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From the UK but wanting to study in the US

itsasiaitsasia Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
Can someone explain the application process, the major and miner system and please tell me the schools that are best for international students to apply for
Thank you x

Replies to: From the UK but wanting to study in the US

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 38,829 Senior Member
    The primary factor will be : how much can your parents pay?
    Internationals are in a pool separated into "full pay" and "not full pay". The more money you need the college to invest into your education, the more demanding they are, which makes sense (if you only have $50,000 you're not going to risk them on someone who isn't a standout.)
    Next: GCSE results (lots of A-A*'s are a must), AS and A Level results or predicted results (6 AS, 3-4 A-Levels a good idea if you need financial aid).
    Next: extra curriculars. You should distinguish yourself regionally or, preferably, nationally, in *something*.
    Next: essays. Read the topics ahead of time and start working on them over your summer holidays.
  • louie412louie412 Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
    Application Process:
    -Most colleges and universities accept the common app, which is one general application that includes all of your information like name and address and stuff, as well multiple essays. This means you won't have to do 8 zillion essays for each college. Read more on that here: https://www.commonapp.org/Login
    -You'll fill that out and send it to any number of colleges that you like, though you'll need to pay a fee (normally about $50-$90).
    -Some colleges will require some additional information, but you can figure that out at their websites.
    -You will need to apply by January 1st in most cases, and will generally need to send your decision in by
    May 1st of the same year. You'll then start that fall.

    Majors and Minors:
    -A major is, I think, equivalent to a course in the UK. However, almost all colleges have General Education requirements, meaning that English majors take math and science majors take beginning recorder. Not all classes will be specific to your major. Also, most majors will not be as specific as the equivalent in the UK.
    -A minor is kind of like a little baby major. You take fewer classes and have a smaller base of knowledge. It is frequently used to supplement a major. For example, a political science major might have a minor in philosophy. An economics major might have a minor in math. They are also used to satisfy two completely different interests. For example, you could be an art major with a minor in nutrition.
    -Most colleges allow you to take up to two majors and one minor or one major and two minors. It is uncommon, though, to have that many.

    -US admissions are pushing more and more to holistic admissions, which mean test scores and grades are not end all be all; extracurriculars are important
    -Most colleges have limited financial aid for international students, though a quick google search will probably turn up a few with more

    If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
  • MikalyeMikalye Registered User Posts: 1,340 Senior Member
    edited June 2014
    A great resource is the Fulbright Commission. (http://www.fulbright.org.uk/). Created by treaty in 1948 this aims to assist UK students to study in the US, and vice versa. They have a great library, a superb advising unit, and they are a completely unbiased non-profit entity (in contrast to the many charlatans who promise to assist you in this process in exchange for substantial fees. Those you must avoid).
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