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Careers Service

Introduction to University Applications Guidance

New Cairo British International School helps students build upon their positive experiences at NCBIS 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, which is why NCBIS limits the number of applications to ten. The NCBIS Head of Careers helps guide, support and counsel students as you research universities/colleges, make choices, select and visit universities and complete applications.

Student responsibilities in the University Application Process
For students in Year 12 and 13, the university application process is the first step towards individual independence. It is a complicated, demanding and time-consuming process. It can also be an exciting and enriching experience. You will have to do a lot of research and spend a lot of time filling out applications and writing personal essays. However, this will give you a chance to look at who you are, what you value and what you want to do with your life. You will have to make some important decisions, develop self-reliance and confidence, and perhaps for the first time think about life on your own, outside the environment of your family life. Due to the time required to complete successful university applications, NCBIS limit students to 10 applications in total.

Where do you want to study?
When asking this question, you should first realise that the IB Diploma is a rigorous and demanding programme that provides you with a first-class preparation for your future after NCBIS. Students follow a course of study with a global reputation for academic excellence, and universities throughout the world recognise the IB Diploma as an entrance qualification to higher education degree courses. In some countries, such as the United States or Canada, the IB Diploma qualifies students for advanced placement or academic credits; furthermore, students with the IB Diploma are accepted at a higher rate at selective US universities than those with other qualifications. In general, European universities prefer the IB Diploma for entrance over IB Diploma Courses results. European and Canadian universities may require a SAT, if a student only has Diploma Courses.

Resources for researching courses and universities

The official UCAS (University Counseling webpage)

Students applying to UK universities must apply through the UCAS site (www.ucas.com) for most courses. This site has all the information students need to research courses, universities, get advice for writing personal statements, and more.

University websites

Every college and university maintains it own website offering all information on courses, programmes, course and application requirements, and even virtual tours of the campus.

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter

Universities offer social networks with current students as well as videos and other forms of communication for prospective students to gather more information about schools


Eunicas is a website (http://www.eunicas.ie/) which can search all university programmes in Europe which are taught in English. Please note that fees quoted are for EU nationals/residence. Not recommended that you apply through Eunicas, but just use it as a reference tool.

Reference Materials

The school maintains a university reference section in the school library and the Head of Careers Office which included university prospectus, university brochures and university guidebooks. Some of the very helpful guidebooks include: The Times Good University Guide, How to complete your UCAS application, How to write your UCAS personal statement, the Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges.

Summer and School Holiday visits

Students should plan to visit universities where they have an interest in applying. This is an excellent way to help narrow your college choices. In the UK, Open Days – where the university departments open their doors to introduce prospective students to the facilities, tutors and programmes – are an excellent way to learn more about the course and university. Universities list their Open Days on their websites as well as under Open Days on the UCAS site. Most universities also offer daily tours or self-guided walks.

Please click on “The Careers Service at NCBIS”, underlined below, for a comprehensive overview of our Secondary Careers Programme. There are bound copies of this document in Reception and Secondary School, should you prefer a hard copy.

The Careers Service at NCBIS

NCBIS School Profile 2017

For all Careers matters, please contact Ms. Shery Takawy, Head of Careers at shery.takawy@ncbis.co.uk