Summer Experiences (CIS Conference 2013)

Jay Comfort (Kumon Switzerland), Damara Klaassen (Uni BC, Canada), Bob Musiker (Summer Discovery, US), Robert Rummerfield (College Visits, US).

Internships – sport – research – volunteering.

Cornell Architecture program – work in a retail store – work at hotel – language.

Immersion in a foreign country.

Visit family far away.  Pursue an interest.  Earn money.

Benefits – personal growth, social growth, self-awareness, brain development, recharge energy.

On-campus enrichment programs –

  1. Direct operations – taught by college faculty, via departments.
  2. Partnerships or Collaborations – e.g. Summer Discovery – Penn State etc.  Courses taught by host college.
  3. Space & Facilities Rental – private organisations hire college facilities.  E.g. Summerfuel, summercamp

Cultural immersion, teen tours, university visits, community service.  E.g. Where There Be Dragons, Rustic Pathways, College Visits, Visions Service. (Google any of these).

Benefits of university visits –

  • learning,
  • types of unis,
  • large-medium-small,
  • public-private,
  • urban v rural,
  • liberal arts v specialized.



Summer School- King’s College London

Just received the following email –


King’s has some exciting news that I thought might be of interest to your students. This summer sees the launch of our first Pre-University Summer School, offering an enriching programme for high school students.

The programme will run from July 29th -August 9th 2013 and it offers the opportunity to experience university life with a combination of academic classes, a lively social programme plus a fully inclusive weekend trip to Paris at the end of the programme.

There will be three academic strands available that students can choose to study. All courses will provide a global insight into today’s world and will help students prepare for study at leading international universities.

Global Governance
This course will provide students the tools to determine and debate the most pressing issues facing international global governance today. This course is unique in its comparative study of the history, institutions, policies and theories of governance of the major international organisations today. It would be an ideal course for any student interested in studying International Relations or Politics at university level.
Global Health
Global health, focusing on health and the social, economic, political and cultural forces in the world that shape it, has never been so important. This course will help students gain a better understanding of the importance of healthcare in the wider world, and would be of benefit to any student interested in studying medicine or healthcare at university level.
Global Leadership
Leaders aren’t born, they’re made, and this course offers an introduction to the central aspects of that leadership. Students will examine the key challenges global companies face and help develop an excellent understanding of the major approaches companies employ as they seek to dominate complex environments. This course would be ideal for students interested in studying business, politics or social sciences at university level.

Additional sessions in careers guidance and university preparation will be offered as part of the course programme.

All courses are non-credit bearing but students will be expected to take part in all assessment which is expected will take the form of group exercises, presentations and learning journals. Certificates will be awarded to all students upon successful completion of the Pre-University programme. The deadline for applications is 15 May, and we are also offering a 20% discount to family/children of King’s alumni.

Please check our website for full course details and to download the application pack.

If you, your students, or parents have any further questions then please email

We hope to welcome students of yours to London this summer for what promises to be an inspiring experience in the heart of the city.

With best wishes,

Kyra Kellawan |Senior International Marketing Officer (Europe)

Summer Language Camps

Here is some information M Lopez passed on to me about summer linguistic camps – please check the website of OISE at


Madame, Monsieur, chers collègues,

J’ai eu dernièrement un entretien avec des personnes responsables de OISE qui organise des formations linguistiques intensives et individualisées en immersion dans le pays pour des professionnels mais aussi des étudiants et d jeunes élèves.

Oise souhaite vraiment contribuer au brillant avenir de ses élèves et avec une expérience depuis 40 ans elle a le savoir d’organiser du coaching linguistique pendant les vacances scolaires, qui assure un soutien individuel permanent. Les destinations sont multiples, notamment en Angleterre pour les élèves âgés de 7 à 17 ans et au Canada, USA, Espagne et Allemagne pour les élèves âgés de 14 à 17 ans avec maximum de 8 élèves par classe.

Pour les jeunes adultes et les professionnels, l’enseignement relève du « coaching linguistique » avec un Programme Tutorial (privé), un Programme Quatorial (max. 4 élèves) ou un Programme Octorial (max. 8 élèves) avec 31 heures de cours par semaine. OISE est également spécialisée pour les préparations aux différents examens tels que le IELTS, le BULATS, les examens du Cambridge, le ZD ou ZMP pour les examens en allemand.

Je joins à ce mail et en attaché des informations plus précises que vous pourrez transmettre aux personnes intéressées et concernées de votre établissement.

Recevez mes salutations les meilleures

Martine Auvergne




Envoyé par Martine Auvergne, le jeudi 21 mars 2013.





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.