College Counseling Announcements

Below is a list of the upcoming university visits at UAS and events around Dubai. All parents and students are welcomed to attend these events. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Carolina Barajas, College Counselor, at or leave a comment at the bottom of the post.

Upcoming University Visits @UAS

CIS Canadian University Tour, Monday, February 6th, Secondary Library, 12:50 – 1:40PM* 

Brescia University College, Carleton University, Concordia University, Dalhousie University, Huron University College at Western University, McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Ryerson University, St Francis Xavier University, Trent University, University of Calgary, University of Guelph, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, York University

*GR 11 homerooms will attend the fair from 12:50 – 1:20PM; GR 9, 10, 12 students can attend during lunch from 1:20 – 1:40PM

UK Mini Fair, Thursday, February 23rd, Counseling Area, 1:20 – 2:00PM* 

Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of Leicester, Study Group (Foundation Provider)

*All GR 9 – 12 students can attend during lunch

CIS Middle East Tour, Monday, March 20th, MPH, 1:50 – 1:40PM* 

UAE: Paris Sorbonne University – Abu Dhabi; USA: Stony Brook University, University of Vermont, University of Colorado Boulder, Savannah College of Art and Design, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management; University of California – Riverside, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, The College of New Jersey, University of California – Irvine, Miami University; ITALY: Marist University; SPAIN: IE University

*GR 11 homerooms will attend the fair from 12:50 – 1:20PM; GR 9, 10, 12 students can attend during lunch from 1:20 – 1:40PM

Gulf Edu Tours, Monday, April 17th, Secondary Library, 12:50 – 1:40PM*

USA: Utah State University, Diablo Valley College, Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg, Central Michigan University, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Otterbein University; ITALY: Bocconi University (More universities to be announced)

*GR 11 homerooms will attend the fair from 12:50 – 1:20PM; GR 9, 10, 12 students can attend during lunch from 1:20 – 1:40PM

Updated University List – 2.2.17

University Visits and Events in Dubai

Canadian University Fair, Saturday, February 4th, 2:30pm-4:00pm, GEMS World Academy, Al Barsha South, Dubai, UAE

PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS – Brescia University College, Carleton University, Dalhousie University, Huron University College at Western University, McGill University, Memorial University, Ryerson University, St Francis Xavier University, Trent University, University of Calgary, University of Guelph, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, York University


Greeting from EducationUSA-Dubai! You are invited to attend a one hour information titled “International Student Life on a US University Campus” at the Consulate General of the United States of America on Tuesday, February 7th  from 4:00-05:00PM.

Kindly RSVP by sending your full name along with the name of anyone that is attending with you to by Feb, 5th  in order to get access to the Consulate. MAP – Map and Directions to NCC-1pqoto7

International Students Day, Virtual College Fair, Wednesday, February, 15th, 4AM – 4PM EST (1PM – 1AM Dubai time)

Connect with Cornell University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, NYU and 120+ other colleges and universities around the world. CollegeWeekLive is the only place online where they can watch live video webcasts and get advice directly from admissions officers, scholarship experts, and EducationUSA in live online chats in one day. To register visit CollegeWeekLive. 

American University in Dubai (AUD) – PACE Program 

The Admissions team at the American University in Dubai (AUD) is organizing a set of workshops for high school students to prepare them for the university application process and to assist them in taking more informed decisions regarding their choice of program. The Program is called PACE, PA for Preparation for Application, and CE for Career Exploration.

 PACE Program – University Preparation Workshops

The PA – Preparation for Application workshops have been designed and will be delivered by professionals in the field, and they include sessions on TOEFL and SAT preparation, as well as Math tutorials, and a special session on study skills needed to succeed in university.

The engaging and interactive CE – Career Exploration workshops have been carefully designed and tailored to offer a snapshot of different programs. Students will experience hands-on what it would be like to study their program of choice, spend time living the university life, and more importantly interact with professors to ask as many questions as they want.

Dates and Details – AUD will be offering these workshops free of charge every Saturday during February, March and April 2017. Students will have the option to register for multiple workshops. To register for these workshops, follow this link – 

Summer Programs 

2017 Summer Term High Schools Programs at Boston University. This year, BU is offering five pre-college programs for students to choose from. All five provide rigorous and collaborative college life experiences that will enable students to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential. Here is a brief overview of our programs:

 High School Honors is a six-week residential, commuter, or online program in which students take Boston University undergraduate courses and earn up to eight transferable college credits. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2017.

RISE Internship/Practicum is a six-week non-credit residential or commuter program in which students conduct scientific research in a university lab under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students must be entering their senior year of high school in fall 2017. International Students are not eligible for the RISE program.

Academic Immersion (AIM) is a three-week non-credit residential program for students to focus intensively on a single academic topic while enjoying and experiencing life on a college campus. This summer we are offering two AIM tracks: Introduction to Experimental Psychology and Introduction to Medicine. Both tracks combine classroom work in the sciences with experiential learning activities. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2017. 

Summer Challenge is a two-week residential program in which students take two non-credit seminars of their choice and experience life on a college campus. Students must be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in fall 2017.

Summer Preview is a one-week non-credit commuter or residential program in which students explore one subject of interest while previewing the college experience. Students must be entering their freshman or sophomore year of high school in fall 2017.

The King’s College London Summer Programmes Team is pleased to announce that applications for Summer 2017 are now open. With campuses located in the heart of the city, students will be able to gain an international learning experience at a prestigious university, whilst enjoying the benefits of living and studying in central London. The Summer School is a chance for students to immerse themselves in British culture and make friends with fellow students from around the world. View the Summer School page for more information.


Enrollments are now open for Oxford Summer School. Secure your place for 2017 online today and join students from more than 100 countries next summer.

GIS offers summer university tours to help high school students be better informed and more knowledgeable about where and what to study and hopefully help them narrow down their choices.  Check out this 1 minute video where they quickly go through one of the tours from A to Z:
The tours are directed to all of those students looking to apply to top-ranked unis in North America and in the United Kingdom with the following feelings towards accessing uni!

  • Excited students, super eager to find the right university but not yet decided.  
  • Students planning to go to a good university but feeling a bit lost, in need of inspiration and first-hand information to give them a little push of direction. 
  • Focused students that know very well what they want but perhaps you find advisable for them to have a look at what other good unis offer.
  • Doubtful students that need to see with their own eyes what the universities look like. 

Over summer break, GIS groups international high school students from different schools and countries all over the globe into a full one-week of university visits.  You can check the detailed itineraries here: Most of the tours are in the month of July and group size is between 10 to 20 students’ maximum.  

Alumni Spotlights 

Last month we invited alumni to come back and share their experiences at university with our Grade 12 students. Please take the time to listen to their important advice on life after UAS.

Counseling Presentations

Thank you to all the parents and students who joined the Counseling Team on Monday, January 30th for the University Information Night! Below is the link to the presentation.

Grade 9 – 10 Parent University Information Night

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