With thousands of academic programs, world-class institutions, and unmatched flexibility, the United States offers a wealth of higher-education opportunities that you will not find anywhere else in the world!
Whether you plan to pursue a short-term or full degree program in the United States, you need to go through 5 steps:
Research Your Option
Learn about the variety of options available and how to identify an institution that best fits your needs. You shouldn't try to match yourself to the school, but rather find the school that matches you and your priorities and long-term goals.
At least 12 to 18 months prior to the academic year in which you hope to attend a U.S. college or university, you should begin your research. Start by answering these basic questions.
Why do you want to study in the United States?
Where will you fit in best?
Which colleges or universities will meet your needs?
Will you need financial assistance?
What are the application and financial aid deadlines?
Where do you want to live in the United States?
Finance Your Studies
Need funding? Explore options or check out our university financial aid opportunity list.
Invest in yourself! The cost of living and studying varies across the United States. With the right amount of planning and research, pursuing a U.S. higher education can be made affordable with high returns on your investment.
Complete your application
Plan ahead and know the documents and requirements to apply for your program.
Applying for U.S. study is a task that takes time and concentration as each application is different and involves collecting recommendations, writing essays, and routing the results of required standard examinations. Plan to give this step the time it deserves for a successful result.
Apply for your student visa
Become familiar with U.S. student visa requirements and allow plenty of time to prepare your application.
Prepare for your departure
Pre-departure information including gathering documents for arrival and immigration compliance.
Key components to this final step include making your travel arrangements, attending a pre-departure orientation at your local center or online, gathering pre-departure materials and documents for arrival, as well as reporting to your school and attending orientations.
Check your new institution's website for additional pre-departure information that will be more specialized and have information about health insurance, average local temperatures throughout the year, local transportation options, housing, and more.
GOOD TO KNOW
1. Location matters! Depending on where you live and study, costs for housing and food vary greatly in the United States. Suburban or rural areas in the South and Midwest of the United States generally have the lowest cost of living.
2. An original high school or postsecondary transcript will be required for each institution you apply for so start collecting these materials well in advance of application deadlines.
3. Because visa interviews are short, do your best to explain why you want to study in the United States, how you plan to support yourself while in school, and what your plans are for when your studies are finished.
4. Application and financial aid deadlines affect when you take standardized tests because test results must reach admissions offices no later than their application deadlines.