During my time at the college, the university counselling was not as robust as I had hoped for. I felt like I got more helpful information about the process of applying to schools in Canada and the US from friends than I did from the university counsellor. It felt like the university counsellor was there to answer questions we brought forth rather than to suggest paths that we could take. We were coached as a group, where we were given basic information on application processes, what supplementary tests we would need to take for certain regions, and what kinds of financial aid and scholarships were available to us as UWC students. However, after this, it was largely up to us to figure the rest out which was fair enough, but I still felt slightly lost in the process. I think the main issue was that our counsellor was quite busy, so it was either hard to find time with them or it felt like I was taking away time from another student who needed their support more than me. Ideally, we would have another university counsellor to balance out the workload. Our counsellor did a great job at bringing in representatives from a very diverse range of schools around the world to expose us to different schools and give us the chance to ask questions. Gap year ideas were also very much supported, which I really appreciated as I myself went on to take a gap year.
Guidance councillors are on campus to assist each student with the formidable university application process. United World College invites universities from all over to hold information sessions right at the UWC campus. This provides students with first hand knowledge of the university and makes the application process less daunting.
The admissions counsellor was very supportive. I think she rightfully gave more support to students who needed help with visas, language requirements, etc. so as a North American I was somewhat left to my own devices. I absolutely respect that, though, and know that had I been very clear about needing help I would have received it.