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Suggestion on searching for right college for international student

interappinterapp 119 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
Firstly, it is about male international student, currently studying at 10th grade( out of 11)
Haven't taken yet any tests, but they will be high and person has time to retake at least twice each till Early Action, preparing 3 subjects( math2, physics, Chem) SAT and IELTS right now). High GPA around 4.5-6 out of 5, national exams of 9th grade- all subjects max scores. Studying in class with technical inclination, so the curriculum is very tough in comparison with regular public schools in country.
So, ECs - mainly about photography( big portfolio with own projects and professional work from conferences, a lot of leadership roles), was photographer( part of organizational team and media team, selected for all positions, held position of head editor, assistant editor and etc) in many conferences, such as Hult Prize, EYP( in country and was selected for intenrtanional sessions around Europe where also was a member of media team), MUN, Debates and some private photo shoots( just a side work for earning money).
Other ECs are MUN participant( got awards), EYP participant as delegate and chairperson, guitar playing( just for a pleasure) and volunteering.
No major awards and this is a huge downside.
Major : undecided, probably smth related to digital graphing or photography.
What can this person do to increase his chances? And which colleges he should be looking for? Is there a point in applying to US?
He will ask financial aid( a lot) back up colleges are in Europe.
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  • intparentintparent 36271 replies644 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 36,915 Senior Member
    If you need a lot of FA, your options are very limited in the US. There are only a handful of colleges in the US that are need blind and meet need for international students, and the competition for those slots are crazy fierce. You obviously need high test scores and excellent EC accomplishments. I'd say it is probably worth applying if your test scores turn out as expected (note that some of them require ALL test score attempts to be reported, so retaking a lot of times isn't desirable -- a couple of times is okay). But you need to have affordable backup plans outside the US, too, in case it doesn't work out.

    Note that many European countries require you to show that you have the financial means to live in the country for the duration of your schooling, which can be a challenge. I'd say be sure you have a plan in your own country as well.
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  • interappinterapp 119 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    Any European country within EU is very affordable for familya be there are many governmental scholarships, so there is no problem with that.
    Thank you for your advice.
    Do you think the ECs are good? What can be done to make main EC( photography) stronger ?
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  • intparentintparent 36271 replies644 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 36,915 Senior Member
    One of my kids spent a semester in Finland where college is "free". But the cost of living is high, and she had to provide bank statements proving she could cover her expenses before they would give her a visa.

    I don't have any specific suggestions for photography. Obviously winning awards is good. If you can have an exhibition, sell some work, etc, that is always good.
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  • interappinterapp 119 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    Thank you! Exhibition is a good idea, definitely will try to do it, but I don't know how realistic is to get awards relating to photography.
    Cost of life in European countries is around 10-12K € at maximum per year, Eastern Europe is around 5K € and they give allowance to work while studying, those amounts of money are affordable for the family.
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