If you are determined to study in the US, the best thing you can do is start with a thorough research about which university in North America best fits your needs.
While there are many well-known universities (such as Harvard, Columbia, UCLA), it is best to find exactly the one that is best for you based on the field of study of your choice. Fortunately, the vast majority of US colleges and universities have their website, so it is very easy to get in touch with them to answer all your questions. Americans are usually very solicitous when it comes to providing information and advising you.
You need to find out what kind of exams you will need to have approved to enter a US university. In some of them, depending on the field of studies you have chosen, in addition to the language test, you will be asked to pass some extra tests, such as SAT I and SAT II (Scholastic Assessment Test), LSAT Admission Test), USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) or ACT (American College Test). These tests are usually for specific careers.
At the University of your Choice they will know about you. You can find more information in the “Exams” section of this site.
It is highly recommended that you begin to find out all the requirements and to know all the important data, at least one year before the
When you want to start your study program.
The process of finding the university you want, contacting an adviser of the same, completing the applications and taking the exams, can take you a whole year. Remember that it is a very important decision in your life, and deserves to be treated as such.
Try to have a counselor to help you choose a university according to your taste, academic level and financial capacity. This counselor can be someone who has already studied in the US and knows the system, a teacher you trust or a professional adviser.
The process of application and admission of US universities is hard, as millions of international students are presented to them every year. Keep in mind that you must compete with each of them for a place in the university. It is recommended that you apply to more than one university, even if you prefer “that” which is your favorite. Choose two or three universities that have programs to suit you, and apply for each one, putting all your efforts into it. And cheer up, if the choice you made is in line with your abilities, you have a good chance of getting in.
When selecting the college you will apply to, you need to know what the study costs are to make sure you can afford it. These can vary widely from one university to another: between a minimum of US $ 5,000 and a maximum of US $ 30,000 a year. To this you must add the cost of lodging and maintenance, which you can calculate as about US $ 8,000 to US $ 13,000 per year, depending on the city and your usual level of consumption.
Not all US colleges offer scholarships directly to foreign students for undergraduate studies. Yes it is more common the offer of collaborative scholarships, with which you work in some sector of the university (for example library, services to the student, computer support, etc.) in exchange for a reduction in the cost of the studies. However, perhaps a more interesting option are the credits that can be granted to you, to pay in several years. Find out at the university that you have chosen the requirements, well in advance, as they usually require documentation on family income that you may find difficult to process.
Another solution to the financial issue are grants or grants offered by agencies and foundations such as Fulbright or Woodrow Wilson. During the year that you are making the preparations to leave, you can take advantage of to be attentive to the appeals that appear.
Some universities, at the time you submit the application, will request that your home college or university send you your academic record or report card. Make sure this documentation reaches its destination in a timely manner.
Something that can be very useful to you when they qualify your request, are the letters of recommendation. Find someone important in the institution you belong to or where you last studied. It must be someone who has a high academic degree (a doctor would be ideal), who is a teacher, dean, researcher or, better yet, the rector himself. It is necessary that that person knows you and can act as a witness of your commitment and goodwill. Explain that you need a recommendation from an important person like him, show him your qualifications and kindly ask him to give you his endorsement. Keep in mind that this is a great responsibility for the one who recommends, and you must be absolutely willing to give everything from yourself to reciprocate that trust.
Applications for US universities have a cost, usually between US $ 30 and US $ 50. This amount is to process and process your data, and will not be returned.
Even if it sounds a bit obvious, it never hurts to remind you to put a lot of attention on the dates, especially on the deadline for submitting applications. Generally it takes time to get all the documentation that will be required, so the best advice is: start with time and take it easy. It is always best to send the application with plenty of time, that is, do not wait until a week before it expires.
Most US universities allow you to complete the admission application online. Take this step with the same seriousness with which you would do it on paper. Read and re-read before clicking the decisive “send” button. Be truthful and sincere in all the data you give, as that will depend on your future.
Once the application process is completed, you should wait for the response from the universities you have applied to. Some respond immediately, but others will take their time; Even several months. Do not despair, do not stuff the boxes of reports of the university to ask a thousand times how your procedure. Although the Americans are usually very nice, it is not a matter of exhausting their patience.
Once you have been admitted, you will be asked to enter into a bank account that the university will provide you with the corresponding amount of tuition. This enrollment may consist of the cost of several months of study, even for an entire academic year. The figure can be quite high, so it is very advisable that you set to save the necessary money in time.
The sooner you pay the amount, the faster your final enrollment in the university will be formalized. This is especially important if, together with admission to university, you have applied for a place in the university residence. Residences are often less expensive than other accommodations, and their vacancies are dealt with immediately. If you have requested a place, try to enter the money as soon as possible to have your place secured.
Now is the time when the university will help you to process the student visa, sending you the corresponding form and providing the documentation you are asked for. Then you must carry out the procedure at the US embassy.