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American college and universities highly value children like yours- dependents of U.S. citizens and who are attending middle school or high school outside the U.S.- for their international mindedness and exposure to a rigorous curriculum. But admissions to selective universities in the United States tends to create anxiety for applicants. How can you provide help and support, and ease the anxiety, for your children during their college admissions journey?

Watch the timely, candid and (hopefully) calming virtual discussion about how U.S. universities review college applications. Experienced higher education admissions officers associated with the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Schools Project (OSP) provided advice and insight for parents and students, as students navigate the college admissions.

This opportunity was made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools, which — in partnership with the College Board — administers the Overseas Schools Project (OSP). OSP supports students who are dependents of U.S. citizens and who are attending middle school or high school outside the U.S. The project provides expert advice about college admissions and financial aid to students, parents, teachers, and counselors at schools serving U.S. students overseas.


  • Paul Burgess, Director of International Admission and Global Initiatives, Tulane University
  • Ellen Chow, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Johns Hopkins University
  • Elisabeth O’Connell, Senior Associate Dean, University of Pennsylvania
  • Doug Hartog, Director of Admission, University of Virginia
  • Shawn Felton, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Cornell University
  • Erica Sanders, Assistant Vice Provost, University of Michigan

Links to the recordings:

November 8, 8 AM ET session:


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November 8, 8 PM ET session:


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OSP would also like to share the additional resources below to help as you navigate U.S. Higher Education and Admissions. Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you again for joining us!

Additional Resources:

Overseas Schools Project Video Series:

Search for U.S. colleges on BigFuture:

College Board International:

U.S. Department of State

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