From the HS Counsellors

Counselling Services have continued during our Distance Learning time period in both the Middle and High School via digital communication (email, google chat and google hangouts). Counsellors have helped guide students this week who may be experiencing anxiety and confusion as well as continuing to support the ongoing university application process in Grade 12. The Counsellors remain committed to supporting our students throughout the Distance Learning time period. If parents feel that their child could benefit from a counseling session via one of the digital communication avenues, please contact your child’s school counselor directly via email.

Official school documents related to Grade 12 and the university application process continue to be sent out and we have contingency plans for any documents that need to be delivered by courier.  We are also sharing some of the different social/emotional resources that have been shared with students. Google Chat has become an active tool for video conferencing and counseling that we have also put into action this past week.

Please check out some useful applications for managing stress here.


Grade 12 update

  • All students with applications to universities should pay close attention to the deadlines and let their counselor know well in advance
  • Grade 12 students, please update your Cialfo with the status of your application.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

Students are meeting with their counselors, discussing their Uniquest research project and sharing thoughts about degree choices, countries of study, and universities that they may apply to next year.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students  should have completed their final Course Request for Grades 11 and 12.
  • Below is information that was included in a letter sent out to Grade 10 parents related to Career Day (March 19th) and the Work Experience Programme (June 1-5).

Career Day

The goal of the annual Career Day at UNIS Hanoi is to engage students in a collection of creative presentations about work in the modern world. These mini-presentations will be delivered by professionals working and living in Hanoi. Additionally, the day will include networking opportunities for students to visit with presenters in a ‘marketplace’ format. This fast and friendly format of presentations will expose students to familiar careers and hopefully some careers they have never imagined. The Career Carousel is designed to expand the conversation around work and career.

Career Day Goals…

  • To connect academic pursuits and potential professional endeavors in the future
  • To help students gain more insight for their future study path
  • To develop more meaningful and personal connections between students, our alumni and the local community.

Career Day will take place on the morning of March 19 during the regular school day.  Students will prepare for this learning experience through a number of career related activities in their Counselling classes. Constructing resumes and cover letters for their work experience placement.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in supporting our Career Day by sharing your profession with our Grade 10 students, please contact Giang Pham in our Advancement Department by the end of the month. Your support is VERY much appreciated!

 Work Experience Programme

The goal of the annual Work Experience Programme is for students to develop a better understanding of the links between school and the skills students will need in their working life.  This Work Experience will also give students a chance to meet working professionals to inquire about the daily tasks, responsibilities, working day structure, qualifications needed and to learn more about how they arrived at where they are today in their profession.  We feel confident that students will enhance not only their communications and leadership skills, they will learn more about their own strengths and interests throughout this process. Work experience may also help students navigate future university and career decisions.

The Work Experience Programme will take place June 1-5 the final full week of school.  Work Experience is compulsory for all Grade 10 students and will function as the cumulation of their MYP learning journey.

We are requesting that all Grade 10 students secure a meaningful work experience internship from June 1- 5.  We have found the most meaningful internship experiences have been secured by students seeking their own placement with the assistance of their family and friends within the community.

Work Experience Internships may take place in the same company/organisation in which the parent is employed, however we request that the student be placed in a separate department for a more authentic learning experience. Once a work experience internship placement has been secured, each student will complete their Work Experience Placement Form and Parent Permission Form which is due on April 1st.

Resources to support you and your child:

A more detailed description of what is required or might be appropriate for a work experience placement can be found on the Work Experience Programme Website under the student and company pages. We have a handbook for students and also a guide for potential work experience providers. Your support is VERY much appreciated!

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact your child’s school counsellor.

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 Results arrive in early December.

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 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

  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • 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:

  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020


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

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