Higher Education Updates - 10.03.2023 - Bangkok Prep

Higher Education Updates – 10.03.2023

University of Cambridge: Virtual Pre-University Summer Programme

Bookings are now open for the University of Cambridge 2023 Virtual Pre-University Summer Programme. The two-week virtual sessions brings together 16-18-year-olds from across the globe who are considering applying to any leading UK university and combines subject specific lectures with sessions on study skills, careers and how to apply.

Through taster sessions and live interaction with some of the finest academics, you will get a flavour of undergraduate study in a wide range of disciplines. This year’s themes include Astronomy, Evolution, Politics and International Relations, Economics, and the History or Science among many other topics.

The programme will take place over two identical terms:

  • Option 1: Monday 3 July to Friday 14 July 2023
  • Option 2: Monday 24 July to Friday 4 August 2023

To find out more visit: https://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/virtual-pre-university-summer-programme


FOBISIA 6th Form Leaders, University Counsellors & Careers Advisors Network JAWS

On 3rd March 2023, The recent Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) Jobs Alike Workshop (JAWS) event brought together top educators from member schools to share best practices and learn from each other. Among the many workshops on offer, some of the most popular focused on key topics in education, such as the impact of AI on the future of university counselling, student accountability, and supporting student transitions to university.

The Bangkok Prep Higher Education team are proud to have led the discussion on ‘Making Decisions’ where they discussed the different paradigms involved in the student decision making process with a group of colleagues. The session included sharing experiences with planning a program, gathering data, and empowering students to take ownership of their own decision making process.

One workshop that generated a lot of interest was focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the future of university counselling. As universities increasingly use AI to assist with the admissions process, counsellors need to understand how to work with these tools to help their students navigate the process effectively and responsibly.

Another important topic discussed was student accountability. In this workshop educators shared best practices for helping students take ownership of their academic progress and understand the consequences of their actions on their university application. This workshop emphasised the importance of building a culture of responsibility within schools as we prepare our students for the next stage after graduating from secondary school.

Supporting student transitions to university was also a key area of focus at the event. Participants learned how to help students navigate the challenges of moving from high school to university and how to provide ongoing support to ensure their success. We heard from the voices of recent high school graduates and how they prepared themselves for life in the different institutes of higher learning that they are currently attending.

In addition, the event offered workshops on supporting applications to highly selective institutions and US financial aid. These workshops provided counsellors with the tools and knowledge they needed to help their students succeed in a highly competitive landscape.

The FOBISIA JAWS event is a valuable opportunity for educators to come together, share their knowledge, and learn from one another. The diverse range of workshops on offer ensures that participants gain insights into the latest trends and best practices in education, and return to their schools equipped to help their students succeed.


UC Berkeley’s Thai Student Association Webinar

The UC Berkeley’s Thai Student Association (ThaiSA), I would like to invite high school students to attend the virtual “UC Berkeley: A Guide for Students by Students” webinar.


ThaiSA will be hosting this webinar on Sunday, March 19, 2023, from 9 to 11 a.m. (Thailand Time) via Zoom. In this webinar, students will have the opportunity to learn more about student life at UC Berkeley and California, specific majors/programs, and career opportunities. Speakers will include both current Thai UC Berkeley students and alumni.

Please fill out this RSVP form by Sunday, March 12, 2023, to get the Zoom link.


UK Medical Summer School for International Students

Residential Programme, 9 – 16 July 2023

Cumbria, UK


Gain useful experience, insight, and knowledge from medical school staff

What does the summer school include?

  • Clinical skills:
    • Communication skills with simulated patients
    • Physical examination
    • Airways workshop
    • Suturing and venepuncture workshop
    • Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillator training
  • Introduction to anatomy and practical workshop
  • Virtual patient scenarios using VR technology
  • Introduction to professionalism
  • Personal statement advice and feedback
  • Mock Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and feedback session
  • Visit to a Mountain Rescue Centre
  • Evening guest lectures
  • Talk from a former UCLan medical student on studying medicine in the UK
  • Social programme including Lake District National Park excursions (a World Heritage Site)
  • Guaranteed UCLan MBBS interview for all successful, eligible participants
  • 7 nights, fully catered accommodationPlus, lots more!

Price: £2,750


All applicants must:

  • Be an international (non-UK) student
  • Be in Year 12/Year 13 of education (e.g. 1st/2nd year of A Level/IB)
  • Be aged 16-18 for the duration of the summer school (9 July – 16 July 2023)
  • Have a good level of English – iGCSE (international GCSE) or equivalent at Grade B and above

Places are limited to 32 students


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