Summer Institute for International Counselors at NYU Abu Dhabi, March 2-4, 2017

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Resident Faculty

  • Shawn Abbott

    Shawn Abbott

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

  • Zina Evans

    Zina Evans

    Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost,
    University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA)

  • Jane Lowery

    Jane Lowery

    American Community School Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

  • Shawn Abbott

    Margo McCoy

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


Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Karen Bauer
Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC)
Middle East & North Africa Middle East and North Africa, EducationUSA (Dubai, UAE)

Bobbe Fernando
Assistant Dean and Director of International Admissions
New York University (New York, NY, USA)

Joseph Hernandez
Director of Admissions
Georgetown University in Qatar (Doha, Qatar)

Mikael Perreau
Senior International Admissions Officer
New York University (London, UK)

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.

Thursday, March 2

7:30–8:45 a.m.
9 a.m.–11:15 p.m.
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
12:15–1:15 p.m.
1:15–4 p.m.
4–4:45 p.m.
4:45–6:30 p.m.
6:30–9 p.m.

Friday, March 3

7:30–8:45 a.m.
9 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
1:15–4:45 p.m.
4:45–5:30 p.m.
5:30–9 p.m.

Saturday, March 4

7:30–8:45 a.m.
9 a.m.–noon
Noon–1 p.m.


Campus Tour
Small Groups: Mock Admission Committees
Welcome Reception
Dinner with Friends (Optional excursion into Abu Dhabi)


Small Groups: Mock Admission Committees
Dinner with Friends (Abu Dhabi)


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

Information is subject to change.

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. Please complete the interest form and our team will respond with more information.

  Main Institute*
January 1 (Early bird deadline) $500
February 20--Deadline extended $600

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


If you have any questions, contact College Board International at

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