personalized college counseling

Who We Are

College Counseling International (CCI) is a highly specialized boutique counseling service that, in addition to counseling U.S.-based students, also preps and counsels international and expatriate students. CCI offers a uniquely customized counseling approach to college readiness and application preparedness, making it one of the best college counseling providers globally.

40+ years of experience

Whom We Serve

We started this business because we love to help students. We cater to all students, from public or private schools, from different countries with academic backgrounds (ranging from traditional high school system, International Baccalaureate (IB), French Baccalaureate, General Certificate of Secondary Education, among others). We also advise student athletes, musicians, artists and students with special learning or other needs.

U.S.-based Students

We work with parents and students in the U.S. to gain admission to their ideal colleges, universities, and private schools. CCI offers a range of communication options for locally-based families to discuss their student’s admission journey.

International Students

We specialize in preparing and counseling international and expatriate students wishing to study in the United States, Canada, Europe or the United Kingdom.


Comprehensive College Counseling

We go the extra mile to develop a customized strategy for your college admission plan.

College Admissions

Whatever your background or interest, we have a comprehensive strategy to help you navigate the selective undergraduate admissions process and land in the college or university that’s best suited for you.

Transfer Admissions

If you’re seeking to transfer from one institution to another, we can guide you so you can increase your chances of transferring to a better fit for you.

Postgraduate Degrees

We have vast knowledge and experience in post graduate programs, whether you’re pursuing a Master’s, PhD, and MBA, a JD or an MD.

International Admissions

Because of our international background and long history with non-US students, we are very sensitive to international students’ needs.

Learning Differences

We are sensitive to special educational needs and/or learning differences and work hard to find the right school that caters to you.



If you are skilled in a sport and looking to apply as a student athlete, we can help. We work with students and parents to demystify the athletic recruiting process, and engage with university coaches early on in the process to find the best fit.

Conservatories & Performing Arts

Are you interested in Music, Art, Dance, Acting or other Performing Arts? We have experience placing students in both traditional and non-traditional schools so they can pursue their passion.

Boarding Schools & Pre-College Prep

If you’re looking for the right high school in your area or in a different country, we can help guide you.


Our Process

CCIS offers a uniquely comprehensive counseling approach to college readiness and application preparedness to develop a customized roadmap that will help you navigate the undergraduate admissions process and successfully gain admission to the college or university that’s best suited for you.

Discovery Call

The college admission process can be daunting for all students and parents. During your Discovery Call, we will explain the benefits of having a customized plan and provide answers to any preliminary questions you may have.

Maximize & Thrive

We work one-on-one with students in grades 8-12 to uncover unique strengths and interests. During this phase we will explore any and all opportunities to maximize your high school learning experience.

Customized Planning

Based on your goals and our professional evaluations, we will begin to lay the groundwork and evaluate colleges and universities that are the best fit and aligned with your top choices.

Comprehensive Guidance

From pre-admission planning strategies to standardized testing plans and essays, you’ll have the peace of mind of having an expert in your corner that will continually offer valuable feedback to ensure you have a highly competitive application package.

Applying Made Simple

Whether you are an international or US-based student, our counseling packages include a series of in-person, virtual and hybrid sessions to prepare and perfect your entrance essays, gather application material, hold mock college interview sessions and so much more. Our process ensures that you avoid the last-minute stress associated with getting your college applications submitted.

Accepting Your Offers

Once you begin to receive college acceptance letters and notifications, we’ll be right by your side to help you evaluate your options and select the best-suited college or university for you.

I have known Rabih personally for many years. I consulted with him for both my undergraduate and graduate admissions processes. I was always impressed by his encyclopedic knowledge of colleges and universities, and as a result I was able to understand the strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons, of so many programs across the country in my field. I believe he would be a valuable resource for anyone regardless of his or her stage in pursuing higher education.

Omar W. MA (Political Science)

Harvard University

Rabih does an excellent job of listening, creating a plan and bringing that plan to fruition in the real world. He has the experience necessary not only to help you get to the program you want to be in but also plays a wicked smart devil's advocate and in doing so assures you of your own path. He has helped me continuously grow along my journey.

Daniel N. (Astrophysics)

UC Berkeley

Guiding my hand with unceasing dedication, passion and encouragement, Nada & Rabih truly made the application process more organized, simpler and easier. Whether it be reviewing my personal statement or putting together a college list, they were there every step of the way.

Michael T

(High School Graduating Senior)

CCI has helped me all throughout my academic career, from tailoring essay, to giving me advice during my degree. I felt heard and supported through the application process and when voicing my concerns. Rabih and Nada’s help has been invaluable. All their suggestions and changes made my essays stronger and were greatly tailored to the programs I was applying to. He made the process easier and significantly clearer.

Aida A. (Ph.D candidate - Environmental Science)

Imperial College London

Rabih pointed me in the exact direction I needed specifically when I needed it. Rabih introduced me to the Southern California Institute of Architecture, (SCI-Arc) a totally unconventional university and a school that I could only dream of attending. He shaped me and my application in such detail and without him I wouldn’t have felt like a strong candidate for this university. Rabih is a true scholar and professional, he is very critical and pays extreme attentional to detail and because of that I am very grateful. I guarantee that no matter what you choose to study Rabih has got your back.

Nader N. (BA - Architecture)

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC)

The college application process can be pretty overwhelming. Under The guidance of CCI, I was able to organize and approach each aspect more effectively.

Tian H. (Mathematics)

University of Toronto

With CCI’s mentorship, I was able to portray myself in an exciting and truthful manner. Their advice does not only pertain to the college application process, but also allowed me to evaluate my own strengths and career goals.

Nicholas K. (Engineering)

Duke University

CCI was instrumental in helping me polish the essays that I used when applying to Georgetown and U Chicago. I truly believe the message I was trying to get across was clarified and made more powerful using their suggestions. They are friendly, professional, and unbelievably canny when it comes to knowing what admissions officers are looking for. I was accepted early to Georgetown and Chicago.

Najib W. (BS Physics)

(Georgetown University)

Nada invested hours in helping me learn how to effectively tell my story, and helped me dig deep to find what qualities and skills I had that I needed to develop and describe in both my undergraduate and law school application journeys. I truly have CCI to thank for helping me get this far.

Gina A.

(UC Hastings College of the Law)