When it comes to university preparation, few schools can come close to Nord Anglia International School Dubai (NAS Dubai). With a commitment to excellence that permeates every facet of its educational ethos, this school has earned its reputation as the ultimate choice for young learners in need of a holistic education and unwavering support as they navigate the transition into higher education.
What sets NAS Dubai apart is its dedication to providing a rich array of resources and support services tailored to the unique needs of each student. Its approach extends beyond conventional classroom learning, pairing various programmes and extracurricular activities with expert guidance to nurture individual potential and aspirations.
Here, the journey to university readiness begins in Year 7 — earlier than most institutions to ensure young people can make informed decisions about their future. At this stage, students are introduced to members of the Future Guidance team. These professionals guide them on a journey of self-discovery, assisting them in exploring longstanding passions and new interests while nurturing timeless skills that translate into the world of work. Once students narrow down focus areas, the team aids them through exploring their options — be it universities, courses or the best destinations for their supercurricular pursuits.
College research is made easy thanks to access to Unifrog, which boasts a powerful CV-building tool, as well as skill and interest assessments. This technology-driven approach gives students a head start in crafting profiles sure to impress admissions officers.
By Year 12, students embark on a year-long journey with the College Readiness Programme (CRP) — a weekly initiative that provides meticulous guidance on country-specific college applications. The school’s university connections play a pivotal role in strengthening each submission.
Student panels are frequently organised for Year 12 and 13 students to submit queries directly to universities. NAS Dubai also offers expert guidance by utilising connections like the Oxbridge Alumni, and Medefine Academy, and optimising applications through essay clinics and portfolio review days.
Learners are welcome to help others achieve success while working toward their own goals, too. The UGC Ambassadors programme engages volunteer students in organising university-related events on campus. This hands-on involvement not only showcases their genuine interest but also grants them a deeper understanding of institutional priorities. It also fosters stronger student engagement.
Beyond these outstanding programmes, the UGC department excels in building personalised relationships with students and families. This unique approach fosters a strong bond and deep understanding of individual needs, rendering the higher education application journey truly bespoke — most importantly, it guarantees outstanding outcomes to ambitious students.
For example, before Jack Chapleski was accepted into Tufts University and was selected to play for its elite Division III baseball team, he was a prolific student at NAS Dubai. Outside the classroom, he spent his free time supporting vulnerable eight to 18-year-olds in the Challengers baseball squad. He was also selected to be a NAS Dubai scholar after playing a key role in creating a new website designed to retain the school community during Dubai’s COVID lockdown.
After championing change within the school uniform policy, improving her school’s student council and tackling the wider education system alongside the Ministry of Education in Dubai, Leelya Sakka received offers from Stanford University, the University of Cambridge and Columbia University. However, she decided that Brown University was the place for her.
The Shahin twins epitomised the IB learner profile throughout their studies, excelling in every aspect. Their attention to detail within classrooms, active engagement in extracurriculars and commitment to individual research projects set them apart. Hence, one secured a coveted spot at the London School of Economics and Political Science, while the other earned a place at University College London.
Meanwhile, Blanche Gazel stands as a testament to the power of self-discovery at NAS Dubai. She recognised her affinity for hands-on learning and paved her path towards a future in business and hospitality. After excelling in her A Levels, Gazel received an offer from Hotel School the Hague, one of the Netherlands’s top institutions.
These stories echo NAS Dubai’s commitment to guiding students towards their paths of excellence and self-fulfilment. Within its walls, it is evident students do not just get the chance to pinpoint their life’s calling earlier than most would, but they gain the tools and confidence to pursue it with purpose and determination.