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Careers advice

For 2011-2012 the Careers office is located in Room B-216, tel: 070-3281450, ext. 1204
Staff include:
Rick van Vliet, for Higher Education applications in Holland and ‘abroad’, Jane Austin, for UK applications and David Butcher, USA and Canada applications 

Meetings with the counselors can be set up by above email addresses. 

Please know that all information below, often in greatly added detail, can be found on shmoodle, to which all ISH students have access, also from home.
Click for Careers Calendar overview, for dates of in-school careers tests and events. We invite visiting representatives from universities and colleges from abroad and from The Netherlands to visit ISH throughout the year. Parents are invited to attend these information sessions as well. Dates and times are announced under the Careers News section. We also encourage students to visit Open Days, Study Days at universities and Careers Fairs.

Key websites for UK applications:  central registration  ranking  online test for degree courses   consumers’ guide 
General advice: send applications early, by November in Yr 13. For Oxford, Cambridge and Medicine courses deadline is 15 October 

Key websites for Holland applications:   central registration, with links to all universities and colleges, and DUO  info on study allowance  all careers-related questions lists (a.o.) all Open Days of MBO’s, HBO’s and Universities aansluiting subject requirements for University Degree Courses 

General advice: Students from International Schools in Holland must register through ‘Studielink’ as well as with the individual departments at the universities of their choice. Register applications by December/January in Year 13 with departments of universities and HBOs of choice, and in Year 11 with junior/vocational colleges and MBOs of choice, then through central registration by 15 May in Year 13 at the latest. Final deadline for registration of non-restrictive courses is August 31 (after graduation).
Degree Courses at Dutch universities and HBO’s taught entirely in English (of which there is an increasing number) and English-language University Colleges have earlier deadlines. Check with Careers Counselor and university/college websites. Increasingly, for oversubscribed Degree Courses such as Medicine, universities offer ‘decentrale selectie’ to circumvent the ‘loting’ (lottery) to gain admission. For details and (earlier) deadlines, ask the counselor.
Please note that all EU students and international students meeting certain residency requirements are eligible for a study allowance from the Dutch government. Info at  

Key websites for USA applications:  also for SAT, PSAT and TOEFL registration)

General advice: Consider doing PSATs in Year 10/11, SATs, SAT2s and TOEFLs in Year 12/13. Common application deadline end November Year 13; individual applications best by early January. 

Key websites for applications elsewhere:  (Canada)  (Australia)  (New Zealand)  (Belgium)  (France)  (Germany) special entry requirements; see Counsellor  (Italy) 

Education offices of the various embassies 

Although web-based information is more extensive and easily available, the school library and the Careers office still have hard-copy reference guides and brochures for students and parents to use.

MYP and IB Diploma status and Subject choice advice
The MYP as a school-leaving certificate is currently seen by the Dutch Ministry of Education as a valid entry requirement to junior or vocational college level.
In The Netherlands, MYP graduates can, depending on achievement, apply for entry to MBO (Middelbaar Beroeps Onderwijs, vocational colleges). HBO (Hoger Beroeps Onderwijs, colleges leading to Bachelor’s Degrees) do not accept MYP as sufficient qualification for entry, but will require an IB Diploma.
 MBO institutes (often referred to as ROC’s) in Holland offer an increasing range of vocational courses with English as the working language. Hospitality Management, Business Studies, Graphic Design and Computer Game Design are among the choices.
The IB Diploma is considered an excellent school-leaving certificate which gains students university and college entry world-wide.
Selection criteria for admission to universities and colleges concerning point totals, subjects required at Higher or Standard level and number of Certificates gained instead of full Diploma vary per country, university or college, and per Degree Course.
It is important for students and their families to research available options thoroughly and well in advance of subject choice time or graduation, with the help from the Careers Office.

Subject choice for Years 10 and 12.
For many Degree Courses admission to university or college does not require specific subjects, although for some areas certain subjects are strongly advised. Examples include History for Law and International Relations, Geography for Social Sciences, Languages for Hospitality Management.
Below please find information concerning Degree Courses that do require specific subject packages, which must be considered when choosing subjects for Years 10 and 12, particularly when applying to universities and colleges in the UK and Holland.
Please note that dropping a Science subject for Year 10 makes it extremely difficult to take up this subject in Year 12 at IB Standard Level, and impossible to take up the subject at IB Higher Level.  The same applies for Languages. This does not apply for Humanities and the Arts.

Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry
Students who are considering studying medicine at university should first study the course requirements of the target universities. Many universities, for example those in the UK, only require two sciences, emphasizing biology and chemistry in particular. These subjects  need to be at a Higher Level in IB. Some universities may also stipulate mathematics, at least at IB Standard Level if not at IB Higher Level
In The Netherlands at present all three main sciences are required, which does not fit in with the general conditions of the IB diploma programme. Via NUFFIC we have identified an IB package which will meet the requirements of medical faculties in The Netherlands:
Biology Higher, Chemistry Higher; Physics Higher or Standard (must include the options  Medical Physics and Optics); Maths Methods (Standard)
Dutch B Higher; some universities require Dutch A Higher or A Standard
 Maths Methods (Standard) in IB
Economics and Business

Take at least IB Maths Methods (Standard), but IB Maths Higher for Econometrics. Students are strongly advised to take IB Economics Higher or IB Business Higher. 

Technical Studies. 

IB Maths Higher is often required or strongly advised and, depending on the specific area, one or two of the Sciences Higher or Standard. Please check specific university requirements; A few Dutch technical universities in particular are relaxing entry requirements.

If an applicant does not meet the subject requirements for admission to a Dutch university he/she can attend a ‘deficiency course’ at the James Boswell Institute in Utrecht, or a course organised by the university itself. However, applicants must have succesfully completed this course by May 15 of their exam year (for courses starting in the Autumn) to be eligible for university admission. For further information contact the Careers Office.