University Advisor/Career Guidance Counselor
The vast majority of ISS graduates go on to tertiary education after they leave ISS. Although some return to their home countries for university, many continue on to other countries including the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In previous years, about 30% of ISS graduates have enrolled in universities in the UK, 15% in the USA, 10% in Australia and 10% in Singapore, 8% in Canada, and 7% in Hong Kong. The remainder have enrolled in universities in Japan, Korea, or Europe. A small percentage of ISS graduates take gap years or perform National Service in Singapore or their home country.
University Reps visit ISS
To assist students, the university advisor offers a number of services including:
Informational meetings throughout the school year to introduce students (and their parents) to the university application procedures and requirements in different countries.
Visits to school by representatives by dozens of universities and colleges around the world. These representatives may come individually or in small groups. Details of these visits can be found on notice boards around the school, in a regular University Advising newsletter, in the Berita and on Study Wiz
Advertising of large university fairs and education exhibitions which are held in various locations around Singapore. Occasionally, we organize visits to these events.
Use of Naviance’s Family Connection, a comprehensive university application management system that centralizes and tracks the university applications of ISS students. Family Connection is a web-based resource for university and career exploration that allows students to take personality and career assessments and explore their interests, potential majors and career options. ISS students will use Family Connection to manage their university application process.
We strongly recommend that students begin to consider their choice of universities initially at the end of grade 10 before subject choices for grades 11 and 12, and then again in grade 11 and develop a short list of no more than 10 universities to which they will apply. With some exceptions, application deadlines are generally in Term 1 of Grade 12 for universities in the US and UK; Term 2 of Grade 12 for universities in Canada and Singapore; and after graduation for Australia, Japan and Korea. While the University Advisor is available to guide and advise, the responsibility for applying to universities lies with each student. To view the University Newsletters, please click here.