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Program Schedule

Monday, August 19, 8 a.m.–Thursday, August 22, 4 p.m.  

Counselors will attend sessions on a wide range of topics, experience a mock admissions activity, and join networking events. Faculty includes the U.S. and international higher education leaders and seasoned counselors.

Note: ALL sessions will be conducted in English.


Institute Facilities

The Summer Institute will be held at the NYU Shanghai campus in Pudong. Participants will experience the campus’s state-of-the-art learning space, including the classrooms, auditorium, library, colloquium venue, and dining facilities.

NYU Shanghai
1555 Century Ave.
Pudong, Shanghai, China 200122


Institute Topics

  • Best practices in international school counseling
  • Higher education perspectives on applications
  • Holistic admission review process
  • Counseling management tools
  • School profiles and transcripts
  • College essays and letters of recommendation
  • Budgeting fundamentals
  • Financial aid for U.S. study for non-U.S. citizens
  • Concept of "right fit" in admission
  • Obtaining a U.S. student visa
  • Standardized testing in admission


Resident Faculty

Alexandra Bilan, Head of Department, High School Counseling, Jakarta Intercultural School

Shawn Felton, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Cornell University

Diane McKoy, Senior Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions, Columbia University

Shiny Wang, Assistant Principal, High School Affiliated to Tsinghua University

Michelle Whittingham, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management in Student Affairs, University of California, Santa Cruz

Frances Zhang, College Counselor/Head of High School English Department, Shanghai High School International Division

Additional faculty forthcoming.


Institute Registration

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

Registration Fee: $1,280 (USD) 

Registration fee includes attendance at Institute sessions, four breakfasts, four lunches, evening reception, and program materials.

For more details about the Institute, and to register, please visit the Event Registration site.



For questions, please email: [email protected].


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