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How do I learn about a US university if I can’t travel there?

tourism24-01-111413-2578Each year tens of thousands of students from around the world attend U.S. universities. So what can you do if you would like to study in the U.S. but don’t have a way to visit campuses in person?

There’s no need to worry. There are lots of ways you can learn about U.S. universities, without having to pay to fly there to tour campuses.

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Five easy steps to getting your student visa


If you are planning to attend a U.S. university, you will need a student visa. To do so, follow these simple steps:

  1. Apply to the universities you are interested in attending.
  2. Once you have chosen which university to attend, you will need to pay something called a SEVIS I-901 fee (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).
  3. Once you pay, the university will send you an I-20 form.
  4. Complete a student visa application and send to in along with the application fee. The process varies depending where you are applying. consult the instructions available on the embassy or consulate website where you intend to apply.
  5. Schedule your visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in the country where you live. You will be asked questions about your plans of study, financial status, and plans after graduate. Be sure to bring all necessary documents, including your passport. Check with your local consulate about which documents are required based on the type of student visa you are applying for.

Your student visa can be issued to you up to 120 days before you begin classes. However you are usually not allowed to enter the U.S. until 30 days prior to the start of classes.

For more advice, join us for one of our International Student Day Virtual College Fairs or visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html.


Should I really be bragging in my essay?

To brag or not to brag?

To brag or not to brag?

One of the hardest things for international students struggle with in compiling their applications to U.S. colleges and universities is the essay/personal statement. In many cultures, it is not appropriate to write about yourself in extremely positive terms. What does it really mean to brag or boast? Typically, to boast is to “speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself.” Continue reading

So many choices, so little time: Tips to research your choices

How do you get from 4500 to 10 to 1? That answer for mosecret of lifest international students is the ultimate goal. Finding that one college, the best fit for you (what does that mean?) can be a long journey. How much time do you have or should you plan for to achieve this goal? In last week’s blog on Beginning the College Search, the recommendation of 12-18 months in advance of when you wish to begin your studies remains the most practical timeline to use.

On the issue of what the “best fit” is for you, ultimately the answer will be different for everyone. In the movie, City Slickers, a grizzled old cowboy asks, do know  what the secret of life is? The city slicker has no idea, so the cowboy tells him: “One thing, just one thing” and the rest doesn’t matter. What’s that one thing? “That’s what YOU got to find out.” 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

Where in the world do you want to study?

Though it might seem odd to start a blog series about studying in the U.S. with this question, but the reality is many countries around the world have (or hope to) become popular destinations for international students. The decision to study outside your home country is one you may have been thinking about for years, or it may be a recent development as you see the world around you become increasingly more connected and open to students like yourself. Whether it is a family member, a friend, or your own initiative, there is literally a world of opportunities for academically motivated students to explore.

Where in the world will you study?

Where in the world will you study?

Data from the Project Atlas Initiative shows that in 2012, over 4.3 million students were studying outside their home country. World rankings of universities, like the Shanghai list, all show U.S. colleges and universities dominating the top spots, but rankings only tell a part of the story. While the U.S. has remained the #1 study destination for international students (followed by the UK at #2), other countries have been doing much to attract students like yourself. Take for example, China. A little more than ten years ago, China was not even in the top 10 countries receiving international students. In 2012, it was in 3rd! Continue reading