Past Participants’ Comments

In the past 5 years, TS College Tours has had participants from over 80 different international schools and of over 40 different nationalities!
Below are a small selection of past participant and parent comments:
Definitely do it–the tour is intense and provides a wonderful opportunity for your child to visit and experience the schools. The counselors are excellent and the tour is a great mix of touring campuses and some fun activities.”
Bill Mundy, Parent of California and Northeast Tours Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“Now my head is clear about which colleges I’m applying to!
Anny Wang, California Tour Participant
Taipei European School, Taiwan
GO! It is really helpful, especially for international school students. You get to see different types of colleges all in one week and spend time with other kids who are all in the same situation as you. You also get first hand information about how to do college apps and what the admissions people are looking for. Not to mention the counselors are extremely awesome and fun!”
Aly San Jose, Northeast College Tour Participant
International School Manila, Philippines
“It will be one of the best experiences of your life.”
Khalid Rhacid, Northeast College Tour Participant
Cairo American College, Eygpt
“We want to thank you Trevor and your group for this fantastic experience. Mateo learned a lot from this trip. It was an EXCELLENT CHOICE!
Jaime Villegas, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“The California College Tour proved to be enjoyable, informative, and incredibly worthwhile. Having done the tour, I’m now confident I can effectively evaluate each college I visit, write an essay that both is pointed and personal, and fill out the common application with ease.”
Paul Cobee, California Tour Participant
Yokohama International School, Japan
Everything was JUST PERFECT, our peers, the tours, the colleges, the meals, the
counselors…….Absolutely everything!!!!”
Lucas Barros, Northeast College Tour Participant
School of the Nations, Brazil
“If you’re going to invest $60,000 every year to send your child to a university abroad, you might as well invest a couple thousand dollars now to send your kid to TS College Tours before high school graduation, to make the most of your investment in an international university education.”
Rocky Esguerra, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
United World College Southeast Asia, Singapore
“The trip was so well organized. It was a busy itinerary with so many schools to visit in just a week so I am amazed that we were able to go through every school from DC to Boston. I just needed to show up at the lobby each morning and after that, I was guided to all the places I needed to go. Very organized!
Takero Sone, Northeast College Tour Participant
Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong
The tour was overall excellent. It was well run and well balanced between looking at campuses and having a bit of fun.”
Alison Birch, Parent of California Tour Participant
American School in Japan, Japan

“The tour helped solidify my initial choice of schools. You guys really knew what we needed to know about the college admissions process. Any questions I had, you could answer perfectly!”
Mic Eduque, Northeast College Tour Participant
International School Manila, Philippines
“The tour is a great experience for students finishing their sophomore year as it provides great
guidance on the college essay well as an excellent insight to the road ahead.”
Adriana Lima, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
Graded School of Sao Paolo, Brazil
The tour was overall excellent. It was well run and well balanced between looking at campuses and having a bit of fun.”
Alison Birch, Parent of California Tour Participant
American School in Japan, Japan
Go for it….. It is GREAT.”
David Zhu, Northeast College Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
Your child won’t stop talking about it!”
Lydia Sommer, Parent of California Tour Participant
Singapore American School
“All of the counselors were approachable and the interaction was excellent. I really felt I could trust the counselors and go to them if I had any question, issue or complaint. Another of my favorite parts was simply spending such an amazing time with the people I met!“
Maria del Mar Ferrey, Northeast Tour Participant
American Nicaraguan School, Nicaragua
“My son was very excited on his return and I felt that he learned a lot about the application process. He experienced the Eastern part of the US for the first time and learned about “BEST FIT”, and the importance of feeling ‘THE VIBE’. I would highly recommend it!”
Danya Amin, Parent of Northeast and California Tour participants
Cairo American School, Eygpt
Definitely do it, it is worth it to see the colleges as you can imagine yourself go there. Also, the information sessions were really helpful and the tour was well organized.”
Northeast Tour Participant
United World College, Singapore
“This was a great “eye-opening experience” for our daughter. She now has new motivation for doing well with the SATS and with her academic marks.“
Allotay Brown, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
SOS Herman Gmeiner International College, Ghana
“It is a really helpful tour to help student get a sense or determine what kind of university/college they want to experience. Students will be much more confident in college preparation and application after the tour!
Yangfan Hou, Northeast College Tour Participant
Fudan International School, China
“We found TS College Tours helpful in getting a much better and practical feel of some key
universities, and more importantly, what life is like in the school and the city where these universities are. No website can really give you this.
Johanna Svanikier, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
Stowe School, Buckinghamshire, UK
“Visiting these colleges gave me a feel of what each one felt like and also helped me eliminate or add certain schools from my original list.”
Takero Sone, Northeast College Tour Participant
Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong
“It is a good investment as part of the whole process of selecting the right college for your kid. Especially for us who are non-Americans, who have no/very limited knowledge of the American college system, this Tour provides a credible source of first hand info on what are the important considerations about college selection and how to make an informed decision on what, how, where about college selection.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
Shanghai Gezhi High School, China
“It was an enjoyable experience visiting the various campuses. I think it’s great for students to have the experience independently without interference from parents’ ideas and interventions.”
Alka Chandiramani, Parent of California Tour Participant
International School Dhaka, Bangladesh
JUST DO IT! It’s one of the best experiences I’ve had.”
Daniel de Costa, Northeast College Tour Participant
School of the Nations, Brazil
“We want to thank you Trevor and your group for this fantastic experience. Mateo learned a lot from this trip. It was an EXCELLENT CHOICE!
Jaime Villegas, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“I would highly recommend the tour.”
Mrs. Jimenez, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
St. Paul School, Concord, New Hampshire, USA
College visits were priceless. The academic difference between many of the schools was miniscule so I based my decision on gut feeling. When I walked onto a campus I asked myself questions like, “Can I see myself living in these dorms?” or “Can I see myself hanging out in this quad?“
Northeast Tour Participant
Jakarta International School, Indonesia
“Everything was very well arranged, making us quite confident about all the conditions of the tour, including safety issues.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
EAB – American School of Brasilia, Brazil
“TS College Tours is perfect for international students because all the guides/counselors are experts in their field. Getting to stay in a college dorm and interacting with other students from all over the world were some of the best parts.”
California Tour Participant
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
Personal conversations with the guides REALLY helped, I’m definitely better informed than before.
Jerry Wei, Northeast College Tour Participant
American School of Guangzhou, China
“I would highly recommend the tour to other parents. I would tell them how organized, efficient and safe the tour was and how my daughter learned about the different programs that were offered at very diverse universities. I feel my daughter has the information she needs to choose a university whereas before she had too many options and only a few parameters for selection.”
Mrs. San Jose, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
International School Manila, Philippines
“It was an amazing experience for me. I had no idea of what college I wanted to go to and going in this tour really gave me the opportunity to see where I could fit in. Besides, I met interesting people from all over the world and now we are staying in touch.”
Maria del Mar Ferrey, Northeast College Tour Participant
American Nicaraguan School, Nicaragua
I cannot imagine another tour so trustworthy than TS College Tours.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
American School of Dubai, UAE
“It’s an amazing tour, which can really help you find the right college for you.”
Max Meyer, Northeast College Tour Participant
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
“My son said it was very worthwhile and he would highly recommend it to others. He was happy to be advised to take notes to recall the colleges and a concrete rating system, as well as pictures of his visits. He also gained considerable information from the talks on applications and essays. He was very happy he had participated int he tour and said the counselors were very helpful and the other students on the tour were a pleasure to meet and befriend. Excellent time spent!”
Mrs. Bohling, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“TS College Tour is great. It really helped me a lot both on my essay and on the application process. And also, traveling with students come from different countries is amazing.”
Xinle Yao, California College Tour Participant
Shanghai Gezhi High School
“We want to thank you Trevor and your group for this fantastic experience. Mateo learned a lot from this trip. It was an EXCELLENT CHOICE!
Jaime Villegas, Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“I appreciated that the tour counselors are aware of many different international school’s situation and thus they knew what kind of school environment each student is used to.”
Noel Chan, Northeast College Tour Participant
Shanghai American School, China
INVALUABLE in the research, preparation, decision making, and college application process.”
Ravi Mururka, Parent of Northeast and California Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“I think the tour was a great experience and highly recommend it. Seeing a broad range of schools with other students & guidance counselors is a huge advantage.
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
Nagoya International School, Japan
“I now have a better idea of what is required from me, and how to submit and most effectively
organize my college app. This has been a GREAT EXPERIENCE! – now I am looking forward to college and really understand why I am working hard to prepare. College brochures only include a fraction of the information. The college tours and information sessions will give you a much better idea of what a school is like and whether you would be happy there.”
Margaret Anne Smith, Northeast College Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“The tour got me thinking about applying to certain schools I hadn’t previously considered. It
narrowed my focus and I now know exactly where to apply and what to look for if I do consider other colleges.”
Mic Eduque, Northeast College Tour Participant
International School Manila, Philippines
Indispensible! I’m so happy I went on the tour! Definitely do it, it is worth it to see the colleges as you can imagine yourself go there. Also, the information sessions were really helpful and the tour was well organized.””
Rufus Raghunath, Northeast College Tour Participant
United World College Southeast Asia, Singapore
“It gave me a whole new view on the whole process.”
Aashmann Sharma, Northeast College Tour participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
It is a “MUST”!
Cameron Noble, Northeast College Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore

“All the counselors had a wide range of information to offer. It was also interesting how they each had different comments regarding my essay which was good, because that gave me more ways to improve my essay.”
Takero Sone, Northeast College Tour Participant
Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong
“This tour helped me see past the statistics into what the colleges were actually about.”
Jeffrey Qiu, Northeast College Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“……The tour was much better organized and efficient than what I would have been able to do with my family.”
Naina Mullick, California College Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“I really loved chatting with the counselors, both on the tour and in the specific colleges. They were able to answer my questions very effectively, and I gained a comprehensive knowledge on any topic I was curious about.”
Bharath Srivatsan, Northeast College Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“The guided tours were very useful and informative as they helped me realize what I look for in a university’s campus, professors, students, and general feel. I feel much more confident now when it comes to shortening my university list as I know what I am looking for.”
Ayesha Hasan, Northeast College Tour Participant
UWC Southeast Asia, Singapore
Definitely DO IT! Before the tour I had no idea what types of universities I would like in terms of campus, students, and professors, Now I actually enjoy researching universities. It’s a great trip and you get to meet other students in the same situation as you. It’s great knowing you’re not the only one struggling over these applications.”
Ayesha Hasan, Northeast College Tour Participant
UWC Southeast Asia, Singapore
“I learnt a lot about what college admissions officers look for through the information sessions which was very useful. I also learnt a lot during the evening sessions when we talked about essay writing.” w
Archana Kannan, Northeast College Tour Participant
UWC Southeast Asia, Singapore
“It was excellent because we got to visit the colleges and have info sessions, which really showed us how life would be in each college, and made me realize whether I’d like to be there or not. DO IT! It was really worth it, and definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever had.”
Julia Motta, California College Tour Participant
School of the Nations, Brazil
My daughter had an amazing experience and the tour was very organized.”
Patricia Ruiz, Parent of Northeast College Tour
School of the Nations, Brazil
“By visiting the university you can truly see what feels good to you. Academics aside, when walking around a campus you can look around and take in the atmostphere which helps you gain a more valuable understanding of the setting. This helps you understand what type of places you like and by visiting campuses you can also see if any of the universities ‘lights a spark’ for you. The tour was very valuable to me in that it showed me the type of environment I want to be in. I also ended up falling in love with some universities that I didn’t even consider before the tour.
Archana Kannan, Northeast College Tour Participant
UWC Southeast Asia, Singapore
“Touring colleges is a must! Unless you know exactly what you want to do and exactly where you want to go, I would go on the tours. “That spark” shows you you what you really want. You could also visit a campus that you had on your list and realize it is not something you like. That’s what the tour helps you do – it helps you decide what you really want! Finally, TS College Tours provides an amazing amount of information for college applications which has really helped me improve my essay form something barely acceptable tosomething much more interesting.”
Archana Kannan, Northeast College Tour Participant
UWC Southeast Asia, Singapore
“This tour not only gave me a much needed perspective of colleges, it gave me the opportunity to make new friends and experiences I will never forget.”
Anna Belle Harada, California College Tour Participant
American School in Japan, Japan
“I appreciated that the tour counselors are aware of many different international school’s situation and thus they knew what kind of school environment each student is used to.”
Noel Chan, Northeast College Tour Participant
Shanghai American School, China
I highly recommend TS College Tours. It is a well-organized and well thought-out program. A good starting point! I would recommend participating in the tour at the end of 10th grade so that you have another summer to re-visit any college of interest the following year.
Hitomi Hattori, Parent of California Tour Participant
American School in Japan, Tokyo
“The alumni dinner gave unbiased, unfiltered and uncensored thoughts and feelings about the student life of a particular college.”
Leonel De Velez, Northeast College Tour Participant
Singapore American School, Singapore
“Coming on this tour helped me realize the importance of a college visit. Now I know the types of questions I should ask to tour guides and former/current students of different colleges, what each specific college wants to see in an application, and most importantly, what matters to me most in a college. As you see different campuses and different areas around each school, you get a much better sense of what type of school you are looking for. Also, you have school counselors there with you who can answer any question you have. They go through this process every year so they are definitely knowledgeable about the process. I would say that this tour is something that shouldn’t be missed, especially if you don’t know where you want to go to college. Not only do you leave knowing where you want to apply and what to look for in a college, but also with lots of friendships and great times.”
Mic Eduque, Northeast College Tour Participant
International School Manila, Philippines
“I adored our accommodations, guided tours and of course our bus rides which were filled with laughter and fun.”
Ayesha Hasan, Northeast College Tour Participant
UWC Southeast Asia, Singapore

OTHER Parent Comments:

“The information was given very clearly. Now my son feels very confident and feels that he know mostly every detail of the upcoming process.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“I will definitely send my daughter to a similar tour in a couple of years when she is in her junior year.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“I would highly recommend the TS College Tour. It was very intense and that is good thing, they got to see many colleges.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
It helped my daughter clarify further in her mind what kind of things to look for in universities, what kind of schools/cities match her needs and personality, and also the kind of life she will have outside of the campus. She’s going to spend at least the next 4 years of her life in this new school and city, so might as well find out more about it in a very real, practical way.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“I’m very thankful to the whole team for providing such an enriching experience to my son. He learned so much! As a bonus, he has developed his sense of responsibility and made friends from all over the world. I would definitely recommend the tour as soon as you begin high school. Thank you for everything!“
Parent of our Participant
“We are very happy we sent our son. It was a good way for him to see many colleges we never would have been able to get him to and to determine specific goals for his choice of college.
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“He came back much more enthused about the college application process than when he left!
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“Our son really got a feel of which schools inspire him and where he could fit.
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
My son loved it. He keeps telling me about all the college he went and what he liked about them. It helped him to choose the college to which he will be sending his application.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“My son told me it was extremely well-organized.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
STRONGLY RECOMMEND! In fact, I have already made some comments to friends who will have their sons going to college in two year, recommending them to arrange this experience for their kids.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“My daughter said it was a wake-up call for her. To be more focused in her future.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“Having the opportunity of visiting different cities and seeing so many colleges, and different types of them gave my son global perspective on what college styles may affect his college life.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“The College Tour is a very good preparation for incoming students in the US university system. It allows HS students to know how they can be admitted in a US university and prepare for the necessary requirements in their remaining high school years.“
Parent of California Tour Participant
“It was an enjoyable and informative time they spent with group of new friends. He feels excited and looking forward to the college life.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
Everything was perfect.
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant
“The kids go with a very experienced staff. It is important to have such a good group of counselors sharing with the kids all their knowledge, tips, and guiding them through the application process, It was a bonus that the participants could share with other students who are going through the same decision making process. Very important that the students had the opportunity to get started with their essays and were given feedback from the tour leaders.”
Parent of Northeast Tour Participant