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SIS Presents European University Options at European Chamber Event
Posted 11/30/2016 03:52PM

Last week, Shekou International School (SIS) along with two other international schools, sponsored a European Chamber of Commerce Event, "Your Child's Future Higher Education: What You Should Know." SIS's high school counselor, Michael Clancy, was one of the featured speakers and both Michael Clancy and Mike Livingston, SIS's secondary principal participated in a panel that answered parent questions.

As university costs in the US rise, more and more students and parents are looking at European universities for higher education. "European universities are attractive to many international students because they typically have a lower cost than American universities and Bachelor degrees in Europe typically take three rather than four years to complete. Students with an international background feel comfortable in European cities," explained Michael Clancy. "While many universities in Europe offer instruction in their native language, many also offer classes in English. SIS just sent me to a conference in Europe, "the 2016 Forum on International Admission & Guidance" so that as a school we better understand the requirements in Europe as more and more students consider this option."

"SIS graduates attend universities around the world including those in Europe. Recent graduates have been accepted to European universities such as Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, the University of Edinborough in Scotland, Institute for Interpretation and Translation (ISIT) in Paris, France to name a few. While cost is sometimes a factor, many students also look at the reputation of the university and they look forward to where they would like to work. European universities are attractive to international school students for these reasons," clarified Mike Livingston. "There are differences between European universities and those in the US and we counsel our students to be aware of those differences. In Europe, it is rare to find a liberal arts program and degrees tend to be more focused and housing is usually not provided by the university."

Michael Clancy encourages students to familiarize themselves with the application and deadline requirements specific universities have as they can vary widely. To get students started he points them to some general websites and then suggests that students narrow their search scope.

Czech Republic
(Info on courses and financial aid)
(Info on living and studying)
(Information on higher education)
(Everything about Swiss universities)

Michael Clancy advises students to look for schools that fit their area of interest whether they be in Europe, US or Asia. "In Europe scholarships are rare and are usually based on merit. While US university costs are higher than those in Europe, scholarships may be more accessible in the US. There are a lot of options for students. We bring universities on campus and arrange skype calls so that students have the opportunity to learn more about different programs so that they can narrow down their selection."

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