The University Counselling service is provided by the Anglophone Section to support students as they explore their future career options and to make informed choices about higher education in France, the United Kingdom, North America and elsewhere in the world. Overall, the aim is to enable students to be as autonomous as possible, while providing support and experience when it is needed.
In 2020 the Anglophone Section subscribed to the UNIFROG service. UNIFROG is a powerful research and organisational tool, a ‘one-stop-shop’ where students can research university courses taught in English across the world. Each student creates their own account, through which they can:
Explore future career options
Research university courses taught in English across the world
Find out about the application process for the different courses that they are interested in
Manage their university applications by tracking their progress, collating and storing important documents
Access a range of live webinars and other events delivered by subject experts and universities.
UNIFROG accounts are made available to students (and their parents) from 3eme upwards. Initial access details are sent by email to all students. They can then log onto the UNIFROG platform and create their own account, which they will keep until the end of their time at the CSI Lyon.
Students should note that the UNIFROG service only covers university courses that are taught in English. If students are considering further education options taught in French at French universities, they will need to pursue these separately through the CSI Lyon service (details are given below).
The University Counselling Team
Within the Section, Ms Coghlan, Ms Doggart and Ms Cassan have taken on the role of university counsellors, working closely with the head of section to provide advice and guidance to students. The university counsellors can be contacted through the UNIFROG platform.
For students applying to French universities (particularly those from non-French families), Mr Geary is available to discuss options and to provide support and information. Please see below for further information on this.
Personal responsibility starts here!
Applying to go to university is a big step and, while our university counsellors will be on hand to help, it is important that students take on the overall responsibility for their own applications.
Through the Unifrog platforms university counsellors will...
Provide general advice and guidance on the process of applying to universities.
Meet (if requested) by appointment with students and their families to give individual guidance.
Track individual student applications through the process via UNIFROG
Students / applicants will need to...
Carry out their own detailed research about career options, university courses and other relevant information.
The Anglophone Section organises an annual Alumni Presentation, where former students make presentations on their experiences of further study and career choices and take questions from current students.
Request and obtain personal statements and references from appropriate referees, when these are required.
Be organised and aware of deadlines! Students will not be chased to submit paperwork on time, once a deadline has been set.
Research the financial implications their chosen course, including funding, tuition fees, living (maintenance) costs, loans, grants, scholarships or bursaries. This is particularly relevant in relation to “Brexit” and changes in the funding situation for EU nationals and for British nationals who are EU residents.
Find out about student visas / permits or any other legal requirements that they might need to meet to study in the country of their choice.
Applying to French institutions of higher and further education
Advice is available from the conseillère d'orientation for collège and lycée at the CSI Lyon (Mme Khalouche, by appointment only). Students can also approach French subject teachers and their professeur(e) principal(e) for advice.
Various events are organised each year at the CSI Lyon including the INTERSEC Careers Fair for 2nde students, where parent-volunteers make presentations about different career options. There are also the Journées de l’Enseignement supérieur and the Semaine de l’orientation, which are usually held early in the year before Parcoursup (French government platform for applying to higher education in France) opens.
Mr Geary (email@example.com) is available to discuss further French study options with students, and can direct them towards useful sources of information. This service is particularly useful for non-French families who may not be familiar with the organisation of further and higher education in France.