Alexia Dochnal ’22 (Poland) will seek a degree in Comparative Literature at Yale University, where she was admitted early and invited to join the Directed Studies program, a special academic program for first-year students that she was hand-picked for due to her “truly exceptional academic record and broad intellectual interests.”
Where Do TASIS Students Go To College?
Any student graduating from TASIS has earned, at a minimum, a standard US-accredited High School Diploma and can expect to gain admission to quality universities, particularly in the United States. Students who are driven to find a home at one of the world’s most selective universities can do so by pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma (as 41 of the 102 students in the Class of 2022 did) or by taking a number of Advanced Placement courses and scoring highly on the corresponding exams. Students may further bolster their candidacy by performing well on standardized tests, writing excellent personal statements, securing strong reference letters, and exhibiting an impressive commitment to some combination of the arts, athletics, local and global service, and leadership positions on or off campus.
In short, there are many paths to success at TASIS. Below we examine the roads traveled by a number of recent graduates.
Alejandra Cova ’22 (Venezuela) will seek a degree in Human Science and Global Health at Georgetown University after also considering offers from Loyola University Chicago, Tulane University, University of Florida, Northeastern University, and University of Miami.
Valentina Alencar Barros ’22 (Brazil) will seek a dual degree in Global Studies and Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), choosing the prestigious public research university over Emerson College, Boston College, University of Southern California, University of Miami, New York University, and Loyola Marymount University.
Following three excellent years as a boarding student at TASIS, Demetrius Essaris ’22 (Canada/Greece) intends to study Law at Queen Mary University of London, selecting the esteemed public research university over Royal Holloway, University of London.
Carly Bachofen ’22 (United States) received a Presidential Scholarship to attend the University of San Francisco’s Honors College, where she will pursue a degree in Hospitality. She also considered offers from the University of Central Florida, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Temple University, and Drexel University.
Giorgia Papes ’22 (Switzerland, Italy, Costa Rica) will work toward a Foundation Diploma in Design and Media at Ravensbourne University London, selecting the prestigious digital media and design school over the University for the Creative Arts.
Autumn Bachofen ’21 (USA) has accepted a Presidential Scholarship to attend the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University and will begin her studies in the fall of 2022 following a gap year in Paris.
TASIS lifer Ben Asher Marconi ’21 (Italy/ Switzerland/Brazil) has decided to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London after also fielding offers from University College London and Polytechnic University of Milan.
2021 Excellence in Art Award recipient Gabriela Herrero ’21 (Brazil) will seek a degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University after also considering offers from UC Davis, University of Michigan, University of Oregon, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2021 Michael Ulku-Steiner Leadership Award recipient and Athlete of the Year Zhan Sarsenov ’21 (Kazakhstan) will study Civil Engineering at New York University after also considering offers from Boston University, Fordham University, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, King’s College London, SOAS University of London, Queen Mary University of London, and Royal Holloway.
Following an exceptional four years at TASIS, Joy Mack ’21 (USA) will pursue a Literature/Writing degree at University of California San Diego with the aim of managing a publishing company one day.
Aspiring actor and writer Ella Grace Abisi ’21 (USA) will study English Literature and Theater at Colby College after eight outstanding years at TASIS.
Leonid Serbinov ’21 (Russia) will pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of California San Diego, choosing the large public research university over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of Manchester.
Adele Virgilio ’21 (Italy), who spoke very little English when she started at TASIS in grade seven, will study Medicine at University of Lausanne with the aim of pursuing a career as either a pediatric oncologist or pediatric cardiologist.
After a remarkable eight years at TASIS, Valedictorian and top IB scorer Giulia Meregalli (Italy) '20 will study in the Department of Land Economy at Cambridge University.
Omar Bassem Rahal (Lebanon) '20 will do his undergraduate studies at Medical University of Warsaw and intends to pursue a career in surgery and research after completing his specialty in the United States.
Anna Savinova (Russia) '20 will seek a dual degree in Design and Art History at Parsons School of Design in New York City after also considering offers from Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The School of Visual Arts New York City, and Pratt Institute.
Daisy Bachofen (USA) '20, who ultimately hopes to be a filmmaker and run her own business, plans to head to University of Hawaii after a gap year.
Moritz-Jacob Mohr (Germany) '20 will pursue a degree in International Business with a specialization in Asia at Rotterdam University of Applied Science after also receiving offers from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Alara Secilmis (USA/Turkey) '20 will seek a degree in Fashion Design at Parsons Paris, selecting the distinguished art and design college over University of the Arts London, University for the Creative Arts, and Bournemouth University.
A stellar 42 points on his IB Diploma Programme® assessment helped Giorgio Cardani (Italy) '20 secure offers from ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, University College London (UCL), Polytechnic University of Milan, University of Bath, and University of Edinburgh.
Aspiring art curator Katya Panasenko (Russia) '20 will study History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, selecting one of the world's foremost specialist colleges over University College London (UCL) and University of York.
Michael Ulku-Steiner Leadership Award recipient Giulia de Cristofaro (Brazil/Italy) '20 will study Economics at Duke Kunshan University, a Chinese-American partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University.
Filippo de Cristofaro (Brazil/Italy) '20, an AP Scholar with Distinction, plans to study Finance at University of Southern California, selecting the outstanding private research university over University of Miami, University of South Florida, University of San Diego, Boston University, and Fordham University.
Amela Buzi (Albania) '20 will seek a degree in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons, selecting the esteemed art and design school over University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion), City University London, Coventry University London, Pace University in New York, and Fordham University.
Fiona Erskine (UK/USA) '20 will seek a degree in Biomedical Science at University of Edinburgh and ultimately hopes to either practice medicine or conduct medical research.
After 13 years at TASIS, Hanna Osgood (France/USA) '20applied early to Boston University and was happy to accept an offer from the private research university, where she will seek a degree in Political Science.
After two excellent years at TASIS, Enzo Tondo (Brazil) '20 has decided to return to his home country for his post-secondary studies and is setting his sights on Insper, one of the most prestigious schools of business, economics, and engineering in all of Latin America.
A trilingual scholar and exceptional history student, Maria Mastronardi (Italy) '20 selected University College London (UCL) over King's College London and École hôtelière de Lausanne.
IB Visual Arts standout Zoe Wang (China) '20 will seek a degree in Culture, Media & Creative Industries at King's College London after also considering offers from three other excellent schools in London: University College London (UCL), Goldsmiths University, and Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London.
Refilwe Lauren Riba '19 (South Africa) will pursue a Bachelor of Law at University of Cape Town after turning down offers from University of Kent, Newcastle University, City University of London, University of Leeds, and King's College London.
Aurelia Dochnal '19 (Poland) will pursue a joint Bachelor's and Master's Degree in East Asian Studies at Yale University after a remarkable five years at TASIS that also led to offers from University of Oxford, Stanford University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, and Williams College.
Minjoon Seo (South Korea) will continue his studies at Imperial College London after also considering offers from University of Toronto, University College London, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and University of Hong Kong.
Lana Kozak '19 (Ukraine) could not pass up a rare unconditional offer from University of the Arts London, one of the world's top schools for art and design, despite receiving offers from two more prestigious art schools: University for the Creative Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Filippo Cipolini '19 (Switzerland/Italy) will continue his studies at Boston University after an outstanding 13 years at TASIS that culminated with a Bilingual IB Diploma and an inspiring speech at the 2019 Senior Banquet.
Virginia Italia '19 (Italy/Switzerland) will seek a degree in Architecture at University of Manchester after also considering offers from University of Bath, University of Sheffield, and University of Westminster.
Alex Secilmis '19 (Turkey/USA) will study English Literature with Film Studies at King's College London after turning down offers from University of St Andrews, Bath Spa University, and Emerson College.
Yeonkyung Irene Lee '19 (South Korea) will study Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London after also receiving offers from University College London, King's College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, and University of British Columbia.
After six outstanding years at TASIS, 2018 Cathy Clark Memorial Scholarship recipient Diana Khassanova '19 (Kazakhstan) has decided to pursue a degree in History of Art at University of Warwick.
Shu Ye '18 (China) will major in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, selecting the renowned institution over Vanderbilt University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of Southern California (USC); and New York University (NYU).
2018 Excellence in Science Award recipient Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 (Russia) will pursue a degree in Biochemistry at Imperial College London, choosing the world-class university over University of St Andrews, University of York, and University of Birmingham.
Well-rounded scholar Serena Rand Bardi '18 (Italy/United States) has decided to seek a degree in International Management at King's College London after also considering offers from London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh, University of Bath, and Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University.
IB Diploma recipient Bryan Jed Soh '18 (Singapore) intends to pursue a major in the social sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), upon completing his two years of compulsory National Service for the Singaporean military.
Yu Ying Chan '18 (China) was accepted to all five schools she applied to—University of Edinburgh, Kingston University London, University for the Creative Arts, University of Brighton, and University of the Arts London—and the promising young artist has decided to study Illustration at the University of Edinburgh.
Bokyung Kim '18 (South Korea), who excelled on 10 Advanced Placement exams while at TASIS, will begin her path to becoming a pharmacist at The George Washington University after turning down offers of admission from eight other schools in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Tanya Paul '18 (India), the 2018 recipient of The Cynthia Whisenant Award for Excellence in English Literature, was accepted to eight universities and has decided to pursue a degree in International Relations at King's College London.
Diana Dulina '18 (Russia) is headed to London to pursue a degree in Architecture at the renowned Architectural Association School of Architecture after turning down offers from University for the Creative Arts, Arts University Bournemouth, and University of the Arts London.
Class of 2017 Valedictorian Adam Novak (Ukraine) will study Economics at Bocconi University after a stellar career at TASIS that spanned 12 years and included some very impressive scores on 10 AP exams.
Laura Vecoli '17 (Italy) will study at the world's top-ranked hotel management school—École Hôtelière de Lausanne—after also receiving offers from each of the other four schools she applied to: London School of Economics, University College London, University of Manchester, and University of Durham.
Niccolò McConnell '17 (United Kingdom), who scored a remarkable 42 points on his IB Diploma assessment, will study Economics and Statistics at University College London, where the acceptance rate for his program is just 11 percent.
Aida Loggiodice '17 (Venezuela) will pursue a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Management at Bocconi University. She selected the excellent business school over University of Virginia, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Surrey, and Tilburg University.
Chapman Tennessee Hildebrand '17 (United States) will pursue a degree in Music Industry Studies while also studying composition for media and film at Loyola University New Orleans beginning in the fall of 2018. He has some big plans in the meantime.
Lisa Caberlotto '17 (Italy) will pursue a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Finance at Bocconi University, choosing the renowned business and management school over Durham University, the University of Exeter, the University of Bath, and the University of Nottingham.
Caimin Long '17 (United States), who came to TASIS as a senior and stayed for a postgraduate year, will study General Management at Boston College's Carroll School of Management, which he selected over College of the Holy Cross and Santa Clara University.
After three outstanding years at TASIS, Hannah Gage '17 (United States/South Korea) accepted an offer with scholarship from The Ohio State University, where she will be a Pre-Medicine candidate.
Only a spot on the waitlist at the University of California, Berkeley, prevented Jonathan Xie '16 (United States) from going a perfect 10-10 on his applications. Following three excellent years at TASIS, the trilingual scholar has decided to study Political Science or Economics at the excellent University of California, Los Angeles.
Marianne Tissot '16 (France/Puerto Rico) intends to major in Neuroscience at Bowdoin College, selecting the distinguished liberal arts school over Cornell University, Barnard College, New York University, Boston University, and Northeastern University.
Paulina Gazin '16 (Russia/Ukraine/United States) decided to attend the prestigious University of Pennsylvania following an outstanding six years at TASIS that also yielded acceptance letters from Cornell University; Duke University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Santa Barbara; and Northeastern University.
Isabella Piconi '16 (Belgium/United States) and her sisters Antonella and Gabriella—who have been standouts at TASIS since seventh grade—combined to get into 14 schools. Isabella intends to double major in Education and Psychology and minor in Italian at High Point University.
Edoardo Italia '16 (Italy) applied to six schools—Imperial College London, McGill University, University of Manchester, University of Exeter, University of Birmingham, and Loughborough University—and received offers from all of them.
Carmen Alban '16 (United States) is headed to Duke University after selecting the academic and research powerhouse over Northwestern University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Austin, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, and Southern Methodist University.
Class of 2015 Valedictorian Anton Alyakin (Russia) is now working on a double major in Computer Engineering and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, where he has made the Dean's List each semester and worked as a summer researcher in the Neuroengineering Lab.
After also receiving offers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Bristol, Firyuza Yunosova '15 (Russia) opted to study Medicine at Hull York Medical School, which admits just 140 students each year.
Mindy Chen '15 (United States) has completed an excellent freshman year at the University of Southern California, where she will pursue a degree in International Relations (Global Business) with a minor in Music Industry.
Ryan Osgood '14 (United States/France) is pursuing a degree in Computer Science at Tufts University after choosing the private research university over University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and College of William & Mary.
Jan Vincent Huntenburg '13 (Germany) is closing in on a degree in Composition with a minor in Conducting at Berklee College of Music, long renowned as one of the world's top music schools.