University and Career Counseling

We are here to assist you as you plan your path to university and beyond. The university application process is both challenging and exciting, and requires good preparation.

Beginning in Grade 8 and continuing through Grade 12, we provide students with careful guidance on course selection and academic performance.

In Career Counseling, we

  • offer interest surveys and personality testing
  • assist in course selection geared toward a future career
  • show students how to research careers online and through books and magazines from the ISR library
  • encourage students to gain work experience and assist them with their applications for internships

In University Counseling, we

  • help students find out what qualifications are needed for their intended course of study and to get into universities worldwide
  • teach students how to choose a course of study and find the right university for them. Factors like location, university rankings, entry requirements, tuition fees, and application deadlines, application strategies and the application cycle are considered.
  • teach students how to write personal statements and college essays in special workshops
  • help students understand German university requirements for IB students

Advising and planning intensify in Grades 11 and 12 when students receive personal guidance from counselors at all stages of the university process:

  • Internships and work experience
  • Summer courses and programs
  • Personality tests
  • SAT, ACT, and other assessments
  • Career research
  • University essays and personal statements
  • Teacher and counselor letters of recommendation
  • Mock interviews
  • University and college visits
  • Preparing and submitting university applications and tracking offers

University and career counseling (UCC) is carried out in group sessions and individual meetings.

For parents and students from Grades 8–12, we hold evening information sessions.  Individual appointments can be requested by students and/or parents through either Ms. Wacker or Ms. Wiltshire.

We are proud of the varied destinations our graduates choose, which include top universities in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia.

Please feel free to contact us anytime. We are here to help!

At ISR, we highly encourage our students to gain some work experience while they are still in school. We feel that work experience is an excellent tool in the process of choosing a career. Students will benefit in many ways:

  • Work experience is a reality check of their dream job and will help them to decide if a certain career is really for them.
  • They get a taste of ‘adult life,’ which will further their personal development and broaden their horizons.
  • They can make contact with potential future employers.
  • They will enhance their university application by showing real passion and commitment to the course they want to study.

Depending on the student’s age and pre-experience, as well as the company’s circumstances, work experience can be anything from a Taster -Day (‘Schnuppertag’), during which a student accompanies a professional on his daily business, up to a 3-week-internship with a specifically assigned project.

The UCC office provides individual help with the research of potential companies or institutions and the ways to approach these employers. Support is also given with the preparation of application documents.

Here is a selection of the internships ISR students did and the course they were interested in studying at university:

  • Airbus – aerospace engineering
  • Bain & Company – economics and international business management
  • University Clinic Düsseldorf (Institute of Virology) – biomedical sciences
  • Audi (Controlling) – economics/finances
  • Porsche (Production) – international business management
  • Rolls Royce – electrical engineering
  • University of Cologne (Institute of Nuclear Physics) – physics
  • E.on – engineering
  • Rheinische Post – political sciences
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung – journalism
  • Farm in Romania – agricultural engineering
  • Pediatric and psychiatric ward in a hospital in Thailand – medicine and psychology
  • Artist’s workshop – fine art /animation
  • Various architecture firms – architecture and civil engineering

The summers are an excellent time to explore your interests, get involved in extracurricular activities and to branch out and try some new things. University taster courses, internships, language courses, leadership camps, outdoor programs – the list of ideas to spend the summer meaningfully is endless. In the UCC office, we have a lot of flyers and brochures that can be picked up. Below is also a list with some ideas:

  1. Oxbridge Academic Programs for a college-style summer experience for 14–18-year-olds: www.oxbridgeprograms.com
  2. Oxford Study Courses, IB Summer Schools at MIT, Cambridge, Harvard and Oxford, UK University Tour: www.osc-ib.com
  3. International Summer School of Scotland, St. Andrews: www.summerschoolscotland.com
  4. U.S. Space & Rocket Center Advanced Space Academy for 15–18-year-olds: www.spacecamp.com
  5. Johns Hopkins University for High School Students: www.jhu.edu/summer
  6. The University of Pennsylvania, Penn Summer for High School Students: www.sas.upenn.edu/summer
  7. Broadreach: Adventures Abroad for middle school, high school & college students: www.gobroadreach.com
  8. Summer School at Columbia University: columbia.edu
  9. Summer Discovery Programs in the U.S., England, and Spain: www.summerdiscovery.com
  10. Jr. Discovery Programs for Middle School Students: www.jrdiscovery.com
  11. English Speaking Union in the UK: www.ourworldenglish.com, a debating experience
  12. Student Leadership Conferences in the U.S. and Europe: www.futureworldleader.org
  13. Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., New York City and China: www.envisionexperience.com
  14. New York Film Academy Summer Camps for Film and Acting for Ages 10–13, 14–17 in Hollywood, Paris, London, Florence, Harvard: www.nyfa.edu/summer_camp
  15. Oxford Royale Academy at University of Oxford for 16-18-year-old students: www.oxford-royale.co.uk
  16. University of the Arts London: short courses for 16-18 year olds: www.arts.ac.uk
  17. Talented Youth Summer Program, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: http://cty.jhu.edu/summer/international/

Universities and colleges from around the world visit ISR

The UCC Office offers regular opportunities to meet with university and college representatives from around the world.We host a wide range of university events that includes university fairs for all Upper School students (Grades 9–12), mandatory class sessions (Grade 11) and visits for specialized schools that are optional for the students and are scheduled in the UCC office. These presentations may include business schools, art academies, hotel management schools or schools from geographic areas other than Europe and North America which are destinations for a majority of our students.In our selection of university visits, we aim to cover both state and private schools and to include a large variety of schools with regards to the majors offered, as well as the size and the location.All visits are hosted during the school day and are announced well in advance in the classrooms, on the UCC board, and in the Weekly Update.

Trips to External University Events

We also take students to selected events in the area, such as the British Council University Fair and International College Night. In addition, students should check the UCC board for university and career-related events in the area. Fairs like EINSTIEG, Berufe live, VOCATIUM, as well as open days of German and Dutch universities, are regularly announced on the board and in the Weekly Update.

University Representatives

If you are a university representative and would like to visit ISR, please contact the UCC office

Ulrike.Wacker@isr-school.de or call +49 2131 40388-257. Please visit our directions page for directions to the ISR campus.

University Offers

The following is a list of universities and colleges that have accepted ISR students from 2010–2021:

  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • Modul University, Vienna
  • Sigmund-Freud-University Vienna
  • University of Vienna
  • Webster University Vienna
  • University of Varna
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto
  • European University of Cyprus
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • American University of Paris
  • Ecole Polytechnique Université Paris-Saclay
  • EBS Oestrich Winkel
  • EBS Wiesbaden (Law School)
  • EMBA Düsseldorf
  • FU Berlin
  • HS Neuss
  • Jacobs University Bremen
  • Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg
  • Macromedia HS Köln
  • Munich Business School
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • RWTH Aachen
  • TH Köln
  • TU Berlin
  • TU Clausthal
  • TU Darmstadt
  • TU Dortmund
  • TU Kaiserslautern
  • TU München
  • UMCH, Hamburg
  • Universität Bonn
  • Universität Duisburg/Essen
  • Universität Düsseldorf
  • Universität Frankfurt
  • Universität Freising/Weihenstefan
  • Universität Göttingen
  • Universität Hamburg
  • Universität Heidelberg
  • Universität Hohenheim
  • Universität Kiel
  • Universität Köln
  • Universität Konstanz
  • Universität Münster
  • Universität München (LMU)
  • Universität Passau
  • Universität Rostock
  • Universität Trier
  • Universität Tübingen
  • Universität Wuppertal
  • WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar
  • Zeppelin Universität, Friedrichshafen
  • American University of Rome
  • Università Bocconi, Milan
  • Keio University
  • Musashinao Art University
  • Nagoya University
  • Tama Art University
  • Waseda University
  • Riga Stradins University
  • Vilnius University
  • University of Malta
  • BI Business School
  • Erasmus University College
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
  • Fontys Hogeschool in Venlo and Eindhoven
  • Free University Amsterdam (VU)
  • Hanze Hogeschool Groningen
  • Hogeschool of Arnhem in Nijmegen
  • Hogeschool The Hague
  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • Hogeschool van Rotterdam
  • Hogeschool van Utrecht
  • Hogeschool Zeeland, Vlissingen
  • Leiden University
  • NHL Stenden
  • NHTV Breda
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Rotterdam School of Mgt. (RSM)
  • Saxion Univ. of Applied Sciences
  • TU Delft
  • TU Eindhoven
  • University College Amsterdam
  • University College Maastricht
  • University College Roosevelt
  • University College Tilburg
  • University College Twente
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Groningen (RUG)
  • University of Maastricht
  • University of Tilburg
  • University of Twente
  • University of Utrecht
  • Utrecht University College
  • Wittenborg Hogeschool
  • ZUYD Maastricht
  • ESADE, Barcelona
  • IE University Madrid/Segovia
  • University of Barcelona
  • Universidad Europea Madrid
  • CEU Cardinal Herrera Valencia
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • ETH Zürich
  • Franklin College, Lugano
  • Hochschule St. Gallen
  • Hotel Institute Montreux
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Aston University, Birmingham
  • Bangor University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Blackpool and Fylde College
  • Bournemouth University
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Brunel University London
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University *
  • City University
  • Coventry University
  • Durham University*
  • Edge Hill University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • European Business School, London
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glyndwr University, Wrexham
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
  • HULT Business School, London
  • Imperial College London*
  • Keele University
  • King’s College London*
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • LCA Business School, London
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London School of Economics (LSE)*
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Middlesex University, London
  • New College of the Humanities, Univ. of London
  • Newcastle University*
  • Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Plymouth University
  • Queen Margret University, Edinburgh
  • Queen Mary, University of London*
  • Queen‘s University, Belfast*
  • Regent’s University London
  • Robert- Gordon- University, Aberdeen
  • Royal Agricultural College
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Scottish Agricultural College
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • SOAS, University of London
  • St. Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Staffordshire University
  • Swansea University
  • Ulster University
  • University Campus of Football Business, Wembley
  • University College Birmingham
  • University College London*
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Abertay, Dundee
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham*
  • University of Bournemouth
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Bristol*
  • University of Cambridge*
  • University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine
  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of East London
  • University of Edinburgh*
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter*
  • University of Glasgow*
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent
  • University of Law
  • University of Leeds*
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool*
  • University of Manchester*
  • University of Middlesex
  • University of Nottingham*
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield*
  • University of Southampton*
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Scottish Agricultural College
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • SOAS, University of London
  • St. Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Staffordshire University
  • Swansea University
  • Ulster University
  • University Campus of Football Business, Wembley
  • University College Birmingham
  • University College London*
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Abertay, Dundee
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham*
  • University of Bournemouth
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Bristol*
  • University of Cambridge*
  • University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine
  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of East London
  • University of Edinburgh*
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter*
  • University of Glasgow*
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent
  • University of Law
  • University of Leeds*
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool*
  • University of Manchester*
  • University of Middlesex
  • University of Nottingham*
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield*
  • University of Southampton*
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the Arts, London
  • Univ. of the West of Engl., Bristol
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of Warwick*
  • University of West London
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of York*
  • University of Arizona, AZ
  • Arizona State University, AZ
  • Baruch College (CUNY), NY
  • Baylor University, TX
  • Bentley University, MA
  • Boston College, MA
  • Boston University, MA
  • Bryant University, RI
  • Case Western Res. University, OH
  • Chatham University, PA
  • Clark University, MA
  • Colorado State University, CO
  • College of William and Mary, VA
  • Columbia College Chicago, IL
  • Connecticut College, CT
  • Cornell University, NY
  • Dickinson College, PA
  • Duke University, NC
  • Elon University, NC
  • Fairfield University, CT
  • Florida Atlantic University, FL
  • Franklin and Marshall College, PA
  • Hannover College, IN
  • Hawai’i Pacific University, HI
  • Hofstra University, NY
  • HULT Business School (San Franc., CA)
  • HULT Business School (Boston, MA)
  • Illinois Wesleyan University IL
  • Indiana University- Bloomington, MA
  • Lasell College, MA
  • Lehman College CUNY, NY
  • Lycoming College, PA
  • Marist College, NY
  • Martin Methodist College, TN
  • Michigan State University, MI
  • Newbury College, MA
  • Northeastern University, MA
  • NSU Nova Southeastern Univ., FL
  • Oklahoma City University, OK
  • Pace University, NY
  • Penn State University, PA
  • Princeton University, NJ
  • Purdue University, IN
  • Rutgers University, NJ
  • Sarah Lawrence College, NY
  • Siena College, NY
  • Suffolk University, MA
  • Syracuse University, NY
  • Temple University, PA
  • Texas A & M, CS
  • Trinity College St. Antonio, TX
  • Univ. of California Berkeley, CA
  • Univ. of California Los Angeles, CA
  • Univ. of California San Diego, CA
  • Univ. of California Santa Barbara, CA
  • Univ. of California Santa Cruz, CA
  • University of Colorado Boulder, CO
  • University of Denver, CO
  • Unversity of Hawai’i, Manoa, HI
  • University of Kansas, KS
  • Univ. of Massachusetts Boston, MA
  • University of Miami, FL
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of New Hampshire, NH
  • University of Notre Dame, IN
  • Univ. of North Carolina, Wilm., NC
  • University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • University of San Francisco, CA
  • University of Southern California, CA
  • University of Tampa, FL
  • University of Texas, Arlington, TX
  • University of Vermont, VT
  • Virginia Institute of Technology, VA
  • Washington College, MD
  • Wheaton College, MA

Please note
University names which are printed in bold letters are part of the Times Higher Education Ranking Top 200 worldwide. Universities that have a * after their name are part of the prestigious UK Russell Group. These British universities have a reputation for excellence in their research and teaching.