USA - Study Permit
What is Study Permit?
Students from abroad who are considering attending US universities have an opportunity
to grow and contribute academically and socially to a university community. The
challenge these students face is understanding the differences among the 3,500-plus
colleges and universities in the States.
There are various types of schools in the United States. A university is different
from a college in that while a college is only for undergraduate education, a university
usually comprises a college, a graduate school and maybe even a professional school.
A university is also more involved in research.
In America colleges and universities are publicly funded or private. "State universities"
(or "public") are generally state or city-owned. They are relatively inexpensive,
especially if you are a resident of the city in which they are located.
Private schools, on the other hand, are quite expensive. They are also very selective
as to students as well as faculty. Prestigious private universities are Harvard,
Princeton, Yale. If you are an extremely good student, you may be able to compete
for a scholarship to one of these universities. Although you may have an idea of
what field you want to major in as an undergraduate, keep in mind that in the U.S.
you will be encouraged (and required) to take different subjects for a year or two
before actually concentrating on a specific field of study.
You may also need to take ESL (English as a Second Language) classes or enroll in
a ESL program, especially if your TOEFL scores are modest. Admission to U.S. colleges
and universities is mostly based on academic performance and standardized tests.
Recommendations, extra curricular activities and publications (for graduate school)
are also important. There are so many things to be considered when applying to a
college or university that you may want to speak to an advisor. There are advising
centers at U.S. embassies and consulates in many countries. That is also where you
can also receive information on various schools of interest to you.
Requirements vary from school to school but you must be prepared to produce a certain
amount of documents, take tests and prove financial ability. Bear in mind that the
application process begins a year before the actual time you would like to actually
start your studies.
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