How international school students are getting the most out of CIS University Exploration Days
Nico Evers

 

By Nico Evers, Director of Higher Education Services

 

 

Graduating students

[Updated 14 September 2021]

We’ve come a long way since we launched our university fairs into the online world in 2020 with one clear goal in mind: to ensure a continuity of service in connecting students at our international member schools with our university members worldwide during the pandemic.

Years of confidence in our highly valued in-person fairs had laid a foundation of trust in our community, so we knew we had high expectations to meet when making the transition to an online model.

The result? Our 2021 virtual University Exploration Days are proving to be a successful solution for members, thanks to our committed team and continual consultation and feedback from our members and students who identified features that work for them.

 

"Students have been inundated with so much information this year that oftentimes it's challenging to sift through all of the offerings. Having one set time for a fair with a variety of options during the school day gave them an opportunity to focus and do research."

—Amy Colfelt, Secondary School Counsellor, Hong Kong Academy

 

An important part of these events is that they include learning opportunities for students. Live presentations from university faculty and admissions staff provide students with the chance to learn, diving deeply into aspects of the university learning and living experience. 

Our university members worldwide showcase what they can offer students, help them with their queries, and get to know their ambitions during 1:1 dialogues about the admissions process, the university life experience, financial aid options, and so much more. 

 

"There was excitement that everyone was attending the sessions together, signing on for the live presentations especially. The live university sessions created the most interest and energy"

—Amy Colfelt

 

One of the strengths of our virtual Exploration Days is that they provide access to students in remote locations or who are unable to travel to visit university campuses. At the 'fully funded' University Exploration Day on 23 June, we’re collaborating with the HALI Network and full-scholarship schools around the world to connect high achieving, low-income students with opportunities for studying globally where universities offer the financial support they need to see them through their higher education living and learning experience.

As students explore and research their next steps beyond secondary school, we work with our members to support the best possible outcome for those who are interested in international higher education opportunities.

thank you

It’s all about being connected, communicating, and working closely with our colleagues across the international university admission and guidance community. 

A big THANK YOU to all participating CIS member schools plus collaborating organizations who work with us to make it possible. We've listed them below.

If you would like to connect your students with universities around the world and provide them with access to the educational experiences our University Exploration Days offer, we are now scheduling our 2021/2022 events. To participate, our member schools can log into the CIS Community portal and contact me via the link on the portal homepage, I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Reflections from Amy Colfelt, Secondary School Counsellor at the Hong Kong Academy

Hosting the virtual exploration day during the school day was a success for these reasons:

  • advisors and the counsellor were on hand to assist students with their questions and help guide/advise them during their research
  • there was excitement that everyone was attending the sessions together, signing on for the live presentations especially
  • students were able to sit together and chat and advise each other and show each other their research
  • attendance was much higher as it was a structured part of the school day and the expectations were clear that they need to attend

Students have been inundated with so much information this year that oftentimes it's challenging to sift through all of the offerings. Having one set time for a fair with a variety of options during the school day gave them an opportunity to focus and do research. Oftentimes there has been low turnout for optional fairs during the evening as students are tired from the school day and having been on their computers all day.

The live sessions created the most interest and energy. If the booths could be more interactive and unis could staff them with student reps so our students could have face to face video calls, that would be ideal and the feel of a fair would be very close to the actual thing. 

 

 

Connect your students by getting your school involved

If you would like to connect your students with universities around the world and provide them with access to the educational experiences our University Exploration Days offer, we are now scheduling our 2022 events.

To participate, our member schools can log into the CIS Community portal and contact us via the link on the portal homepage.

 

 

CIS member schools and organizations that participated so far in 2021

[Updated 14 September 2021, more events and schools added below]

Shanghai region: March 2021

Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi

Wellington College International Shanghai

Shanghai American School

Wellington College International Tianjin

Suzhou Singapore International School

Western International School of Shanghai (WISS)

 

Switzerland: April 2021

Aiglon College

International School of Zug and Luzern

Collège du Léman International School

International School Rheintal

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School

Leysin American School

Institut Montana Zugerberg

Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz

International School of Berne

St George's International School Switzerland

International School of Geneva

The American School in Switzerland

International School of Lausanne

Zurich International School

 

Hong Kong region: May 2021

Canadian International School of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Academy

Chinese International School Hong Kong

Stamford American School Hong Kong

Harrow International School Hong Kong

 

 

France: June 2021

American School of Paris

International School of Nice

Bordeaux International School

International School of Paris

École Jeannine Manuel

International School of Toulouse

 

Fully Funded: June 2021

Participating CIS Member schools and HALI Organizations include:

Abaarso School of Science & Technology

Open Dreams

AEO Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools

Our Moon Education

African Science Academy

Pearson College UWC

Aga Khan Academy Mombasa

SHOFCO

Ashinaga/ Liger Leadership Academy

Tanzania Students Achievements Organization

Bridge for Future to DRC Scholars

The School of St Jude

Dream Rise Foundation

Tujenge Africa Foundation

Education Matters/USAP Community School

UWC Atlantic College

EDULCOD-Togo

UWC Changshu

Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology

UWC Changshu China

Imagine Impact (Imagine Scholar)

UWC Dilijan College

Jewels Scholarship Fund

UWC East Africa - Moshi Campus

Kakenya's Dream

UWC Maastricht

KenSAP

UWC Mahindra College

Kucetekela Foundation

UWCSEA East Campus

Makomborero Zimbabwe

Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA

MPESA Foundation Academy

Zawadi Africa Education Fund

 

Africa: September 2021

American International School of Lagos

International Community School of Abidjan

American School of Yaounde

International School of Gabon Ruban Vert

Bishop Mackenzie International School

International School of Kenya

Braeburn Garden Estate School

International School of Tanganyika

Braeburn School

Khartoum American School

Braeburn School Arusha

Luanda International Community School

Braeside School

Rusinga Schools, Nairobi

Brookhouse School

UWC East Africa

Dar es Salaam International Academy

Westwood International School

International School of Dakar

Windhoek International School

 

Eurasia: September 2021

International School of Nur-Sultan

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics Almaty

Miras International School Nur-Sultan

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Aktobe

Nazarbayev Intellectual School for Chemistry and Biology in Shymkent

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Kokshetau

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Aktau

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Kostanay

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Almaty

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Nur-Sultan

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Atyrau

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Taldykorgan

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Karaganda

Nazarbayev Intellectual school of Physics and Mathematics in Taraz

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Kyzylorda

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Uralsk

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Petropavlovsk

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics Semey

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Ust-Kamenogorsk

Nazarbayev Intellectual School, Physics and Mathematics, Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology, Pavlodar

Tashkent International School

Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Nur-sultan

Tien Shan International School

 

 

Connect your students by getting your school involved

If you would like to connect your students with universities around the world and provide them with access to the educational experiences our University Exploration Days offer, we are now scheduling our 2022 events.

To participate, our member schools can log into the CIS Community portal and contact us via the link on the portal homepage.

 

 


Related content:

  • University guidance counsellors at CIS member schools
    • Direct your students to complete a form that adds their contact details, academic interests, preferred countries of study and more to the University Connection Registry. Our university members can then access their details and get in touch. Log into the CIS Community portal > Services > University Guidance >  Registry
    • Join your peers and university admissions representatives from around the world in November for our virtual annual CIS Global Forum on International Admission & Guidance
       
  • University members
    • Log into the CIS Community portal to view the list of events to meet with students and review the University Connection Registry to connect with students at CIS member schools worldwide.
       
  • Both
    • Log into the CIS Community portal and visit the webinar library to learn about key challenges and approaches being taken to support student transition university.