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What do you want to study?


What do you want to studyDo you dream of becoming a doctor or lawyer or engineer? Have your parents influenced what you should study at university as a means to achieving a certain goal that they have for you?

More than likely in your country that typically means in order to achieve that dream/goal, when you finish secondary school and go to university, there is a very clear route you will take in terms of the academic subject you will study. In most cases, university study for typically three years is made up predominantly of courses in that subject, right? Continue reading

Before you begin: Define your terms

Define your termsWhen looking for answers to questions, depending on who you ask you might get several different responses. Many times we may not realize the questions we ask may contain terms that are not universally understood by the people you ask. For example, many international students come from countries where “colleges” are actually secondary schools. In the United States a “college” typically refers either to an undergraduate post-secondary institution, or a division of a university, e.g. the College of Engineering at “x” university. So, before you begin your “college” search, let’s spend some timing defining the important terms you will be hearing.

Our partners at EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries, have compiled an outstanding glossary of terms that helps you get a firm foundation for your journey ahead. Also check out US News & World Report’s Education section for international students that contains a useful glossary as well. Continue reading

Make the most of campus visits

basalt-pillars_19-100584Everyone talks about the importance of visiting campuses before choosing a college, but what are you supposed to do there? And how do you make the most of your college tours? Here are some quick and easy ways to get the most out of your campus visits.

•    Allow plenty of time. The earlier you start exploring colleges, the better. Many students begin to research colleges in their freshman year. It will give you much more time to really get a feel for the options available and what’s best for you, without any time pressures.

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Five ways to find the best college match

300x200-August-RightSchoolThere are more than 7,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. alone, so how are you supposed to find the right one for you? It’s actually easier than you think, if you follow some basic steps. Here are five ways to help you find a school you’ll love!

1. Think through the important ways that colleges differ from one another. Colleges vary drastically in terms of everything from academic focus and academic rigor to size, campus setting, campus activities, and much more. Start out by making a list of your preferences and which of these attributes are most important to you. For example, maybe finding the right learning environment is pretty important to you but you don’t really have a strong preference about whether you go to a school in a rural or an urban setting. Prioritizing what’s important to you will help you get started on the right path.

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What are the benefits of earning a degree overseas?

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You’ve lived in the US your whole life, so why pick up and move far away to earn your degree? For those with a sense of adventure, this could be the right fit. Here are top reasons why a growing number of US students are choosing to earn their degree abroad.


Save lots of money on tuition. The average price of tuition, including room & board, at a Canadian, Australian, or British university is about $35,000-$40,000 per year, according to USA Today. That’s less than the cost of many private U.S. universities or out-of-state tuition at a public university. And many federal financial aid programs (with the exception of Pell Grants) can be used at overseas universities. In some cases, you may even be able to work part-time on a student visa to help pay for college.

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How can I find out how safe a campus is?

campus securityThe last thing you want to have to worry about if your son or daughter is headed to college is their safety. So how can you tell if the schools they’re considering are a safe place to live? Here are some basic tips to help put you at ease.

Research campus safety statistics. Federal law requires that colleges and universities disclose any crimes that have occurred on campus.

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Help! I can’t visit campus. What should I do?

300x200-Oct-CampusVisitsVisiting campus is a great way to learn about a university, but if you aren’t able to visit the university in person, you can still find out quite a lot about whether it’s a good fit for you.

Look around online. Check the school’s website for virtual tours, course lists, internship opportunities, and more. Like their Facebook page to see what’s happening on campus. Reach out to a current student at a club you’re interested in attending. Read the online version of the student paper. You might also search for videos on YouTube.

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Researching colleges: Where do I start??

choosing a collegeWe often hear from students who are overwhelmed by the idea of starting their college search. Not to worry! There are lots of resources to help you find which schools will be the very best fit for you.

•    Start with the people who know you best. Ask your family, teachers, high school counselor, and any other advisors/mentors for advice. They know you well and may have suggestions of schools where they think you may thrive. Continue reading