University of Arts London – Visit to Florimont

My notes from the meeting with Jean Michel Brawand, Recruitment Representative.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with him at

  • 6 x campus
  • Film, graphic design, drama, architecture, fashion marketing, sound, theatre design, graphic design, art theory, journalism
  • Apply thru Foundation – non-portfolio – anything related to the business side.  Majority require portfolio.
  • IELTS 5.5 – foundation.  Language classes available.e full wor
  • EU (including Switzerland) via UCAS.  International via you.
  • Portfolio – in progress
  • PS – why that particular school and what sets them apart – reading, politics, psychology – need to be thinking.  What sets them apart? THE EARLIER THE BETTER.
  • Courses that demand portfolios need to be decided on fast.
  • There are specialized foundations – watch out!
  • Best alumni – fashion design – best in world – Alexander McQueen, John G, Stella M, Jimmy Chung.
  • Acting – Tim Roth, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, Russell Brand (got kicked out).
  • Directors – Mike Lee, Josh Oppenheimer, Steve McQueen
  • Artists – Gilber & George, Lucien Freud
  • Singers – PJ Harvey, MIA, Jarvis Cocker, The Clash – 3 members.  All did Fine Art.
  • 1/4 of student international.  Alumni – good network.  E.g. strong in France.  Ideas for Switzerland.  Lebanon, Jordan – openness.
  • Film, studios, wood workshops, photography students.
  • Students have acces to all 6 campuses.  Fashion library – Oxford Circus – BEST IN UK.
  • Camberwell – close-knit.  Known for fine arts and illustration.  Tradition – working with materials directly – sculpture – NOT DIGITAL
  • Central Saint Martins – risk-taking, provocation, pushing the boundaries.  A real mix in the café.  Tense climate.  Elite.  Fashion design the most competitive in the world to get into.  IF DECIDE LAST YEAR NO CHANCE.  Those who get in – 4-7 years of sketchbook.
  • Every other course – 2 years should be fine.
  • Film – make film.  FASHION CAN’T BE FAKED.
  • Chelsea – most academic – art theory, curation, fine art. Research-based ethos.  Should be reading – McCluhan, Chomsky, Cage, gender studies.  PS – areas other than art – human experience.
  • London College of Communication – the major school.  Photography, film, screen-printing – the full works.  EMPLOYABILITY – everyone is working in the field.  Internship – 2nd year.
  • London College of Fashion – 76 courses offered – only fashion uni in Europe.  All aspects of Fashion – from beginning to end.  Cosmetics, women wear, shoes. Accessories.
  • Wimbledon – Theatre Design & Fine Art.  Immediate employment in West End, Madame Tussaud’s etc. Saatchi’s contemporaries.  15 mins from City – quiet – trees – People who need quiet and head space.  Everyone gets a studio.
  • Accommodation – some central, some not. Do it first year then find a flat together.  BUT CAN STAY AS LONG AS THEY WANT.  Prices.  Hoxton – East London (very artsy – Brick Lane, Hackney)  Expensive.  Tooting, New Cross (Peckham) (gentrification – increasingly arty) – south, cheaper.
  • West London – fashion events.
  • North London – alternative scene – Camden.
  • Squats – the further north you go.  Finsbury Park.  Industrial buildings.  Fine artists – north or south.
  • 200 museums, lots of students.  Great place to create contacts.
  • ALL TEACHERS ARE WORKING ARTISTS – actual cinematographers, fashion people
  • External lectures by industry insiders.
  • CSM – baptism by fire – independence. Essays at end of every term but it’s up to you to pursue your own practice (Fine Art course) cf Film (LCC) – live editing. (sent home if late).  A contact is doing Rihanna’s clothes.

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Notes from a Tour of NY, CT and NJ Universities

Rider – NJ

  • Div 1
  • nice campus
  • lake
  • No application deadlines
  • SAT optional
  • Old or new SAT – no use of writing component
  • IB – 5s – 30
  • Scholarships – 1300 SAT upwards

Rutgers – Camden

  • Liz Atkins – Dean for International Admissions (?)
  • Nadia, Vikki
  • Originally South Jersey Law School
  • 4.5k undergrads
  • NCAA Div 3
  • 4 schools – Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, Law School
  • Public research institution
  • SRAR  – self-reported academic record
  • Letters of Rec not reviewed
  • $40k per year total

Penn – How are you going to use the spaces?  What are you going to contribute to the world?

  • E.g. developing algorithms to help in pediatric diagnostic
  • Not the top GPA necessarily

Drexel  – Business & Engineering

  • 3 x 10 week classes
  • art history
  • Architecture & Interior Design
  • Fashion Design
  • All kinds of design, often nationally-ranked
  • Media, screenwriting – Drexel LA
  • Digital media
  • Entertainment and Arts Mgt – media, tv – producing
  • Music industry – production & business
  • Dance major – education, PT, etc
  • Founded 1891
  • 14k undergrads.  Average class size 19.  10-1 student to faculty ratio.  80 + majors
  • Engineering & Business.
  • Co-op employer – Google, Microsoft, MTV, J P Morgan
  • Have to declare a major when apply.  10 week academic terms – need to be well-organised, hard-working
  • 4 co-op option, 3 co-op option
  • 300k students in this area.  Vibrant academic community.
  • 2 year residency program
  • CSS Profile – important for international need-based financial aid
  • Various co-op options – this is flexible
  • Star program – summer research.
  • Global scholars – full tuition scholarship.  Drexel Global Scholars Program.
  • Hard work – lots of exams

The College of New Jersey – IF ENGLISH IS A PROBLEM – Institute for ESL – State Uni Like a Liberal Arts


  • Faculty mostly Ivy League
  • incrsasing international students
  • Media, Education
  • Division 3.
  • 6.5k undergrads.
  • 21 average class size.
  • 92% retention rate
  • Communication, Business (Bloomberg Business week ranked as number 1), Education, Engineering, Humanities, Nursing Health Exercise Science
  • Writing intensive
  • SAT preferred but optional
  • $45k total cost (merit scholarships 2.5 to 10k
  • 65% admit rate – international admission results.
  • Less than 1% international students

Drew University, Madison, NJ


  • 55% admit rate
  • Small-scale recruitment
  • 1.5k undergrads – very small
  • Average class size 17-1
  • NYC semesters – 45 minutes transport.  Go in 2 times a week.  Go to station, get on train.
  • Various possibilities in NY.
  • 3 x off-campus experiences
  • Interviews on website.
  • NCAA Div 3.  Scholarships from 10k to 20k.
  • Need-based scholarships for international students.
  • IB 33 plus – no need for SAT if IB.
  • V small class sizes.

Fairleigh-Dickinson – EPFL in New Jersey!

  • Florham, Madison, NJ & Metropolitan Campus (Teaneck NJ)
  • Hospitality Managemenent
  • Some courses specific to each campus.
  • Dual programme – Rockstone, near Banbury
  • Metropolitan – Division 1 – GPA typically above 3.0, tennis, 3.8.  Strong emphasis on academics.
  • Not too suburban, not too big
  • Global Scholars Program
  • UN Program

Manhattanville College – Castle – Smart  – Mastercard Internships

  • Geisler  (Middlebury)
  • Global and local – applied liberal arts, deep personal involvement faculty-students.
  • 1 hour from NY and lots of multinational businesses in the area
  • Possibility of research triangle

Sacred Heart – Fairfield, CT – Pleasant, Division 1, Social & Media, Business, RC.  Wrestling.

  • recruiting undergrads
  • performing arts students who don’t want to major theatre
  • Education  Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Athletic Training, Business, English, Media
  • Located between very privileged and unprivileged areas
  • Communications Program – School of Communications and Media Arts – fast-growing
  • Division 1 European students – soccer
  • Athletics up and coming – North East Conference – Mid Major (Major) – Bryant, Boston College, BU, Fordham similar level

Sarah Lawrence – Liberal, Progressive, Performing Arts JJ Abrams.

  • Inspired by John Dewey.  Link to Vassar College.
  • Student-led discussion – IB type of curriculum helpful.
  • Academic model has not changed much.
  • Independent research with faculty.
  • Quiet, pastoral environment
  • 1 on 1 tutorials, Oxbridge style
  • Michelle (student) from Tampa – performing arts.  Tommy – CT, Fairfield, Music, Literature etc.
  • Lots of choice – open curriculum.  Student-centered.  1 student and 1 teacher.
  • Egalitarian community of scholars.  1st name terms.
  • Faculty with research interests.  Very responsive to student
  • 1.4k students.
  • Founder built a mansion for his wife Sarah Lawrence.
  • Conservatory style performing arts
  • Electronic music studio
  • Creative expression is valuable work in college.
  • Half of the credits can be taken in creative & performing arts
  • 3 x seminars and 3 x research projects
  • Not part of being admitted to the college.  Strong curriculum, essay-writing.  Then auditions for music ensembles etc.
  • A particular student strength will be staffed appropriately at the NY Met, for example.  Lessons and training.
  • Typically the student wants BA but is dramatically talented.
  • 70-30 female-male ratio.  Not artificially engineered.
  • 65-35 is average for small liberal arts college.
  • Many students active in LGBT.
  • Bright, confident, progressive, liberal students.
  • Visual arts studios, screenwriting center.  JJ Abrams.  Top film program.  Barbara Walters.
  • Vera Long
  • 40 acres
  • Tommy – drawing, comic books.  Learned loads, despite a strong background – questioning what he’d done before, pushing him into unfamiliar territory.  Student-curated arts space.  Pushing him to create funny and serious stuff.

Baruch, CUNY – NY for the Less Privileged

  • Tools for Clear Speech
  • 10% international.
  • Diversity – socio-economic, nationality, religion
  • Average class size – 30 students
  • JP Morgan Chase, Santander, KPMG, Standard Chartered, UN
  • 90% of internationals go to the Business School
  • $15k (cf 40k, 50k elsewhere NY)  but $39k total (all included)
  • Guaranteed accommodation 1st year accommodation internationals
  • Lots of clubs
  • IB 34 points
  • SAT 1250 average old system.  550 CR.  500 Math.


  • 63k applications
  • 1st year often spent away – London, Paris, Florence, Washington DC
  • Indicate willingness for this on application!
  • $70k per year
  • Financial aid from Bobbe F!
  • Underrepresented majors are awarded scholarships at times.
  • Tics School of Arts – Performance Studies (portfolio required) – all written – and Game Design
  • Education Studies
  • Education Theatre Major –
  • Abu Dhabi – students who – like all NYU – want to make a difference in the Middle East.  Funded by Crown Prince!  Unparalleled facilities, internships, business and commerce possibilities in a developing market with not many students competing!
  • Tisch – some professional training but not all – e.g. published play, summer programmes – e.g. Stage Door Manor – top 16 actors at camp
  • Conservatory and academics.  Writing in a local magazine.
  • 10k applied to Tisch – 300 got in.
  • Library – “text a librarian” 24-7 – answer within 3 minutes.

Barnard – High-Powered Intellectual Women

  • 3 x letters of rec – 2 academic (core subjects) & 1 x letter of rec
  • admit rate has gone from 36% a few years ago to 17% currenty

Fordham – Division 1 Sports, In NY but Sheltered.  NY Enclave.

  • select Arts & Science or Business
  • Dance and Drama – v selective – must declare these majors up front
  • pick college and campus
  • Acceptance rate same across board – 45%
  • School of Business more competitive
  • Must apply to the college you intend to stay at
  • No additional writing task
  • SAT or ACT
  • TOEFL or IELTS can be waived
  • Business – Maths will be looked at more closely
  • Keep the Common App essay AUTHENTIC – with errors corrected.

Rutgers – Friendly, Lively, Fun

  • careers and internships
  • 12 internship fairs per year – companies from NY City.  Online search facility.  Online résumé builder tool.  Mock interviews.
  • Networking – alumni mentoring – e.g. “Road to Wall Street »
  • Lots of research possibilities.
  • 100 majors, 8k courses, 200 grad programs.
  • Liberal Arts example – Psychology Major, Italian Minor, Masters in Education.
  • 120 credits to graduate over the 4 years.  Core requirements – academic writing.  All planned out beforehand (summer)  Social science requirement – options within.
  • IB – 5s, 6s, 7s.  Grade trends.
  • Online application – Rutgers Applications.  Self-reported academic record.  Official SAT scores.
  • EA – November 1.  Regular Action – December 1 if want to be eligible for scholarship.



July 2016 Rutgers session – Uni Georgia, Marquette Uni
  • Georgia sends lots to Olympics.
  • D1 v D2
  • “If you’re not in top 80 in the world, not going to go to U Georgia”.
  • If you go, you are supported
  • Marquette – medium-sized.  Jesuit.  Big East conference.
  • Men’s rowing
  • How can se demonstrate your ability?
  • NAIA – not the most competitive – and exists in Canada – e.g. UBC.  More lenient on eligibility requirements.  Credential evaluation service –
Canada – Canadian Interuniversity Sport.  Quebec, Ontario, Canada West.
  • academics important.
  • Student-athlete is huge time commitment.
  • Kid mjust make the contact
  • Don’t send hours of video.
  • Coaches not allowed to call back.
  • DON’T send hours of testimonial.

CIS Forum

NCAA vs. NAIA: Collegiate Sports in the US of A and Students’ Choices

20 November 2014

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Michelle Lewis, Carroll College Chair and Presenter,

Karen Scott, Texas Christian University, Presenter,

Cathy Day, Carroll College, Virtual Presenter,

Jessica Hazard, Texas Christian University, Virtual Presenter,

Ike Ukaegbu, Texas Christian University, Virtual Presenter,

NCAA Resources

NCAA Home Page

NCAA Eligibility Center

NAIA Resources

NAIA Home Page

Frequently Asked Questions

NAIA Guide for the Student Athlete

International Documents Required by Country

International Academic Published Standards

Directions for Submitting International Records

NAIA Monthly E-News for International Student Eligibility Center Updates

NAIA and NCAA Scholarship comparisons

Highly Selective International Admissions – Ruby Swarthmore, Sarah Vassar NY, Tanya Oberlin Ohio, Ryan Bowdoin (Maine), Kora (Wesleyan, CT)

  • test averages may be similar but same student waitlisted or admitted at different institutions
  • Academics important but not determining
  • 1st gen?  Socio-economic status?  Gender?  Financial aspects?  Development?  Legacy?  Athletics?
  • Small-medium liberal arts – space is an issue.
  • Vassar

Public Universities Admissions – British Columbia, St Andrews, Oregon, Washington

  • Public tend to be larger.  Great variation in degree programs.  Larger numbers – more opps
  • Georgia, N Carolina and William & Mary claim oldest public uni.
  • First uni created as federal land grant institution – Kansas
  • State funding for research opportunities
  • Top scholars
  • Admissions – open enrollment (no requirements), competitive, selective.
  • Pacemakers Minnesota, wetsuits – UCLA , insulin – Toronto, computers Iowa State and gatorade Florida – all invented at public universities
  • Most need SATs.  Only 30% need rec letters.
  • Demonstrated interest not needed
  • Test scores and academic grades most important
  • Committee reviews only in exceptional cases – 75% of unis.
  • Jan-March – decisions delivered to internationals
  • Oregon – extra curio and special talents not considered for internationals.  ILESTS sub-scores considered.

UC Update 2016


2017 fall application – 4 out of 8 questions.  350 words max.
  • Leadership question – any kind of leadership.
  • Creative side
  • Greatest talent of skill

Programme Athéna, faire son dossier

Pour le programme Athéna, les dossiers d’inscription doivent parvenir à l’UNIGE avant le 29 mai 2016
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Pour être complet, votre dossier doit contenir 3 choses:

  1. Le formulaire d’inscription à remplir par l’élève et ses parents s’il est mineur, le professeur qui  soutien votre participation (prof de maths ou physique), M. Montessuit (qui vous donne l’autorisation de participer)

  2. Une lettre de motivation, dont voici les règles de rédaction :

Les ingrédients incontournables d’une lettre de motivation (une page, pas plus)

– L’objet de la lettre: demande de participation au programme Athéna…

– Qui je suis: Mon état civil, mon parcours d’élève, quelques mots sur moi.

– Historique de mon choix: comment et pourquoi en suis-je arrivé à vouloir participer à Athéna.

– Ce que j’attends de ce programme. J’insiste sur ce qui est important pour moi, en lien avec mes projets futurs.

Ne pas oublier de dire que vous êtes curieux(se), intéressé(e) et pourquoi pas passionné(e)!


        3. La photocopie de vos derniers bulletins (l’année dernière et cette année suffisent)

L’ensemble de ces pièces doit être remis dans une enveloppe portant votre nom dans le casier de M. Montessuit au plus tard le lundi 23 mai 2016. Florimont se chargera de transmettre vos dossiers à l’administration du programme Athéna.

Programme Athéna: une découverte (exigeante!) des études scientifiques à l’UNIGE

Capture d’écran 2016-04-18 à 16.19.14

Athéna est un programme d’études anticipées en physique et en mathématiques organisé par la Faculté des Sciences de l’Université de Genève. Il s’adresse aux élèves de premières ou terminal qui souhaitent découvrir les études universitaires en physique et en mathématiques.

Ce programme a pour but de confirmer l’intérêt des jeunes pour les sciences physiques et mathématiques en leur permettant de s’initier à de nouvelles thématiques, tout en découvrant la vie estudiantine. Il vise aussi à encourager les carrières scientifiques auprès des jeunes, ces derniers étant mieux à même de prendre des décisions après avoir suivi un tel programme, et d’améliorer la transition entre le secondaire et l’UNIGE.

La charge de travail pour un élève suivant un cours Athena est d’environ 10 h / semaine : 3 h de cours, 2 h de tutorat, et environ 5 h de travail personnel.


  • Seuls les élèves méritants et capables d’assumer la charge de travail qu’impose le programme peuvent s’inscrire.
  • Une fois constitués, les dossiers seront validés avec l’accord des préfets puis transmis aux responsables du programme Athéna.
  • Il est de la responsabilité de chaque candidat de respecter les délais fixés par Florimont et par l’administration du programme Athéna.
  • Préinscriptions par mail avant le 29 avril 2016 (« je souhaite participer au programme Athena » avec vos noms/prénoms/classe/cours préssentis) à

Cours proposés pour l’année 2016-2017
Mathématiques :
– géométrie (accessible) mercredi après-midi
– méthodes élémentaires (difficulté moyenne) mercredi après-midi
– probabilité et statistique (difficile) mercredi après-midi

Physique :
– méthodes mathématiques (accessible) mercredi après-midi
– laboratoire de physique I (difficulté moyenne) mercredi matin
– électrodynamique (très difficile : un test du niveau de l’élève sera effectué avant acceptation) lundi 11h-13h

Début des inscriptions : le 18 avril 2016
Fin des inscriptions : le 29 mai 2016
Résultats admissions : mi-juin
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