Scholarships

Introduction

Each academic year, Copenhagen International School awards a number of scholarships for entry into Grade 10 and Grade 11 (the first year of the Diploma Programme).

These are primarily academic scholarships, and are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic ability, as determined by the outcome of scholarship exams set by the school.

From 2019, CIS will be offering scholarships in two further categories:

  1. Creativity
  2. Sustainability

These additional scholarships have been created to mark the 50th anniversary of the IB organization, whose mission encompasses the desire to achieve a better, more peaceful world through education. Funding has been provided by our many generous donors, whose contributions to our ‘Giving Tree’ Community Scholarship Fund, launched in 2014, will allow us to support the education of two students, each for two academic years, at a reduction of up to 85% of tuition. Our focus on creativity and sustainability is based on the vision and mission of CIS - developing the potential of each individual in order to create a just and sustainable world.

Scholarships are open to external applicants as well as current CIS students.

The Scholarship exams take place on our campus at Levantkaj 4-14, 2150 Nordhavn, but can also be taken in your current school, and interviews can take place via Skype, so you do not need to be in Denmark to participate in the scholarship process.

Scholarships last for three years, if they are awarded for entry to Grade 10, or for two years if awarded on entry to Grade 11.

The receipt of a scholarship does not imply an automatic reduction in fees, as our scholarships are honorary rather than financial in nature. However, students who have been awarded a scholarship and who wish to benefit from a financial reduction are asked to submit the required financial documentation to the Admissions Office within a week from receiving the award. The information forms will be sent to the successful students together with the final award decision.

Our scholarship students are wonderful young people - full of energy, enthusiasm and passion for learning, and for building our community. Often, these are young people whose families who could not have afforded the full fees at CIS - so we are proud to be able to offer this opportunity to students and parents. Equally, we are delighted that such talented young people are willing to go through the scholarship process to join CIS. It is a mutually beneficial process - and one we are very happy to promote.

Students applying for the Arts or SustainabilIty scholarships will not be required to take the scholarship exams in Maths and English. If they are external applicants, they will however be asked to take the standard admission tests in Maths and English, which we require of all applicants for admission.

The academic scholarship exams/admissions tests for the special scholarship categories take place on our campus at Levantkaj 4-14, 2150 Nordhavn, but can also be taken in your current school, and interviews can take place via Skype, so you do not need to be in Denmark to participate in the scholarship process.


What criteria do we use to award scholarships?

Academic Scholarships:
We make decisions about which students should be offered academic scholarship based on two criteria - academic and personal. As the IB Diploma is an academically demanding programme, and as our purpose in giving scholarships is to attract very able students into the programme who might otherwise not be able to afford CIS, academic abilities are given priority in the first part of the academic scholarship process, the scholarship exams.We make decisions about which students should be offered a scholarship based on two criteria - academic and personal.

Once students have completed scholarship exam papers in English, Maths and have been deemed to be ‘scholarship students’ by our Head of Language A, and our Head of Maths, applicants are then invited to attend an interview. (Successful applicants may later be asked to take a language test, but this is for placement rather than admission purposes.)

Academic Criteria

  • Students demonstrate, in the scholarship exams, that they have the ability to work at a high level in both Maths and English.
  • A ‘high level’ can be defined as the ability to achieve at least a 5 in both HL English A and Maths SL, in the final Diploma Programme exams, which are scored on a 1-7 basis.
  • A ‘high level’ could also be defined as, in English, producing a literary commentary as part of the scholarship exam, which shows textual analytical skills beyond that to be expected from an average student of this age. In the Maths scholarship exam, a ‘high level’ of skill would be shown by possessing efficient numeracy skills in areas we would expect students of this age to have covered in their schools, alongside the ability to think creatively through a number of Maths problems.
  • While grades on a recent school report may help us to make final decisions about which students should attend the interview stage, particularly where a student may have performed less well on one component (perhaps Maths), than on the second component (English), it must be stressed that our primary academic concern is how students perform on both the scholarship exams, and NOT on how well they may have done in school prior to the start of the scholarship process

Calculators and dictionaries are not allowed in the exams.

Personal Criteria

Once students have proven their academic ability, the interview stage is designed to consider the extent to which the applicants can contribute to the CIS Community - and how well they will fit into our particular international school environment. We understand that the students will undoubtedly be nervous and a little tense throughout the interview, so it may help to know that the following skills are of importance to us:

  • The ability to speak with confidence to a small group of adults
  • The ability to answer standard interview questions in some detail, and to be able to articulate their views on issues in the news/current affairs
  • The ability to make a presentation on a topic about which they are passionate - or to demonstrate a particular skill or ability - perhaps playing a musical instrument, reciting poetry, doing magic tricks …..we’re open to all skills!
  • The ability to articulate what and how they will contribute to the CIS community should they be awarded a scholarship.


Arts and Sustainability Scholarships:

Arts Scholarship

This is for students who can demonstrate that they possess exceptional talents in the creative arts, particularly in Visual Arts, Music and/or Theatre, but we are also interested in submissions in creative writing, design, dance, and animation. Our hope is that students will inspire others in the school to develop their creativity in a range of fields.Students applying for our Arts Scholarship are asked to submit a portfolio of their best work in either paper or electronic format. This portfolio can contain between three and five examples of the students’ best work. This should be accompanied by a brief essay commenting on each of the pieces, and explaining how the student feels s/he could contribute to the creative life of CIS. At least one reference commenting on the student’s creative growth and potential should accompany the portfolio.

External applicants will be required to take the school’s standard admissions tests in English and Maths. Internal applicants will not be required to take any academic tests.

Sustainability Scholarship

This is for students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to protecting the environment and/or advocating for a sustainable lifestyle. The successful student will be expected to contribute to sustainability efforts during his/her time at CIS.

Students applying for our Sustainability Scholarship are asked to submit a portfolio demonstrating the work they have undertaken in support of environmental/sustainability issues in the two years prior to the scholarship applications. The portfolio can consist of paper or electronic material, and can be written or visual in nature. This should be accompanied by a brief essay commenting on the work undertaken, and explaining how the student feels s/he could contribute to the sustainable life of CIS. At least one reference commenting on the student’s environmental/sustainable contributions should accompany the portfolio.

External applicants will be required to take the school’s standard admissions tests in English and Maths. Internal applicants will not be required to take any academic tests.

Depending on the number of applications received for the Arts or Sustainability scholarships, we may also ask to interview some or all of these applicants. In this case, the expectations outlined above for the academic scholarships also apply here.


How do I apply if I'm an external candidate?

  • Please complete the application form which you will find to the right.
  • This is our standard application form and is not specific to scholarship applications. Therefore it is important that you indicate that you are a scholarship candidate. There is space to indicate this at the end of the application form, where it reads: If you have any comments or additional information to provide, please enter that here. Please make note of any special living arrangements.
  • Please ensure that you indicate which type of scholarship you are applying for - Academic/Arts/Sustainability. If you are unsure, you should indicate that you are applying for both Academic and either Arts or Sustainability.
  • In addition to the form, we require the following documents/information:
    • A personal statement explaining your reasons for applying for a scholarship (max 1 A4 page).
    • One copy of each of your two most recent school reports (Report cards from June 2018 and December 2018 / alternatively June 2017 and June 2018 if a December (1st semester) report card is not issued at your school)
    • If applying for an Arts/Sustainability scholarship, please see the specific details below for the additional documents/materials required.
    • The completed CIS Teacher Questionnaire
    • The CIS Subject Choice Form (Grades 9 - 10) or (IB DP)
    • Enrollment Agreement
    • Copy of passport
    • The deadline for the receipt of the application form and accompanying documentation is 12:00 (noon) on February 1st, 2019. Absolutely no applications will be accepted beyond this date and time. Incomplete applications will be discarded after 12.00 (noon) on February 1st, 2019 and considered as non-existing.

How do I apply if I'm an internal candidate?

If you are already a student at CIS, we require the following documents:

  • A personal statement explaining your reasons for applying - stating clearly which of the three scholarship types you are applying for (Academic, Arts, Sustainability) (max 1 A4 page).
  • One copy of each of your two most recent school reports (e.g. June 2018 and January 2019)
  • If applying for an Arts/Sustainability scholarship, please see the specific details below for the additional documents/materials required.The CIS Subject Choice Form (Grades 9 - 10) or (IB DP)
  • The deadline for the receipt of supporting documents is 12:00 (noon) on February 1st, 2019. Absolutely no applications will be accepted beyond this date and time. Incomplete applications will be discarded after 12.00 (noon) on February 1st, 2019 and considered as non-existing.

What dates and deadlines should I be aware of?

  • 17 January 2019: A Taster Day for grade 9 and 10 applicants, when you can spend time in class with current Grade 9 and 10 students. Prior to the Taster Day we will host a small IB MYP introduction meeting for visiting students and their parents, from 08:30 - 09:00. Sign up here.
  • 18 January 2019: A Taster Day for Grade 11 applicants. A Taster Day, when you can spend time in class with current Grade 11 students. Prior to the Taster Day we will host a small IB DP introduction meeting for visiting students and their parents, from 08:30 - 09:00. Sign up here.
  • 21 January 2019: Deadline for submission of financial documentation for pre-estimation of fee reduction (optional).
  • 25 January 2019: Feedback on pre-estimated reduction.
  • 1st February 2019 at 12:00 (noon): Application deadline. Interested applicants should apply through the link to the right indicating the application is for a scholarship and stating clearly which of the four scholarship types you are applying for (Academic, Arts, Sustainability), There is space to indicate this at the end of the application form where it reads: If you have any comments or additional information to provide, please enter that here. Please make note of any special living arrangements.
  • February 7th, 2019: Scholarship exams. This will include exams for those applying for academic scholarships, and exams for those applying for Arts or Sustainability scholarships
  • February 22nd 2019 by 18:00: Students will be informed whether or not they will be required to attend the interview.
  • March 6, 2019: Scholarship interviews.
  • By March 11, 2019 at 18:00: Students will be informed whether or not they have successfully been awarded a scholarship.
  • By March 18, 2019 at 12:00 (noon), the students awarded a scholarship are to submit the required family financial documentation to the Admissions Office. (Unless they have already submitted financial information by the pre-estimation deadline).
  • By March 22, 2019 at 18:00, the Admissions and Business Office will communicate the financial decisions possible for the students awarded the scholarship.
  • By April 3, 2019: Students and their parents must have either accepted or declined the scholarship offer.
  • By April 8, 2019: A non-refundable deposit is due. Students and parents who accept the award of a scholarship may not subsequently turn this offer down, unless there are very extreme circumstances in place, such as having to unexpectedly leave Denmark. Only in this case will the deposit be refunded.

What should I study before the scholarship exams?

Quite honestly, there is nothing special you should be studying. Our exams have been set by the Head of Maths and the Head of Language A to reflect what is normally taught in schools at this age.

In English, you will be required to write a literary commentary on a piece of poetry or prose. You should take time to plan your answer carefully. You should make sure you use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. You should use literary terms where you can, and you should respond in a well-organised manner. Write as much as you can in the hour you are given. We are particularly looking for responses which are analytical, well-structured and grounded in the text.

In Maths, you will not be allowed to use a calculator. You will be required to answer a range of questions on topics most students will have covered in their Maths classes up to Grade 10/Grade 11 level. You will also be set a number of mathematical puzzles which require some creative thinking. How well you do on this second part of the exam is of particular interest to us.

What happens if I am sick or absent on the day of the scholarship exams?

Contact DP Coordinator Mary Donnellan (mary.donnellan@cis.dk) and let her know your situation. It is possible you may be able to take the exams on another day.

If you are in Grade 9, and on Practicum (i praktik) on the day of the scholarship exams, an alternative testing day will be communicated to you.

How will I know if I will be attending the interviews?

Once the exam papers have been assessed by our Heads of Departments and decisions taken as to who should attend the interviews, you will receive a letter, by February 22nd 2019 at 18:00, informing you whether or not you have been successful in moving to the interview stage of the scholarship process. This letter will also contain details regarding when and where your interview will take place. Interviews generally last about 20 minutes.

Who will be interviewing me?

You will be interviewed by the High School Principal, Mr Stephen McIlroy, a member of the School Board, and either the Middle Years Programme Coordinator or the Diploma Programme Coordinator.

How can I prepare for the interview?

You can talk to your parents about what type of questions are usually asked at an interview, and prepare some possible answers. You can watch the news and read newspapers, and think about how you might respond to questions about current affairs. You can think about what particular skills and gifts you might bring to the CIS Community. Longer answers are better than shorter ones, and honesty and passion are always better than learning responses off by heart. Above all, be yourself - we want to know who you really are!

What do you mean by 'make a presentation' at the interview?

We want you to show us what you are really good at, or what excites you. So, if you play an instrument, or sing, or can juggle, or write short stories, you may wish to perform for us. We can arrange for a range of musical instruments to be available.

Alternatively, you may want to make a presentation about your passion in life, or tell us how you feel about a particular issue which concerns you. We can have a laptop and projector available, if you wish, or you can just stand up and make a speech.

The presentation gives you a chance to show us something really important about you. It should only last five minutes - so you need to be well prepared.

Are there any academic or behavioural expectations attached to the award of a scholarship?

Yes, scholarship students are expected to maintain a solid academic record, and to behave appropriately in and out of class. However, these are the expectations we have of all our students - not just of those who have been awarded a scholarship. Scholarship students are, of course, expected to take and complete the full IB Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12.

If you are awarded an Arts scholarship, we would very much hope you would choose to take one of our Group 6 (The Arts) subjects - Music, Visual Arts, Theatre


What happens if I am sick or unable to attend on the day of the interview?

Please get in touch with DP Coordinator Mary Donnellan (mary.donnellan@cis.dk) to let her know you will not be able to attend. Hopefully, we will be able to arrange an alternative date and time, but you should be aware that a member of the School Board may not be able to attend a re-arranged interview.

How soon will I know the outcome of the interview?

You will receive an e-mail by 18:00 on March 11 2019 telling you whether or not you have been awarded a scholarship. You must accept or reject the offer by April 3, 2019.

By noon on March 18 2019, family financial information has to be submitted to the school. We will then communicate to you by 18:00 on March 22 what your tuition would be, based on the information we have received. Please note that there are deadlines for submitting the financial information and accepting our offer.

We will rank students by how well they have done in the exams and the interviews. If a student who has been offered a scholarship turns it down, we will offer that scholarship to the next student on our list. Therefore, it is possible that you might hear from us after March 11.

If I accept the offer of a scholarship, can I change my mind later?

No. Unless there is a major change in your circumstances, such as serious illness or having to relocate outside Denmark, we expect that students (and parents) who accept our award of a scholarship will take that award seriously. Please do not apply for a scholarship if you know that you are unlikely to be remaining in Denmark or in CIS, or you hope only to benefit from the ‘prestige’ of a scholarship offer. This is unfair to other students for whom the award of a scholarship to attend CIS is a very serious matter.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

  • For issues related to the application form, financial questions or the application process, please contact the Head of Admissions, Christiane Conradt-Eberlin at cce@cis.dk
  • For issues relating to the scholarship exams and the interviews, please contact the Diploma Programme Coordinator, Mary Donnellan, at Mary.Donnellan@cis.dk

Required documents

Enrollment Agreement
Legal Guardianship Agreement
Teacher Questionnaires:

Grades 6-12
Subject Choice Forms:
Grades 9 & 10
Grades 11 & 12
Financial Forms
Employer's Confidential Statement
Financial Means Form

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