Study Abroad Tips

What students should keep in mind when deciding on a university or college

In addition to determining their field of study (major and/or minor), students who want to study in the United States will need to decide what kind of university or college they would like to attend. The US higher education system includes more than 4,500 institutions, which provides a lot of choices and flexibility.  There are many factors to think about when making the decision, including comfort levels and budget. Here are some things to consider when determining which university or college to attend.   Two-year vs. four-year institutions  Some students choose to start their education at a two-year community or technical college. Students typically can attend these colleges at a relatively low cost. Some students choose a community college to complete their general education requirement...

Three steps to write a résumé that universities will notice

You might think that writing a résumé or CV is only useful when applying for work, but many universities will encourage you to include one with your application materials. Effective résumés give universities a greater idea of who you are and what you want to study. Résumés should illustrate who you are (outside of what you provided on your application) and highlight experiences you were not able to mention in an essay or application form. Remember these tips to create a university application résumé that stands out: 1. List all that you have done What have you accomplished during your high school career? Awards, honors, leadership roles, community service projects, skills, talents, work experience – don’t forget to write it ALL down! 2. Decide what goes and what stays Once you ...

The three most overlooked parts of a university application

The application essay, résumé, and letters of recommendation are all vital parts of a student’s university application, but there are three components that are equally important yet often completed quickly and without much thought. When these are completed carefully and with attention to detail, students can turn these elements into strengths and catch a university’s eye. 1. Application form Sometimes a university will not let students attach the rest of their application materials until they have completed the general application form. Students should not wait until the last minute to fill out this form. It might take a couple of days for the university to process the form and send students a link to attach the rest of their materials. Also, remind students to: Check for gramm...

6 tips for writing a great university admissions essay

Many universities require an essay from students when they apply to university. One recent report showed that US universities rated the application essay as highly important in making admissions decisions for international students. If writing is not your students’ strength, or they are applying at a US university and English is their second language, this might be a cause for worry. Don’t panic! Application essays present a great opportunity for students to communicate their unique strengths to university admissions officials. Some universities will give students specific prompts to answer. Others will ask them to tell their story and how it led them to university. No matter what the university asks students to write in their submission, remember that admissions officials are ...

Ready to study in the U.S.? Don’t Forget about the American Student Visa!

The US Visa Process can be confusing and intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be! Once you have your college acceptance, here’s what you should know. What is a VISA? A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.  See: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html for more information. Before you can apply for an F or M student visa, you must first apply to and be accepted by a SEVP approved school. Visit the Department of State Education USA website to learn about educational opportunities. ...