Oxford University – Open Days, New Courses and Competitions

Various bits of news –

Open Days in February – http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate_courses/finding_out_more/visiting_oxford/admissions_talks.html

Competitions run by Oxford colleges in science and French film –

Corpus Christi College annual science competition
This competition is open to students who intend to apply to university later this year, or next year. A top prize of £250 will be available in two categories – Biochemistry and Chemistry – with the possibility of smaller prizes for second place and entries judged highly commended. All prize winners will be invited to Corpus Christi on our Open Day on Thursday 28 June to receive their prizes, have lunch, and receive a tour of the University science facilities.

For more information please visit the Corpus Christi College website. The deadline for entries is Friday 30 March.

Calling all budding cinéastes! French film competition

The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages is looking for budding film enthusiasts in Years 10 to 13 to demonstrate their imaginative engagement with the world of French cinema. The deadline for entries is noon Friday 30 March. For more details please see ourwebsite.

If you are a very good Mathematician –

Further Maths — What Next?
Further Mathematics A-level students are invited to this free event on Thursday 19 April.
Maths book

It will feature taster sessions by departments including Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics and Computer Science, all of which are seeking students with an aptitude for Mathematics. Bookings are open on ourwebsite.

Oxford now has a computer science degree.


Computer Science and Philosophy taster day
The University has introduced a new undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Philosophy.
computer science and philosophy

Some of the greatest thinkers of the past — from Aristotle to Turing — dreamed of automated reasoning and what this might achieve. This free taster day on Thursday 15 March will provide an opportunity for year 11 and 12 students to find out more about how computers have now made this a reality. This event is ideal for those interested in learning more about the new course and who are considering applying for a 2013 (or later) start. Bookings are open via ourwebsite.

PSSS – SAT style practice test, March 3rd, International School

For 2nde and 1ere students who wish to practise for the SAT: we have at least 1 student who is going to take the test at the International School (La Grande Bossiere), March 3rd, 0800.  Charge is $75 and you take the cash with you.  See PSAT information at www.collegeboard.com – PSSS is basically the same thing.

Let me know if you wish to take it and I will ask.  Deadline for requests – 8th February.


TOEFL in Geneva

A colleague from the International School has kindly informed me where their students take TOEFL.  Please keep me informed as you follow up these possibilities!

ICC center at GVA airport or in Carouge.
Look at et.org/toefl
Dates vary according to available computers.

Aiming for Yale?

Here are a few links for international students, taken from Yale’s latest newsletter for school counsellors:


How can I find more information about international student life
at Yale?
We hope that you’ll view our video for international students, “Yale’s Community
of Individuals” (http://admissions.yale.edu/international), which features current
international students talking about Yale. You are also welcome to view the website
for our Office of International Students and Scholars (http://www.yale.edu/oiss), the
center for support services to the Yale international community. For more information
about the Yale experience in general, please explore the rest of our admissions site. If
you have more specific questions, feel free to send them to our email address:

Plan your Summer Visit to US Universities!

I’ve copied and pasted below the 1st couple of paragraphs for a US universities visit from July 8-19.  Please check the website if you are interested, and let me know if you go!

Website – http://www.usacademe.org/

U.S.Academe offers a dynamic 12-day program for high school students from outside the U.S. who are interested in attending an American college or university.

Students visit ten college campuses, participate in meetings with admission officers and faculty, engage in seminars about American higher education, interact with current college students, and develop meaningful friendships with other high school students from around the world. The program educates students about the university admission process, prepares them for success as undergraduate students at American universities, and delivers a uniquely rewarding educational experience.