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University Destinations

IBSB provides an educational environment where students are actively encouraged to strive for academic excellence. Every year we have students graduating with an A-A* average across 3- 5 A Level subjects, with 95% of students graduating from IBSB going on to study at higher education institutions both in Romania and around the world, including prestigious institutions such as the Berklee College of Music, the New York Film Academy, UCL, LSE, Cambridge, and Yale.

Students from IBSB have been accepted into the following universities since 2006

Click on the pins to see the list of University Destinations in each country, that our students went to. You can also read IBSB Alumni stories by clicking on the University names marked in red in each country.

2016 – 2017 Graduate List

Congratulations to the IBSB Graduates of 2017. It is clear from the university offer list that our students have plenty to be proud of and to celebrate. All graduates received offers, with 75% of our students receiving offers to their first university of choice. We would like to wish all our students every success as they leave us to join the growing community of IBSB Alumni. May your dreams become your reality.

 University
 Faculty
 Coventry University  Computer Science
Erasmus Psychology
ESMOD, France Fashion
EU Business School Barcelona Business Management
EU Business School Geneva Business
FABIZ, Romania Business Management
Groningen University Chemical Engineering
Instituto Maragoni London Fashion Business
Kings College London History
Leiden University Psychology
London School of Economics (LSE) Government & History
Maastrict University Medicine
McMaster University Computer Science
Breda University Real Estate & Facility Management
Oxford University, St Benet’s Turkish
Politechnico Di Milano Architecture
Queen Mary University Computer Science & Mathematics with Industrial Experience
Radboud University Biomedical Sciences
Radboud University Business Management
Romanian American University Business Management
Rotterdam Hogeschool Business Management
Simon Fraser University Computer Science
SOAS University International Relations & History
SOAS University Turkish & History
Southampton Solent University Fashion
Southampton Solent University Architectural Design & Technology
The University of Kent Social Policy and Politics
University of British Columbia Science
University City London (UCL) Psychology
University of Amsterdam Business Management
University of Bath Psychology with Placement
University of Birmingham Social Policy With a Year Abroad
University of Brighton Social Policy & Practice
University of Brighton English Literature & Creative Writing
University of Brighton Computer Science
University of Bristol Social Policy with Study Abroad
University of Bristol Film & English
University of East Anglia Film Studies & English Literature
University of East London Architecture
University of Edinburgh Middle Eastern Studies
University of Exeter English & Film Studies with Study Abroad
University of Exeter Computer Science
University of Exeter Psychology
University of Harbour Space, Barcelona Computer Science
University of Leeds Social Policy
University of Liverpool Artificial Intelligence
University of Liverpool Mathematics & Computer Science with a Year in Industry
University of London, Westminster Fashion Merchandise Management
University of Manchester Fashion Management
University of Manchester Computer Science & Mathematics with Industrial Experience
University of Manchester Industrial Experience
University of Romania Business Management
University of Southampton International Relations
University of Southampton Psychology
University of the Arts London Fashion Management
University of Toronto Chemical Engineering
University of Warwick Film & Literature
University of Warwick Politics, International Studies & German
Vrije University Amsterdam Psychology

Although students do not officially apply for university until Year 13, the process of preparing to apply for university actually begins at the end of Year 9 when students and parents attend the Options Evening Presentation at the end of Term 2 to learn about IGCSE Years 10 & 11 and to choose their courses for IGCSE.

At this Options Evening you will learn that IGCSE has a combination of CORE courses, including English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, and PE, and OPTIONAL courses in which our students must choose courses from the selection available. The courses chosen are important as they will affect the choices available at A level, which our students will choose at the end of Year 11. They will also therefore have an impact on course selection at university and even potentially on the university itself as some universities are preferential to certain A Level courses.

At each stage of the process, the staff at IBSB are available, offering support and advice, to help guide students and parents toward making the right decisions to ensure they are able to apply to the university and faculty of their choice in Year 13.

The good news is that students graduating from IBSB with 3 A levels qualify for university entrance in every country in the world, be it in England, France, Australia, America, or Romania. For each university and each university course the entrance requirements vary. The following is a brief outline of the minimum requirements needed to attend a sample of universities and a variety of university courses:

The minimum requirement
Romanian Universities: 2 A levels D-A*
Low ranked UK Universities: 2 A levels D-A*
Middle ranked UK Universities 3 A Levels B-A*
Top ranked UK Universities 3 A Levels A*AA

USA Varies greatly – see section below

Please note that for top UK universities such as Cambridge and Oxford the grades qualify you for an interview only, and that students must pass the interview in order to gain acceptance. Grades alone do not guarantee admittance to the top 10% of universities in the world. These universities look for students with good grades and a student profile that indicates that they are well-rounded, community minded individuals with a sincere interest in the subject they are applying to study, and who are likely to go on to become public figures and leaders in their chosen career.

The UK University application process begins in September, with the deadline for all applications through UCAS set at January 15. Applications to a number of top UK universities (Oxford and Cambrdige) and for medicine related subjects must be submitted by October 15.

Standard entry requirements for each university course are listed on the individual university websites (link below). The entry requirements are generally the minimum level required and so gaining the grades listed does not necessarily guarantee entry as the entry level for any given subject may change based on the number of students applying and the grades they are applying with.

Students must apply for entry to UK universities through the centralised UCAS system (link below), which allows each student to list up to five choices. Students are advised to select 3 courses in line with their predicted grades, with 1 course below their predicted grades, and 1 courses well below their predicted grades to ensure they are offered at least one place from their choices.

Personal Statement & Teacher Reference
All UCAS applications require students to write a Personal Statement (maximum length: 47 lines/4000 characters) and should be accompanied by a 1 written reference, usually from a teacher who is able to write about the student in sufficient detail to show that the student is a suitable candidate for higher education and is well-matched to the course/s applied.

For more detailed information about the UK University Application Process and Entry Requirements please visit:

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/courses/choosing-a-course/entry-requirements

www.ucas.ac.uk

www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/ukinfo

www.studyin-uk.com/uk-study-info/uk-university-map/

http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/

When applying to universities in the United States, students usually have the choice of applying through the Common Applications Website (listed below) or can apply directly to the university.

Please be aware that not all universities are listed on the Common Applications Website. At each university website you will find all of the information you need to enable you to apply as an international student.

The general requirements
If you want to go to university in the USA, you will generally need a minimum of 6 GCSEs (including English, Mathematics, and Science), and 3 A levels. For some universities you will also need to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), which is a college entrance exam that a lot of universities use. You can take the SAT exam in Romania and staff at IBSB can advise you how to best prepare for this exam and where and when you can take this exam.

Whilst academic grades play the main role in the UK University application process, universities in the United States are much more interested in the whole package and as such will look your extracurricular pursuits and interest for evidence of excellence and interests that have developed over a number of years. Top universities such and Yale, MIT, Harvard, Brown, and Princeton are interested to know in what ways you will be able to contribute to campus life. If you are an accomplished athlete or musician you have a much better chance of being accepted. Debating skills developed over a number of years, writing for your school magazine or publishing whilst at high school,  work experience, and community service will also be taken into account when considering placement and scholarships.

Unlike applications to UK universities, where you pay a single fee, there is usually a fee charged for each individual application. On each university website you will be able to find information in regard to applications for international students and the entry requirements for each course, including application fees. You can also ask the university to mail you a prospectus.

US University/College Entry Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent (GCSE results in your case)
  • College transcript with your A level grades listed Some universities will also require that you take the ACT (American College Testing) and the more competitive institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke and Brown, etc, will also require the SAT II: subject tests.

Again you will need to check the website for each university to check their entry requirements. Once you have been accepted you will receive via post what is known as an I-20 and with this you can then apply for an F1 (student) visa at an American Embassy. There are plenty of ways to find which university is right for you. Some people base their decision on the academic record, or the financial costs of attending as tuition and living costs are expensive for international students in the US. Costs can range from between $20,000 to $65,000 per year, so this is something which you will need to consider when choosing a university. Many students will qualify for a scholarship, ranging from around $10,000 to full tuition and accommodation. You usually apply for a scholarship once you have been accepted. Scholarships may be means based (related to your parents income), or merit based (for those with academic, sporting, or other abilities that may be of interest to the university you are applying for).

Useful websites:
www.commonapp.org
www.educationusa.info
www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
www.50states.com/college
www.universitiesintheusa.com
www.fulbright.ro

The requirements for study and fees payable at a university within the EU varies greatly from country to country and university to university. If you are interested in studying at a university within the EU, please speak to the Post 16 Coordinator, who will be able to help guide you in making your decision.

University Fairs
A great way to help students and parents select a university is to go to a University Fair or to join a University Trip. Throughout the course of the year students at IBSB will have the opportunity to go to a University Fair in Bucharest or in London, or to join a university trip to visit the universities firsthand. All information sent to the school about up-and-coming Universities Fairs is forwarded on to students and parents.

There are usually 3-4 University Fairs in Bucharest each year, with some general and others focusing on specific areas of interest and specific countries. In some cases the students will be encouraged to visit the fairs with their parents on the weekends. In other situations the school will organise a group outing to a local University Fair during school time.

In some situation university representatives will also visit IBSB to offer a presentation to our students during a lunch break. The school also organises an annual trip to the London University Fair in October, which is one of the largest university fairs in the world. On this trip students will also usually have the opportunity to visit some of the universities in London such as Imperial College, UCL, LSE, or the London school of Art.

University Visits
In addition to university Fairs and Visits from university representatives to IBSB, we also arranges trips to enable students to visit universities in specific countries. The two most popular destinations for these trips are England and The Netherlands. Scotland is also good potential destination for students to study as there are many excellent universities there and the fees are much lower than in England, and so IBSB are planning to take a trip with students to Scotland in 2015-16.

Useful Links
www.en.riuf.ro
www.britishcouncil.ro/en/study-uk/education-uk
www.universityfairs.com/
www.unifair.org
www.ukunifair.co.uk

University Rankings Websites

When searching for the right university, a good starting point is often to consider the ranking of the university both within the country and worldwide. This can be done be looking at the overall ranking of the university or for each individual subject of faculty.

There are a number of different websites that rank universities according to different criteria, which can visited at the links below: