After IST


At IST we continually seek new information from many countries and diverse sources to provide the most up to date information possible for our students. The field has changed a lot in the past five years with major advances in electronic communications, so that even locations like Dar es Salaam can be instantly connected with universities around the world. For this reason, we often encourage parents and students alike, as a first step, to get on the specific university’s website. That is where the most up to date information is available.

Now as never before, we are truly fortunate to be in a city with the facilities to enable us to research, apply and communicate electronically with the universities.

It is an exciting and stressful time for your children. But it is also a time where you can watch them move into the person they will be as an adult.

We at the Counseling Office look forward to working with each of you, students and parents, during this very important next step!

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College Research

Favorite Articles

Is It Really Impossible to Get into College These Days?
College Admissions: A 'Game' Everyone Can Win

What it Takes - From Stanford Alumni Magazine


IST's College Handbook
The College Handbook 2014
The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014
Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges
The Public Ivys: A Guide to America’s Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities
Playing the Selective College Admissions Game,
Colleges That Change Lives,
Looking Beyond the Ivy League
The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges Also available for Kindle.

Specialized Guidebooks

Guide to Performing Arts Programs
The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADHD
Creative College: A Guide for Student Actors
College Guide for Visual Arts Majors
The Advocate: College Guide for LGBT Students

On the College Admissions Process

Harvard Schmarvard - also available for Kindle.
The College Admissions Mystique
The Gatekeepers - also available for Kindle.
College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy.

On Financial Aid

Paying for College Without Going Broke - Also available for Kindle

On Transitioning to College

Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years - Also available for Kindle
Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College
I’ll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students - Also available for Kindle


College Board Online
CSS Profile
Test Optional Institutions
Virtual College Tours
Common Application Online
UCAS (UK Colleges) Application Online
Ontario, Canada Colleges Application Online
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

college banners hanging in IST
college banners hanging in IST
college banners hanging in IST

Welcome: University/College Representatives

Our college counseling team's ultimate goal is to help IST students identify, and matriculate to, a college or university that meets their criteria and at which they will thrive. Our counselors visit as many college campuses as possible throughout the year in order to be able to provide firsthand and update information to our students.

We also encourage and welcome admission representatives to visit our campus to get to know IST and most importantly to meet our students.

We are looking forward to seeing you here at our school. Please come and learn more about our school and meet with our students. Use the resources on this page to help you plan your visit. We are happy to advise you if you have any questions.

To schedule a visit please contact the department via email:

To help you plan your visit, we have a visitor's guide to assist >>

You can also view the School profile here.

Several years ago there was a note in the International Herald Tribune about university admissions, we've included an expert below which reflects our advice to families on the university admissions process.
Advice on getting one's offspring into college appeared in a letter to the New York Times from James H. Rogers, then admissions director at Brown University, which consistently appears on most lists of 10 best educational institutions in the United States. He wrote, "my advice: hug and nurture your children and do not worry where they go to college. They will go to college, and perhaps even a selective one, if you are watchful and caring and do not treat them like a product to be sold to colleges."
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Are you and your child preparing for life after graduation?

The help of a college counselor can help your child gear up for the challenges faced when entering and learning throughout college. Download the free eBook below and learn how to inspire your child even after graduation.

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Child protection is extremely important. IST’s Child Protection Policy (Section 7.15 >>) together with procedures to verify the previous employment for new job applicants is part of our commitment to ensure all members of the IST community are informed and educated regarding symptoms of child abuse for the protection of all of our students.