Steps to Study at US Universities

Many students choose to study in the United States due to its straightforward application process, diverse options, responsive education system, minimal documentation requirements, and transparency. Factors like quality, variety, and value also make the US a desirable education destination. However, before diving into the world of US universities, it’s crucial to evaluate your profile academically, financially, and mentally, as studying in the US can be challenging if you’re not well-prepared. Here are the steps to get you started:

1.Ensure Adequate Funding

Studying in the US can be expensive, with college and university costs ranging from USD 12,000 to USD 65,000 per year. If you don’t have sufficient funds, securing a scholarship becomes essential.

2.Maintain a Strong Academic Background

A robust academic record can enhance your chances of admission and obtaining scholarships in the US.

3.Develop Proficient English Language Skills

Fluency in English is a significant advantage for studying in the US.

4.Prepare for Standardized Exams

Most US universities require standardized tests, including English proficiency tests and aptitude tests such as the SAT, ACT, GMAT, and GRE.

5.Obtain a Student Visa

You need to qualify for a US Student Visa by obtaining an I-20 from a SEVP-certified university. Successfully clearing the US visa interview will then allow you to travel to the US for your education.

Steps to Take After Deciding to Study in the USA

Enroll in English Proficiency and SAT Classes

Consider enrolling in English proficiency classes and SAT classes. For instance, ACIE offers 45 hours of IELTS classes and 60 hours of SAT classes. Taking multiple practice tests will ensure you are ready to book your exams. ACIE, being an official booking partner for both the British Council and IDP, can assist you in booking your IELTS exam. For the SAT, be aware of exam dates and prebook them on the College Board website.

Graduate applicants typically take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) in addition to the TOEFL. MBA applicants usually take the GMAT, while other graduate applicants take the GRE. Strong scores on these tests can significantly enhance your chances of admission and scholarships.

Shortlist Universities

Select at least five universities that are a good fit for you on the  basis of criteria such as your field of study, cost, scholarship opportunities, location, competitiveness, and admission requirements. Applying to 5-10 well-chosen colleges increases your chances of admission compared to applying to just one or two. The ACIE team can help you with a complete profile evaluation to find suitable universities for you.

Send Applications Before Deadlines

Ensure you send your applications before the scholarship deadlines. Applying after scholarship or priority deadlines, even with excellent scores and academics, may reduce your chances of receiving scholarships. Work on your personal essay and resumes if required by the university. Most uiversities use these scholarship allocation while some even use it just for admission.

Choose the Best I-20 and Apply for a Student Visa

If accepted, you will receive an I-20 from the college. This document contains information about you, the college, and the expected annual cost. An I-20 is required to apply for a student visa to the US. Choose the best I-20 and proceed with your student visa application.

Prepare for your VISA Interview

After putting so much of work in your application, make sure you are well prepared to answer questions majorly about your chosen subject, your chosen university, and your reason to study in the US.

By following these steps, you can navigate the process of studying at US universities successfully.

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