Frequently Asked Questions
  • How can I become a student of an Independent School?
    You can become a student of an independent school if you successfully complete the admissions process. The most important thing to understand about the admissions process is that it allows you and the school to size each other up and every school may proceed differently. Your application tells a story about you and your accomplishments. This is a multiple-part process and there is a lot to keep track of but Globalise helps you with your work.
  • What is a boarding School?
    A Boarding school is a residential community where students and teachers live and work together. Students live in dormitories, supervised by their teachers on a school campus. They spend their weeks combining classes, sports and extracurricular activities. On the weekends, student participate in sporting events and various social activities. Students quickly learn to be independent learners while away from their homes. Living in a close knit community also allows students to become more self-sufficient. They also form life-long friendships with their teachers and fellow students.
  • What are the advantages of a boarding school?
    The reasons cited over and over again by the 400,000 U.S. families who send their children to independent schools include individual attention, small classes, teacher excellence, and high academic standards. But the main motive for families looking into independent private schools can be summarized in one word: Quality. They want, quite simply, the best education for their sons and daughters.

    A boarding education helps a student focus on improving his/her academic performance while developing a well-rounded individual with the qualifications and skills sought by universities and employers alike. Many families choose boarding schools for their children because of the college/university preparation that these schools provide. An independent surveys has confirmed that students who attend boarding schools are better prepared for college or universities and achieve greater success in their chosen career than students educated in the public school system.
  • How will I choose the school that is right for me?
    To find the right “fit” for you, Globalise learns as much as possible about you and your family. They help clarify your educational needs, identify strengths and weaknesses, and consider your interests and dislikes. Globalise can help you through the process of selecting the school in which you can be happy and successful, and guide your family through the maze of the admissions process.
  • What do we mean by fit?
    To understand that, we have to examine what characteristics and features your ideal school should have, as a result of various student and family meetings done by Globalise. The schools that provide the closest match to all the things you were looking for are the schools which might be a good fit. Globalise invests a lot of time and effort in this part of the process.
  • Will a student be properly supervised at a boarding school?
    Most students will probably have more supervision at a boarding school than they expect. During the day, academics, structured study time, followed by athletics and extra-curricular programs consume most of students’ time. In the evenings, proctored study halls or adult supervised study time in the dorms leaves little wasted time.
  • What are the admission deadlines? When should I start?
    Most independent schools have application deadlines of January or February. Other schools use 'rolling admissions.' In other words, there are no fixed application deadlines. Whether applying to a school using a set application deadline or applying to a school that practices a rolling admission policy, you will experience a period of quiet between completion of your application and the school’s answer to your application for admission. Globalise is in contact with most schools and can often tell you what they think your chances are for admission. Remember, the school wants students who are “good fits” for their programs. Keep in touch with Globalise, but be aware that the answer may not be exactly what you want.
  • Are there any exams that I have to take for admissions?
    Students who apply to a boarding are expected to take a standardized admission test(s). You may or may not take one of the following exams:

    • Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE)
    • Secondary School Admission Test
    • TOEFL
  • How do I prepare for a school interview?
    School interviews are largely casual and friendly affairs. You should make the most of this opportunity and leave a great impression. These interviews may cause the student some anxiety and anticipation because the interview is a key part of the school’s application process. Globalise will assist students in preparing for these interviews with the Pre-Interview Tool (PIT).
  • Should I visit a boarding school before I apply?
    Visiting schools takes a lot of time and effort. It can be, however, one of the most important parts of the admissions process. Use the search tools on the Globalise website and talk to the Globalise consultant to develop a preliminary list of schools which interest you. You can take advantage of Globaise’s Visit School Tour (VST).
  • Can I afford a boarding school?
    Paying for a boarding school education requires some planning, but it is an investment that is invaluable. When considering the cost of boarding school, remember that need-based financial aid, which is based on a family's income and assets, is available. Merit based scholarships are also awarded for well-qualified students.
  • Is any type of financial aid (scholarships, grants, etc) offered by boarding schools?
    Most boarding schools offer financial aid to students who are in financial need. Students who have exceptional talents and skills or have demonstrated academic excellence may also receive assistance. Globalise is well equipped to assist its students in obtaining financial aid.
  • Does Globalise help with the visa process?
    You will need a F-1 visa to attend the boarding school of your choice. An I-20 form, which is the certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant student status for academic and language students, is also needed in addition to various other documents. Globalise works with partners to help the students to obtain their visas as smootly as possible.
  • What is the biggest challenge to my parents?
    Going away to a boarding school is certainly scary both for you and your family. Your parents have the biggest challenge, however it's all about growing and adapting. Your parents need to be involved with the entire process. They will need to know about Globalise, your goals and aspirations and what you hope to gain from your overseas experience. Globalise family and student meetings are structured in a way to support you and your family together and work as a team.
  • How will a studying abroad make me a better student?
    Studying abroad is a priceless experience that a student can have. What one gets out of the experience depends on each person and the unique circumstances but here are some benefits that Globalise past students most frequently talk about:

    • Enrichment of academic experience with world standarts
    • Improved foreign language skills
    • Become more adaptable, assertive and independent
    • Develop a global mindset and respect for others
    • Understanding one’s own self, cultural values and biases
    • Ability to think more originally and to see more than one perspective on an issue
    • Prepare for a top university in the world
    • Develop tangile career benefits for the long-term
  • Where should I start?
    1. Use the School Browser
    Learn about the schools and get a general idea on your possible perfect matches amongst various schools.

    2. Request a Detailed Catalog
    Fill out a quick online form to download an online catalog here, which will help you to learn more about the knots and bolts of the process.

    3. Apply Online
    If you already know what you want and are ready to start this journey with us, then please fill out our online application here.

    4. Or Simply call!
    Please either contact us via email here or call us at 202-679-9595 to talk to one of our experienced Globalise counselors to help you to get started!
  • Can I bring my family with me to the first meeting?
    Yes, we definitely would like your family to come to the meetings. At the first meeting with our Hi-GROWintro tool, Globalise invites you and your parents to discuss the range of services we offer. Globalise education counselors will give you information regarding the overall application process. They will discuss the different options available to you. You and your family will have the opportunity to present your views and requirements in this general introduction meeting
  • Do I have to have a perfect foreign language capablities in order to get accepted to the program?
    As a student moving to a new country, you must be proficient in the language of the country in which you plan to study. The Globalise Hi-GROWtest program evaluates and measures your foreign language proficiency level. It also helps you to develop your language skills further, if necessary. In order to continue your education abroad, students in the 7th, 8th and 9th grades take internationally recognized tests to document foreign language proficiency. Of course, the Hi-GROWtest program guides you through this testing process to ensure your success. Globalise collaborates with trusted and experienced partners to prepare you for all foreign language proficiency tests.
  • Does Globalise support me after I start my study abroad experience?
    Yes, with our Hi-GROWmore tool,Globalise stands by you and your parents from the first day at school until graduation. From the moment you get off the plane, a representative from Globalise is available to help you get to your new school. The school’s faculty and staff will provide a lot of help regarding the educational and social needs of foreign students. Globalise counselors in the U.S check your progress frequently and share the news of your successes with your family. Similarly, when your parents have any questions or requests, Globalise communicates them to the school as quickly as possible and in the best way. Nevertheless, Globalise will always be within easy reach to give you support with any requests, questions or need for assistance.
  • Does Globalise have an orientation program that prepares me for my study abroad experience?
    Yes, while you wait in anticipation for your departure day, Globalise puts you through its Hi-GROWsocial Program, a specially designed orientation program. As part of this program you attend an informative camp to learn more about living and studying abroad. The camp has many objectives, including understanding the culture and habits of the country you will be living in; familiarizing you with the local environment; and, meeting students from other countries. The Hi-GROWsocial Program also includes discussions about academic classes and selecting extra-curricular activities. The program also lets you share your experiences and provides tips on quick integration to social life in school.

    In addition, Globalise invites former boarding school students to the orientation program to provide information about their experiences. This allows you to get comprehensive information on likely scenarios and learn how to cope with potential problems.