Since our inception in 2014, BridgeU has worked with schools in over 100 countries to help students find their best-fit university options and career pathways in an increasingly globalised higher education market. We’ve also sought to empower guidance counselors and advisers who want to expose their students to a wider range of global university destinations.
But too many school counselors and advisers face significant obstacles in their quest to create a more international and robust guidance program for their students.
One problem we haven’t spoken much about is the challenge of coordinating and hosting university reps, whose visits serve as a vital opportunity for students and parents to get to know the personalities of the universities they are considering, and to ask direct and candid questions.
Many of the counselors we speak with experience the challenge of trying to invite universities from a wide variety of specialities and locations to their school campus in order to showcase the diversity of possible post-secondary opportunities available.
This is partly because counselors want to ensure that the university reps they host reflect the interests and ambitions of current students.
But it is also the case that many counselors lack a wide range of university admissions contacts. This is especially the case for education professionals new to counseling, or for those moving to a new school.
The admin of scheduling university visits can be time consuming and frustrating for counselors, especially when taking into account the two previous obstacles listed above.
Counselors also face problems in raising awareness of visits with parents and students. The end result is that many school counselors and students aren’t enable to fully leverage the benefits of an in-person university visit.