Success is looming in the horizon

Last Friday, the 22nd of September, the students from 12th grade (both the IB Diploma Programme and the Spanish Baccalaureate), were summoned at School Counsellor Mr.Sergio Jimenez office to get a grasp of the University entry requirements according to their countries of interest. The UK and USA being the major choices of the audience, the course emphasised on their criteria.

Predictive grades, high school transcripts, exams, essays, interviews and, on top of this, the well-known personal statement. All of these are to be handed over well before the colleges respective deadlines, which in most cases (say, Cambridge), are pretty much upon us. Moreover, having mentioned the importance of the personal statement in our applications, the second half of the programme was entirely dedicated to its proper writing by following a set of advice known as the Activity (A) – Benefit (B) – Course (C).

“Since I was a child, my dream has been to enter an International Diplomatic Organization, such as the Spanish Embassy. However, now it comes to deciding to which university do I want to apply to. I am totally focused on broadening my options in different countries: whereas the US offers me the opportunity to combine my sports career with my undergraduate studies and the UK allows me to study different files: economics, history, philosophy and geography; all combined in an International Relations course at Oxford.

No matter where I finally end up studying, I am completely sure Mr. Sergio will do his best to give the students the best preparation, which is why I am deeply grateful for his aid.”

Carla Ortega, 2nd grader of the IB Diploma Programme.

“Despite being determined to enter certain colleges and having sufficient knowledge in terms of their requirements, going through all the procedures again enabled me to check every part of the process whilst getting a useful and practical insight of the specificities of the personal statement by means of proper, real samples. This is pivotal for my personal application to the Government and History career held at LSE (UK). My counsellor has shown great concern towards my future, always willing to aid me when in need. I am very grateful for his support.”

by Max de Bruyn, 2nd grader of the IB Diploma Programme.


We visit the first US university fair in BCN

The goal for many Spanish students when they finish their Baccalaureate studies is clear: study in the USA and live the real experience of an American campus. Last week, a group of 30 students from SEK Catalunya visited the first US university fair in Barcelona, organized by the American consulate and the Generalitat de Catalunya.

 How to apply to an American university, what are the general requirements, how to get a scholarship, how to prepare for the official entrance test such as SAT or TOEFL. These are some of the questions that our Baccalaureate students who want to study in the US are asking themselves right now. In addition, most of these questions could be answered during the fair visiting the 15 universities that came all the way from the US to Barcelona, to talk with hundreds of Spanish students and to guide them through this process. Students could also participate in a general conference about the “5 steps to U.S. study”

 In SEK Catalunya, every year we have more and more students willing to study abroad and the United States is one of the top places for various reasons: universities on top of the World rankings, great working opportunities after studies and the opportunity to learn and improve the English Language while studying and living in the U.S. Here, in the school, the University Counselor, Mr. Sergio Jimenez, helps and guides students every year in their process of choosing and applying to an International university.