Area of expertise provided as part of the CIS Affiliated Consultant Network:
- Independent University Counselling
Sedef Yucad is the founder and director of HorizonIstanbul in Istanbul, Turkey, a leading coaching and consultancy firm dedicated to providing accurate information and effective guidance for students aiming to study outside their home country. Students are meticulously made aware of ALL their options as they apply to high schools, undergraduate, and graduate programs, certificate programmes, and summer schools in the USA, Canada, UK, and to English-speaking programmes in Europe.
She started her career in independent counselling in 1996 and counselled students aiming to study abroad. As the number of students increased, she developed the HorizonIstanbul “Prepare to Study Away” programme that delivers custom-tailored educational services for students aiming to study abroad. This entails one, two, or three-year mentoring processes for students and their parents, who are also informed and guided in setting realistic goals for their children.
Today, the three separate departments, (coaching, counselling and art portfolio prep) are led by the Study Away counsellors, who are all personally trained by Sedef Yucad to ensure quality of services. They are all required to have higher education degrees, teaching and coaching certificates, high ethical standards and professional knowledge. They begin by helping students identify their career choices and continue by designing the path that will lead them to achieve their related academic goals. They continue to serve students until graduation and often beyond, by helping with graduate school preparation, study abroad, personal and/or academic problems, and connecting them to alumni and other resources.
Study Away counsellors are now in demand in Turkish high schools as more institutions are adopting an outsource model for their overseas counselling departments. The academic year 2016-2017 saw Study Away counsellors on four campuses of CIS-accredited high school FMV ISIK OKULLARI in Istanbul as they successfully guided over 500 students aiming to study abroad.
Sedef Yucad’s main objective is to provide accurate information to as many students as possible. She is also one of the founding members of the StudyAway platform, which is the most comprehensive website of global universities providing information to students in the Middle East in 11 languages, including Arabic, Hindu, English, and German. The objective is to reach out to more students and make them aware of their options. Virtual Study Away counsellors will soon be providing distant services to students around the globe.
Sedef Yucad has completed her primary and secondary education in Europe and graduated from Marymount High School in Paris. After majoring in English Language and Literature in Bogazici University in Istanbul, she earned her MA degree from the same university in the field of Linguistics. During the same years, she completed the Teaching Certificate programme at Bogazici University and completed a research project on comparative methods of teaching in Istanbul high schools. She has earned her college-counselling certificate from Harvard University’s Summer Institute, which she attended in 1998. Through the conferences and workshops, she continues to attend as a member of professional institutions such as OACAC, CIS, and ECIS and keeps abreast of the developments in international education.
She began her professional career in the field of education and continues in the same field today. Her experiences include teaching English at the American Cultural Center, heading the English department at YWCA and freelance tutoring to all age groups ranging from pre-school to university. Her final position was teaching English at Istanbul University to students in the pre-masters programs.