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ACS Cobham welcomes North American College and University Fair

Published Wednesday 29th of May 2013 11:37:01 AM

Over 400 students recently attended the North American College and University Fair at ACS Cobham International School, part of its inaugural tour.

The tour of 15 universities from the US and Canada traveled to four international secondary schools in Europe; ACS Cobham was its last stop and the only school it visited in the UK.

The only fair of its kind in Surrey and the London local area this spring, students were able to learn about their higher education options in the US and Canada. They were also able to speak to North American representatives from higher education institutions about the benefits of a liberal arts education, as well as scholarship and financial aid opportunities for international students.

Running alongside the fair were information sessions on topics such as US standardised tests, key differences between US personal essays and UK personal statements, student-athlete recruitment and financial aid. Presented by The Student World, an educational session titled 'Off the Beaten Path: Exploring HE in Asia, Australia and Europe' was also on offer for students.

The ACS Cobham student ambassador team was also on hand to provide firsthand insights to future applicants about their experiences of applying to higher education institutions in US and Canada. The team was also partly responsible for organising the fair, acting as guides for delegates on the day.

ACS Cobham student, Jimmy Lowe, part of the student ambassador team, who will be attending Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, US, next year and who applied for US universities this year commented:

'The admissions process in the states can feel quite daunting at times, especially if you are not familiar with the system. The Fair was extremely useful in helping other students interested in studying in North America understand the process and get the best from their application. I am really excited about studying in the states next year.'

Joan Liu, ACS Cobham College Counsellor commented:

'The North American College and University Fair's first visit to ACS Cobham was incredibly successful with over 400 students, parents and local careers advisors attending. It was a unique opportunity to learn about the US higher education system and to talk to relevant tutors as well as learn about all the HE options open to students.'

She added:

'It was particularly helpful for students who had thought about pursuing a liberal arts route post-18 education, as this is an area that is not as popular in the UK as the US. I'd like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to student ambassador team and volunteer parents who helped organise the fair and I hope we'll be able to offer the same opportunity to next year's local students and families.'
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