Thinking about studying in the USA?
You should know that…
*You will be welcome. You will find lots of support from other students and university staff as you adjust to a new culture and maybe even to functioning in a new language.
*You will get used to the food. Most colleges and universities give you lots of food choices and even try to include some options that could be from your country or region.
*You will get to have lots of freedom, so be prepared to take personal responsibility for your choices.
Did you know?
One out of 5 students studying outside of their home countries studied in the USA last year.
*Every college or university has rules and expectations, so read the institution’s catalog and student handbook and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
*Asking questions is expected in most US classrooms. Don’t let your lack of ease in speaking English or any past learning patterns of just listening and not asking hold you back. Asking questions is a great way to learn.
*There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities throughout the US in all price ranges and enrollment sizes. Some excellent institutions are quite large and in big cities; other excellent institutions are quite small and in small towns. In most countries you might look at government-controlled universities as being better than privately-controlled ones. But not in the US. Among the top 100 national universities 51 are private and 49 are public.
*There is no common application deadline. Each institution sets its own deadline, and it could be different for undergraduates than for graduate students. The more selective the institution, the more likely it is to have a deadline at least 8 months prior to enrollment. Yet many excellent institutions have much shorter deadlines that could be as short as 4 months prior to enrollment.
*You can work in a job on campus up to 20 hours per week, but you cannot work off campus unless the job relates to your academic program.
*If you have an excellent academic record, you could qualify for a scholarship. This is more common among private institutions than public ones. Earning a scholarship could make the price you or your family pays nearly the same at public and private institutions, regardless of the listed tuition price.
*If you want help in choosing the institution that is the best fit for you, WEgroup counselors will be happy to assist you.