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Resident Faculty

Shawn Abbott

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

Amy Jarich

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

Jane Lowery

Jane Lowery
American Community School Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Margo McMcoy

Margo McMcoy
Independent Counselor and Consultant,
The College Board (Colorado Springs, CO, USA)

Institute Schedule

The two-and-a-half-day training will be structured around general group sessions, breakout sessions, and a small-group mock admission committee activity.

Note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Thursday, March 1
7:30–8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00–11:15 a.m. Sessions
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Campus Tour
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–4:00 p.m. Sessions
4:00–4:45 p.m. Small Groups: Mock Admission Committees
4:45–6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Friday, March 2
 7:30–8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Sessions
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–4:45 p.m. Sessions
4:45–5:30 p.m. Small Groups: Mock Admission Committees
5:30–9:00 p.m. Free Time (Abu Dhabi)
Saturday, March 3
7:30–8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Sessions
12:00–1:00 p.m. Closing Luncheon

Previous Year’s Session Titles

  • Background and Context of U.S. Higher Education
  • Owning the Options
  • Liberal Arts Education
  • Admission Deans’ Roundtable: Context and Mission
  • Navigating the Common Application
  • Finding the Fit: College and Career Search
  • Building Blocks of an Application: School Profiles & Transcripts
  • Role of Standardized Testing and Academic Rigor in U.S. Admission
  • Building Blocks of an Application: College Essays & Letters of Recommendation
  • Visas and Preparing International Students
  • Career Planning
  • Guiding Students with Disabilities
  • College Costs and Funding for U.S. Study for Non-U.S. Citizens

Past Institutional Participation

Institution Name Institution Country
Qingdao International Academy China
The Emerald Heights International School India
NSS Hill Spring International School India
The Galaxy School India
Canadian International School India
Surabaya Intercultural School Indonesia
International School Lebanon
Eastwood College Lebanon
The British School Kathmandu Nepal
Lahore American School Pakistan
Lahore Grammar School, Johar Town Pakistan
Karachi Grammar School Pakistan
Lahore Grammar School, Paragon City Campus Pakistan
Qatar International School Qatar
Qatar Academy Sidra Qatar
Riyadh Najed School Co Saudi Arabia
GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi UAE
EducationUSA UAE
Ajman Modern School UAE
Ras Al Khaimah Academy UAE
Al Dhafra Private Schools – Abu Dhabi UAE
ADNOC School of Abu Dhabi, Male Campus UAE
The Indian High School UAE
The British School Al Khubairat UAE
Al Bateen Secondary School UAE
Boiko Private School Ukraine

Institute Facilities

The Summer Institute will be held on the NYU Abu Dhabi campus. Participants will experience the campus’s state-of-the-art academic facilities and restaurants. Residence halls are available for those interested in on-campus accommodations for a rate of $75 USD per night.

NYU Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 129188
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Institute Registration

Registration is currently open. Begin Registration Now

Note: All registrations are subject to review and pending availability.

Registration Deadline Registration Fee*

January 15 (Early bird)

February 19 (Final) $650

*Registration fee includes three breakfasts, three lunches, Welcome Cocktail Reception, and materials.


If you have any questions, contact College Board International at [email protected].

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