University Placement

Neuchâtel Junior College was founded with the vision of offering exclusively the pre-university year, and to this day, it is the only school of its kind that we know of in the world. Our 100-percent university-bound community gives rise to a particular energy and focus about the future.
Enrollment at the Junior College is intentionally small, enabling staff and faculty to attend to students’ university placement needs with attention and care.

NJC provides the support, guidance and assistance that students need to finalize their choices, facilitate their applications and gain admission to university programs across Canada and all over the world.

We do recommend that students visit a few top choice university campuses prior to their departure for Neuchâtel, but other than this, we are easily able to execute every other aspect of the university application process from Switzerland.

Many factors are at play to ensure that students have the university placement advice and support that they require – the foundation of which is NJC’s structured University Placement Program. Attention to detail at each integral phase ensures that the university placement process is seamless.

Students benefit from ongoing counselling from NJC’s experienced Director of University Guidance and her dedicated guidance support team. The process commences with course selection advice in the spring prior to departure followed by one-on-one consultations, presentations and group meetings while in Switzerland.

Meet the Director of Guidance

Mr. Ian Esquivel
Director of University Guidance and Counselling
Writer's Craft and Drama Teacher
BA University of Guelph
BEd University of Toronto

Mr. Ian Esquivel is an experienced English and Social Studies teacher, who has held various positions as a school administrator, guidance counsellor and instructional leader for the Toronto District School Board. He has taught at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), written curriculum for the Ministry of Education and most recently, acted as Curriculum Leader for School Wide Initiatives at City School. He is pleased to be back at Neuchâtel Junior College, after having previously taught at NJC in recent years.

He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Guelph and his Bachelor of Education and Ontario Teaching Certificate from the University of Toronto. Additionally, Mr. Esquivel holds two specialist diplomas in Guidance and in Media Studies, from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Mr. Esquivel is the NESDA (New European Speech, Debate & Acting) coach, as well as the Foyer Council supervisor.

When not teaching, Mr. Esquivel volunteers with several charitable organizations and plays percussion in a few rhythm & blues bands.

Test Site Information

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  • SAT Testing

    NJC’s campus is an official site for the SAT test.

    The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a nonprofit organization in the United States. First introduced in 1926, the test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for university. Taking the SAT is required for freshman entry to many, but not all, universities in the United States. SAT consists of three major sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. NJC assists students preparing to sit the SAT test, and acts as a designated Test Centre.

    For more information about SAT testing at NJC, please contact the admission office.
  • ACT Testing

    Students who wish to take the ACT—as part of their university placement plan—will travel to nearby Geneva to sit for the ACT at one of NJC’s fellow SGIS member schools.
    The ACT is the leading US college admissions test measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.
  • AP Testing

    NJC’s campus is an official site for AP testing. 

    Through Advanced Placement (AP) study, you can earn university credit and advanced placement, and even stand out in the admission process. AP study can help you acquire additional skills and habits you’ll need to be successful in university. Universities in more than 60 countries—including Canada and the US—award students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores.

    At NJC, we view AP as a natural extension of our strong tradition of university prep and placement. AP can be of interest to our Grade 12 students as well as to those who join us for a Gap Year of enrichment following completion of Grade 12 at home.

    The College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States, designs the AP program in conjunction with high schools, colleges and universities. AP examinations are written in May of each year. After the examinations, students submit their grades to universities and may qualify for university credit for advanced placement. 

    For more information about Advanced Placement at NJC, please contact the Director of Admission.
    For more information on AP, visit the College Board’s website.

Jessica Gower '19

I’m now excited to take on the next chapter of my life in University because I’m self-assured that I will be able to take this journey on with no hesitation or fear.
A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap