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The career and university counselor 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 counselor plays an important role in helping students and families make choices about their future.

During high school, students are asked to consult with the counselor to determine an individualized path through the IB Diploma Programme and into the best-fit university. The counselor’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 SWIS counselor provides every available resource to educate families on how to productively and ethically complete the admission process.

SWIS uses Naviance software as a way for stakeholders to gather information for university applications. Naviance Student is where students can search for universities, compare themselves to previous SWIS graduates, and take personality/career assessments. Teachers post recommendations to Naviance and the counselor can send electronic application documents to schools. Every student and parent has a Naviance account.

The counselor encourages students to assess their ambitions and pursue their dreams. SWIS families are encouraged to allow their children to pursue their interests. The MYP and DP program is a rigorous academic program that is attractive to admissions offices at any school worldwide, and a student that prepares well will have their choice of desirable places to study beyond SWIS.

What to expect from your high school counselor:

High school planning leading up to the university transition starting in grade nine.

Guidance on course selection from Grade 10 in preparation for selecting subjects in the IB Diploma Programme

Comprehensive counseling that supports students throughout the university application process

Presentations for 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 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.

Counselor letters of recommendation that strongly support student’s candidature to appropriate universities.

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 SWIS to universities from all over the world

Organization of college visits from university representatives worldwide.

SWIS 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.   

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