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University guidance

We place a great deal of importance on student career guidance, whether it is during their school years or by mapping out their higher education plans or future career.


How university guidance helps

Our university guidance department is made up of four guidance counsellors, each with a specific geographic area of expertise, and one administrative and communications assistant.

The university guidance department aims to ensure students are fully aware of the demands of higher education and their job prospects, and to enable each student to develop and implement their own personalised career plan.

Working alongside both teaching staff and parents, guidance counsellors help each student develop their career plan, aiming to:

  • get students to play an active role in their career development by reflecting on further learning opportunities
  • enable students to take stock of their skills, motivations, personal attributes and ambitions
  • support students as they research and gather the information needed to make decisions about their future professions and training
  • prepare students as much as possible for the selection tests required by certain education institutions

In addition, the university guidance team:

  • maintains ongoing relationships with international universities to promote the school around the world
  • organises numerous events throughout the school year, such as presentations, conferences, education fairs and individual meetings, to help students make their plans for post-secondary studies
  • promotes the AGORA Monde platform, a global social platform that aims to connect current and former students from French secondary schools around the world to discuss career paths, professional life and the ADN-AEFE school exchange programme

After FIS

Every year, our students join the best universities and higher education institutions, both in France and around the world.

They study a diverse range of subjects, having carefully considered their options with the support of our guidance counsellors, according to their ambitions and personalities.


France remains the most popular destination for French stream students, with students from every cohort accepted into the most prestigious higher education institutions and universities in the country.

United Kingdom

The UK is the second most popular destination among our students. With their excellent English, FIS graduates are accepted into the top universities in the country.

  • University of Oxford
  • Cambridge University
  • University College London (UCL)
  • Central St Martins College of Art and Design
United States

The US is the third destination of choice for our students. The big American universities welcome students from both the French and international streams.

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Duke University
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of Chicago
Hong Kong

Some FIS graduates are very attached to Hong Kong and choose to continue their studies at excellent universities in the region.

  • University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong

French stream students

2020 – Destination country
  • 40% France
  • 7% Switzerland
  • 2% Hong Kong
  • 1% Netherlands
  • 1% Japan
  • 5% Spain
  • 30% United Kingdom
  • 6% Gap year
2020 – Degree pursued
  • 6% Gap year
  • 8% Languages, Literature, Arts, Architecture
  • 2% Hotel Management, Hospitality
  • 22% Economics, Management, Business, Communication
  • 27% Engineering, Sciences
  • 2% Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Paramedical
  • 33% Social Science (Politics, Law, etc.)

International stream students

2020 – Destination country
  • 6% United States
  • 9% Canada
  • 12% Hong Kong
  • 3% China (not HK)
  • 3% Netherlands
  • 3% Switzerland
  • 3% Japan
  • 9% Australia
  • 3% Spain
  • 3% Italy
  • 12% Gap year
  • 35% United Kingdom
2020 – Degree pursued
  • 12% Gap year
  • 15% Languages, Literature, Arts
  • 3% Hotel Management, Hospitality
  • 24% Economics, Management, Business, Marketing, Communication
  • 24% Engineering, Science, Architecture
  • 6% Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Paramedical
  • 15% Social Science (Politics, History, Law, etc.)
  • 3% Liberal Arts

The university guidance team

School profile

Jean-Yves Guarneri

Head of University Guidance and Exams

Catherine McCarthy

UK and North American Universities Counsellor

David Hammond

English-Speaking Universities Counsellor

Elise Rickford

University Guidance Counsellor - IBDP Core Specialist - CAS coordinator and TOK

Juliette Assouad

Guidance Counsellor

Geneviève Du Sault

University Guidance & Exams Department Assistant