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The College Board's Summer Institute for International Counselors at NYU

Summer Institute for International Counselors

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We are excited to offer three global formats:

  • The central learning experience is a week-long institute at NYU’s New York campus from June 19-24, 2016.
  • Additionally we are offering condensed 2½ day versions of the institute at
    • NYU Abu Dhabi: February 18-20, 2016
    • NYU Shanghai: March 18-20, 2016 More program and event details to come.

This Summer Institute is a comprehensive, interactive training for counselors at international secondary schools or advisors from not-for-profit educational organizations.

Each day will focus on a central theme, and the themes will incrementally build on one another through the institute. Through compelling sessions and engaging dialogue with our faculty and your peers, you will learn how to provide your students with an early and ongoing understanding of the admission process for U.S. universities. You will also acquire strategies and tools to help your students secure postsecondary options that best fit their career aspirations.

Resident Faculty

Institute resident faculty will include chief enrollment officers from diverse U.S. college and universities as well as leaders in the K-12 international college counseling community.

Shawn Abbott
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions
New York University (New York, NY)

Amy Jarich

Amy Jarich
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Diane McKoy

Diane McKoy
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Columbia University in the City of New York (New York, NY)

Nancy Meislahn

Nancy Meislahn
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)

Nancy Meislahn

Elisabeth O'Connell
Senior Associate Dean of Admissions
University of Pennsylvania

Shaun McElroy

Shaun McElroy
Shanghai American School (Shanghai, China)

Sheri Neal

Sheri Neal
The American School in Japan (Tokyo, Japan)

Institute Topics

  • Best practices in international school counseling
  • Higher education perspectives on applications
  • Holistic admission review process
  • Counseling management tools
  • School Profiles & Transcripts
  • College Essays & Letters of Recommendation
  • Budgeting fundamentals
  • Financial aid for U.S. study for non-U.S. citizens
  • Resources and trends in college and career planning
  • Components of a college application
  • Guiding English language learners
  • Obtaining a U.S. student visa
  • Transcripts and testing in admission

What Past Participants Have Said About The Summer Institute for International Counselors:

"This is just about the best PD there is. (If) you want to find the perfect fit for students, keep colleges close and adjust parents expectations – this will tell you how."

"Besides the invaluable and insightful information of all sessions, the friendly and relaxed time with (other) counselors with varying degrees of experience from around the world made this institute a great professional development opportunity."

"I highly recommend this course for new counselors! I feel much more prepared to help our students and their parents in their college application process."

Justify Your Attendance

Attending the College Board’s 2015 Summer Institute for International Counselors is valuable to your career and your school’s success. You may find our tools and resources helpful when communicating with your head of school, principal, director, or supervisor about attending. Use the flyer and justification letter below for successful approval of the funding you need to attend.

Justification letter.  Customize a letter to your principal, director, or supervisor to help explain the value of attending the Summer Institute.

For inquiries regarding the Summer Institute, please email

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