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Looking towards summer, Part 2!

Summer break begins soon – well, in three and a half months – but that time will fly by sooner than you think! What have you planned for this summer?

If you haven’t already done so, talk to your parents about summer plans. It’s important to consider budget and location. It can be a wonderful opportunity for you by staying in Manila over the summer and pursuing an internship, shadowing or helping parents at work, volunteering for a community organization, visiting another province, or trying out a new skill (tennis? French lessons? dance?).

However, if it is possible to travel outside of the Philippines, consider established summer programs. Several CISM students will be traveling to Beijing this summer to develop their language skills or have already found internships while visiting family abroad. One of my favorite sites for researching summer options all over the world is Summer Omnibus, created and compiled by another international school counselor. Here’s the link:

We also recently had visitors from Fulford Academy, a private boarding school in Canada, and Oxbridge Summer Programs, both of whom shared some of their summer offerings. Oxbridge has programs in a variety of subjects that are taught at the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge in the UK, with additional course options in New York, France, and Spain. One of our own CISM students studied Molecular Biology and Drama last summer in Cambridge, and there are programs for rising Grade 8-12 students! For more information on Oxbridge, visit

Fulford Academy, who visited during our Study in Canada Fair at CISM, shared information about their Grade 9 and 10 math/science/English programs that offer a Ministry of Education in Ontario transcript after successful completion. For more information, visit .

University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada also offers a two week Summer Scholars Program. More information in my office or visit

There are hundreds of summer opportunities around the world. Just a little research will help you find something exciting!


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Looking towards summer, Part 1!

Although we are in the midst of the holiday season, it is not too early to start considering summer options. For high school students, it is an opportunity to spend more time on activities that you love, develop your skills and talents or explore new ones, and perhaps even travel to visit potential college or university homes.

CISM is coordinating Chinese Language Camp in Beijing for next summer that you may be interested. Students should check with their Chinese teachers or the Main Office for more information, but space is filling fast. Check back here soon, too, for info on more summer programs offered by independent organizers or institutions.

For current Grade 10 and 11 students considering university study abroad, consider organized tours to visit schools that may interest you! A visit to a school can transform you – teaching you more about what the university might be like for you and giving you a tangible experience to better understand what is important to YOU when considering universities and colleges. Mr. Trevor Sturgeon, an experienced University Counselor at Singapore American School, recently visited us to share information about the different tours offered in the United States by TS College Tours. Here’s the website link for more information and how to sign up:



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European Higher Education Fair 2012: 11/14/12

The Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines will hold the European Higher Education Fair Manila 2012: Brighter Prospects. The exhibition will take place at the Manila Peninsula Hotel from 2pm to 8pm on November 14, Wednesday. Admission is free!

Representatives from twenty higher education institutions in Europe will be at the exhibition to interact with aspiring students. In addition, the British Council, Campus France, Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes and the Philippine-Italian Friendship Association will be present to give more information to visitors.

Advance registration is required – please visit this link by Nov. 13th:

Registration link for European Higher Ed Fair 2012


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Australian University Fair on November 15th

The Australian Embassy invites CISM students and their parents to the “Australia Future Unlimited – Higher Education Roadshow 2012” being held at International School Manila (ISM) Little Theater on November 15th from 6 – 8 pm. Preregistration before November 14th is required for entrance to the ISM campus. Please be sure to bring picture ID as well to enter.

Click on this link to register: Australian Higher Ed Roadshow Registration

This is an excellent opportunity to meet international admissions representatives from highly recognized Australian universities and to learn more about the admissions process and requirements for international students. Representatives from the following universities will be in attendance to answer inquiries and accept applications from potential students:

·         Australian Catholic University (confirmed)

·         Edith Cowan University (tentative)

·         Macquarie University (confirmed)

·         University of Ballarat (confirmed)

·         University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( confirmed)

·         University of Queensland (tentative)

·         University of Sydney (confirmed)

·         University of Wollongong (confirmed)

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Guidance and University Counseling Services Mission Statement

Our PreK – Grade 12 school guidance and university counseling program is guided by our school’s mission to nurture our students’ emotional, physical, intellectual, social, and artistic well-being.

In furtherance of this goal, the University Counseling office supports all CISM students on their individual paths to self-discovery and as they work towards becoming life-long learners who can thrive in their chosen field of academic and personal endeavors.