Our tour leaders are all extremely experienced high school counselors (over 100 years combined counseling experience in over 20 international schools) who have an understanding of the unique backgrounds, experiences and needs of “third-culture kids.”
Participants receive a pre-departure package that includes inventories and activities to complete before the tour commences. Also, evening sessions on various college admission topics including essay writing, interview practice, and application strategies are held during the tour. Students learn all about the application process and receive valuable advice from the tour leaders throughout the tour.
Where possible, students have dinner and conversation with international school alumni currently attending some of the colleges on each tour. Tour participants have found all these activities extremely helpful in providing a ‘full picture’ of colleges and the application process.
“Before going on college tours we thought we knew what each college’s environment was like but after visiting them in person we learned they are very different from what we thought. There was one college that I really felt I wanted to attend, but once I visited it, I found that it was not the right fit for me.”
Singapore American School Graduate 2009
“College brochures only give you a fraction of needed information. The college information sessions and the campus tours will give you a much better idea of what the college is like and if you would be happy there.”
Tour Participant 2010
“As your child heads toward college, take the time to plan college visits. A small investment in time now can save significant time, money, and hassles during the during the college application period that’s coming sooner than you think.”By Dave Berry on College Confidential
“One of the essentials when deciding on a college is visiting the campus….”EduReview
“A campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand view of a college. A college catalog, viewbook, or website can only show you so much. To really get a feel for the school, you need to walk around the quad, sit in on a class, and visit the dorms”.College Board
“You’ve heard the old saying, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ Well, a campus visit is worth a thousand brochures. Nothing beats walking around a campus to get a feel for it. Some students report that they could tell if they loved or hated a campus by driving through it.”