University Advisor

This site will guide students and parents along the strenuous path of applying to universities.
The preliminary goal of the University Advising Office at the Modern Montessori School is to make sure that students are prepared for university applications with regards to choosing the IB subjects that make them eligible for their chosen future career; and students are taught how to research and the importance of doing so extensively in order to make informed decisions as to what major to apply for, and at what university.
By reading on, you will have a clearer idea of what students and parents alike can do to help prepare for applying to universities around the world.
If you have any queries or need clarification on any points mentioned, please feel free to email the department at uadviser@montessori.edu.jo or uadvisor@montessori.edu.jo .
Good Luck!
University Advice
The preliminary goal of the University Advising Office at the Modern Montessori School is to make sure that students are prepared for university applications with regards to choosing the IB subjects that make them eligible for their chosen future career. Students are taught how to research and the importance of doing so extensively in order to make informed decisions as to what major to apply for, and at what university.

    Factors that must be considered when choosing which universities to apply to include the following:
  • Intended course of study
  • Entry requirements (subjects and examinations)
  • Location
  • Tuition fees and living expenses
  • Size of university (number of students and faculty to student ratio)
  • University environment (urban, suburban, rural)
  • Citizenship or residency
    General requirements which students and parents must keep in mind:
  • All universities outside of Jordan require students to submit proof of English proficiency. This can be satisfied with the TOEFL or IELTS examinations. SOME universities consider English A in the IB DP as proof;
  • American universities in the USA or abroad (with a FEW exceptions) require students to submit results for the SAT Reasoning Test (formally known as SAT I); stronger universities require SAT Subject Tests (formally known as SAT II) in addition to the SAT Reasoning Test;
  • Applying to the UK for medicine requires students to sit for the UKCAT and/or the BMAT (only THREE universities don’t require either of these);
  • Applying to the UK for law requires students to sit for the LNAT (all strong law programs require this test);
  • If you feel that your child is strong enough academically to apply to top tier universities in the USA or the UK (Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Brown, UC Berkeley, U Penn, NYU, Columbia, Northwestern, MIT… just to name a few), solid work experience in their field of interest as well as consistent work on community service, MUN, sports and/or musical instruments throughout grades 9 to 12, as well as superior grades are what will make them qualified for such universities. Universities NO LONGER look only at grades… they want to know HOW your child can add value to THEIR universities and how they fit in their environment. ALSO, considering applying to such institutions SHOULD NOT start in grade 12… planning for such universities should start in grade 9.
  • Universities like to see that applicants have some kind of experience taking care of them self. Summer schools are a good way of proving this

University applications are long and demanding. Some will require students to submit 4 essays to support their applications. The earlier students start with the process, the smoother it will be, and the less pressure students will feel when combining these with regular school requirements.