I'm not quite sure about my application

<p>Hi guys, I think that my case is a little different.
I am currently in highschool in Germany. I am 50% German and 50% American. (I have the US citizenship)</p>

<p>I'd love to attend university in the US, especially in Georgetown.
So I'm neither sure about how to apply nor about my grades and scores.</p>

<p>So let's just start with the first point. Assuming I live in Germany while being an US citizen, do I count as an international student? Can I eventually apply for US financial aid?</p>

<p>Regarding the second point. I attend highschool in Germany and I will graduate 2016.
I see loads of people here with their 4,3+ GPAs. But, as some might know, the German "Abitur" (matriculation standard, "A-level" however you'd like to call it) is way harder than US highschool. 4,0 in US is more like average and you are like "not that good" with a GPA of 3,3. But a GPA of 4,0 in Germany is extremely, really insanely hard to achieve. And even a 3,3 GPA, which equals a "B+" in Germany is still above average and pretty good. (notice : If you have an A in a specific subject in Germany you are able to skip a whole semester in US colleges sometimes)</p>

<p>So I'm not quite sure about that and whether my grades will be counted equally as American highschool grades. </p>

<p>Now to the other things : Everyone in the US is required to hand in a SAT for a college application. Eventually some SAT subject tests. International students are furthermore required to hand in a TOEFL.</p>

<p>I'm not too certain whether I have to do the SAT but I guess I am supposed to do so.</p>

<p>My english is way above average compared to other German highschool students, and I don't know if I should do the TOEFL then. (And I am officialy an American so I don't really know about that)</p>

<p>And the SAT subject tests : Is it beneficial if I just do the "German with Listening" one and get full points there? </p>

<p>As you guys might have witnessed, I'm still very unsure about all that stuff.</p>

<p>Anyways, I really appreciate any help and answers :)</p>

<p>I can’t answer your other questions – but did want to say that the grade situation will be ok. I agree with you on the 4.0s – my child’s school doesn’t do that – the valedictorian usually has an average of 94. I worried how that was going to work with my child’s grades so out of the range of the other applicants – but the school sent a school profile that explained how they grade and so far it has been fine. I think you will just have to be clear that it is explained. Look in the international students forums – there is probably info regarding how different grading scales, etc… are handled.</p>

<p>Gtown has tons of international students so they are used to dealing with different grading systems. I think most of this will not be a big deal. If you have looked on the website and don’t find the answers to your questions, then just give them a call.</p>



<p>All US citizens are equally eligible for federal financial aid, irrespective of where they live or attended school. “An international student” within the specific context of the U.S. Department of Education and federal financial aid means someone who is not a US citizen or eligible non-citizen (e.g., US permanent resident, asylee/refugee, etc.). </p>



<p>The admissions director for Euripe knows all about the Abitur, what ‘good’ grades on it look like, etc. If you have any specific concerns, feel free to reach out to the admissions office and ask for her email.</p>



<p>Yes, you do. You’ll want to take the SAT and (at least) three SAT II subject tests. See <a href=“http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-international-dates”>http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-international-dates</a> and <a href=“http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/test-center-code-search”>http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/test-center-code-search</a></p>



<p>Do you consider yourself to be a native- or near-native speaker? Assuming that’s the case, you wouldn’t need the TOEFL. A good SAT verbal score would confirm that.</p>



<p>Would not be very beneficial - the assumption is that a native speaker (it sounds like you are a native German speaker, or may as well be) should get an 800 on that kind of a test. Attending a high school where all the classes are taught in German pretty much guarantees it. </p>

<p>Math is always a good one to take. Other ones should probably be geared toward wherever your specific academic interests lie.</p>