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Which college is #1? What’s the best school in the United States for you?

The #1 US College for You

The #1 US College for You

Those two questions in almost every situation result in very different answers for most international students. What does #1 mean? Is it the be all and end all if you do not get admitted to the “best” college? In the United States, one thing that is very different from most other countries is that there is no official ranking of institutions. Continue reading

What are community colleges in the United States?

CC in the USDid you know that nearly 33% of all new international students in the United States in the 2013-14 academic year began their studies at a community college? That’s pretty remarkable considering in many parts of the world, the community college concept does not exist. Continue reading

Do deadlines really matter?

Are you going to meet your application deadlines?

Are you going to meet your application deadlines?

What frustrates you more – being on time for a show and it starting late, or arriving late for a train and it departing when it was scheduled? If you answered the former, there’s not a whole lot you can do, as that situation is out of your direct control. If you get frustrated more when you are the one late, use that as motivation when you are applying to U.S. colleges and universities. Why? Deadlines matter. Continue reading

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