0351a. An overview of the application process

Tuesday 6 May 2014
by  G. West

[|General Overview of Steps to Apply|]

NB Pour les parents qui ne maîtrisent pas l’anglais, visiter l’explication du processus en français.

This tells you all the things you need to do to apply. It might be good to download this article.

Moreover, we advise you to download the DEADLINE CHECKLIST

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Application Check list

which gives you most of the things that must be done, by when, and for application to what country. We also suggest you check of things on this list when they are truly completed.

Procedures for applying in BRITAIN are very different from in the U.S. All British university applications go through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) or, for creative arts, sometimes through CUKAS, while in the U.S. one may apply to many universities through the Common Application, but must apply to certain university separately and pay a separate fee for each one. Procedures are also different for AUSTRALIA, CANADA, IRELAND, or NEW ZEALAND. But there are some things you need to do in every case:

*Read everything on this site that could apply to you. You MUST DOWNLOAD (and both the student and parent must SIGN) THE COMMITMENT FORM

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Engagement familial

(which is in French/ engagement familial) or ADVISORS WILL REFUSE TO HELP YOU.

*Choose which countries and what subjects interest you going to the Countries and their systems section marked above.

*For help on subject choice, please go to the CAREER CHOICES section to consider your options.

*Discuss your desires and the cost (see various countries for details) with your parents and encourage them to visit this website as well.

*Please see FINANCE and the page for each country you have selected.

*Sign up for all necessary TESTS (please see the country concerned to know what tests are required.) Some require language tests like the TOEFL or IEFTL) signed up for necessary entrance and scholarship tests (USA-PSAT, SAT, ACT) (US only)

*Fill out the student dossier (Click on the icon to open it and download it)

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Student Dossier Form

If you have troubles downloading, tell the advisor. Fill out the first two pages completely and carefully, makiing sure your parents also write their part of the dossier, and fill out the third page as well if you intend to apply to Britain or Ireland. If applying elsewhere, go to TRANSCRIPTand download the appropriate transcript to fill out.

*Make an appointment to discuss your plans with the advisor in D3.21.

*Give copies of the letter of REFERENCE forms, after filling it in with your study choices, to ALL of your 1er teachers (whether they like you or you like them or not) who will return them directly to the advisor before mid June of your 1ère year. To ensure sincerity by teachers, we do not allow you to see these references, but insist that the teachers predict your bac performance.

*For those who did badly in 1er or for any interested in studying Philosophy, the advisor will also need your first trimester results of your senior year and references from Terminal teachers in key areas unless deadlines are too close.

*Give the advisor photocopies of grade reports from all three trimesters in 3ème, 2nd and the first two trimesters of 1ère by May 31st.

*If applying outside the British Isles, also download the appropriate electronic E-mail copy of the TRANSCRIPT (as well as the instructions on the same page) to fill out and send to the advisor electronically .

*Give the advisor a copy of French BAC, GCSE, SAT, Cambridge Exams and other test results as soon as you receive them.

*Also continue to give the advisor other grade reports as you receive them.

*Contact the countries and colleges that interest you to get documentation, websites, application forms, financial aid information and procedures. (Please click on the countries you are interested in for sites.)

*Talk to professionals in the fields that interest you to discover the positive and negative sides of their professions. If you need career guidance, visit the CAREER PAGES and then make an appointment with the advisor.

*Request proper visa, passport and medical tests.

*Fill out application forms electronically or manually and keep the advisor informed of deadlines, site addresses and codes where he or she must upload documents.

*Fill out the British UCAS FORM ELECTRONICALLY, including personal statement.

*Prepare ESSAYS for U.S. universities.

*Provide the advisor with addressed, stamped envelopes to send non British Isles applications and more envelopes to send second trimester reports to the same destinations.

*If an art or design candidate headed for Britain or Ireland, finish preparing a portfolio and show it to the advisor.

*After application, notify the advisor of where you have been accepted and under what conditions, as well as which universities you have chosen to attend.

*Send confirmation of acceptance to the universities of your choice.

*Send them your BAC results and third trimester results as soon as you receive them in order to confirm and reserve your spot.

*Let the advisor know anything you learn about applications that you felt was important so he or she can pass it on to future generations. Also if you discover mistakes in the information in this dossier, please let him or her know so he or she can correct it.

*Don’t wait until the last minute to apply.

*Finally, once you are gone, please write back to tell us what it is like, give us further information about things you wish you had known before, and just to keep in touch!