The College Prep Program


This 2-year program helps ambitious, high-performing 10th grade students gain a place at a prestigious top-20 US/UK university. The program supports students though one-to-one mentoring to develop their academic approach, and interview technique, while providing character-building activities, such as Harvard summer program and Sandhurst boot-camp, to turn exceptional students highly-desirable candidates.

Program details

College Prep will support you with one-to-one mentoring, to help you academically and with the university application and interview process. We’ll also give you a range of challenging and dynamic experiences to broaden your world view. By enhancing both your academic ability and character you’ll be prepared to flourish in a rigorous university environment.

Academics: 

We’ll give you one-to-one training to prepare for the application and interview process, and to develop the confident mind-set that will enable you to succeed at a world-class university.

Summer School Program

Summer school programs for high school students are designed to help expose students to the college experience. These programs not only teach you new skills and information, they can also enhance your college application to become a highly desirable candidate to elite universities.

Our list of summer programs cover a wide range of subject areas such as physics, Math, Engineering, Pre-Med, Community Service, Art and design and many more!

Duke

  • Bioscience and Engineering for High School
    North Carolina, US
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  • Young Writer’s Camp
    North Carolina, US
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  • Crypto-Camp
    North Carolina, US
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Harvard

  • Harvard Pre-College Program
    Massachusetts, US
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National Geographic

  • Fiji Community Service
    Republic of Fiji
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  • Hawaii Community Service
    Hawaii
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  • Nepal Community Service
    Nepal
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  • Costa Rica Community Service
    Costa Rica
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  • Engineering and Robotics on the MIT Campus
    Massachusetts, US
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  • Technology & Innovation Workshop in the Silicon Valley
    California, US
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  • Impact Storytelling at Nat Geo in Washington, D.C.
    Washington, D.C., US
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New York Film Academy

  • Fimmaking – NYC
    New York, US
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  • 3D Animation – Harvard
    Massachusetts, US
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  • Photography – NYC
    New York, US
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  • Broadcast Journalism – NYC
    New York, US
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  • Documentary – NYC
    New York, US
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Northwestern

Summer Institute for the Gifted

  • SIG at Yale
    Connecticut, US
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  • SIG at Princeton
    New Jersey, US
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  • SIG at University of Chicago
    Illinois, US
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  • SIG at UC Berkeley
    California, US
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The School of New York Times

  • NYC Summer Academy
    New York, US
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University of Michigan

  • Michigan Math and Science scholars
    Michigan, US
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Washington University in St.Louis

  • Pre-Medical Institute
    Missouri, US
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  • Pre Engineering Institute
    Missouri, US
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Yale University

  • Frontier of science and technology
    Connecticut, US
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  • Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship
    Connecticut, US
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  • Biological and Biomedical sciences
    Connecticut, US
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  • Politics, Law and Economics
    Connecticut, US
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College Guidance Counselling:

We work with both the student and their family to help them find their way through the entire college and university application process, from:

  • Developing a school list that best fits the student’s interests
  • Test preparation classes: TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, AP and A-Levels
  • Coaching on how to approach application essays.

 

Opportunities:

We make sure you’re exposed to a broad range of unique experiences, which build character and leadership as well as community and cultural awareness:

  • Character-building boot camp at the UK’s famous Sandhurt Military Academy
  • Alternatively you may wish to make a suggestion, which we’ll do our best to help with.

 

Your ambition, our objective

At the end of the two years, we aim for you to be accepted at one of the US/UK ’s top 20 universities. While the Misk Foundation is not affiliated with these schools, we’ve designed our program specifically to improve students’ chances of admission. We can’t guarantee admission to any university but the program offers you an unrivalled opportunity to become a highly-desirable candidate. Our target universities include:

  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • John’s Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • University of Oxford
  • Duke University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University

Am I eligible?

To decide whether you should apply please check the criteria, which all candidates must meet:

  • Saudi Arabian citizen
  • In the 10th grade as of September 2017 and currently enrolled in high school
  • Demonstrated top-level academic performance throughout junior high school (7th, 8th and 9th grades), for example: you should be the top 5% of your class and have a grade point average above 90%
  • Able to both write and speak English, equivalent to:
    • TOEFL iBT score of 80 and above
    • IELTS score of 6.5 and above
  • Living anywhere in Saudi Arabia
  • Willing to participate fully in the program.

How do I maintain eligibility?

The College Prep Program is designed to better prepare students to succeed in top colleges and universities in the US and UK, to improve their likelihood of being admitted.

Be prepared that the Misk College Prep Program is highly demanding. You’ll need to dedicate considerable time to it over the next two years, while in school and also over your summer vacations.

If you’re thinking of applying:

  • Are you sure you can to commit so much time over the next two years?
  • Have you discussed it with your parents? Do they understand that, while we won’t conduct any programs over Ramadan and Eid, you will be:
    • abroad for most of the summer after your 10th grade year in Harvard or other schools in the US or UK?
    • in classes for much of the summer after your 11th grade year: taking preparation classes for college entrance exams and completing your college application?

You need to make sure your parents understand you won’t be able to take holidays with them at these times. Please be aware that you can only remain in the program by attending the programs and classes.

 

Being accepted by the Prep Program is only the first step. To remain eligible you will be regularly assessed, over the 24-month period, in the following areas:

  • Attendance

You are expected to take part in all planned activities and programs. We will always expect you to be on time. If you do not attend planned sessions and events, this will make you ineligible to continue the program.

  • Willingness to participate

We’re looking for students who are personally committed, highly engaged, enthusiastic and happy to be part of an intense program. Your willingness to commit is vital; you must genuinely want to be part of the program, rather than doing so to please others.

  • Satisfactory progress

We choose students who have potential to grow and develop. By the end of the program, you will be expected to have developed the skills needed gain admission at a top-tier university. If we feel you’re not making satisfactory progress or aren’t suited to the course, you will be removed from the program.

Am I right for this program?

If you think you might be right for this program, have a look at the characteristics below – do you see yourself in them?

The exceptional students we’re looking for share some un-common traits. If you can answer yes to some of the questions below, and want to be able to answer ‘yes’ to more, you should consider applying.

Academic 

Do you master what’s taught in school and then go home to explore more? Are you intellectually curious and always need to know why? Do you challenge ideas and seek the truth? Are you courageous enough to make mistakes and learn from them, to find the right method or answer?

Entrepreneurial

Do you see opportunities to make a surprising leap forward or fill a gap?  Can you then take action: turning your vision into reality? Are you persistent and ready to learn from setbacks? Are you willing to ask for help and network to find the right advisor or mentor?

Leadership potential

Are you ready to become a young leader who will help transform Saudi Arabia? Are you ready to lead with an innovative idea or spot innovation and help bring it to life?  Do you have a strong imagination to see what’s possible, before it’s possible?

Community engagement

Are you engaged with your community? Do you co-operate with others to co-create and spark new ideas?

Passionate about Saudi Arabia

Are you proud of what’s great about Saudi Arabia but also honest and compassionate about its flaws, with a willingness to address them?

No one expects all this from you today  

You’re not expected you to be all these things just yet. But we want students who are curious, bold, open-minded, smart and willing to take risks. You should be excited about the prospect of jumping into this dynamic, creative and challenging endeavour.

We hope you’ll be intelligent enough to feel overwhelmed and nervous about this opportunity, but excited by the thought being part of a life-long group who will – most certainly and with real determination – create a more dynamic Saudi Arabia.

Please don’t think we expect you to achieve all this alone, it’s quite the opposite. You should be ready to build life-long network of personal connections, who will support each other and help Saudi Arabia.

Tips for Applying

Suggested weekly activities

Preparation

Tips for Applying:

We strongly recommend that you immediately:

  1. Register for the TOEFL exam, if you need to take it then you must do so by November 26 to get your score report on time: http://www.ets.org/toefl/
  2. Register if you want to take an in-person TOEFL preparation class.  AMIDEAST offers one in Riyadh from November 8–23, Sunday to Thursday, 4:30pm-7:30pm. Register with AMIDEAST at: KSA_registration@amideast.org
  3. Request your recommendations.

 

The items that will take the most time to complete are:

  • English language proficiency
    • You must be able to prove your proficiency in English through standardized testing. We prefer that you take the TOEFL iBT but will accept most major standardized tests (paper-based TOEFL ITP, IELTS Academic).
    • If you’ve already taken a TOEFL or IELTS academic exam, you can use those scores. If your score doesn’t show your current level of ability, you should take the TOEFL iBT.
    • November 26 is the last available test date from which we will accept scores before the program deadline.
    • For more information scroll down to “TOEFL: what you need to know”

 

  • Recommendations
    • You must submit three online recommendation forms, for your application to be considered complete and eligible for consideration. You’ll be prompted to provide contact information for:
      • Your school principal, to complete the Principal’s Recommendation.
      • Your mathematics teacher, to complete the Mathematics Teacher Recommendation; if you have more than one mathematics teacher, please ask the teacher who is most familiar with you and your academic background.
      • Either a teacher you had in a subject related to your potential college major or the leader of a community group or extracurricular activity you took part in. They will need to complete the Teacher/Community Leader Recommendation Form.

 

Additional information regarding the recommendation request process will be provided on the Recommendations page of the application.

  • Completing your long and short essay

Translating school transcripts

If you need your school transcripts to be translated from Arabic to English, here are a few companies who can help:

Jeddah

http://time4translation.com/
Company name: time4translation
Address: 8230 Dallah, AR Rihab District, Jeddah 23344 3877
Mobile: +966555599790
Tel/Fax: +966126754810
Email: info@time4translation.com

 

Riyadh

http://sact.co/
Company name: Saleh Al Omar Certified Translation
Address: 8530 King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12333 3802, Saudi Arabia.
Telephone: 920004395
Email: info@sact.co

 

Dammam

http://www.sauditransorient.net/
Company name: Tans Orient
Address: Ar Rabi، Dammam 32241, Saudi Arabia
Phone +966565000333
Email: info@translation.sa

Requirements and deadline

If you want to apply, you must complete the Misk College Prep Program Application, as well as all the other necessary requirements. Here are more details about what you’ll need:

  • Background information
    • Profile and family information
    • Education
    • Language proficiency
    • Honors and Extracurricular activities
  • Standardized tests: TOEFL (required),  SAT/ACT/SAT Subject (optional)
  • Statement of purpose (Short and long essay questions)
  • Recommendation letters (3)
  • School report and transcripts of last 3 years (grades 7,8,9)
  • Interview (second stage)
2017 Application Dates

Application opens

Sunday 8/10/2017

Last day to take TOEFL iBT

12/11/2017

Last day to report TOEFL iBT

1/12/2017

Last day for Recommendations/school reports to be submitted

10/12/2017

Online application deadline

10/12/2017

Second Round: Finalists interviews

Early Jan '18

Final offers

~18/1/2018

Selection process

At Misk, we carefully review every applicant. We’re looking for students who will challenge themselves, inspire others and play a key role in the future of Saudi Arabia. Our process consists of three stages:

First Round: Applications

As you would expect our selection process is extremely competitive. We’re expecting thousands of applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Successful applicants will have shown: exceptional academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular activity participation and strong character.

Second Round: Interviews

During this round we choose around 200 finalists for a one-on-one interview with a member of the Admission team. At this stage we’re evaluating character, achievements, readiness to participate in an intense preparation program, and potential for receiving admission offers from leading universities.

Final offers

The Fellowship will select 100 extraordinary 10th graders for the 2-year college-prep program and offers will be made. While this stage represents success in the selection process, it is only the beginning of the most challenging part of all, participation in the program itself.

Parents

We understand that nothing is more important than your child and you want to spend as much time with them as possible. We also know the value of holidays, when you can travel with them spend quality time together. If you want to have them with you for every vacation, the sacrifice may be too great and the MISK Fellowship may not be right for your child and family.

However, if you and your child are excited about the opportunity, and they apply, you will need to  encourage them to attend the scheduled training.  This includes:

  • Summer school in the US and UK after their 10th grade year
  • Training for much of the summer after their 11th grade year: taking prep classes for college entrance exams and completing their college application


Cultural respect

We understand the importance of young people’s cultural and religious and responsibilities. Therefore we guarantee that no MISK training events will be scheduled during Ramadan and the Eid vacation.

Attendance and commitment

Please be aware that for your child to stay in the program they need to attend all program events.  Misk is willing to invest considerable time, energy and funds to help your child to be accepted at a top US/UK  university. And we know you have the same ambition for them. Each part of our program has been designed specially with this goal in mind. And every part of the program is important, so we ask for your unwavering commitment, to encourage your child to attend, so they can reap the benefits of the program.

TOEFL: what you need to know

  • Deadline for taking the TOEFL iBT: November 26, 2017
    • If you take the test after this date you will not get your result in time for our December 10 application deadline
  • To register for the TOEFL iBT, go to the ETS website: http://www.ets.org/toefl
    • You need a credit card to pay for the exam.  If you don’t have a credit card, you may contact AMIDEAST Saudi Arabia and complete an electronic bank transfer to their offices.  They will provide you with an electronic voucher that you can use to sign up on the ETS website.
  • ETS has:

 

  • If you want to take a Face-to-Face TOEFL iBT® Test Preparation Course: 
    • AMIDEAST offers a 36-hour face-to-face course covering the four skill components of the TOEFL iBT® (reading, listening, speaking and writing) as well as key grammar points, test-taking strategies, and test structure to prepare test-takers to take the TOEFL iBT®.
    • The course uses real TOEFL iBT® questions for practice, as well as explanations for each of the sections, including the speaking and writing tasks.
    • Students gain a clear understanding of how to develop well-constructed answers and how to integrate speaking, listening, and writing skills to demonstrate their English proficiency at a standard that is expected in tertiary studies.
    • The course is facilitated by a highly-trained instructor with a minimum of five years of teaching experience in TOEFL iBT® test preparation.
    • Each student enrolled in the course receives the latest edition of the ETS Official Guide to the TOEFL iBT® as well as online access to authentic TOEFL iBT® practice tests.
    • This is available only in Riyadh from November 8-23  from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, Sundays through Thursdays. Cost SAR 2,200

 

Critical test dates: Riyadh sample

      • Saturday, Oct 14, 2017
      • Sunday, Oct 15, 2017
      • Sunday, Oct 29, 2017
      • Saturday, Nov 04, 2017
      • Sunday, Nov 12, 2017
      • Sunday, Nov 26. 2017

 

  • TOEFL testing locations in the KSA:
    • Abha
    • Ahsa
    • Arar
    • Baha
    • Dammam
    • Khobar
    • Hail
    • Hafir Al Batin
    • Jazan
    • Jeddah
    • Joaf
    • Jubail
    • Medina
    • Mekkah
    • Najran
    • Qassim
    • Riyadh
    • Skaka
    • Tabuk
    • Taif
    • Unaizah
    • Yanbu

 

  • Contact details:
    • Please contact AMIDEAST (KSA_registration@amideast.org) to:
      • Register for the TOEFL iBT preparation course
      • Register for the TOEFL ITP test (paper based)
      • Purchase TOEFL iBT test vouchers, if you don’t have a credit card.

 

    • Please contact Misk Foundation Fellowship if you need:
      • financial assistance to take the TOEFL test or
      • assistance signing up to take the TOEFL test.