London Universities Visit – Register!

Invitation from London Universities
Dear esteemed colleagues and college counsellors,

It is with great pleasure that I, from King’s College London, and my colleagues from University College London, Imperial College London, and the London School of Economics write to remind you of our presence in Switzerland next week.

We will be holding two public presentations in Geneva and Zurich, so please do let any potential students, including graduates, and their parents know of our presence and we shall look forward to seeing them soon.

Geneva – Monday 2nd December, 7pm
Hotel Warwick, Rue de Lausanne 14, 1201 Genève
To book your place to attend, please click here.

New College of the Humanities – London, UK – Visit to Florimont

Dear All

Please come to Etude Nord at 1240, Monday 7th October, to hear about this new university in London, set up due to the number of people being turned away from Oxford and Cambridge.
Such leading academics as Richard Dawkins and Steve Pinker are supporting British philosopher A C Grayling’s attempt to provide more Oxbridge-level elite educational options in the UK, so that students don’t have to go to the US due to the lack of places in the UK.
Bring your tray with your lunch and listen to find out if it could be the right place for you!

University Fair – Institut Le Rosey, Tuesday 14th May

Several prestigious US colleges will be represented at Institut le Rosey, Aubonne in May.  Here is a list of the universities planning to attend at the moment.



  Stonehill college
  Loyola Chicago University
  U Michigan Flint
  Gettysburg College
  Florida Tech
  Elon University
  Suffolk University
  Marist College
  Loyola Marymount University
  Kenyon College
  Hamilton College
  Hawaii Pacific University
  U Saskatchewan
  Reed college
  Drew University

Visit by Cambridge University

Several 3ème pupils and some parents attended a meeting at the International School where Richard Partington (Churchill College) and Dr Caroline Burt (Pembroke College) gave a presentation.  Here are my notes from the meeting –

  • Advantages of Oxford & Cambridge – small group teaching – one to one tuition by world-leading academics.  Nowhere else in world; collegiate system – excellent libraires, social facilities, textbooks, Director of Studies. Resources – copyright libraires, large research grants, scientific equipment possibilities.
  • Outstanding students – top 3% of intelligence.  IB 42+.  Bac 16, 17.
  • Doesn’t matter which college you apply to.
  • Choose the right subject – curiosity, determination.  MUST BE THE APPLICANT’S OWN CHOICE, NOT THAT OF HIS OR HER PARENTS!
  • Excellent career prospects in ANY subject.
  • Results are the most important part of your application.
  • READING – crucial.  Successful applicants are pushing themselves OUTSIDE school, reading, thinking, listening to lectures etc.  If computing, you need to write code.
  • Revise for interview – see it as a test.  They are not interested in you as a person – it’s the academic side which is crucial.
  • Overall 5.1 for Maturité.
  • Interview – 25 to 30 minutes – problem-solving exercises in your subject. They want to see how far you can get, using logic, analysis etc.
  • In Maths, for example, they may want you to rethink something you have been taught.
  • They are well used to the French Bac.  Mention très bien minimum, particularly in the subjects most closely-related to the subject you are applying for.
  • Sciences – 17 or 18.
  • PPS & Archaeology-Anthropology – changing to HSPS & PBS.
  • Science is more general at the beginning whereas at Oxford you start immediately in specific areas.
  • Think about courses you have never heard of – History of Art, Land Economy.
  • Use the prospectus to look at other subjects – « related courses »
  • Arts – 3 years – Languages 4 years.
  • Oxford – November aptitude test, BMAT for Medicine – lots of practice available on websites.
  • Go to Master Classes for your subject – late June for Oxford, early July for Cambridge – subject-focused sessions.