Academic Counselling

Preparing students for leaving the International School of Lausanne is approached collaboratively throughout high school with relevant topics being addressed during well-being classes, through the home-rooms and individual counselling. Students are supported in making their IB subject choices in year 11 and to gain in self-knowledge and awareness of their options from year 12. Our counselling program is enriched through regular visits from universities, info sessions for parents and university fairs for all. Helping students understand their identity, their values, passion and purpose and supporting them in transition to university and work is the cornerstone of the Academic Counselling Office.

Academic Counsellors

Steve has been an Academic Guidance counselor for the past twelve years here at ISL. He joined the school in 2011 with over 30 years of teaching experience, previously in England, Malaysia and Thailand. He is originally from the UK and he has obtained his bachelor degree in Sports Science from the University of Brighton and his PGCE from the University of Exeter. Previously, he had been an Assistant Principal at Bangkok Patana School, Thailand, where he has also been the Athletics Director and a Head of Year. Steve regularly visits universities in the UK, US, Europe and Canada and he really enjoys working with the students at ISL. His main hobbies are sports and he is a keen football, squash and golf player.

Steve McArthur

Katrina came to work as a university counsellor in 2014 and joined ISL in 2020, after 7 years at Institut le Rosey. Prior to that she managed international student recruitment for the University of Edinburgh. With a Masters in the Management of International Higher Education, Katrina has a deep understanding of higher education globally. The UCLA College Counselling course provided a solid framework for advising students for the USA. The CTEDU Academic Life Coaching qualification has enhanced Katrina’s approach to supporting students. Her first-degree from UCL and travels provided her with fluency in foreign languages (French and some Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese) as well as intercultural competence. As one of the DEI Coordinators, Katrina is actively working on enhancing inclusion in the ISL community. Chair of the Swiss+ Network of university counsellors for the Swiss Group of International Schools and Board Member of the Business and Professional Women’s Group, Katrina is well-connected and leads through a collaborative approach. Mother-of-twins, married to an entrepreneur and a sports enthusiast (rowing, triathlon, winter sports), Katrina is a master of multi-tasking and living life to the full.

Katrina Edmunds

Contact details

Steve McArthur, Academic Counsellor

Katrina Edmunds, Academic Counsellor