Applying To A University in USA and Canada
What is involved in selecting and applying to a university in USA and Canada? Here are some helpful hints.
Universities in USA and Canada are very interested and eager to assist international students who may want to study for an Undergraduate, Graduate, Ph.D., short-term study abroad or an English language preparation program. Most universities have staff to assist students but the process can take 4-6 months or more, so interested students are encouraged to prepare well in advance of the time they wish to enroll.
In the USA there are approximately 3,500+ universities so there are many options to choose from. Most four-year universities ask students to provide a number of documents that meet their requirements for admission. In order to gain admission students need to submit an application to each university, pay required processing fees and provide academic and financial documents, usually 4-6 months before classes begin.
To select the best university, students need to spend considerable time reviewing university web sites, working with an advisor, talking with friends and family members and, when possible, be in contact with the universities directly. Students need to make sure the universities they select match their academic background and English language preparation (IELTS, PTE, TOEFL) and have the on-campus support resources they may need. Knowing where the campus is located, its size, the amount of funds needed each year, the strength of the academic program, as well as the campus atmosphere, are all important factors to consider when choosing a university.
Students who work with University Study will find the process to be an easy one as our staff will assist in recommending several universities that match their interests.
Many of the universities will waive the students' application fees when working with University Study staff. Once an acceptance is obtained, we assist students in securing the needed financial documents (bank statements and additional financial credentials) to receive an I-20 and visa. These financial documents are needed by all international students prior to traveling to the U.S. for study at a university.