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University Planning

Welcome to the university planning and admissions process

We look forward to supporting you on the journey of finding the universities and courses which fit in with your academic, personal and career aspirations.

Our dedicated Deputy Principal of Secondary Years (G9-12), Jonathan Cox, offers support and advice through the process of researching, shortlisting, applying to and ultimately selecting the university you will attend.

Starting this process early ensures that by the time decisions have to be made, you will already have gathered a wealth of information and will be in a position to make fully informed positive choices.

GEMS University Scholarship

Launched in 2018 this new exclusive scholarship opportunity is available for GEMS students who have been accepted at top universities including Ivy League and Russell Group institutions. 

Starting from the 2019-20 academic year, 10 full scholarships valued at over USD 1.3M will be awarded annually to GEMS students who have been accepted into the programme of their choice at one of 10 select institutions.

GEMS Education will cover each student’s tuition fees for the duration of their degree course for up to four years. One scholarship will be awarded per university, with institutions spread across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

International Partner Universities Include
  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Oxford
  • Columbia University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Australian National University
  • McGill University
  • The University of Melbourne

To find out more about the GEMS university scholarship contact our University & College Counselor or click here.

 

Jan – Feb

  • Individual meetings for all students with Academic Advisor / Deputy Principal

March

  • Initial meeting with all students considering Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary medicine or Dentistry (UK)
  • Parents’ University Information Evening, including the University Application Agreement

April

  • Advisory lessons used for university application introduction and exploring Naviance Family Connection (NFC)
  • Early Decision/Early Action meeting

May

  • Advisory sessions used for planning and recording on (NFC)

June

  • Advisory sessions used for workshops on Personal Statements and College Essays

Summer Holiday

  • Students should work on their Personal Statements and College
  • Essays and pursue internships, etc.

August

  • Complete Recommendation Letter survey on Naviance and request Recommendation Letters
  • Meeting for all students applying to Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary medicine or Dentistry (UK)
  • Meeting for US ED and EA applicants
  • Set up of UCAS accounts for UK applications

September

  • Oxbridge, Medical, Dental and Veterinary applicants (UK), internal deadline for completion of all application documents.
  • Set up Common App accounts and link to Naviance (US applications)
  • Complete Academic Advisor Information Survey on NFC (US applications)
  • EA/ED and any other applications due before December 15th must be communicated to Academic Advisor

October

  • Oxbridge, Medical, Dental and Veterinary (UK) Applications submitted
  • Predicted Grades issued
  • Individual meetings with Academic Advisor to finalise University application lists
  • First drafts of Personal Statements and College Essays submitted to Academic Advisor

November

  • Personal Statements and College Essays completed
  • UCAS, Common App and individual online application systems completed by students
  • Students check dates for all applications to Asian and Canadian universities
  • All completed applications submitted to universities

December

  • Remaining applications completed and submitted to Universities

January

  • Any late applications submitted
  • Applications to Australian Universities for July intake
  • Request documentation in support of an application to Singapore universities
 

 

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