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Every year, thousands of people choose to study abroad in the United States, and they do so for many reasons. One reason consistent among all the candidates was the quest for a proven world-class education. Interested in studying abroad in the U.S. The steps below will serve as a guide to prepare you for studying abroad in the United States.
- You have to graduate high school/college with good grades. The more A’s and B’s you have, the better. Good grades will play a major role in getting into the schools of your choice with plenty of scholarship opportunities.
- Find a sponsor, the wealthier, the better.
- Find scholarships online and offline. Check with your government, the ministry of education, church, mosque, NGOs, and family members. A simple google search with phrases like “International Student Scholarships in the United States” can do magic with helping you find available scholarships. Be sure to also check out international organizations life DAAD, Mastercard Foundation, and the U.S. Embassy in your country.
- Prepare for, register and write foreign tests like TOEFL, SAT, GRE, IELTS. Most schools in the United States will require that you submit a test result.
- Research schools in the USA, admission requirements, admissions application deadline for international students, international student tuition rate, international student tuition deposit policy, availability of international student scholarships. Be aware that not all schools offer scholarships to international students. Narrow down your search by area of interest and course availability. Some majors are highly competitive.
- Complete the admission application and send all required documentation before the application deadline. If required, make sure you also send official copies of your transcript. Some schools require that the transcript be sent directly to them by your secondary school or university back home while other would require that you use a third-party evaluation service like IERF or WES. Whatever the case may be, make sure you follow all application instructions.
- Receive admission decision(s), decide which school you’d like to attend, pay international student deposit if required by your school, and apply for I20.
- Receive I20. Pay SEVIS fee, Complete DS160 on Department of State website, pay for visa fee, pick interview date.
- Gather proof of admission, I20, SEVIS fee payment, test results, school credentials, visa appointment receipt, and financial support, aka proof of strong ties to your home country.
- Attend interview. Be on time. Be sure to notify consulate or embassy if you won’t be attending your interview for any reason and make all effort to reschedule.
- On interview day. Bring on your “A” game. Shower and wear a soft smelling cologne or perfume. Dress nice. Interview like a boss. Meaning, be confident, all answers should be in complete sentences. Be ready to answer basic questions about yourself, your choice of school and major, how you will be funding your education in the US, future career and educational goals. Ask questions if you don’t understand what is been asked. Be composed. Follow instructions.
- Get approved or denied. You can be awesome at all of the above and still get denied because the visa officers are the only people who understand what criteria they use in deciding who gets approved or denied.
After Visa Interview
- If approved, buy a plane ticket and pack your bags.
- If denied, you can contact your school’s international services for help or try again.
Good luck with trying to get a better education in the United States.
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