Skip To Main Content

Counseling and Guidance


Academic Advising

Through individual and small group sessions, an OIS counselor plans a course of study for each student that aligns with future goals, helps students to recognize learning styles, and provides study skills and academic intervention to help students reach their full potential as learners.

University/Career Planning

At OIS, we serve a diverse group of students who each have a unique pathway to university and beyond. At university and career planning sessions, an OIS counselor helps families to understand each country’s unique requirements and find the best university based on a student’s abilities, goals, interests, and values. Through offering career exploration activities, assisting with resume and CV building, and using future planning resources, an OIS counselor will help students to plan and prepare for education, careers, and life beyond high school.


Personal Counseling and Support

There are times when students struggle with a variety of concerns from stress and anxiety to transitioning to a new school to interpersonal conflict with peers. An OIS counselor is available to support students by equipping them with the strategies to deal effectively with these issues. A counselor may also refer students and families to outside sources for additional counseling and support.


An OIS counselor will help educate students regarding the SAT test, study strategies, and interpreting and utilizing score reports. As an SAT testing site, our students have the ability to take this test in a familiar setting. A counselor will also work with students to select AP courses that are both relevant and beneficial to their university pathway.


Together with teachers, parents, and support staff, an OIS counselor can share strategies for supporting student achievement. OIS also collaborates with universities worldwide to ensure that students have up-to-date and accurate information regarding university admissions.


Through grade level programs, individual meetings, parent programs, and regular updates, an OIS counselor is able to meet the needs of students and families who are at different points in their journey through the U.S. education system and university planning.