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Study abroad in the USA: application process

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First and foremost, check out the admission requirements of each school that you might be interested in. American schools don't always accept international qualifications, so you may need to take the SAT exam or other equivalent exam. Fortunately, there are testing centers around the world should this be the case. You may also need to provide evidence of your English skills. You can do this simply by taking the TOEFL test.

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Once you have a recognized qualification on hand, you can apply.

Unlike in many European countries, however, there is no national application portal. You apply to individual schools whether you are an American or an international student. You usually do this directly through the websites of your chosen schools.

The processes can vary a little from school to school, but here are the general steps for applying to American schools.

  • Fill out the application form and upload your receipts. If these documents are not in English, you will need to submit them with a notarized translation.
  • Write an admission essay. Think of this as an expanded letter of motivation. Usually admission essays are a topic that you find interesting. In this topic, you need to be able to outline your accomplishments and argue why you are a good fit for the school you are applying for.
  • If you receive an offer of admission, you must accept it as soon as possible in order for you to receive your I-20 form. If you've applied to more than one school, you'll need to wait for all of them to reply before accepting or declining offers.
  • In order to receive your I-20 form, you will need to pay the tuition deposit and provide proof of finance sufficient to cover your living expenses for at least a year.
  • Once you have your I-20 form in hand, you are ready to apply for your study visa and prepare for your adventure in the United States.

American schools are open for applications on various dates during the fall semester. Most schools must have received your application by December or January at the latest.