Kuwait English School has a good reputation and very good contact with many of the Universities around the world and many Admissions representatives visit the school regularly during the Academic Year. You will have the opportunity to meet them and discuss their Universities with them. Ensure that you visit the Careers Department Notice board and check your emails to find out about future visits.
Kuwaiti students must still meet the conditions for the Ministry of Higher Education in order to qualify for a Higher Education Scholarship. This means you can only apply to a college/university listed on the approved list. This list can be found on the Ministry of Higher Education’s website.
American Universities will accept students who complete their education in the British system and have UK ‘A’ Levels, which they accept as one of the best qualifications in the world. They are not always happy with students who change from one system to another. Some students think they have a better chance of getting into an American University if they attend an American School. This is not always the case.
It is possible to enter an American College at the age of 16, but most Universities want at least 12 years of study. Remember the more popular the University, the higher the grades needed. However, a college may allow you to build up credits and then start a four year course. This means you could spend up to two years building credits then transfer to University to complete your degree. However If you have A Levels you can start straight away on the four year course and it is possible to gain exemptions for much of the first year (Freshman Year) as you will have already covered the work in your A Level course. When you consider that one year of study could cost over $55,000 it is something to think about!
For many American Universities in the Gulf, including AUB, AUC and AUK, students should take the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS to show that their standard of English satisfies entry requirements even if they gain an IGCSE in English Language. SATs are also required by most American Universities in the Gulf.