Studying abroad in the United States would be amazing, right? But is it really POSSIBLE??
I’m here to tell you that anything is POSSIBLE, BUT it all depends on how bad you want it. There are a million stories about people who have achieved the unexpected through discipline, hard work, and perseverance. Lots of people say they want it, but in the end they aren’t willing to do the work.
Are you willing to give the process your time and energy?????????
Gaining entry into the United States of America, to study at a university is no easy task, so let’s talk about the 4 biggest obstacles:
Unfortunately money doesn’t grow on trees, and it happens to be the single most important factor in studying abroad.
The good news is that there are is SO MUCH money allocated for education, and for helping international students to study in the US. The article below lists the 10 best sites to search for scholarships and grants.
You only need to worry about the visa once you are accepted to a college or university. REMEMBER, this is the last step.
Generally, most universities have a special department dedicated to getting visas for the international students that they accept. There are a few requirements:
- Academically Eligibility (Accepted into the program)
- Proof of health insurance
- Proof of financial security
Once these requirements have been met, the school will provide you with an I-20 form to enable you to apply for your student visa.
I DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL
This is super important for obvious reasons. Without English, you can’t understand what you’re learning in a college classroom in the United States.
Most all universities in the US require the TOEFL®. This exam is definitely challenging, which is why you need to start practicing NOW. This is where EDUSYNCH can help!!! Start training your reading and listening skills for free!! We also offer speaking and writing simulations with TOEFL® certified evaluators for a small cost.
I HAVE NO CLUE WHERE TO STUDY
This is definitely a tough decision. I always suggest that the student make a list of everything they are hoping to gain from their time abroad, and what is most important to him or her.
-Is attending Ivy League important? Is it attainable?
-Areas of Study Available
-Diverse Student Body
-Big City or Small Town
-Large or Small School
-Interest in playing college sports, or attending college sporting events
-Cost of Tuition, Cost of Living
-Emphasis on music, the arts
-Climate / Geography – Hot, Cold, Snow, near the beach, near the ski slopes
-Near an airport
Once you have a rough idea on the items listed above, you can start making your small list, narrowing down to the schools that will meet all of your needs.
We highly recommend the Princeton Review College Search Site:
It will allow you to filter based on your answers to the list of items above.
EDUSYNCH is here to help you with this process!!!!!!