University Admissions. Finding the Right Fit for You– and Getting In -Catherine Boalch (firstname.lastname@example.org). Where Do Our Students Go?. This year , our Terminales are applying abroad to: ( much overlap here ): 14 to the US (plus 2 previous graduates )
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Finding the Right Fit for You– and Getting In
-Catherine Boalch (email@example.com)
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
USA: 4 years. Usuallyapply to school of arts and sciences, choose a major after 2-3 semesters. Can minor in anotherfield. Distribution requirementsacross disciplines. Can oftenapplydirectly to engineering, business, art , music, and dramaschools (portfolio reauired).
UK: 3 year BA/BS, 4-5 yearMaster’s or wtihyearabroad. Applydirectly to a course, some are combined but in generalmuch more focused. Examples: Management withSpanish, ZoologywithYearAbroad, History/German, EuropeanStudies, Civil Engineering withYear in Industry
Scotland: 4 years, applydirectly to a course but cantryseveral areas and switch after first year.
Canada: 3-4 year BA:BS. Applydirectly to engineering, management, arts/sciences more like US model.
US:Based on grades, SAT/ACT scores, extracurricularactivities, essays, references
UK (including Scotland): Based on predicted grades on bac, personalstatement, schoolreference
Canada: Based on bulletins: Seconde through first trimester of Terminale.
US: $14,000 to 40,000 tuition (4 years), but financialaid, merit and need-based, isavailable
UK: £7500 to 9,000 pounds tuition (3 years), but studentscantake out loansfrom British government
Canada: $14,000 to 38,000 tuition (3-4 years); scholarshipsavailable
Québec: French pay local rates of c. $3000 (usually 3 years)
Netherlands, Scotland (4 years), Ireland, Switzerland: 2-3,000 euros per year
USA: ‘Early’ Deadlines Nov. 1 or 15, 2014
Regular Deadline Jan. 1 or 15, 2015
Required: Translatedtranscript, school report, twoteacherreferences, SAT/ACT, possibly SAT subject tests, essays
UK: Deadline for Oxbridge, medicine Oct.15, 2014.
All other courses Jan. 15, 2015
Required: statement of motivation, predicted grades, school report (includes 2-3 teacher
comments). Offers are conditional
Canada: Jan. 15 or Feb. 1 (mostschools)
Online application, upload last 4 bulletins
«I wanted to go to the US because I’m American and had never lived there; I figured college would be the right time. I wanted an urban environment coupled with a campus feel. Boston University offers the perfect mix in that regard. What I love about this school is that one can do anything. But you have to go out and grab it.»
« I have taken amazing classes. My coursework is more challenging than the lycée but I was well prepared. My teachers are very accessible outside the classes. Worcester is not the best city but it has a personality, for sure. I fit at Clark University in every way. I love the diversity of political and religious opinions. It’s the time of your life; enjoy it and never say no!»
« My parents wanted me to go to college in the States and I was sure I didn’t want to stay in Frnce. I I liked the idea of a small liberal arts college with excellent academics. The fact that Vassar was only an hour and a half from New York City was also attractive. Classes are very engaging due to the excellent professors and small size. Assignments have more depth than at the lycée but I have more free time and I’m concentrating on subjects I really love. I joined a student activism group and a Jane Austen book club. I’m greatly enjoying both of them. »
«I didn’t want to stay in France for my studies and I heard great things about England. The US was too expensive and I wanted an English-speaking country. Bristol is one of the top ten universities and has a very good economics program. It’s quite demanding but it’s what I wanted. A lot of students are international. England is very different. It takes a while to get used to it. You have to realize that it’s not France and embrace it »
«The environment at Exeter is very friendly and the weather is the best in all England! My course is not challenging at all compared to the lycée and there are some modules that are useless but I am overall very pleased. I find myself with a lot of free time and I’ve joined many clubs and societies. It does take people a while to get used to you if you’re foreign but English people are very nice.»
« I liked Warwick’s openness and campus atmosphere and the fact that there is a significant amount of international students. I’m happy with the social life but unhappy with the course which I haven’t found stimulating and much more numbers-focused than I was expecting. We have several hours of lectures per week though the lecture halls have several hundred students so contact is limited. There’s very little supervision. The incredibly high number of French students makes me feel like I never left the lycée»
« I reallylikethat McGill has a campus in the city. McGill wasalsoappealingbecauseyou have more flexibility in yourstudiesthan in France. The professors and classes in the management program are interesting and challenging. Class content iscoveredbriefly but youneed to undstanditperfectly and applyit. Classes are large but professors are accessible. It iseasy to makefriends in the first yearthanks to the residence system. International students do stick together. The social life is fun. Ir iqverycompetitive and thus a lot of pressure on students. You have to work hard and bemotivated and interested in whatyou are studying. »
« The cold was hard to adapt to and living so far awayfrom home. The courseworkischallenging-- I have becomeaddicted to coffee sincestarting at McGill. »