College and career counselling

Aiglon students attend top universities across the world.

The journey of self-discovery through academic and extracurricular challenges leads to successful university applications and placement; no two journeys are ever the same.

Patience Fanella-Koch, Director of College and Career Counselling

Supporting students in and out of the classroom

The College and Career Counselling department provides continued support to Aiglon College students in and outside of the classroom as early as the Fifth form and after graduation. The department consists of qualified and expert counsellors in admission practices and procedures around the world, and they offer personalised counselling services to all students and parents.

There are formal programmes in place for students in the Fifth form through Upper Sixth form concerning IB course selection, career research, and the university and college search and application process. Starting in the Lower Sixth form, students are encouraged to attend information sessions held on campus with university representatives from all over the world. In the autumn term all students attend the CIS College Fair in Geneva. In addition, all students have individual meetings with a College Counsellor to discuss options after Aiglon and begin planning for university applications (UCAS, the Common Application, and others), standardised testing, or gap year experiences. Students begin work on their personal essay or statement and CV drafts, as well as mock interviewing and SAT testing strategy. Options for summer enrichment activities or programmes are discussed and encouraged as students aim to improve their application portfolios.

Intensive SAT preparation courses are held at Aiglon each January and April for those wishing to apply to US universities with more competitive standardized test scores. Tutors from Alpha Prep, an elite American-based test prep company, travel to Aiglon to work with our students.

Personalised counseling is our main goal, and both students and parents are welcome to request a meeting with the College Counsellors at any time during the year.

Aiglon SAT prep course

AlphaPrep, a US-based tutoring company, run an intensive five-day SAT course for Aiglon students, which is taught on-site at Aiglon. The programme takes place in January and April and is tailored to suit our students considering a United States university.

Campus visits

We encourage students in the Lower and Upper Sixth Forms to visit the undergraduate campuses that interest them the most, and to consider campuses of different sizes, locations (urban, suburban or rural), and course offerings (including specialised, technical or liberal arts). We want all students to find the ideal place to continue their academic and personal achievement after Aiglon – to give all our young people the best chance of doing so, students are encouraged to start their research as early as possible.

School Profile

College and career counsellors

Patience Fanella-Koch

Patience Fanella-Koch

Director of College & Career Counselling

BA International Relations and French Studies, Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA
Executive Board Member of the Overseas Association for College Admission Counselling (OACAC)
With over 14 years of experience in the admission and college counselling world, Patience is committed to offering personalised guidance to Aiglon students as they search for the best university match for their undergraduate studies and future career goals.

Lucy Widdows

Lucy Widdows

History teacher and Assistant University & Careers Advisor, UK

BA (Hons) Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

MA (Cantab) Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

PGCE & QTS Secondary History, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education

Edith Miletto

Edith Miletto

College and Career Counsellor, SAT Test Centre Supervisor
BA Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Edith Miletto plays a critical role in ensuring every student entering for competitive university applications is properly prepared. “I enjoy getting to know each student as they enter the crucial time of university applications,” she says. “But the highlight of my year is when a student is accepted to the university of their dreams. Or – even more important – when they discover the perfect institution for them. It is the moment they begin their journey into adult life – and an honour to witness every time.”