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International College Consulting for the American Student

An elective course in the Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to advising the high school student in the United States who is looking at international English language options in higher education. This course will give an overview of undergraduate degrees taught in English at universities in Canada, Europe (particularly Holland), and the United Kingdom and will explain how the education models differ from US colleges. Cultural adjustment to the host country as well as campus life must also be considered in order for the student to be successful. In addition to understanding cultural considerations, by the end of this course students will be able to articulate both the benefits and the drawbacks of attending university in another country. Students will acquire resources for understanding the mechanics of the application process, to find entry requirements for these systems, and to be able to assist families to understand financial and visa matters.

We highly recommend students complete EDUC_X406 Principles of Independent Educational Consulting prior to enrolling in this course. See enrollment confirmation for login information. Due to high demand, early enrollment recommended.

NOTE: This course may have optional, live sessions via Zoom. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in the course. A device with audio and visual will be needed to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access the course’s Zoom sessions.

  • Details
  • $745
  • April 17, 2023 to May 21, 2023
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00078
  • ID/Units: EDUC X406.82  (1.50)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: SPRING 2023


Laura O’Brien Gatzionis has lived abroad for the past 20 years, and established Educational Advisory Services in Athens, Greece in 2010. She specializes in working with Third Culture Kids, global nomads, and international students who are interested in attending university in the US and abroad. Mrs. Gatzionis is an active member of both the IECA Global Consulting Committee and of International ACAC, and has a M.Ed. in International Counseling with a focus on incorporating multicultural dimensions to meet the needs of diverse client groups.

Sarah Kinney Contomichalos, an independent educational consultant, advises international students and high schools in Greece on the application process for U.S. universities. A Yale graduate, she worked at Christie’s auction house for ten years and later completed UCLA Extension’s College Counseling Certificate and founded Educational Advisory Services, LLC. In addition to advising international applicants, Ms. Contomichalos serves on the Board of Governors of St. Catherine’s British School in Athens, is founder and co-leader of the IECA European Regional group and has authored several articles on various aspects of the process.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

Electronic book, please see course description and/or enrollment confirmation for additional information.

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START04/17/2023Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END05/21/2023Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---