Oxbridge Encourage IEGS Students to Apply

27 May 2011

(Image: Anna Rivetti (right) listens to Mr Partington and Dr Burt)

Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet held two evenings in May when visitors from Oxford University and Cambridge University talked to students from the Stockholm region about studying at Oxbridge.

Cat Murdoch from Oxford spoke on May 10 whilst Richard Partington and Dr Caroline Burt visited the school on May 17.

Partington and Burt, admissions officers from Churchill College and Pembroke College visited the school last year.

"It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Partington and Dr Burt to the school again," says school principal Dr Benedikz. "Our students were again inspired by their talk and the insight they gave into applying to Cambridge."

Anna Rivetti, a second year student, attended both talks.

"I wanted to attend the presentations because I was curious about the standards they expect from the students applying to study there."

"Oxford had a formal presentation and we had the chance to ask a few quick questions at the end," says Anna, "however, during Cambridge's visit a group of us had the privilege to talk to the two representatives. We asked them about specific courses we were personally interested in, about the requirements necessary and they told us lots of things about everyday life at Cambridge. The time we spent talking to them was precious, given that they seemed genuinely interested and willing to answer our questions."

Dr Benedikz was extremely pleased by the turn out both from IEGS as well as schools in the region like Viktor Rydberg, Södra Latina and Enskilda.

"It was very positive for us to welcome other schools to the event so the visitors from Oxbridge could give their talks to as many students as possible."

Anna Rivetti says that: "What interested me most about Cambridge was the way Mr Burt explained that it is possible to have a one on one session on a weekly basis with a professor expert in your specific subject. That would be priceless."

This is the second year in a row that IEGS is sending a graduate from the third year to Cambridge and after this year's visit many second year students were left determined to apply to Oxbridge in the autumn, inspired by both talks.

"It's not easy to get in, as Mr Partington explained," says Anna, "but he encouraged us to apply, saying that with the right grades and passion for your subject you can have a real chance."

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