University and Career Counselling

At BIS, students’ futures are a priority and our graduates progress to universities, specialist schools and professions across the globe. Each student has different aspirations, and we support individual research though a comprehensive programme of trips to college and career events, presentations by university representatives, weekly student reading groups in subjects including medicine, law and psychology and an annual career morning with information sessions held by experts from a variety of fields. Our detailed University Handbook, with links to university, gap year and career websites worldwide, provides a strong basis for individual research. 

Students in Grades 11 and 12 have plenty of opportunities to discuss their plans with the University Guidance team, who offer extensive help with the application process. In Grade 11, small group workshops and the University Day prepare students to make well-informed decisions about their futures. Students from Grade 10 and 11 experience a high-level Careers Day. Two Grade 11 interview mornings build confidence in formal interview techniques, and this is extended in Grade 12 when students can also practice telephone, Skype and multi-mini-station interview situations. 

Students succeed best when they are confident and happy in their learning environment, and our guiding principle is to encourage students to find the universities and colleges which provide the best “fit” for each individual. We have a large and expanding network of contacts with education providers from all over the world, and we are proud of our strong record of university acceptances.

Post-Secondary School Preparation

• University Guidance programme, including specialist workshops for students and parents

• University focused reading groups (e.g. Medicine, Psychology, Philosophy, Education and Law)

• Year-round visits to BIS from university representatives; university fairs hosted

• Visits to University and Apprenticeship fairs in the vicinity

• CAS & Service in Action as opportunities in developing LEDCs

• Annual Careers Day: Grades 10-11

• Careers research and C.V. training

• Visiting speakers including alumni guests and guests from academia

• Interview training programme: Grades 11-12

• Work Experience weeks: Grade 10

• Extended Essay: Grades 11-12 (4,000-word independent research essay)

• Grade 10 MYP Personal Project (independent research project)