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College and Careers 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.

All Upper School students will have the opportunity to participate in several college presentations and fairs. These presentations and fairs offer students the unique chance to learn about the university admission process and all the great programming offered at universities around the world. Students can ask representatives questions to gain deeper insight and share their contact information with representatives to establish relationships. 

Additionally, HIS will continue our partnership with other international schools in the vicinity to host and attend larger college and university fairs.  

We’ve also expanded our college counseling team so that we have expertise from around the world. If you have any additional questions about university guidance this year, please contact: 

UK and Europe 

Ryan Beddows:

China/ Asia 

Iris Zhang:

US/ Canada/ Australia

Fursey Gotuaco: 




College Readiness Timeline

College Advising

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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 (e.g., Dr. Bull-Beddows, Mr. Gotuaco, Ms. Yoyo, 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