From the High School Counsellors’

Please read below for important information related to social, emotional, academic, and university topics in the high school.

Dear UNIS Hanoi Parents & Community,

As students settle into a normal pace in the high school, please do let their counsellor know if you have any concerns. Together we can work together to provide a happy, healthy and successful school year for all. Below, please find information related to specific grade levels as well as information on standardised testing and a long list of universities coming to visit UNIS Hanoi next week. Parents are most welcome to come to campus and talk with university representatives.



Introduction to High School – Grade 9 Parent Session
18 September 2019,  18:00-19:30
Room B8b – 115 & 116

International Schools of Hanoi University Workshops and Fairs
27 September 2019,   8:00-12:30
All Grade 11 and Grade 12 students will attend this Global University event to learn more about post-high school options. This event will occur at the British International School (BIS). The international schools of Hanoi have worked together to make this event possible.



An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – A mindful way to treat disorders



Grade 12 update

We will begin lunch-time student sessions on 9-16 September related to the application process for the UCAS (UK), Common Application (US), University of California application (US), and European application systems. Students should bring their lunch and meet us in B8b-115. More sessions related to other countries application systems to follow.

  • UCAS Application Workshop – 9 Sept
  • Common Application Workshop – 10 Sept
  • University of California Workshop – 12 Sept
  • European/ Applications Workshop – 16 Sept

Reminder for students: Teacher Recommendation Form to counsellor and UNIS Hanoi Teacher Reference Surveys on CIALFO – Due 12 September.

Short List of Universities in CIALFODue 30 September. Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/vet applications are quickly approaching – 15 October (20 September for Singapore interviews). In another week, UK bound students will have a session and open their UCAS application as a group on 9 September. Please do not start this process until that session.

United States- Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline: 30 Septembe is the deadline for students to transfer universities to their Short List on CIALFO. We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any October or 1 November deadlines by 30 September. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university – the counselling office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process has begun in our counselling classes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  •  Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in the UK should see their counsellor.
  • Grade 10 students had a group counselling session on acknowledging negative thinking and developing strategies to accept negative thoughts and feelings in order to become more flexible, so that you can live according to their own values.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal


The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Exam for all Grade 10 students and optional for Grade 11 students
Wednesday 16 Oct 2019

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • N/A
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2020
  • N/A

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

The College Board website is

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • September 14, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • N/A
  • September 20, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020



Please check the calendars for the most up to date list of visitors.

Tuesday, 10 September,  11:00-11:55
Chapman University
Rollins College
University of California, Los Angeles

Wednesday, 11 September, 12:45-13:45
Concord University
ESCP Europe Business School
Florida Institute of Technology
Gonzaga University
Hofstra University
Manhattan College
Maryville College
Millsaps College
Niagara University
Northumbria University
Northwestern University in Qatar
Nova Southeastern University
Ryerson University
Saint Mary’s College
Sarah Lawrence College
St Olaf College
St. Norbert College
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
The Pennsylvania State University
The University of Tulsa
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Iowa
University of New England
University of New Haven
University of Southern California
Virginia Commonwealth University

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