The goal of the University Counselling office is to help place all leaving students in a university suitable for them academically and socially. We believe that the student must play the primary role in the university search and application process. We believe the university process is another element in the education of students at VSA as it provides, much like the IB learner profile, an opportunity for inquiry, reflection and self-discovery. Choosing a university requires commitment, dedication and follow through. We will provide the necessary information, guidance and support but we cannot do it for the student or his family. We are certainly aware of the importance of the results but we believe that finding a good and proper match between student and university at the end of a personal journey of self-discovery is the most important goal of the UCO. We welcome parental questions along the way but in the end the process is the student’s responsibility.
The UCO is responsible for advising and assisting VSA students in their university selection and applications and to represent the school to the higher education community. It advises on IB diploma course selection to ensure applicants have proper university entrance qualifications. It assists students in university program selection, advises on writing personal statements and application essays, reviews actual applications, writes student recommendations, prepares student transcripts and assists with mock entrance interviews. It advises on and conducts standardized tests such as the PSAT and SATs. It then advises on multiple offers, assists in matriculation acceptance and holds pre-departure briefings to assist with visa applications and cultural assimilation. It holds an annual University evening for students and parents to meet with university representatives from around the world, and an evening for Year 11 parents to introduce them to the university selection and application process. It maintains a library of university publications, schedules visits to the school by university representatives throughout the year and participates in professional conferences.
For University Visitors
Please refer to our calendar below and submit the ‘Request for University Visit’ online form to request a visit at VSA. The best times to visit are Monday – Friday, during recess from 11:00am – 12pm, and lunch time from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (except Wednesdays).
For ease of planning, we encourage visitors who are visiting Singapore International School or Canadian International School (CDNIS) to come visit us as well. There is a staircase which visitors can use to walk from CDNIS to VSA. For this reason, we encourage visitors to visit CDNIS first before coming to VSA. To view VSA in relation to those schools, please click here.
Our Academic Profile can be viewed here.
For directions to VSA, please click here .
Please contact our University Counseling Office, at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.