Moving to the United States to pursue an education can be a culture shock. A new nation, new friends, and new experiences are all waiting for you, but getting started can be difficult. The more resources you have, the easier the transition will be. This guide will inform students about how to best utilize on-campus resources to help maximize their time in the United States, and includes information such as financial aid options and international student loans, what students can expect on an American campus, and how to overcome the most common challenges international students face.
Fast Facts on International Students in the United States
Research the Best Universities and Colleges
Where do you start to research colleges in the United States? Which college will be best for you? Thousands of public, private, and for-profit institutions across the United States provide undergraduate and graduate programs. To begin applying, you’ll need a much more manageable list, therefore your first step should be to examine your university priorities. To begin, we recommend using the U.S. Department of Education College Navigator site. Below are some additional resources to help choose the right university for you.
Financial Aid & International Student Loans Resources
Many students find it difficult to afford an education abroad, especially in the United States. International Student Loans can provide funding for the entire cost of your college or university education, minus any other aid received; funds can be used on expenses like tuition, books and supplies, room and board, travel and transportation, and living expenses. If you need help finding the financial resources to support your international education, there are a number of other options that you can explore when looking for sources of funding.
Researching opportunities to receive scholarships for your international education is a great route to pursue. The following websites provide information about scholarship opportunities specifically for international students:
Student Visa & Immigration Resources
Once you’ve been accepted to a school and program as an international student, it’s time to begin the process of obtaining your student visa. While this may seem like an intimidating process, it’s more straightforward than you might think. Before going to your visa appointment, make sure you have all required documents that are listed in this list of from the U.S Department of State.
Here are additional resources that will help you with the process of obtaining your student visa.
Careers & Employment
International students studying in the United States can work part time, per their visa terms. Some visas have different restrictions when it comes to working. Students with an F-1 visa can work part-time on campus during their first year in the United States, but only for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time. After that, international students can apply for an off-campus employment permit from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Students with an M-1 visa are prohibited from working.
Throughout your job search, be sure to check out your school’s Career Center for guidance with interviews, networking, resume workshops, and cover letters.
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If you are new to the U.S., you’ll definitely experience a bit of culture shock and may have questions about the workplace and general culture. Below are some informative articles that will help you adapt to American culture upon arrival.
Be sure to check out the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s website to view a list of what you can and can’t bring into the country.
Essay Writing & English
Writing an essay is one of the most difficult tasks that international students encounter. Writing a comprehensive college essay can be difficult for students whose native language is not English. Fortunately, there are a number of trustworthy essay writing resources available to assist you. If you’re currently enrolled at an American university, the first and best place to seek help is your college’s writing center on campus.
The majority of schools and universities feature a free writing center on campus for students to use. Faculty and graduate students operate these writing centers, which can assist students who are having trouble preparing essays for their classes. Students can go to the writing center for guidance with specific tasks or with more general essay-writing abilities.
If you’re a student who is currently abroad, there are numerous resources online that can help sharpen up your English reading, writing and speaking skills including:
In addition to writing, speaking English will be necessary for studying abroad in the United States. English is one of the most commonly spoken languages around the world and is the most common in the U.S. as well. If you need to brush up on your English skills, here are a few resources to help you.
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