American Universities Admissions Workshop

(Photo credit: Joshua Cassin).

By Katie Sleeman, Education Advisor Education USA.

What started as a small roundtable discussion in Auckland about a school’s understanding of the American university admissions process turned in to a workshop series spanning New Zealand.  During the week of April 3rd, U.S. Embassy Education Advisors Katie Sleeman and Aime Black organized full-day professional development workshops for school representatives in Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland.

Careers advisers discuss student admissions scenarios at the workshop in Auckland. (Photo credit: Joshua Cassin).
Careers advisers discuss student admissions scenarios at the workshop in Auckland. (Photo credit: Joshua Cassin).

In partnership with the Careers and Transition Education Association of New Zealand (CATE), the U.S. Mission in New Zealand brought over guest speaker Rebecca Zeigler Mano of Education Matters (and formerly EducationUSA).  While on her week-long tour of NZ, Rebecca led workshop sessions on the high school’s role in the American university admissions process, building school profiles and transcripts, as well as how to identify great universities and student financial assistance opportunities.

One Hamilton-based careers advisor said, “Rebecca’s presentation supported by your insights has given me a much more confident overview of this process and to feel better equipped to help our students. Obviously there will be ongoing questions but it is so nice to have had the opportunity to concentrate on this for a day.”

Rebecca Zeigler Mano explains the high school’s responsibilities as part of American university applications (Photo credit: Katie Sleeman).
Rebecca Zeigler Mano explains the high school’s responsibilities as part of American university applications (Photo credit: Katie Sleeman).

Staff from 45 schools across New Zealand attended the workshops, which will ultimately increase awareness and support of overseas applications. During the 2015/16 school year, more than 1,600 Kiwi students undertook higher education in America, and half of those students were working towards undergraduate degrees.

For any students, parents or school representatives looking for more information on study options in the U.S., please start with the resources available on the Education Advising page.