University Counseling


How Do University Counselors Help ISP Students?

We believe that...

  • learning is not a journey to a destination, it is a mindset.
  • unlimited personal development is possible.

The International School of Paris University Counseling Team helps students build upon their positive experiences at ISP to gain admission into colleges and universities all over the world.

Applying to colleges and universities is an exciting and revealing experience which gives you a chance to look at who you are, what you value, and what you might want to do with your life. It can also be a complicated, demanding, and time consuming process. ISP counselors help guide, support, and counsel students and parents as you research schools, make choices, select and visit universities, and complete applications.

For more information on the services provided by the team, download and read the handbook below. To see how ISP is presented to universities, download and read the school profile, also below. 


Contact Our University Counselors

Diane Hopkinson

English-speaking countries

Nils Baumann

Continental Europe

Kiyonori Ishimura



Jeong Nam Seo



How to Prepare for a Meeting with a University Counselor?

Before meeting one of the four ISP university counselors, browse through the below resources in order to prepare questions. Expand the "University Counseling Services at ISP" section to consult a list of all the areas of expertise in the team. Then expand country sections to start research, for example on a specific university. 

University Counseling Services at ISP

Guidance on selecting courses from Grade 10 in preparation for selecting subjects in the IB Diploma Programme.

Comprehensive counseling that guides and supports students throughout the university application process, beginning intensively in Grade 11 and continuing throughout Grade 12.

University presentations for Grade 11 students and parents detailing all aspects of the university application process.

Initial individual student consultations in Semester 2 of Grade 11 followed by meetings with both students and parents in Grade 11 and throughout Grade 12.

Consultations with students to discuss their choice of countries and the different academic systems in them, as well as the selection of schools, university courses and/or disciplines, depending on the system.

Providing information and materials such as university brochures, catalogs, guides, and the ISP counseling webpage as resources for students in their university search.

Offering the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) at ISP to Grade 10 and 11 students every October.

Advice on standardized testing, including the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test), the ACT (American College Test), the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Identifying schools that are a good fit depending on the student’s interests, academic strengths, athletic skills, and other factors relevant to the student.

Assistance and guidance in preparation of applications including personal statements, essays, mock interviews, and contact with university representatives.

Counselor/referee letters of recommendation that strongly support student’s candidature to appropriate universities.

Workshops on conducting university research and selection as well as preparing applications, essays, and interviews.

Advice on extracurricular and summer activities.

Counsel on how students can effectively communicate with universities in all aspects of the application process.

Guidance on financial aid

Maintaining relationships with universities and contacting representatives to support individual applications.

Organization of ISP college visits from university representatives in the UK, continental Europe, US, Canada, and other countries.

“Best Fit” advice on offers and acceptances.

Advice on Wait List situations in the US and Canada.

Guidance on “Clearing” and “Adjustment” in the UK system.

Studying in the UK

UCAS is the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service site for applying to universities in the UK. All students must apply through UCAS for British universities. You can go directly to UCAS course search to research subjects and universities.

The IB guide for IB students applying to UK institutions

Quality Assurance Agency produces reports on universities by subject and by institution.

Open Days: A map and links to all the universities

Newspaper League Tables

The Guardian (Guardian University Guide) and The Times (Sunday Times University Guide) provide rankings (league tables) that evaluate universities by course, entrance scores, and teaching ratings.

Additional Financial Aid and Career Information Sites

Government site for information on financing studies

Studying in the US

College Search Engines

The following college related web sites provide information on colleges and universities in the U.S, about academics, admission requirements, and the application process as well as other useful information and advice. You need not try all of the sites since the information is somewhat similar, but you may find some sites are more accessible and manageable than others.

The IB guide for IB students applying to US institutions

The College Board supervises the SAT exams and registrations for the SATs. The website offers a great deal of information about colleges and universities as well as free SAT practice with the Khan Academy.

MyRoad is part of the College Board’s college and career planning site. It has information about careers, colleges, and majors.

The Common Application Website is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of nearly 700 member colleges and universities in the US, as well as in Canada, China and many European countries.

US News Edu provides rankings, guides, and other information related to college admission.

The Princeton Review website can help you research colleges and prepare for the SAT.


Unigo: US college reviews, videos, photos, searches and other information for students by college students.


College Confidential has many application tips, discussion forums, and information about what college life is like.

CollegeData is an online college advisor, the site has facts, advice and tools to help you choose, prepare, apply and pay for college.

The CIS website (Council of International Schools) provides information on colleges and universities.

Colleges that Change Lives helps you expand your lists of college possibilities beyond the name-brand schools.

Number 2: excellent SAT/ACT excellent prep site.

Scholarship and Career Links

The following sites provide additional information on financial aid, scholarships, and careers:

A free and comprehensive resource for online courses: This resource is a collection of open college courses in over 24 subjects that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors from schools including the University of Michigan, Tufts University, Harvard, the Open University, and MIT. This is a great resource for students (and parents) looking to explore additional educational topics.

EduPASS offers financial aid information for international students studying in the U.S.

College Data provides good information on scholarships.

Fast Web is the place to go for the best scholarship information.

More International scholarship information can be found at International Scholarships and Finaid International.

The CSS profile form for financial aid: the College Board's CSS/financial aid profile page

FAFSA, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), is the US government site for student aid for US citizens.

Studying in Canada

The IB guide for IB students applying to Canadian institutions.

The Study in Canada site is a useful guide for higher education in Canada.

Macleans magazine conducts an annual ranking and review of Canadian universities.

The Ontario Universities Application Center is the standard online application site for Ontario universities.

Scholarships Canada is Canada's most comprehensive scholarship portal. This extensive database can help find scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants, in addition to information about student loans, applications and budget planning.

Additional sources for financial aid for international and Canadian students can be found on the Canlearn interactive site.

Studying in France

If you are interested in applying to a university in France, Campus France is a good place to find information.

Please note that the lists below are not exhaustive.

Public Universities in Paris and Ile de France

Paris I : Panthéon – Sorbonne (sciences humaines et sociales, arts, droit et science politique, économie et gestion, AES, MASS) SODIP : 90, rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris

Paris II : Centre Assas (droit, économie et gestion, AES), 92 rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris

Paris III : Sorbonne Nouvelle – Centre Censier (lettres-langues, arts du spectacle, communication médiation culurelle)

Paris IV : Sorbonne (lettres-langues, sciences humaines et sociales, arts) 1, rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris

Paris V : René Descartes (sciences,mathématiques, informatique, activités physiques et sportives, sciences humaines et sociales, droit, AES, médecine, odontologie, pharmacie) 12, rue de l’école de Médecine, 75006 Paris

Paris VI : Pierre et Marie Curie (sciences, médecine, ingénieur des sciences et techniques) 4, place Jussieu, 75005 Paris

Paris VII : Denis Diderot (sciences, lettres-langues, sciences humaines et sociales, arts du spectacle opt. cinéma, AES, médecine, odontologie) CUIOP : 2, place Jussieu 75005

Paris VIII : Saint Denis (MASS, MIAS, lettres-langues, sciences humaines et sociales, arts, droit, économie et gestion, AES) 2, rue de la Liberté, 93526 St. Denis

Paris IX : Dauphine (mathématiques, économie et gestion, informatique) Place du Maréchal deLattre de Tassigny, 75775 Paris

Paris X : Nanterre (MASS, activités physiques et sportives, lettres-langues, sciences humaines et sociales, arts, droit, économie et gestion) 200, av. de la République, 92001 Nanterre

Paris XI : Paris Sud (sciences, activités physiques et sportives, droit, économie et gestion, médecine, pharmacie) Centre scientifique d’Orsay, 15 rue G. Clémenceau, 91405 Orsay – Faculté Jean Monnet (droit, économie, gestion) 54 bd. Desgranges, 92331 Sceaux – Centre d’études pharmaceutiques, rue J.B. Clément 92290 Chatenay-Malabry

Paris XII : Paris – Val de Marne (sciences, lettres-langues, sciences humaines et sociales, droit, économie et gestion, AES, médecine, STAPS, ergothérapie) Centre multidisciplinaire, 61, av. duGénéral de Gaulle, 94010 Créteil – Centre juridique, 58, av. Didier, 94210 La Varenne

Paris XIII : Villetaneuse (sciences, lettres-langues, sciences humaines et sociales, droit, économie et gestion, AES, médecine, sport) CIDO Grand Hall, 99, av. J.B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse

Evry – Val d’Essonne (sciences, droit, économie et gestion, AES, sociologie, arts, STAPS, histoire, LEA) Bd François Mitterrand, 91025 Evry

Marne La Vallée : (sciences, lettres-langues, économie-gestion, sciences humaines et sociales, STAPS, arts du spectacle) Cité Descartes, 5, bd Descartes-Champs sur Marne, 77454 Marne la Vallée

Versailles / St. Quentin en Yvelines : Sciences : 45, av. des États-Unis, 78000 Versailles
Droit, économie-gestion, AES histoire, géographie, sociologie, lettres et langues : 47, bd Vauban, 78280 Guyancourt

Engineering Programmes

Université Paris VI : Pierre et Marie Curie, École Polytechnique Universitaire, 7 specializations

Université Paris XI : Paris-Sud, Maison de l’ingénieur, 91405 Orsay, 4 specializations, foundation course : IFIPS (Institut Formation d’Ingénieurs, Paris-Sud

Université Paris XIII Paris-Nord : 99, av. J.B. Clément, 93439 Villetaneuse, 5 specializations, competitive entry examination

Université Versailles-St. Quentin-en-Yvelines : ISTY (Institut des Sciences et Techniques des Yvelines) 45, av. des États-Unis, 78035 Versailles , specialization : IT

ISP students have to apply directly and choose 3 universities. Non EU students start application mid-December, EU students in mid-January until mid-March.

Architecture Programmes

There are 20 Écoles Nationales d'Architecture in France, 6 of them in Paris and “Région Parisienne”: ENSAPB, École d’Architecture Paris Belleville

ENS d’Architecture de Paris – Val de Seine

Ecole d’Architecture Paris –Malaquais

Ecole d’architecture de Marne-La Vallée

ENSA-V, École d’architecture de Versailles

ENSAPLV, École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette. In all national schools of architecture the fees are around 210 – 300 €, per year, + 198 € for health insurance.

ESA, École Spéciale d’Architecture, is a private school, the diploma is « visé » (recognized) par le Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur. Tuition fees : 7880 € per year.

EPSAA, École professionnelle supérieure d’arts graphiques et d’architecture de la ville de Paris, prepares the students in 3 years to be assistant of an architect or to enter one of the public schools of architecture above. Tuition fees : 440 € per year.

Art Schools

ENSBA, École nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts. Very competitive entrance examination and portfolio. No tuition fees.

ENSAD, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, (architecture intérieure, design, graphisme). No tuition fees.

ENSCI- les Ateliers (industrial design, textile design). Admission on the basis of a competitive examination and examination of the portfolio. Very good French is required. No tuition fees.

École Boulle (architecture intérieure, design) is a well-known public school founded in 1886. Various courses of 2 years length. No tuition fees.

ENSAAMA-Olivier-de-Serres (architecture intérieure, design, graphisme) is a public school of 3 years , officially recognized diploma, that allows direct admission into schools of architecture. Competitive admission. No tuition fees.

École Estienne–ECV, École de Communication Visuelle (graphisme, reliure, cinéma d’animation), is a 120 year old public school. Various 2 year programmes.

École Duperré, École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués (design industriel, sculpture, design textile, de mode, architecture intérieure, classes preparatoires).

ESAG Penninghen, École Supérieure de Design, d’Art Graphique et d’Architecture Intérieure. Tuition fees: 7500 €.

Strate College Designers (industrial design, modelling). A preparatory year is not a prerequisite. Length: 5 years. Tuition fees: 7300 €.

École Camondo (architecture intérieure, design) is a degree course of 5 years. Tuition fees: 4950 €.

Gobelins, L’École de l’Image (animation, graphisme). Tuition fees: 4000 €.

Lisaa, L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués (animation, architecture intérieure, webdesign, mode, illustration). Tuition fees: 7120 €.

Esmod (fashion design) has 22 campuses around the world (Berlin, Dubai...). Tuition fees: 9400 €.

ESAM , École Supérieure des Arts Modernes, (architecture intérieure, communication visuelle). Tuition fees: 5500 €.

E-Art Sup, Le Krémelin Bicêtre (animation, graphisme). Tuition fees: 6450 €.

Académie Charpentier (design, architecture intérieure). Tuition fees: 7350 €.

Paris College of Art, has 4 year programs in BBA and BFA (Illustration, Fashion, Communication Design, Design Management, Photography, Art History and Criticism) Language: English. Tuition fees: 12800 € per semester.

Atelier of Art is 1 year Prépa for French and International Art and Design Schools. Language: French and English. Tuition fees: 6500 €.

Programmes taught in English

Every year more and more public universities and private institutions offer courses taught entirely or partially in English, German or Spanish.

The “Grande École” Sciences-Po
Sciences-Po is Europe’s most competitive university in the field of social sciences (economy, law, history, sociology, political science). There are five regional campuses with classes taught in English:

  • Europe/Asia campus in Le Havre. students must have an excellent command of English (English B-High in ISP with excellent TOEFL results), an Asian language and French as a foreign language (regardless of the level students have attained).
  • Middle Eastern/Mediterranean campus in Menton on the French Riviera. Courses are taught in English with an obligation to learn Arabic and French.
  • Central and Eastern Europe campus in Dijon where two programmes are offered in English or in French. Students who are not coming from Central Europe can learn Czech, Hungarian or Polish.
  • Franco-German campus in Nancy offers a trilingual curriculum in French, German and English.
  • Latin-America/Spain/Portugal campus located in Poitiers is intended for students with a good command of English, French and either Spanish or Portuguese.

The first two years are spent on either of the campuses, and the third year is spent abroad. Thereafter, all undergraduate students meet on the Paris campus to follow a two-year Sciences-Po Master's programme of their choice.

Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Bilingual Bachelor’s programme in Law of Europe and Anglo-American, German or Spanish Law. There is also a 3-year bilingual Economics course and a BA in International Management. English proficiency: TOEFL score – minimum 93, French proficiency: TCF Level 4.
Tuition fees: 500 € per year.

Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2)
In partnership with Cambridge University, this university accepts a small number (about 20) of outstanding bilingual students who will study law in Cambridge for two years and then in Paris for two further years. (BA of Arts from Cambridge and Master’s degree from Paris-Assas). Possibility to enrol in the Law Society (Solicitors) or to the "Barreau."
Tuition fees: Approximately £3000 per year for the Cambridge stay for European students, much higher for overseas students.

Paris 2 (Assas) offers also a similar partnership programme (French Law – Common Law) with the University College Dublin (2 years in Dublin, 2 years in Paris). Also offers:

  • French and German Law (3 years in Paris, 1 to 2 years in Berlin or Munich)
  • French and Italian Law (3 years in Paris and 2 years in Rome (La Sapienza)
  • French and Suisse Law (either the 2 first years in Paris and then 3 years in Fribourg or the 2 first years in Fribourg and then 3 years in Paris)

Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) has a similar partnership arrangement with Kings’s College.

Université de Cergy-Pontoise (western end of RER A)
Science Faculty, students can prepare for a Bachelor degree in Science and Technology. In the first year, students follow courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Computer Science taught in English; in the second year, the English proportion varies depending upon choices by the students. French as a foreign language is part of the syllabus. After the Bachelor in Science, students may apply for an engineering school or for a Master’s programme.
Tuition fees: L1: 1500 €, L2 and 3: 400 € per year.

IPAG Business School - Paris and Nice
IPAG has a 3-year joint Bachelors Business Program with Nottingham University in the UK and a number of dual Master Degree Programs with universities in the UK, USA, Australia, Spain, Germany and Russia.
Tuition fees: 6000 € per year.

ISG (Institut Supérieur de Gestion Paris) (BBA program)
The program is validated by the University of Wales. The graduates of the program which is completed in Paris, receive two diplomas, a BBA diploma from ISG and a BA (Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Wales. All students admitted into the first year at ISG are automatically enrolled as University of Wales students with no difference in tuition fees.Tuition is entirely in English.
Tuition fees: 6000 € per year.

INSEEC – Paris Business College
Courses are taught in English and French depending on the subject matter and on the professor’s mother tongue. Students are recruited through a competitive written entrance examination (concoursPass) and an interview. After 3 years, students obtain a European Bachelor of Business Administration. After 4 years a North American Bachelor of Business Administration. All students must take an additional foreign language: German, Spanish, and Italian. They have an average of 26 hours of class a week.
Tuition fees: 6500 € per year.

Paris Graduate School of Management – Group ESG
All courses are taught in English. Admission is on a continuing basis and applicants are notified immediately of the jury’s decision. The BBA is based on foundation in the basic disciplines of business administration, according to the norms of the best Anglo-American and international business schools. Core business courses are followed by specialization in one of the three major disciplines: Marketing, Finance and Management.
Tuition fees: Pre BBA: 550 €, Level 100: 6200 €, level 200: 6700 €, level 300: 6700 €.

Paris School of Business
Belongs to the largest group of business schools in Paris (6500 students), and is internationally accredited (IACBE). During the third year, students have the opportunity to study in partner universities located in the US, Europe, China and more.

SKEMA Business School – Nice-Sophia-Antipolis
Majors : Bachelors of Science or Art in Business, Bachelors of Arts in Communication, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Aviation, Bachelor in Marine & Environmental Science, Bachelor in Computer Science. All courses are taught in English. Length: 4 years. Two entry dates: September and January. English proficiency: must be fluent, but you can improve your English by taking some advanced English courses. French proficiency not required. Students follow a unique programme with a four-year degree course incorporating two years of study in France and two years in a partner university (USA, Australia, Canada, UK, and mainland Europe). The CERAM Bachelors EAI degrees are recognised throughout the world, and accepted as a valid qualification for further study for a Masters degree and eventually a doctorate.
Tuition fees: 6100 € per year.

Université du Havre (Faculty of International Affairs- Law department)
Students can prepare for a Bachelor of Law – American/English law course (Licence en droit, parcours droit anglo-américain). All the courses concerning English law and institutions are taught in English, and French law is taught in French. The tuition fees are those paid by any student entering aFrench University (around 300 € per year).Objectives: Training students to become bilingual lawyers or to make an international career (International or European Institutions, NGO, Bank, etc)

ESC Bretagne Brest- Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de BretagneBrest (Brittany GraduateSchool of Management)
For their Bachelor of Management, all courses are taught in English. Eligible applicants will have to write a synthesis, be interviewed about their motivations and get their English language skills tested. Basic French knowledge is welcome for getting along in everyday life. A French language course is included in the programme.
Tuition fees: 4700 € per year, the same for any nationality.

Euromed Management – Marseille
Bachelor with honors. 60 % are taught in English. Length: 4 years. Application is by examination and interview for students holding an international equivalent of Baccalauréat. Fluent English / Fluent French.
Tuition fees: 7300 €.

Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grenoble Graduate School of Business),
Bachelor in International Business (BIB). All courses are taught in English. English proficiency (except for native speakers) TOEFL minimum score 240 (computer based). French proficiency not required. This programme which is open to students from high school to 2/3 years of university education has a very international student body and includes French language and culture courses.
Tuition fees: 7400 €.

Groupe ESC Rouen
Bachelor Degree in International Business (IFI Diploma). SESAME entrance exam. The program requires fluency in English and French and good command of another language. The aim of the IFI is to train students for careers in trade, marketing and management in companies with an international dimension. Length: 4 years.
Tuition fees: 6250 € per year.

ESC Toulouse / Toulouse Business School
Bachelor in Management stream International Management (Programme accredited by the French Ministry of Education + EQUIS + AACBSB) All courses are taught in English. Length 3 years (6 semesters 180 ECTS) with Year 2 at partner university. Admission test (multiple question tests in Logic and English + summary of texts) and interview. Test and interview in English. Objectives: Prepare students for careers requiring the intercultural skills essential to perform in a global market and handle and apply NTICs into the management of business.
Tuition fees: EU citizens: 6300 €, Non-EU citizens: 8000 €.

Groupe ESC Troyes – INBA, International School of Management
Bachelor with Honors in International Business + diploma of foreign partner (Bachelor with Honours, Diplomatura en Ciencias Empresariales, Diplom Betriebswirt, Licenciatura, Bachelor Marketing Management, Laurea in Economia delle Impresse e dei Mercati). Between 25 % and 100 % in English depending on the specialization. Length: 4 years. English is assessed in a test. French proficiency: B1. The INBA program provides a strong emphasis on professionalism with 12 months in internships abroad and two semesters in a partner university abroad, spread over the duration of the programme.
Tuition fees: 5480 € per year.

IUM, International University of Monaco, Monte Carlo.
Tuition fees: approximately 15.750 € per year.

Institut Paul Bocuse and IAE de Lyon Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3h
Double degree : BBA by the University of Lyon 3, degree in hotel and restaurant management by the Institut Paul Bocuse, a unique pedagogical partnership in order to offer two high-quality programs in hotel management and the culinary arts. 30 % (1st year) to 50 % (3rd year ) courses are taught in English. Selection based on candidate’s application, written tests and an oral interview. English profiency TOEFL IBT 70. French profiency DELF Level B2.
Tuition fees: 9800 €.

VATEL International Business School – Hotel and Tourism Management
Vatel students are eligible for a double degree: a French National Degree and a European Degree. (Bachelor Degree in International Hotel Management and Licence de Management du Tourisme, spécialité “Hôtellerie Internationale”. Both are internationally recognized. All courses are taught in English. French profiency is not required. Two intakes : October and March. Entry examination. 3 academic semesters and 3 paid internship semesters. Strong motivation to work in the hotel and Tourism Industry is required. VATEL was granted the Worldwide Hospitality Award in 2003 in the category of “Best Training Program”.

EICAR The International Film School of Paris
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking. All courses are taught in English. Over the 3 years students are immersed in every aspect of filmmaking.
Tuition fees: 11750 € per year.

SKEMA Business School - campus Sophia Antipolis

Bachelor degrees in:

  • Aeronautical Science and Management
  • Technological Innovation and Management
  • Management of the Marine Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Marketing and Business Development
  • Management and Business Administration

Grandes écoles

Alongside the public universities there is a smaller number of specialized schools: the Grandes Ecoles .They are extremely selective in their admissions and are prestigious institutions, entirely independent from the university system. Their graduates are in very high demand by the industry. They offer engineering, business and management programmes. The classic method of admission is a competitive examination after a two year preparatory course (classes préparatoires = une “prépa”) followed by 3 years of study. Even the preparatory courses select their students according to the results of their baccalaureate. The tuition rate here is much higher, approximately 8000 € per year.

However, many business and engineering schools are open to students immediately after the baccalaureate. We call them “avec prépa intégrée”. (Entry examination during 12th grade in May, application until end of March). These schools are very appreciated in France. Some of them have French/American, French/German, etc. sections. Most of the time there is a competitive entrance examination based on logic skills (“un concours”; one-week-preparatory courses are organized during Easter vacation).

The application procedure for private institutions is spread over the first term of the year.

Studying in the Netherlands

Be it art, world politics, history, social sciences, media, science, psychology ... studying Liberal Arts teaches students to approach serious contemporary issues. Such a program is meant for students with broad academic interests who do not want to limit themselves to a single academic discipline. The programs differ from one university to the next.

Some starting websites:

Leiden University College The Hague

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) is a joint initiative of Leiden University, the oldest and most prestigious university in the Netherlands (est. 1575) and the city of The Hague, the judicial capital of the world. The College, which is highly selective, is based on a Liberal Arts and Sciences ethos but focuses on the kinds of themes for which the city of The Hague is well known, as the international city of peace and justice. Hence, the College offers a BA and a BSc degree in the field of 'Global Challenges' with content centered around issues of peace, justice and sustainability. Students find opportunities for internships and research in the various NGOs and other organizations that are based in The Hague. LUC provides a challenging academic education and prepares students for prominent positions in international society.

For more information, please visit their website.


University College Maastricht (UCM)





At the University College Maastricht (UCM), students can choose between three concentrations : Social Sciences, Humanities and Sciences, but they must take an additional four courses outside their concentration to learn how people in other academic areas think and work. One science concentration at UCM offers students the opportunity to enroll in several research master's programs in the medical field and allows them to take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) which is required for entering a medical school in the USA. UCM uses Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in which students work in small tutorial groups (12 maximum) on an academic or practical problem (teachers only help them along).

For more information, please visit their website.

University College Utrecht (UCU)

University College Utrecht (UCU) is the best Dutch university according to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities ( After graduating, 91% of UCU students enroll in a Master's program; of these, 36% of graduates continue their studies abroad. The most popular universities are the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

For more information, please visit their website.
Deadline for application is March 1.

Roosevelt Academy (RA)

Roosevelt Academy (RA) is located in the historic heart of Middelburg in the southwest of the Netherlands. Roosevelt Academy is one of the international honors colleges at Utrecht University. There are only 600 students in total and 200 spots per year. Unique to RA are the special performing arts and medical programs. Students can freely select courses in their first year, albeit with their prospective major in mind (Cultural Anthropology, Film, Theater and Media Studies, Art History, Rhetoric and Argumentation, etc). Roosevelt Academy is a so-called residential college. All students are required to live on campus in one of the three student dorms across the town, all within easy biking distance of one another.

For more information, please visit their website.

Amsterdam University College

Amsterdam University College (AUC), founded only two years ago is another option.

For more information, please visit their website.
Deadline for Application: March 1.

Tilburg University

Tilburg University, in the very south of the Netherlands, offers majors in Humanities (European History and Culture), Business and Management, Social Sciences and Law in Europe.

For more information, please visit their website.
Deadline for application: April 1

Fees & Tuition

Dutch Universities are state funded. Tuition fees are therefore low: 1,713 € per year for European citizens and from 6,500 to 9,000 € per year for Non-Europeans.

Studying in Germany

The IB Guide for IB students applying to German Universities

The following universities in Germany offer courses in English:

Jacobs University Bremen
Bachelor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, Bachelor of Art in Comparative Literature and Culture (Integrated Cultural Studies), Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and History. Tuition fees: 18000 € per year (a private institution).

Berlin School of Economics and Law (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin)
During the first two years of the programme students study in Berlin, the third year they spend at one of more than 60 partner universities around the world. Bachelor in International Business Management entirely taught in English. One additional semester will be spent in an international company. Other programmes available. No Tuition fees.

Universität Magdeburg (Otto-von-Guericke Universität )
In Eastern Germany between Berlin and the medieval towns of Werningerode, Quedlingburg, Goslarin the Harz-Mountains offers an entirely English taught B.Sc. in Management and Economics. Small class sizes of an average intake of 80 students (50 % of places reserved for international candidates) allow for better individual attention. One or two semesters may be studied abroad with travel grants available. No tuition fees.

Georg-Simon-Ohm Hochschule, Nürnberg
Bachelor in international Business. Besides competence in business and work experience (an integrated internship) there is an obligatory semester abroad. The first 3 semesters are 100 % in English, thereafter 60 % in English, 40% in German (proof of approximately 100 hours of lessons). Tuition fees: 500 € per semester.

SRH Hochschule, Berlin
A private state-approved university of applied sciences with an alternative, innovative concept of teaching (practical oriented peer group learning style mentored intensively by the teaching staff). Bachelor of Economics – Business Administration. Tuition fees: 8400 € per year.

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW Berlin)
Bachelor of International Business. Entirely taught in English. 7 semesters, including an internship abroad. Special attention is given to the specific structures of the EU and the integration of European countries. No tuiton fees. For accomodation and living costs students should allocate 600 € per month.

Fachhochschule Süd-Westfalen (South Westphalian University of Applied Sciences)
Bachelor in Business Admininistration with informatics focuses on International Economics. In cooperation with the Swiss/German University, Jakarta (Indonesia), an international team of lecturers prepares international students in a study course exclusively taught in English to efficiently master global demands. Tuition fees: 500 € per semester.

Hochschule Furtwangen University (in the South-West of Germany)
Finds its programmes BA in International Business Management and International Business Administration ranked amongst the top of all 550 German bachelor programmes (third place of the top ten). Languages and communication skills are an integral part of the programme. For native speakers of English the first foreign language is German (at all levels), the second is Chinese (beginners), French, or Spanish. Tuition fees: 500 € per semester.

Hochschule Flensburg in cooperation with the Syddansk Universitet close to the German border.
The Bachelor programme of Sciences in European Studies is taught on the Sonderborg campus of the Danish university in its buildings. Tuition is in English and there are no fees charged for Europeans. Non Europeans have to pay 10700 € per year.

Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Cottbus
Bachelor of Environmental and Resource Management combines the knowledge of several closely related fields (technical subjects, natural sciences, sociology, economics). The choice and combination was strongly influence by the issues of the ‘Agenda 21’. No tuition fees. For accommodation and living expenses students should allocate 600 – 700 € per month.

Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences 
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical engineering and Information Technology). The programme starts every summer semester. In the first two years the course language is English. During this period part of the standard curriculum is “German for Foreign Students”. If students have passed this language course they should be able to do a practical semester in a German company to get some experience of working as an engineer. The last two semesters are mostly offered in German. Most foreign students are accommodated in a students’ residence. The monthly rate varies between 190 and 240 €. Tuition fees: 500 € per semester.

Universität Karlsruhe, Carl Benz School
Countless Nobel Prize winners and pioneers in engineering have studied and taught here. In 2006 the Universität Karlsruhe was awarded the status of elite university and now ranks among the top three universities in Germany. Carl Benz School of Engineering, an institute within the big university, offers a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering + 12 weeks internship. Students can also develop their English and German skills. Tuition fees: 12000 € per year.

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Bachelor of Information Engineering. Basic studies during semester 1 to 4, industrial placement during 5th semester (20 weeks), major studies during semester 6 and 7. Tuition fees: 1200 € per year (inclusive free travel on Hamburg’s public transport system).

Hochschule Mannheim, University for Applied Sciences
Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and in Automation Technology awarded after a 7 semester-course of study comprising 210 credits. During the first two semesters lectures and lab courses are held exclusively in English. In the subsequent semesters instruction is primarily in German. Language instruction is an integral part of the degree programme. In addition, all-day language classes in three-week sessions take place in the semester breaks. Tuition fees: 500 € per semester. Deadline for application is May 15th. Intensive language courses start in September.

Fachhochschule Aachen, Aix-la-Chapelle
There is a unique Freshman programme for students who do not meet the admission requirements to German universities. Students who enter the programme directly, as well as those who complete the Freshman year, can study in one of the Bachelor’s programmes in Applied Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (within this course there are several study paths: Energy Engineering, Environmental Protection Engineering, Nuclear Engineering), Physical Engineering. Students with a bilingual degree have a head start in the job market or in a Master’s programme. Courses are held in English during the first year and then mostly in German. German classes are offered, but must be paid for (300 € per semester). Tuition fees: 700 € per semester.

Studying in Italy

Are you interested in studying art—whether it be visual arts, fashion, or product, graphic, media or theater design?

Why not consider NABA the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, one of the most progressive academies of art and design in Italy? In Milan, as in the whole of Italy, creativity and artistic expression are, and have been for centuries, a fundamental part of the culture.

The primacy Italy places on artistic and creative expression is evident all around—you can see it in the ancient ruins, the classical architecture, the timeless paintings and sculptures, the exciting fashions of the day and in the most innovative design being conceived and produced anywhere in the world. By studying in Milan, students have access to the trend-setting work of leading Milanese artists and designers, world-famous design shows, exhibitions and fashion weeks.

NABA is the first and the largest private academy recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education. Today, more than 1,800 students come from all over Italy and almost 50 countries to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in visual arts, product design, fashion, graphic, media and theater design. The 10-building campus in a newly renovated industrial complex has significant architectural value and is situated in one of Milan's most exciting and stimulating areas. A superb IT infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment and labs provide students with every resource for unlimited experimentation and self-expression.

NABA diplomas are equivalent to first- and second-level university degrees and comply with the Bologna Agreement what means that students can continue their studies in universities and academies in Italy and abroad.

NABA international students must take the NABA admissions examination, either online or at the NABA campus (between February and May for non-EU students and February through September for EU students).

NABA requires international BA applicants to take an intensive three week Italian language training course. This mandatory course is held in September and is offered free of charge.

Tuition fees for degree courses in English are 15,000 € per year. Tuition fees for degrees in Italian range from 7,000 to 10,300 €. More information is available on the School’s website.

For more details visit Naba's website or contact Mrs. Debans, University Counselor, Continental Europe, at

Studying in Spain

IE-University, based in Segovia and not far from Madrid, finds its roots in the IE Business School, which is continually ranked in publications such as the Financial Times, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Business Schools worldwide.

70% of the students are international, and there is an incredible professor to student ratio, with one professor for every eight students.

IE-University offers an innovative, unique approach to undergraduate students, which mixes entrepreneurial ideals with humanities for an integrated vision of knowledge. Professors and students initiate high-value projects that bridge academic and professional divisions.

The University comprises seven schools which complement each other with a shared faculty, which trains students across all programs, including:

  • IE Business School (Bachelor in Business Administration in English or Spanish)
  • IE Law School (Bachelor of Law in English or Spanish)
  • IE School of Arts and Humanities (Bachelor in Art History in English)
  • IE School of Architecture (partnership with Politecnico Milano. The Bachelor is complemented with a Minor in Business)
  • IE School of Communication
  • IE School of Biology
  • IE School of Psychology

IE University's beautiful medieval campus is housed by the Convent of Santa Cruz la Real, a national heritage site.

60 % of the students who applied for an IE scholarship were awarded some form of financial support (early application is necessary).

For more information, please visit their website.

Studying in Australia

The IB guide for IB students applying to Australian institutions.

Study in Australia: A great resource for courses, study costs, and living information for Australian and New Zealand universities.

The Australian education network university and college guide.

University Australia, an education organization representing 39 Australian Universities and promoting studies in Australia.

The Australian Universities' Review: Australia's oldest and most widely read journal dedicated exclusively to higher education issues.


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