On Wednesday 11th October, we were lucky enough to have a visit from this fantastic roadshow.

19 university representatives from around the world arrived bright and early and began setting out their “stalls” for the pupils to meet them and ask questions. The following universities attended:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Colorado State – Pueblo University
  • Ecole Hotelliere de Lausanne
  • ESCP Europe Business School
  • Fonty's University of Applied Sciences
  • Grenoble Graduate School of Business
  • HULT international Business School
  • IE University
  • IMG Academy
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • KIT Carl Benz School of Engineering
  • Polimoda Institute of Fashion, Design and Marketing
  • Stony Brook University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The University of Toronto
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Waterloo
  • Utrecht University
  • Vatel International Business School

The first to arrive were our Year 11 pupils who were a little shy to begin with, so to break the ice each university spoke for 2 minutes about who they were and what their particular speciality was.  As it was the same day as the Year 11 Career interviews this event came at an extremely good time as this really began the year 11 process of “what career area am I interested in, what am I best suited to, and how do I achieve this?”

The Lower Sixth pupils were next and, being that year older and slightly more focused on “next plans”, they launched in immediately and were soon comfortable moving amongst the delegates seeking answers to the many and varied issues they were concerned about.  A number of our pupils are considering a course abroad so it was extremely useful for them to be able to meet face to face with these universities and to form a connection at this point.

Finally our Upper Sixth had the chance to double check and see if their plans of “where to study next?” needed any readjustment. They were able to drill down into the varied courses on offer from this wide range of universities and seek answers to their specific questions about course content, length of semesters, and possibly even more importantly for many, the costs involved in taking these courses abroad.

Pupils from Kingdown Sixth form were also invited to attend and they too found this experience extremely helpful in their decision making process.

There was a good buzz about the morning, and, whilst only a brief snapshot of the courses available abroad, it did serve to widen some pupil’s thoughts about their plans.

Terri Wilcox, Head of Co-curricular and Careers