I am an international student from Poland. I will not discuss my stats here as I have received all my admission decisions. I need help in deciding what to do now as I am not satisfied with the outcome.
First of all, I am likely to studying Computer/Electrical Engineering but I am not sure with this choice - that is one reason why US universities were tempting compared to Polish and British ones as I do not have to choose major when applying.
I live near Warsaw and Polish universities are free so cost of attendance is 0. I have guaranteed entry to literally every Polish university because of my recognition.
I got an offer from a few British universities which were my safe choices - Southampton, UCL, Manchester, Edinburgh. The conditions of the offer are quite easy to meet.
Studying in the US was my dream. Unfortunately, I got rejected from MIT, Yale, Harvard and Stanford. However, I got admitted by Georgia Tech which seems like a good option too.
Unfortunately, I am an international so I do not qualify for financial aid at GT. I would have to borrow at least 150,000 USD to study there. It is not easy to borrow so much money but assuming I found a lender I am not sure if it is just worth the cost. British universities are cheaper and easier to pay for but I really do not want to end up there because all the effort and money spend on SAT and US applications. I lost so much time preparing for US college and getting admitted to any British university seems so easy that my ambitions and expectations are much higher. If the cost does not matter I would go to GT, but it does and I am not sure what to do. Especially, if I decide I want to go for Ph.D. I will be screwed with such a high student debt. But if I go to British college, I will have my Masters diploma in 4 years (instead of 6) and I will be able to go for Ph.D. in the States...
Please help me in making such a tough decisions. If I knew that I would have ended up at Britsh uni, I would not have wasted so much time for applications, exams, research project and so on, as it is quite easy to get to Oxbridge for my school colleagues. But I did not even apply there as I was fully committed to US applications...
So even though I have quite a few options I feel like I just screwed up.
Maybe I should go to Polish/British university and try to transfer? How easy it is to get a job in States for an international if I end up with huge debt after graduating from GT?
Any advice will be appreciated and I wish you Happy Easter!