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College Counseling

At HIS, we strive to ensure that students in grades 9-12 receive unmatched university and career counseling. The college counselor supports students in the exploration of a wide selection of careers that peak their interests and ensure a successful future. HIS works hard to forge relationships with premier universities around the world and organizes visits and college fairs from world-class institutions. Students are invited to attend informational sessions presented by former college admission officers, alumni, and educational planning organizations year-round. Individualized university counseling begins in the final term of grade 11. At this stage, Grade 11 students receive detailed information regarding international and national institutions of their choice. They begin to create their university list. In Grade 12, students are expected to finalize their university list at the beginning of the school year. The university counselor provides comprehensive guidance through the whole application process and admissions journey.

We are committed to providing our students with the tools they need to pursue life-long academic and personal excellence during and beyond their experience at HIS.

For any questions regarding university, please feel free to contact our upper school counselor, Ms. Pekin, via her email: rpekin@his-china.org.

College Readiness Timeline

Application Information by Country

Personal Statements

Students find writing personal statements to be one of the hardest parts of the application process. In general, students are not used to writing about themselves.  The UCAS and CommonApp systems are very different and will require separate essays if students are applying to both. On average, a student will write 4-5 drafts before they submit their application. It is advised that students get feedback from at least one adult (ex: Ms. Pekin, Ms. Koenig, or a teacher). Below are some videos with tips for both UCAS and CommonApp personal statements. Bridge-U also offers helpful guides to writing personal statements. 

UCAS tips

Common Application tips