International Guidance Counsellors' Conference | University of Oxford

International Guidance Counsellors' Conference

Our International Guidance Counsellors’ Conference (IGCC) is a two-day conference for guidance counsellors, careers advisers and teachers employed by a high school from outside of the UK. During the conference, delegates receive detailed support, guidance and information about the Oxford application process. 

Applications for the 2020 IGCC are now closed.

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What is the IGCC?

The Oxford University International Guidance Counsellors' Conference is a rare opportunity to visit a prestigious university renowned for academic excellence, and stay in the one of the most recognisable cities in Europe. Held in February each year, the IGCC offers counsellors and teachers the chance to understand more about life at the University of Oxford, as well as gaining an in-depth insight into the admissions process. The conference aims to equip counsellors with accurate and up to date advice in how to support their students to make competitive applications to the University of Oxford. 

Who can attend the IGCC?

There are 40 places available at the conference for guidance counsellors, careers advisers and teachers employed by a high school (public or private) located outside of the UK. Unfortunately we can only offer one place per school.

We typically receive more applications than we have places available, therefore decisions will be based on the potential of students studying at the school to make a competitive application to Oxford, as well as the opportunity for the school or its students to engage with the University.

Please note that applications from independent counsellors or agents will not be considered.

What can you expect from the IGCC?

The programme will comprise a variety of sessions, including in-depth information on the Oxford admissions process, and opportunities to learn more about student life at Oxford. During the two-day conference, delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet with admissions staff from across the collegiate University
  • Gain insight into our academic offering and tutorial system
  • Obtain information on our admissions procedures
  • Observe a mock interview
  • Speak with current international students
  • Dine in an Oxford college
  • Visit world-class museums and teaching facilities
  • Visit the famous sights of Oxford
  • Network with colleagues in your profession

An example programme is available to view here. Please note this is an example only and subject to change. 

What is the cost?

The cost of a place at the conference is GBP £125/US Dollars $154/Euros €141* per delegate which includes lunch on both days, a drinks reception and formal dinner at the centre of the conference. 

If you feel that this cost may prevent you from applying please contact

Unfortunately we are not able to provide accommodation or flights to and from the UK.

If you are successful in gaining a place on the conference you will be required to make the payment online to secure your place.**

*prices are at the time of the webpage going live and are subject to change.  

**deposits are refundable up to two weeks before the event. If cancelled two weeks or less before the conference, the conference fee will not be refunded.

We will provide:

  • A full two-day programme of activity comprising information about the distinctive aspects of student life at Oxford and full guidance on the Oxford application process
  • Lunch on both days
  • Drinks reception and formal dinner in an Oxford college

We are not able to provide:

  • Accommodation
  • Flights to and from the UK
  • Airport transfers


Applications are now open and will close on Friday, 8 November 2019. Apply here

Comments from counsellors who've attended the conference

 "Thank you for such an informative and interesting time with you all.."

"..that conference has to rank as one of the top for me. The pacing was great, the information was thorough and the food was delicious! It's attention to the little things that make such a major difference."

"I wish to thank you for the informative and beautifully-run IGCC Conference; everyone I spoke with, myself included, enjoyed the whole event immensely and found it very useful overall."

"I found the experience to be incredibly rewarding and valuable in terms of the information gleaned and the colleagues I met. I am now very confident and keen to promote the University to our brightest and best."

"I enjoyed this conference and do feel that I have a better understanding of the University of Oxford. I appreciate everyone's time and effort in making the event a success. Thank you."

"Meeting current Oxford students and interacting with them also allowed counsellors to see the types of students who have the potential to apply to Oxford successfully. Thank you."

"It was informative, especially for someone who has never visited Oxford. I have a better understanding in many ways about Oxford."

"This is such a rich and valuable experience that will truly help me identify students who would be a good fit to apply to University of Oxford."

"Completely changed my pre conceptions of Oxford . I can now return to school knowing what type of student would best fit Oxford. Thank you [for a wonderful] conference that was very informative."

"Thank you so much. I feel so much more informed. I'm impressed and now understand what Oxford is looking for and how the teaching is so unique and why admissions is so competitive and important.

Other UK University Counsellors' Conferences

You might also be interested in applying for these conferences at other UK universities:

University of Edinburgh - Counsellors Tour - 24 and 25 February 2020 

World Class Study in London International Counsellors’ Conference- 24 February 2020

University of St Andrews - College counsellors conference - 27 and 28 February 2020

Further information

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