University Counseling Office

Overseas College and University Counseling

As students start planning their university career, they are guided by our highly qualified Overseas University Counselor. Our University Counseling Unit helps students get accepted and funded by top universities around the world.

With the help of the University Counseling Unit, our class of 2019 scored an unprecedented amount of funding ($1,428,605 USD) for their studies. In 2020, university scholarships awarded to our graduates equaled 1, 625, 470 USD.

Our students have been accepted by leading universities: USC, Georgia Tech, Brown University, Emory University, UCLA, NYU, Yale, King’s College London, UCL, Sciences Po, University of Amsterdam, etc.

Our University Counseling Unit continually strives to improve its services to ensure college and career readiness through:

  • College fairs and visits from top colleges/universities (Yale University, Columbia University, Duke University, Brandeis University, Northeastern University)
  • NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) membership & resources
  • CIS (Council of International Schools) membership & resources
  • An increased number of individual meetings with students/parents

Overseas University Counselor meets with students regularly to help them strategically design and plan the application process according to their aspirations, skills, and financial circumstances. In the process, students become more aware of the trends in international education and are better able to make informed decisions in their final year.

The Overseas University Counselor supports and guides our students in grades 9-12 and their parents by:

  • Encouraging them to excel in their academics and achieve a high standard according to individual abilities
  • Organizing individual sessions for parents and students to design a feasible plan for the application period
  • Providing information about the standardized tests that are required by universities for admission consideration
  • Offering information sessions for university and program selection
  • Providing in-depth support and guidance during the application process
  • Offering workshops and individual sessions on writing personal essays, personal statements, supplement letters, and advice on meeting other criteria for admission consideration

Georgian University Counseling

To help our students choose the right career path, we:

  • Invite representatives from Georgian universities to organize college fairs and deliver presentations on study programs
  • Inform students about university open days and information sessions
  • Encourage students to attend classes at Georgian universities
  • Support students to prepare for university entrance exams (extra classes, pretests, etc.)
  • Create electronic test banks
  • Invite guest speakers with highly successful careers

Every year we celebrate Alumni Day when our graduates meet with current students and share their college experience.

 

Overseas University Counselor
Giorgi Sichinava
giorgi.sichinava@europeanschool.ge
Georgian University Counselor
Maia Gogoladze
m.gogoladze@europeanschool.ge
Assistant Overseas University Counselor
Marika Ghvamichava
mariam.ghvamichava@europeanschool.ge

Our Students

Irakli Bezhuashvili, Columbia University, USA, 2020

I have been in/with the European School from the kindergarten to my senior year, so it is only natural that I deeply cherish the memories we’ve made here together with friends, faculty and school staff. Through multiple journeys - from traveling to hell with Dante and Virgil to vicariously living through the entangled intrigues of Hamlet to exploring the brain, mind and behavior, - the European School has given me a firm platform on which to build my future education and career. It is a huge privilege to be studying in an environment full of intellectual vitality. European School gave me the skillset that I increasingly value as I embark on my college journey. Skills starting with collaboration and communication to research and analysis help me stay optimistic about succeeding in one of the best universities in the world – Columbia. College prep resources and the counseling service at our school helped me land acceptances at top colleges, including four ivies (Columbia, Cornell, UPenn, Brown), UC Berkeley and more. My key takeaway is that sometimes school might appear as too arduous, but if we keep our head inside this whirlwind and benefit from both the breadth of knowledge and the intellectual vitality, our classes will become more pleasurable, and our intellectual exertions – more satisfying. Ultimately, we will understand so much more than a typical love story, mathematical equation, or a concept in Psychology.

Ana Darchiashvili, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2020

European school is significantly responsible for who I am today. Apart from helping me get into the university that I have always wanted to attend by giving me amazing educational opportunities, it also helped me gain important experiences, skills, and life lessons. European School taught me that doing my best and not giving up is more important than my academic ability, helped me realize my potential and set me on a path toward a great future. What I’ve always noticed is that, unlike some other schools, European School and its staff value every single student as an individual. It has given me teachers that I will always look up to and has taught me how to face failures like a winner. I'm grateful for European School for allowing me to be a part of this great adventure and also for awarding me with close friends that I will never forget. I strongly believe that studying in European School has given me a chance to define myself and my personality.

Nia Zeikidze, Drew University, USA, 2020

I’m Nia Zeikidze, a graduate student from American High School (European School). I would like to start by thanking our beloved principal, academic coordinators, teachers, and the members of school faculty for efforts they have taken during all my academic years. The school has given me many opportunities including: AP subjects, the clubs, extracurricular activities, projects, etc. When I first came to AHS in 8th grade, I was too shy while doing the presentations, but since then I have changed, in a way that, I have gained more confidence while presenting. The school taught me to represent my best self and my ideas. I have learned to analyze different topics and controversial issues. I want to thank my teachers, who were always there for me. Every teacher and the member of the faculty should be appreciated and respected for their hard work. Because of them, I’m now a freshman in Drew University, majoring in Business. Drew has many amazing opportunities for me, like the internships in Wall Street. Thank you European School for giving me the chance to have a successful future!

Nikoloz Gozalishvili, EMORY Unversity 2016

European School gave me a perfect fusion of life-changing experiences and quality studies. I feel that my commitment to higher goals and my interest in serving the community I become a part of were determined by the environment at the school. It has prepared me for academic and personal challenges that I faced at the university. More importantly, my school has given me lifelong friends. Relationships with these open-minded and intelligent individuals have helped me succeed in different aspects of life. I am thankful for the guidance I received at my school. I feel confident that values, ideas, and actual academic skills gained at European School contribute immensely to our future accomplishments.

Kato Bakradze, Yale University 2017

There is no universal recipe for getting into Yale, but the intangibles that matter can make a huge difference. European School has managed to create the right environment for students to aim higher and succeed on a global level, and I am happy to see that the school has turned college readiness into one of its priorities.

Lasha Berishvili, Faculty of Law, Free University, 2015

Currently I am a law student at the Free University. In retrospect, I fully apprehend the significance of the years I have spent at the European School. The school helped me build interest in my studies, implement my knowledge in everyday life and introduced me to ways of sharing it with others. The European School has taught me how to analyze and face difficulties head-on and eventually, overcome them. I have come to know that we are not alone in our endeavors and happiness is even greater when achieved along with friends. Lasha Berishvili has received a full scholarship.

Ana Gverdtsiteli, Faculty of Computer Sciences, San Diego University, 2015

At the European School I have been equipped with skills needed to thrive in today’s competitive world. Also, the school has funded my studies at San Diego University Georgia. European School offers a welcoming and fast-paced, yet rigorous environment, which is crucial to the development of hard-working and determined individuals.