Many international students want to study at one of the many universities across the world. If you are one of the many international students who will be studying abroad in the United States, you will need to familiarize yourself with the admission process. The admission process is how an international student gets admitted into a United States university. Below, we will give a basic overview of what the admission process for graduate programs may look like for international students.
Step 1: Research, Research, and then More Research
Going to another country to study is a big deal. Therefore, it is extremely important that you perform diligent research to find a university and geographic area of the country that suits you. We suggest making a list of colleges, universities that interest you and have solid programs that fit what you wish to study, and then narrow it down from there based on application requirements and other similar factors. If you don’t have a list of colleges/universities that you want to start with, then another option is to figure out an area(s) of the interested country that interest you, and then find universities in that area that have programs that suit your goals.
Once you have a list of universities to apply, we suggest mapping out all of the important dates. For example, make a chronological list of each university and when the university admission deadline is. Then, work on the application and gathering the materials for those universities based on when the closest deadline is.
Step 2: Think about Funding
While studying abroad you may have many benefits t, one of the main downsides is how expensive it may be. Tuition, living expenses, school supplies, and other expenses can add up quickly. It is important to factor in the potential cost of studying for an international student while looking at potential colleges/universities.
Besides tuition and the cost of attendance, there are other funding factors that an international student needs to consider. This includes application fees, which vary by college/university.
Step 3: Prepare Other Admission Materials
Most admission committees require a number of different materials and documents from applicants. This can include transcripts, Bank statements, and letters of recommendation. It is important to start preparing these materials and getting them ready as soon as possible so that you do not have to rush last minute and perhaps compromise the quality of them. If you do not come from an English-speaking country, you may need to have your transcript officially translated from the native language to English. Again, these materials take time to prepare, so the sooner you start, the better.
Step 4: Submit the Package
Finally, once you have all your materials gathered, and your tests scores available, submit the admission package well before the admission deadline. This will give the admission committee time to review your materials and determine whether to grant you admission or not into the desired program.
Step 5: Apply for the Student Visa
Once you have been accepted into a program and have confirmed that acceptance, it is time to apply for the international student visa. You will need to complete the application, and may have to go for an interview at the desired Embassy in your country. You will need to bring a number of materials with to your interview and may need additional materials for the application, so it is important to have these in order and ready to go for when you get admitted into a university.