requesting Teacher References.
  • Workshops on conducting university research and selection as well as preparing applications, essays, interviews, extracurricular and summer activities.
  • Guidance on financial aid
  • Maintaining relationships with universities and introducing ISNS to universities from all over the world
  • Organization of college visits from university representatives worldwide.

ISNS maintains supportive and structured codes of behavior for the college admission process. Our policy allows for an appropriate number of schools and helps ensure that students are submitting accurate and authentic information for their applications.

University Counsellor: Lisa Hackett