Connecting International Students
with Boarding Schools, online and on-site.

Our traditional Fall Tours in Africa, Europe, and Asia will soon be upon us. Whether we hold on-site events is still to be determined, so we’d like to introduce to you an alternative online approach in the meantime. TABS Connect ™, an expanded version of MarcomACE, will allow schools and students to perform searches, direct message, set up Zoom calls, and more! 

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Your Tour Leader


Prior to joining us at TABS, Michael served as one of fourteen worldwide Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REAC’s) for EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s initiative to represent U.S. higher education abroad. In this role, Michael supported EducationUSA Advising Centers across Southeast Asia and collaborated with Higher Education Institutions to develop recruitment strategies throughout the region.

Michael has served in a number of internationally-focused education and admission roles: Director of the University of South Pacific’s first international office; Assistant Director of Admission—with specific leadership of international marketing, recruitment, and admission—for Berklee College of Music in Boston, and overseeing recruitment efforts for NYU Abu Dhabi and the Schwarzman Scholars programs in East Asia and the Pacific at IIE in Bangkok. In addition to his background in international admissions, Michael has taught university level courses at Eastern Illinois University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany.

Michael holds a BBA, with a focus on Japanese and International Marketing, from Eastern Michigan University, and an MS in Training and Leadership Development from Eastern Illinois University.

Michael’s experience in recruitment includes efforts in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timore L’este, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hestitate to contact Michael.

What to Expect

Why Participate?
TABS provides fair venues for boarding school representatives to meet potential students and their families. The overall itinerary affords enough time around the fairs to conduct school business, arrange outside appointments and schedule admission interviews. Be certain to let alumni and current/ past parents know that you’ll be in the area!

Who Should Attend?
We require that your school be represented by an admissions staff member, teacher or administrator. (Read our full policy). We do encourage you to call on local alumni and parents to join your school at the fair. They’re instrumental with translation and provide expertise on the local culture.

What To Bring?
Each school will be supplied a table at each fair. You may wish to use any of these typical display items: a table drape with school logo, inquiry cards, books, brochures, photo albums, a battery-operated laptop and video, or spirit merchandise for gifts. Please note — this is a “tabletop only” exhibit hall and floor banners are prohibited. Whatever your plan, be sure your display is simple, lightweight and easy to transport.

What’s Included with the On-Site Fairs?

School table at each Recruitment Fair with no cost for additional representatives

Contact information of all fair attendees and pre-registrants

New registration platform providing pre-fair communication with students and families

Inclusion in networking, advertising, and marketing outreach

Exclusive TABS hotel room rates inclusive of internet and breakfast (limited availability)

Expert tour leader, Michael Shaver, with over 10 years of international recruitment experience, at your service. Enjoy individualized advice before, during, and after the tour!