College Board Hosts University Admissions Roundtable for French Ministry of Education Delegation
College Board Hosts University Admissions Roundtable for French Ministry of Education DelegationAnnalisa DeJesus, Associate Director, International
In December, the College Board welcomed members of the French Ministry of Education to New York to build on a collaboration to increase the number of U.S. students studying at higher education institutions in France and the number of French students studying at U.S. universities.
The day-long event kicked off with James Montoya addressing the attendees and highlighting the recently signed agreement between the College Board and the French Ministry of Education noting the College Board’s role in supporting and promoting the American section of the International Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB).
The American section of the OIB combines the breadth and rigor of the French Baccalaureate with extra subjects in English language and literature and history and geography, taught and examined in English. This bilingual and bicultural set of courses and examinations certified by American and French teachers is offered in French schools in France, the U.S. as well as in 3rd countries. It requires an ability to write and speak in English in an extended analytical mode and helps students demonstrate a level of English language mastery appropriate for U.S. college-study.
The OIB American section is a well-balanced bicultural program that meets the needs of bilingual students, fosters international communication and understanding and provides students with a university entrance qualification that is valid in both the U.S. and France As part of this work, the College Board provides guidance for identifying and training American teachers; advises on teaching curricula and pedagogy; supports the design and review of exams items; and monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the OIB program.
In addition to the OIB discussion that took place at the December meeting, the French Ministry and the College Board were joined by international admission leaders from Columbia University, New York University, and the University of California Berkeley who discussed the various types of international students they encounter in their recruitment efforts. They also explained each of their institution’s college credit and recognition policies with regard to the French Baccalaureate.