American culture has had an interesting impact on all of us. Be it the hilarious sitcoms we’re addicted to, the melange of cuisine, or the exciting nightlife with parties and casinos – Indian culture has definitely incorporated some cues from Uncle Sam.
The exciting lifestyle and diversity in the US of A extend to education as well; this attracts students from our country to pursue their higher education in the US. Plus, studying abroad is a matter of pride, even in 2016.
To make your dream – and maybe your parents’ dreams as well – come true, you’ll need to consider certain parameters on your pursuit of happiness.
1. Google, My Best Friend!
How many times has Google saved your life when you didn’t know the capital of that Gulf country, or couldn’t remember that cute actor from your favorite TV series, or forgot the lyrics to that song everyone’s singing?
Well, Google’s got your back on this one too.
Research the top universities in USA, and shortlist a few names that offer the best in your field of interest. It’s best to start at least 12 to 18 months before the actual admissions, so you have enough time to prepare for higher studies, academically and financially.
Ensure that you keep your priorities and all the other necessary factors in mind, when you pick your academic options.
2. Dear Bank, Can You Support Me?
Studying abroad is, without a doubt, a costly affair. Make sure that you have the sufficient funds to not just pay for your tuition fee, but also for your accommodation, food, and the occasional socializing.
Based on your preferred location and university, you’ll have to chalk out a budget to manage your expenses. In case of insufficient financial resources, you can always take up an educational loan from a bank that offers a decent rate of interest.
3. Pile It Up
Universities require several documents in addition to the application form. Check for their requirements and start piling up the necessary paperwork for each institution.
Letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, report cards all the way from high school, and post secondary education transcripts are some of the documents that you’ll need. Each institution has unique requirements, so make sure you have all these ready before the deadlines.
The next step is to get your visa approved. Depending on your choice in the level of study, the student visa requirements vary. Check out the websites of the respective U.S. departments to see if you meet their eligibility criteria.
The “first impression is the last impression” rule comes in handy for visa interviews. Let the interviewer know why you wish to study in the US, how you plan on supporting yourself during your stay there, and your plans post-school, in the short interview period. Keep it simple, and you are good to go!
4. Pack Your Bags
With your visa approved, the final moment has come. Goodbyes can be hard and the melancholy can make you forget something essential.
Ensure that you attend pre-departure orientations offered by several educational institutions to avoid such mishaps. Sort all your travel arrangements, keep necessary documents ready for the airport, and ensure that you get to the University in time for the orientation program.
Make the overwhelming process of going abroad to study a little easier with these simple tips. With several institutions offering tutoring for competitive exams, you can easily bag that dream certification and set out on your path to professional success.