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University Placement Office at CIC

What do we do for you in the University Placement Office (UPO)?

Applying to university is a transaction. Preparing for it is an educational journey.  Each student in CIC has been assigned a University Placement Counsellor who will guide you along the path of university readiness, from how to plan, to how to apply and pay, to why you should consider going to university in the first place and what your other options are. The following summary of our duties will help you know what we do and how we do to help you throughout the university/community college application cycle.

Pre-Application Preparation

  • Provide information about admission requirements, application timelines and process, as well as advice and resources for your research of the information.
  • Offer guidance on course selection and study plan to satisfy the program specified requirements and better position you for university admissions based on your interest, expectation, strengths and academic goal.
  • Provide advice and suggestions on how to start preparing for university and supplementary application to maximize your admission chance.
  • Provide information about English Language Proficiency Requirements (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CAEL, and COPE) and other external test requirements (AP, SAT, ACT, Euclid) for university admissions in Canada, USA, UK and other countries.

One on One Counselling and guidance

  • Meet each student one-on-one to provide personalized guidance on university planning and application.
  • Review your academic performance and discuss your interests, strengths and academic goals to provide advice to help you decide your choices of program and university/college that best fit you.
  • Guide you through the university/college application process and assist you in getting prepared for supplementary application.
  • Liaise with university admissions on your behalf to facilitate or intervene in the admission process whenever necessary or appropriate.
  • Help find answers for any other questions about university application and admissions.
  • Review your graduation status and make sure you will meet the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements to graduate before you start at university.

Group Counselling, Workshops and Seminars

  • Hold group meetings for graduating students and conduct a series of workshops and seminars during the school year to help them understand the admission requirements and application process, and assist them in making the transition from high school to university/college studies.
  • Guide graduating students through every step of the university/college application process and assist with supplementary applications and additional document requirements.

Events and Activities

  • Organize a variety of events and activities to connect students directly with university admissions.
    • University visits (September to April): We invite university representatives to come visit CIC to present admission information and answer student’s questions in our campus
    • University trips (October/November and March Break): We take students to visit university campuses for guided tours, where students have the opportunity to meet current students, talk to professors and staff, explore everything the universities offer and discover what’s like to live and study in universities
    • CIC Annual University fair in February: Over 25 universities participate on the same day in our campus. Students visit the university booths, attend presentations and get questions answered about programs, admissions, student life and services, scholarships and much more

Other Services about Graduation in CIC

  • Organize graduating students to take graduation pictures and submit online Cue Card for graduation ceremony.
  • Co-organize graduation ceremonies, provide graduating students with graduation ceremony schedule and information, and invite their parents to attend the graduation ceremony.
  • Prepare graduation (OSSD) package for each graduate and inform them when and where to obtain their graduation photos and graduation (OSSD) diploma.
  • Provide courier services to those graduating students who request to send additional documents to university/college for admissions during the application process, and to those graduates who request to receive their OSSD and university offer packages by mail after graduation.
  • Handle graduate tuition refund requests and verify their eligibility to receive the refund.
  • Keep temporarily university/college mail and offer packages for a certain period of time after graduates check out of residence or leave for home, providing convenience for them to return by deadline to obtain their mail before starting university/college studies.