If you are an American expat attending school abroad -- you are LUCKY! What a wonderful experience to live and grow up in a foreign country. If you are lucky enough to attend an American or international school -- I'm sure you have friends from ALL OVER THE WORLD. That experience is absolutely priceless! When it comes to college admissions, make sure that you make it clear that you bring something special to the table! You bring a great global perspective, and you certainly bring a wealth of information and experiences that can't be duplicated in the U.S. Many college admissions officer appreciate the unique perspectives that expats can bring to their campuses. Are you worried about the lack of AP courses at your school? No problem. Colleges (even selective ones) look at whether or not the student has made good use of their school's resources and has challenged herself. They won't punish the student if his school doesn't happen to offer a gazillion APs! By the way, if you attend an IB school and are taking IB coursework, you get all of the benefits of AP students -- and in some instances, college credit. Colleges are familiar with the IB program -- which is growing in popularity in American high schools as well!