What does it take to get into a U.S. university?

300x200-November-PassportA way to stand out. More than 764,000 international students are currently studying in the U.S., and the number of international students who are applying to U.S. universities has increased a lot in recent years. Talk with your teachers and advisors to help you create an application package that stands out from the crowd. Remember to highlight not just excellent academic performance but other areas where you excel, such as community service or extracurricular activities.

Money. Although there is some financial aid available to international students, many institutions will assume that you will pay full tuition. When you apply for a student visa, you will also need to demonstrate that you have the ability to pay tuition. If you have any questions or concerns about this, talk with your guidance counselor, who can help you explore any additional sources of funding. You may also want to schedule a meeting with a local EducationUSA advisor. They work closely with students who are planning to attend a U.S. university.

Strong English language skills. Many US universities will require that you take the TOEFL or IELTS to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English. Check the websites of universities that you are interested attending and look up their admissions guidelines to find out for sure.

Working on your English skills will also serve you well once you get into a U.S. university. If you are concerned about this, you may want to hire a tutor to help you strengthen your skills.

A student visa. Getting a visa to study in the U.S. is actually fairly easy but be sure to apply as early as possible because the process does take some time. Once you get accepted into a U.S. university, you will want to complete an application to get a F-1 student visa. You will be asked to fill out the visa form and send it in with verification that you were accepted to a university. Then make an appointment for a visa interview at the U.S. embassy in your country.

To learn more, check out our event schedule. We have many online events that provide guidance specifically for international students hoping to study in the U.S.