Study in USA
Should you study in the US? Why have so many international students chosen to study in the US over another country? Does the US still welcome international student? What are your US study options? The US hosts more international students than any other country in the world, a number fast approaching 600,000. In fact, international students comprise approximately 4% of the total undergraduate US university and US college population, and 10% for US graduate school. These international students from every continent in the world choose to study in the US because they believe that a US education would afford them the best preparation for their future. They leave homes, families and friends in order to pursue their dreams of an education in the US. In fact, International students who study in the US contribute more than $13 billion to the US economy!
US universities, US colleges and US schools constantly rank very high in world rankings, just one of the reasons to study in the US. Schools such as Harvard University, Stanford University, MIT, Julliard, Berkley School of Music, West Point, are all world famous and welcome international students. The US offers international students the most exciting, rewarding and comprehensive array of study options in the world. International students who choose to study in the US have almost unlimited study choices. Furthermore, international students who successfully complete their US study are highly sought-after by employers worldwide.
International students often underestimate the amount of time required to apply for admission to a college or university in the United States. Avoid this mistake by setting a schedule for yourself that starts well in advance of the time that you plan to begin your studies. When setting your timetable, always remember that doing things early is the best way forward. You need to allow yourself sufficient time to thoroughly research the institution and/or program that will best serve your academic and professional goals. Then you must meet the application deadlines of the universities to which you apply, which may be as much as 10 months before the beginning of the school term.
The need for an early start holds true even if you are able to access electronic applications on the Internet. University Web sites and other academic Wesley’s counsellors will provide quick and convenient access to the required application forms, but you still need time to research your options, contact teachers and institutions to provide recommendations and transcripts, and sign up for required entrance exams in time to meet application deadlines.
Certain misconceptions about studying in the USA
- It is too expensive: One thing that cannot be denied is that, if an international student is using foreign funds to pay for his education costs in the USA, he or she is affected by fluctuations in currency exchange rates. However, it is a misnomer that attending college or university in the USA is extremely expensive. Given the quality of the education, the potential earning power of working in the USA, as well as the various forms of aid available to students, an American education is still affordable. While there are some schools that are notorious for charging high fees, there are many schools offering great programs for much less. The key is to know how to pick the school that is right for you.
- SATs are mandatory: SATs are not at all compulsory for many undergraduate courses in many universities, unless you are looking for scholarships and bursaries.
- GMAT is mandatory for MBA: It is not essential that you appear for a GMAT for many top, public and private Universities in the USA. Universities assess your application on your academic scores and at times telephonic interviews.
- Work Experience is required for MBA: It is possible to get into many US Universities without any previous work experience as well. Many students think it is compulsory to have work experience for all universities to get into MBA.
Popular Study Destinations in USA
- California, New York, Washington, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania
Important Information on Studying in USA
When to submit your application, when and how to apply for a US student visa and English language requirements are just some of the questions international students face when wanting to study in the USA.
- Main intake in September (Fall) each year with a smaller intake in January / February (Spring). Other sessions include July as well.
- Application deadline for September intake is March or April – earlier for more competitive courses.
- Minimum visa requirements – Acceptance form from your chosen university, application fee and evidence of financial ability to cover costs (tuition and living expenses.
- Preferred English language test is TOEFL, IELTS, PTE.
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