I am assuming you have read the first part, it has the all the steps and decisions until you get to Applying to US Schools. Please check it out, it you have not : : Guide / steps to study in USA for International students? How to plan? Part – 1 .
As I have mentioned in the previous article, 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…
You should have a final list of Universities. Whenever I refer to Universities or Schools, it means the list of schools that are in your final applying list.
Applying for US Schools :
- How to verify if any scholarships are available for internationals at Schools ?
- Funding, Scholarship : Are they different ? I20 samples for Scholarship, GA : FAQs
- How to get Scholarships in US Graduate Schools for MS, MBA? GRE, Essays, Acads ?
- How to write a Scholarship Winning Essay ?
- Should I apply for Fall or Spring? Advantages of Fall vs Spring for Scholarships, TAs, RAs, etc.?
- Do I need Credit Card for Applying online ?
- Apply for Schools online and get account to check application status
- Checklist for Scholarship Application and send materials on Time.
- Verify application deadlines & requirements at every School you plan to apply
- Do US schools Consider 10th, 11th and 12th Standards or Grade Percentages?
- Apply for GRE and TOEFL Additional Score Reporting (ASRs) to Schools
- Apply for sealed Transcripts from your University Registrar
- Statement of Purpose(SOP). What is it?
- How to write effective Statement of Purpose (SOP)
- Sample Statement of Purposes (SOPs)
- Get Recommendation letters from your Professors.
- Prepare Sample resume for Admission.
- Bank Statement for Application. How much Money do you need to Show?
- Convert Percentage to GPA ? Should you really convert Percentage to GPA 4.0 Scale ?
- How is GPA Computed in US schools ?
- Are there any standards for GPA conversion ?
- How to write Cover letter for Application? Sample Cover letter.
- Additional Achievements, Leadership roles, etc for Application?
- Checklist of Application Materials for International Admissions
- How to send your Application material from other Countries
Admission Process in US Schools :
- What is Graduate School? International Admissions office? Academic Department? What is the Application process flow between various offices ?
- How is your Application Judged for Admission?
- How to Contact Professors and Follow up ?
- What should the title of email to Professor be? English in Email?
- What can I do to increase my chances of admission?
- How to follow up with various offices about Admission Status ?
- How will you be notified about Admission ?
- What will you get from School in Post ? I20 ? Offer letter ?
- Sample I20
- Sample I20 with Funding
- Sample I20 with Scholarship
- Put all admissions offers together and Finalize the School for F1 Visa Stamping?
F1 Visa Stamping Preparation :
- Check the Final School’s website for Visa related information if any
- Plan for visa Dates and timing with Finances and Bank statement info in mind
- Apply for Bank Loans or any Financial support for Visa
- Book F1 Visa stamping Date based on financial info at hand.
- Check list of Documents for F1 Visa stamping
- F1 Visa interview tips
- Sample F1 Visa interview Questions and Answers.
- Experience : F1 Visa interview
- What happens after Visa interview?
- Sample F1 Visa stamped in Passport
Travel Preparation USA on F1 Visa
- Update School about Visa and when you plan to come
- Contact International or any country specific student Organizations (Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani Student Organizations) and arrange for airport pick up
- Contact International Advisors about Classes registration
- Research Department websites about Courses and Professors
- Contact Seniors about what classes to take and under whom
- What should I carry to US ? List of things to pack? Costly? USA baggage packing items
- What Food Items Can you Bring into the US ? Sample custom forms and Prohibited items at port of entry
- When Can you come to US on F1 Visa ? Where can you come to ?
- How to Book Flight tickets ?Which airlines are best ?
- Health checkups, vaccination, health, Dental etc in Home country
- How is travel to US in flight? What to look for ? Tips
- Important things to keep in mind at Port of Entry
- How much money to carry with you ? What else ? How to contact seniors after landing?
Well, this is a very detailed list until you get to US. As I said everything is an Article and I hope to write the articles in future…so keep checking every day for updates.
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