Recently one of our readers asked for the complete sequence of steps for studying in USA as an International student. This post is just a check list and each step will be a link to article on how to do effectively do that step in future. Imagine this page as table of contents for a book. It will take time for me write these articles…you have to stay tuned 🙂
I am assuming international students will have 16 years of Education in their home country before they come to USA for education. Please do NOT be scared at the list. It is not as bad as you think. Just trying to put in every detail so that you do NOT miss on anything and be at disadvantage.
Want to Study in USA? Goals?
Imagine you are in the 2nd year of your 4 year degree (typically engineering) and you look at your seniors in final year getting admissions (I20s) to study in US. A spark ignites in your mind that you want to study and live an American Dream! Some of you might have goals to study in US even before entering college. This is the ideal time to start laying strong foundation… “ Rome was not Built in a Day”
- Is US education right for me?
- Check Options and Decision Chart to Come to US
- What are my Goals for studying in US? Just job or higher goals?
- Should I apply for MBA or MS after bachelors?
- What is my Financial Situation? Can I afford if NO Scholarship ?
- What is the total Cost of studying in US? Should I apply for cheaper schools ?
- What is return on my investment for MS ? When will I be break-even?
- What are my backup options if I do not get Visa to study in US?
- What are options at home country, if I come back without working in US?
If you decide, it is a very risky move to study in US financially or it is not ideal for you and you are not ready. You can stop here and do not worry about below sections. If you have decided to study in US, then read the rest of the article.
First steps for Studying in USA:
Taking the Standardized Tests:
- Book the Dates for GRE and TOEFL based on your plan
- Research US Universities of your interest
- What are your dream schools in US ? Check their Average GRE / TOEFL Scores ?
- Set targets for GRE and TOEFL Scores.
- Importance of Leadership and extracurricular activities for USA Application.
- How to improve your profile by Volunteering, Student Organizations, etc?
- Preparing for GRE
- What is GRE ? General Test vs. Subject Test ?
- What is pattern? Any changes to pattern?
- 10 Things to know about New GRE Pattern 2011
- How to prepare for GRE?
- How to build vocabulary without by hearting wordlists ?
- What books do I need for GRE ?
- How to succeed in GRE ? Time, Strategy ?
- Websites for preparing for GRE
- How long are GRE Scores Valid ? Old Pattern Validity after 2011 Pattern ?
- Preparing for TOEFL
- What is TOEFL ?
- TOEFL Pattern ?
- Books for TOEFL ?
- Should I watch Movies for English listening ?
- Is TOEFL Easy than GRE ?
- How to improve your listening skills?
- Last week preparation for GRE and TOEFL
- Tips for the exam day of GRE and TOEFL tests.
- Universities list for submitting on GRE/ TOEFL day (NOT Final list)
Test Scores and Universities Selection:
- US University Rankings? What do they tell? Are they right ?
- Should you look at top 20 Schools ? Use Rankings or NOT ?
- Are you happy with GRE and TOEFL Score? Should I re-take ?
- What do Admission Consultants or Anyone who charge you to get admissions do?
- Should I go for Admission Consultants? Do I really need them ?
- Research Universities for your Subject Area.
- Primary Universities list for Applying based on your scores.
- Low profile Backup schools ? Create a list of Backup schools
- How to contact International Students in Universities.
- Compare your Scores with Average Scores of your dream schools
- How to email Professors at the Universities about Admissions/ funding
- Scholarship Deadlines Vs Admission Deadlines. Are they Different ?
- Look at Admission Deadlines, Scholarship Deadlines for your Universities?
- Finalize list of Universities after research and emails communication.
Just for sake of clarity and not making this post too long, I am breaking down the article into multiple posts. Check the Part 2 : Guide to Apply to US schools. Admission and F1 Visa process for International students.
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