Overseas Schools Project

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The Overseas Schools Project supports students who are dependents of U.S. citizens and who are attending middle school or high school outside the U.S. The project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools and provides expert advice about college admissions and financial aid to students, parents, teachers, and counselors at schools serving U.S. students overseas.

The Overseas Schools Project brings top university admissions officials to State Department-assisted overseas schools, where they work with students, parents, school counselors and administrators, and local embassy staff. Admissions consultants from the project attend the regional overseas schools association conferences and lead program sessions on topics related to college admissions.

NYU hosts the College Board Summer Institute for International Counselors at varying times at its three global campuses: New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi. These events bring counselors from overseas schools together with U.S. college and university admissions officials for a week of networking and learning, with an emphasis on the most current information about U.S. higher education.

The Office of Overseas Schools provides financial assistance on a limited basis for counselors from U.S. State Department-assisted schools to attend the Summer Institute.

Overseas Schools Project Advisory Committee

Working with the regional education officers in the Office of Overseas Schools, and with the support of the team at the College Board, the Overseas Schools Project maintains a committee of leaders in the field of U.S. higher education admissions. The committee members include:

  • Shawn Abbott, Vice Provost for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment Management, Temple University
  • Adele C. Brumfield, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, University of California (UC) San Diego
  • William Douglas Hartog, Senior Associate Dean, Office of Admission, University of Virginia
  • Ellen Kim, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Johns Hopkins University
  • Diane McKoy, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Director of Staff and Professional Development, Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Elisabeth O’Connell, Senior Associate Dean, International Admissions, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Pennsylvania