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Important Advice for International Students

carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
edited January 2014 in International Students
The U.S. Government has an excellent resource for international students thinking about attending a U.S. college or university. The site below offers information about (1) the admissions process, (2) information about paying for college here, including financial aid and scholarships (4) visa requirements and (4) a good explanation of how the US education system differs from other countries.
I highly recommend this as a first stop for ALL international students thinking about coming to the U.S.: http://educationusa.state.gov/undergrad.htm
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Replies to: Important Advice for International Students

  • blipblip Registered User Posts: 828 Member
    U have always been of great to the internationals:) Another thanks in the midst of many others! This will help me a lot during the VISA process!
  • zarazara Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    hey.. thanx so much... i was rather confused bout this whole thing.. there are so many forms...
  • rockyNo1rockyNo1 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    yeah thanks carolyn you are indeed great and will never leave our (or at least my) heart(s)
  • kerry3210380kerry3210380 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    nice... thanx a million!!!
  • jamimomjamimom Registered User Posts: 3,278 Senior Member
    One very difficult area for internationals is the financial and merit aid situation. In this country, nothing is standardized in this area, so advice is very mixed. In order to get a student visa, you must be able to demonstrate that you can pay for the year of study. So if you do not have the money and cannot get it from family or sources in your own country, you do need to go through the aid process. Complicating this situation is that not all colleges, and not all programs are open to foreign students.

    There are a limited number of needblind colleges for internationals. For the top candidates, they are certainly the staples, especially those who guarantee 100% of need. But admissions is the most competitive to those schools and for some kids, a better bet might be a school where the line is not as long. That is why it is important to check your eligibilty of aid at all of the schools on your list if this is a necessity. There is no reason to apply to a schoo that shuts out ALL funds from internationals. However, even for schools that are need blind and not that generous, you can hit the jackpot, perhaps more so than the more generous schools. So some of those should be on the list as well. It is truly a balancing act.
  • paranoidparanoid Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member

    Go thru other links on this page also...kinda nice
  • British ChickBritish Chick Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    Hey!Thanks Carolyn.....Your a star!
  • smartmindsmartmind Registered User Posts: 2,873 Senior Member
    gud:) help for begineers though :D:D:D:D
  • greenrose8715greenrose8715 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    this might be kinda late to ask a question on your post but I will ask anyway.
    I visited this website http://www.bibl.u-szeged.hu/reac-europe/intfinaid_awards.html and I have a question on the stat.
    What does the % represent?
    I don't think it represents the % of the int'l students who got the aid.
  • dexter87dexter87 Registered User Posts: 791 Member
    "%" might be the avg percentage of the need met of each student who got an aid....
  • overseasoverseas Registered User Posts: 2,925 Senior Member
    You need to look at how many internationals attend any given school and then how many get aid and then the % of how much of the need is met for these students. This gives you a good idea of your chances for aid and how much you will need to pay if you are given this aid. You have to factor in the living costs, transportation to the area for you (hub airports are the best) and the general cost of living in a given region.

    Of course all of the above depends on what you have to offer a school as well: your grades, where you come from, your activities etc. Lastly, of course, what type of school are you seeking.
  • tripwirestripwires Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    I don't want to start a new thread for this rather stupid question so I hope this is the appropriate thread.

    May I know what a school "transcript" is? What information does it contain?
  • pyewacketpyewacket Registered User Posts: 1,682 Senior Member
    Official list of all your high school courses, how many hrs./wk each one was and your grade in each. You can make the list yourself in English and have it notarized by an official translator.... = transcript.
  • tsdadtsdad Registered User Posts: 4,035 Senior Member
    Below is a link for international students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You might find the information helpful.

  • Painda MandPainda Mand Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    thanks so much
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