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College Bound Resources

Preparing your child for college can be daunting under the best circumstances. If your child has experienced upheaval in his or her academic career due to your FS life, or your child has never lived in the U.S. (or wherever the preferred college is located), you may have additional and specific concerns that FSYF can help to address.

Adjusting to College as a Third Culture Kid

This is the first book written to and for students who have been living outside their "passport" countries but are either returning "home" or transitioning on to another host country for college/university. It addresses the common issues students face when they are making the double transition of not only adjusting to a new life stage but to a cultural change as well. Parents will appreciate the chapter dedicated to how they can come alongside their students, prepare them for the journey and support them throughout this major transition.

(Foreign Service Journal, June 2008, pp. 68-87)Books


by Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider and Marion R. Franck

Edward B. Fishke & Bruce G. Hammond

by Sandra L. Berger, 2006  (New edition to be released in April 2014)

Articles & Websites

(Foreign Service Journal, June 2007, pp. 73-86) by Francesca Kelly

(Foreign Service Journal, June 2005, pp. 67-89) by Francesca Kelly

(Foreign Service Journal, June 2009) by Francesca Kelly 

A University of Virginia admissions officer offers advice on writing a great college essay.

Big Future by the College Board – set detailed personal preferences to zero in on schools that suit your interests.  The College Board website should be one of your go-to college information sites. 

College Confidential is the leading college-bound community on the Web.  You’ll find hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and much more. You'll also find the Web's busiest discussion community related to college admissions. Definitely worth checking out.

The Princeton Review: Among the most active on this list, The Princeton Review’s site excerpts content from its college guides, while also offering message boards, a financial package comparison calculator, online applications, and advice from experts.

CollegeView: Combines a college search with interactive presentations about colleges. It also includes content for students with special interests ranging from health professions to Christian colleges.

U.S. News & World Report: Posts its annual college rankings on this site, as well as content from its print guide


College Board’s website offers information on SATs, SAT 2’s, AP’s, CLEP, PSAT/NMSQT, and offers questions of the day and practice exams to help prepare you for the tests. offers comparison information on the ACT vs. SAT tests.  Also offers information on testing sites and dates, practice tests and more.  

TOEFL test of English language ability is the most widely recognized English language test and is accepted by thousands of universities.  

College and the Student with Special Needs: 

Directory of Virginia Schools that support Students with Disabilities

LD Online – A resource for students with learning disabilities

Council for Exceptional Children – the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for those with exceptionalities – gifted or disabled. 

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