Course and Career Counseling

Our Career Counselors have over 20 years of experience in advising and placing students in Australia, UK, US, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, and Singapore.

They are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Education UAE, National Association for College Admission Counselling, USA, British Council, UK, PIER, Australia. In addition, they are trained by Harvard, Oxford, British Council, and other top institutions.

Our counselors work with our students in the following areas:

  • Academic and personal profiling
  • Developing the resume
  • Essay review
  • Application overview
  • Alumni Interface

For each of our students starting in Grade 9, the report cards and transcripts are reviewed by the counselor and the Head of Secondary. They are guiding the students to choose (along with the parents and counselor’s input) courses for the next year based on what they feel they would like to do after graduation (University, Major, Country, etc.). Parents and students are encouraged to check the requirements for the country and college that they are thinking of attending as each university has different requirements.  Students will be placed in the correct set of courses to ensure they are on track towards graduation.

The following courses are recommended based on the students’ academic pathway.

Medical Pathway

Coursework should include four years of English, four years of Math, Biology and Chemistry. Other recommended courses include Physics, Psychology, and Foreign Language. Many college advisors recommend higher-level Advanced Placement (AP) classes when possible.

Engineering Pathway

The typical high school requirements for Engineering colleges include four years of English, four years of Mathematics, three years of Science, and two years of Social Sciences.

Computer Science:

A Computer Science major has various Math courses as requirements, which include Pre Calculus and Calculus.

Humanities and Art:

  • Math, Physics, Calculus
  • Visual Art: Web Design
  • Writing: four years of English


A combination of courses is taken to fulfill a balanced amount of required credits.

Scholarship opportunities for NIS students:

Through our partnerships with the American University In Dubai (AUD), SAE Institute, American University of Sharjah (AUS), The University of Dubai (UD), Ajman University (AU) and Rochester Institute of Technology of Dubai (RIT Dubai), we ensure our students are at the forefront of scholarship opportunities in every subject. Visit our University, Career Guidance and Future Choices page for more information.