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The College Board’s 41st Annual Summer Institute for International Counselors

Summer Institute for International Counselors

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June 15–18, 2015
Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Connect International Students to University Success

Join us for the College Board’s Summer Institute for International Counselors, a comprehensive, interactive professional development program for counselors at overseas international secondary schools.

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.

Distinguished Faculty

Receive personalized instruction from respected admission leaders and experienced international school counselors:

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."


College counselors who work at an overseas international school or who are affiliated with a not-for-profit educational organization are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is May 1, 2015. Enrollment is limited and applicants are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Below are costs to register for all Summer Institute events. Please note that registration includes meals and resource materials. Accommodations will also be available for an additional cost. If you are interested in receiving accommodations for the Summer Institute, please email

Summer Institute Costs*
Nonmember Rate
Registration Fee $1,370 USD $1,690 USD
Pre-Institute: New Counselor Workshop (June 14 and 15)
Nonmember Rate
Registration Fee $315 USD $315 USD
Post-Institute: Non-U.S. Admission (June 19)
Nonmember Rate
Registration Fee $95 USD $95 USD

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 contact Stephanie Trainor by email at or call +1 202-741-4723.

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