College Counseling Annoucements

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

Upcoming University Visits @UAS


American Universities Abroad, Tuesday, March 7th, Counseling Area, 1:20 – 2:00PM 

UK: Richmond, The American International University in London; SWITZERLAND: Franklin University Switzerland, Webster University Geneva; ITALY: The American University of Rome


CIS Middle East Tour, Monday, March 20th, Secondary Library, 12:50 – 2:00PM* 

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 – 2:-00PM


University of La Verne, Maywood University & Northern Kentucky University, Tuesday, March 21st, Counseling Area, 1:20-2:00PM


Netherlands University Tour, Sunday, April 9th, Secondary Library, 12:50 – 2:00PM*

Erasmus University College, Leiden University College, University College Roosevelt, University College Utrecht, Hotel School the Hague

*Only GR 9-11 students approved to attend 12:50-1:20PM for workshop on studying in the Netherlands


Gulf Edu Tours, Monday, April 17th, MPH, 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, San Jose State University, University of Arizona, University of Oklahoma, University of Iowa; ITALY: Bocconi University; SWITERLAND: Glion Institute of Higher Education / Les Roches International School of Hotel Management; GERMANY: WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

*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


Important Changes to the SAT Test

The College Board has announced a few changes for international test takers. Some of these changes might affect you so please read below.

Why did the June SAT get cancelled?

The College Board had previously announced that it would be reducing the number of international test dates in the near future as an effort to reduce the number of cheating incidents that have been occurring at international test centers. The June SAT cancellation was the first test date to be cut.

When will the SAT be offered in 2017 for international students

For 2017, there is no March SAT for international students. The remaining test dates for 2017 are May, October and December. The June SAT has been cancelled.

When will the SAT be offered in 2018 for international students?

From 2018 onwards, the SAT will be offered 4 times a year for international students. Students can expect to see test dates in March, May, October & December. In speaking with various international schools around the world, it appears that of these four test dates, October will be the most popular. If your students plan to take the October SAT internationally, make sure they register early before test centers fill up.

What should students do if they were planning on taking the June SAT?

Option 1: Take the May SAT instead, as long as they register by April 7th. This date might not work for them if they have final exams around that time. It also reduces the amount of time they have to prepare by one month. However, it leaves October & December as back up options in case they don’t do as well as they hoped.

Option 2: Take the October SAT instead. This date will give them more time to prepare. However remember that October will be very busy with college applications and keeping up with school grades and extracurricular activities. They will also be left with only December as a back up test date incase they don’t do as well. This won’t work if they’re applying early decision to schools, however many universities will accept December scores. Make sure they check with the universities they’re interested in before picking December as a test date.

Additional Tips & Suggestions: 

Consider the ACT: The ACT is equally accepted by all US universities. The test is offered internationally 5 times a year (September, October, December, April & June). If these test dates work well for t, it might be worth registering for the ACT as well. Want to know if your students are well suited for the ACT? Click here to access a 2-minute free self-assessment

Take SAT Subject Tests in June: If they were already planning on taking a test in June, and the universities they’re applying to require SAT subject tests, use the June test date to take a subject test instead, since the June SAT Subject tests haven’t been cancelled!


Summer Programs

International Summer School at the University of the Arts London (UAL)

Due to popular demand, UAL will be delivering two sessions of the International Summer School

– Session one       2 – 22 July 2017

– Session two     23 July – 12 August 2017

Our three weeks residential International Summer School is for 16 – 18 years olds and offers students the unrivaled opportunity to study at all six UAL Colleges. Structured in a similar way to a foundation course in art and design, students will be helped to build a portfolio for future university application. Students will also meet with UAL staff, current students and graduates, helping them build confidence and guide them in producing portfolio work.  

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Important notice to all students. Course registration for most programs opens by March 15th. Please note that you must be an enrolled student to be eligible for course registration. Popular courses fill up fast and spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Don’t wait! Apply today to ensure your first choice course is available.

INTO Summer Programs

INTO University of Gloucestershire

Art and Design Summer School

          Explore your creativity at a leading UK university

          Learn from creative experts and generate exciting new ideas

          Develop new techniques and learn new skills

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INTO St George’s, University of London

Medicine Summer School

          Experience a UK medical school inside a busy London hospital

          Interview and UKCAT preparation

          Gain hands-on experience of clinical skills

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INTO Drew University

Summer University Experience

          Experience a highly interactive American university education

          Improving your English

          Exploring the best New York City has to off­er

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