If you’re an international student who wants to study abroad in the U.S., there are several steps you will need to take before you even step foot in an American classroom. While it can be complicated applying to study abroad in the U.S. you don’t have to be overwhelmed by the process. Here are some things you should keep in mind when looking to study abroad in the U.S.
Study abroad in the U.S. tip #1: The International Education Site suggests that you begin your search for U.S. schools well in advance, around 12-18 months in advance to be exact. You should used sites like CollegeBoard.com to conduct your search for a school, all the while keeping in mind what part of the country you’d like to be in and what area of concentration you want to study. Don’t be afraid to contact the schools and request more information. They will be more than happy to send it to you.
Study abroad in the U.S. tip #2: Apply to several schools. If you really want to study abroad in the U.S., then make sure you get accepted by applying to as many school as you can. This will increase your chances of being accepted.
Study abroad in the U.S. tip #3: Be sure to have a copy of your transcript available in English for the schools you are applying to. If it was originally printed in a language other than English, have the originals as well as translated copies available to send.
Study abroad in the U.S. tip #4: Register for the SAT. As IES suggests, request that your SAT results be forwarded to the schools you’re applying to.
Study abroad in the U.S. tip #5: If you are accepted, you will be required to fill out a visa application form (the Certificate of Non-Immigrant F-1 Status). In order for you to receive this you will have to be admitted to a school, prove your proficiency in English and prove that you can pay for tuition, room and board and all other expenses associated with the school.