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University guidance

We place a great deal of importance on student guidance, whether it is during their school years or by mapping out their higher education plans or future career.

How university guidance helps

Our university guidance department is made up of five guidance counsellors, each with a specific geographic area of expertise, and one administrative and communications assistant.

The university guidance department aims to ensure students are fully aware of the demands of higher education, and corresponding career prospects, and to enable each student to develop and implement their own personalised plan.

Working alongside both teaching staff and parents, guidance counsellors help each student develop their higher education plan, aiming to:

  • get students to play an active role in their future development by reflecting on further learning opportunities
  • enable students to take stock of their skills, motivations, personal attributes and ambitions
  • support students as they research and gather the information needed to make decisions about their higher education prospects.
  • guide students as much as possible with university admission procedures

In addition, the university guidance team:

  • maintains ongoing relationships with international universities to promote the school around the world
  • promotes and organises numerous events throughout the school year, such as presentations, conferences, education fairs, to help students make their plans for post-secondary studies
  • promotes the AGORA Monde platform, a global social platform that aims to connect current and former students from French secondary schools around the world to discuss degree options and university life

After FIS

Every year, our students join a huge range of universities and higher education institutions, both in France and around the world.

They study a diverse range of subjects, having carefully considered their best-fit options with the support of our guidance counsellors.


France is a popular destination for French stream students, with students from every cohort accepted into a wide range of higher education institutions and universities, including some highly selective ones, for example:

  • INSA, National Institute of Applied Sciences
  • Sciences Po Paris
  • Université Paris Dauphine
  • Université Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL)
  • Ecole Polytechnique
  • ESCP / ESSEC business schools
  • ENSA (National School of Architecture)
  • Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Écoles (CPGE)
  • École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (National School of Decorative Arts)
United Kingdom

The UK is the most popular of the anglophone destinations across both streams. FIS graduates are accepted into well-regarded universities across the UK, including members of the Russell Group and other selective institutions, for example:

  • Durham University
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics + Political Science (LSE)
  • University College London (UCL)
  • University of the Arts, London
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of St. Andrews

Canada is a very popular destination across both streams, with the advantage of a relatively flexible degree approach and, for French nationals, reduced tuition fees at universities in Québec province. Universities attended include:

  • Concordia University
  • McGill University
  • Université de Montréal (incl. HEC and Polytechnique)
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
United States

FIS has the university guidance expertise to guide students through the complex US admission process. Recent destinations include:

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • NYU
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • UCLA
  • Yale University
Hong Kong

Some FIS graduates are very attached to Hong Kong and choose to continue their studies at some of its excellent universities, for example:

  • University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong

French stream students

2022 – Destination country
  • 51% France
  • 15% United Kingdom
  • 13% Canada
  • 7% Netherlands
  • 6% USA
  • 2% Hong Kong
  • 2% Spain
  • 1% Belgium
  • 1% Italy
2022 – Degree pursued
  • 32% Engineering, Sciences
  • 30% Economics, Management, Business, Communication
  • 22% Social Science (Politics, Law, etc.)
  • 13% Languages, Literature, Arts, Architecture
  • 1% Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Paramedical
  • 1% Others

International stream students

2022 – Destination country
  • 35% United Kingdom
  • 21% Canada
  • 18% Netherlands
  • 12% Gap year
  • 9% France
  • 9% USA
  • 6% Hong Kong
  • 3% Australia
2022 – Degree pursued
  • 35% Engineering - Science - Architecture
  • 32% Social Science: Politics - International Relations - Sociology - History - Law - Psychology...
  • 12% Arts: Language - Literature - Art
  • 6% Economics - Management - Business - Marketing - Communication
  • 6% Medicine - Pharmacy - Veterinary Science - Paramedical
  • 6% Liberal Arts (multidisciplinary)
  • 3% Others

The university guidance team

School profile

Jean-Yves Guarneri

Head of University Guidance and Exams

Catherine McCarthy

UK and North American Universities Counsellor

David Hammond

English-Speaking Universities Counsellor

Elise Rickford

University Guidance Counsellor - IBDP Core Specialist - CAS coordinator and TOK

Juliette Assouad

Guidance Counsellor

Geneviève Du Sault

University Guidance & Exams Department Assistant