Important Advice for 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.: https://educationusa.state.gov/your-5-steps-us-study

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<p>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!</p>

<p>hey.. thanx so much... i was rather confused bout this whole thing.. there are so many forms...</p>

<p>yeah thanks carolyn you are indeed great and will never leave our (or at least my) heart(s)</p>

<p>nice... thanx a million!!!</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.uscampus.com/study_live/studylive_orientation.htm%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.uscampus.com/study_live/studylive_orientation.htm&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Go thru other links on this page also...kinda nice</p>

<p>Hey!Thanks Carolyn.....Your a star!</p>

<p>gud:) help for begineers though :D:D:D:D</p>

<p>this might be kinda late to ask a question on your post but I will ask anyway.
I visited this website <a href="http://www.bibl.u-szeged.hu/reac-europe/intfinaid_awards.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.bibl.u-szeged.hu/reac-europe/intfinaid_awards.html&lt;/a> 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.</p>

<p>"%" might be the avg percentage of the need met of each student who got an aid....</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>I don't want to start a new thread for this rather stupid question so I hope this is the appropriate thread.</p>

<p>May I know what a school "transcript" is? What information does it contain?</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>Below is a link for international students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You might find the information helpful.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.intstudents.wisc.edu/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.intstudents.wisc.edu/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>thanks so much</p>

<p>i wii be a warm debator in various issues like society and its structure, education, science and religon.and as a writer as an essiest</p>

<p>I live in Canada. Is my Grade 11 Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses good enough to do the SAT Subject Test. I looked at the sample and a lot of the questions I have not learned.</p>

<p>Is it fair and what do most do?</p>

<p>thanx a lot paranoid</p>

<p>thanx so much</p>