The United States of America! The land of dreams, and the land of opportunities! There is always a rush among international students to go to the United States, because it is common knowledge that today no other country helps one to become academically and professionally successful, as does America. From top class academic infrastructure to renowned educational institutions, America literally has it all! Naturally, there is always huge demand for an American visa. However, in order to study in USA, you must know the details of all aspects of the process. We, at Jeduka, are here to help you with the most relevant information.
First things first- the application procedures are different for undergraduate and post-graduate courses. This means that at various stages of your preparations for study abroad in USA, some aspects of the application processes may differ, based on whether you want to pursue a Masters in USA, or a Bachelors in USA. In this article, we will shed light on some of the most common requirements. We will discuss about the eligibility criteria, which will include assisting you with the requirements related to language proficiency, transcripts, and passport.
If you intend to study in the United States of America, you will have to appear for and clear an English Language test. It could either be the IELTS, or the TOEFL. The formats and structures of the two tests are not the same, so you will have to research about these aspects of the tests, and prepare accordingly. You may appear for the IELTS exam as many times you like, but for TOEFL, you will be allowed to appear for the exam only once within a twelve-day period. However, do remember that the language tests need to be appeared for and cleared much before your planned season of enrolment in an American university. For example, if you intend to join a course in September 2019, you will need to appear for the language test in November 2018. For IELTS, the fee is INR 9300, and for TOEFL it is INR 10000. Do not forget to check which exam’s scores will be acceptable to the university in which you want to study!
Your academic records are going to play a significant role in your securing admission in an American university. Especially if you want to pursue a Masters or Doctoral degree programme, you will need to have very good academic records. Almost always, the universities in the U.S. would ask you to attach official mark sheets from every college or university you attended after secondary school. These mark sheets would be expected to have details of all courses you studied after school. In some cases, universities ask for more than one copies of the transcripts.
This is probably the most significant aspect of your plan to study in the universities in USA. With so much happening in the country regarding the entry of foreign nationals, especially after Donald Trump became the President, it is more important than ever to have a valid passport.
Let us now focus on some other important aspects of the application process.
You would need letters of recommendations to study in the United States. An LOR is a signed document from a person who has known you for quite some time (could be your teacher), and can highlight your positive and negative qualities (your strengths and weaknesses). Needless to say, the strengths need to be highlighted more prominently.
You would have to compose a Statement of Purpose to study abroad. This document will disclose your reasons to apply for a particular course in the particular university. You would also have to write about your personal interests and professional goals.
Universities in the United States would ask you to submit bank statements to prove your financial stability, to check if you will be able to support your education in their country. They will also ask you to submit documents related to your family’s financial resources. Documents related to your financial condition are very important, but they will not become the deciding factors for your admission into a course in an American university.
Now we would like to give you a brief overview of the steps you would have to go through, go study abroad in the United States.
- Research, and zero in on some universities of your choice. Do visit their websites to know about specific requirements. According to the knowledge you gather, look for bank loans and scholarships.
- Register for IELTS, TOEFL, etc., and crack the relevant exam.
- Start applying to colleges and universities.
- Reply to the emails you receive from the institutions you had written to.
- After you receive the acceptance letter from a university, apply for the loan, or the scholarship.
- Apply for the student visa.
- Book flight tickets.
- Gather all relevant documents, get your traveller’s cheques, and fly to your new university!
We hope that we have been able to remove all the clouds from your minds, and now you know every aspect of the process of going to pursue higher studies in the United States. If you still need us for any further assistance, get in touch with us without thinking twice!
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