For the sixth year in a row The British School of Barcelona played host to the annual Spanish & EU University Tour, an event open to students from Years 11 to 13 and their parents, as well as students from other schools who were also welcomed.
The aim was to bring together families and admissions officers of different universities to learn about the educational opportunities they offer, the admission requirements, campus life and student services.
Ms Hughes, Head of Secondary, and Ms Fernández, Head of Support for Spanish Access, introduced the event with a short structured overview of the UK and Spanish university application processes. They also provided advice on what the best universities pay more attention to, the relevance of the Enrichment Programme to the personal statement, the importance of meeting deadlines, and the support and facilities available at the BSB.
Students and parents then had the opportunity to visit the university stalls and gain a first-hand insight into the entry requirements to some of the most prestigious higher education centres in Europe.
Participating universities were: Les Roches, Schiller International University, New College of the Humanities, Paris School of Business, IDEP Escola Superior d’Imatge i Disseny, IED Escuela Europea de Diseño, TBS Toulouse Business School, TSI-URL Turisme Sant Ignasi Univeristat Ramon Llull, UPC Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, ESADE URL, UAB Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra, La Salle URL, UAO-CEU Universitat Abat Oliva, IE Instituto de Empresa, UEM Universidad Europea de Madrid and Blanquerna-Universitat Ramon Llull.
According to Ms Hughes, it is a very positive experience for students to embark on an overseas study adventure because “students become more independent and more responsible, as they must learn to adapt to new cultures and different lifestyles. In addition, studying abroad allows them to interact and make connections with international organizations.”
The Head of Secondary also emphasized the fact that “being able to express themselves fluently in English plays a key role when choosing where they want to study, as it opens up a wider range of possibilities.”