Choosing a University
Choosing the right university can seem daunting and overwhelming, but with the right planning and research, the process becomes more streamlined and simple. The goal is to find the right match for each student. Although a university name can seem attractive, the student really needs to consider the university’s teaching philosophy, environment, the city or town in which it resides, the population of students as well as the list of majors and courses available.
Allgemeine Informationen zum Thema ‘Studieren in Deutschland’ (general information about studying in Germany)
Hilfe bei der Studienwahl (assistance in choosing a course of study)
IB und HSD Anerkennung (IB and HSD recognition)
German University Counsellor
University Counsellor for worldwide applications
UNIVERSITY COUNSELLING AT MSF PHILOSOPHY AND EXPECTATIONS
At MSF our strategy is to provide students with resources, expertise and advice in helping them find the best match for higher education. We aim to work with students in each step of the process to ensure their higher education goals are met. While we encourage students to follow their dreams, we help them choose schools with grade matches and safety schools; this process ensures that students have a safety net of choices where they will feel happy and thrive.
Students can meet with their counsellor as many times as they need during this process. Counsellors will make recommendations and give advice based on training and professional experience. Students should feel happy and excited about their choices; the counsellor’s role is to support their journey as well as ensure that a safety net is in place. Students will be highly encouraged to plan ahead with safety choices and choices within their academic grade range.
Parents are also a part of this exciting journey! If parents want to meet with the counselling department, then we request the student is there as well. This keeps everyone on the same page and the student actively taking part in his/her academic journey.
Deadlines are both internal and external.
Internal deadlines are when students must have their documents and anything needed by the school completed.
External deadlines are the deadlines set forth by the universities.
The process of choosing the right university or course is the most successful when we work as a team in the best interest of the student. We are here to facilitate this process for students to find the best match for his or her higher education.
Although we will help students in their search, we do hold the students responsible for conducting research on their own.
Students are responsible for checking that they have the right qualifications for the courses/universities applied for and updating UCAS and the chosen universities on any changes in examination subjects to be offered once the application has been submitted.
While we plan to help students with each draft of their personal essay, they are responsible for creating a first draft. From there we will assist them in the writing process.
Students are highly encouraged to begin their essays, personal statements and motivation letters before or during their 11th grade summer. The writing process can take several drafts. We are happy to help students with this process; however, if a student sends us drafts at the last minute, the student will not receive the same depth of help.
Deadlines over breaks: Students need to meet the internal deadline before school holiday breaks. Procrastination in this process is highly discouraged, as it negatively impacts the students’ applications.
Researching course requirements: Students are responsible for researching and keeping track of course and testing requirements. Counsellors can’t possibly keep track of every course and its entrance expectations, especially since these requirements change each year.
For the UK and most European application systems, students will receive information via email or phone depending on their preferences in their applications. The universities will not contact counsellors or the school, as it violates privacy acts. Students MUST check emails for important details about their applications and keep track of requirements.