Going to review in the USA, directions to be used

Going to study in the United States with the help of your school

Thanks to agreements signed with one or more universities in the United States, the institution where you study your studies in France can help you live your American dream. It is certainly the safer of the two options and is the cheaper one.

  • When should I prepare my trip?

One year ahead!

  • Departure to the USA: how does it work?

The principle is simple. You re-enroll in your french university and pay the registration fee therein before leaving for theamerican university who will have accepted you.

It should, however, be noted that you will validate university credits and possibly a degree in France.

So don’t expect to graduate from a New York University or Texan, the host university will not issue an official degree.

Don’t panic, you can mention this exchange on your resume and believe me, it will be a great asset for your future applications!

  • I ask before leaving

Start by consulting your university or school’s international relations department. Once you have found the possible destinations, according to the agreements signed by them and the establishments on the other side of the Atlantic, check if your area of ​​study is offered.

Then contact the person responsible for the exchanges and tell them about your plans. Stay tuned, information meetings have been happening since the beginning of the school year!

Find out about the English test to take (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or theIELTS (International English Language Testing System) and start your reviews as soon as possible. A little tip to save money and review efficiently, consider borrowing CDs from the university library.

One year in the United States is expensive. Also think about finding the possible funding you will need. Take a look at available scholarships, for example. Even if you don’t have to pay the (exorbitant) application fees, you will have to support yourself on site. Housing, on campus or not, is a crucial point.

  • I embark on administrative procedures to study in the United States.

Once the decision has been made and the destination found, you will have to start your steps.

Official translations of reports and their diplomas, official certificate of funds from your bank, letters of recommendation in english from your professors and/or employers, essay, CV, study contract, scholarship application… make sure you have compiled the file in a timely manner.

That long buildup can be scary for sure. It seems long, boring, almost impossible, and it can make you want to give it all up. Rest assured, the dream is within your reach. If you start your steps well in advance, you won’t be overwhelmed. Do not panic ! Make a list of documents to return.

In addition, the person responsible for international relations will be there to guide you through the intricacies of paperwork.

Congratulations! You have successfully passed the first test… you will be able to start your steps towards obtaining a student visa.

First of all, you will have to make an appointment with the American Embassy. Afterwards, you will need to go there for an interview with the requested documents, including the I-20.

We can already see you frowning, but don’t worry! This barbaric name actually refers to the official document issued by the American establishment that accepted him. It is essential for your visa application.

  • The crucial question of housing.

The dilemma begins and your budget will definitely decide for you!

You can live on campus, but in most cases you will have to share your room with one or more roommates. The price of a room in a university residence remains high. Your host establishment will help you with the procedures.

For the more adventurous, you can look for an apartment to rent locally and consider a shared apartment. This solution is riskier, but can be much cheaper than the first one. Don’t forget that you can be helped by the university by contacting the student accommodation service.

Make sure you have specific insurance before departing for the United States. Make an appointment with your banking advisor to make sure you can access your funds from abroad without having to pay taxes each time you withdraw money.

Websites can help you organize your departure. Don’t hesitate to make a list of what you need to pack in your bags.

Don’t forget to visit your doctor and explain your situation. They can prescribe some basic medications you might need (just in case).

It’s done ? Two words : Have a good time!

How to go to study in the United States?

Does your university not offer exchange programs in the United States? Want to graduate from an American university? You can choose to study in the USA alone. A courageous decision that can be risky. Caution needed!

At least ten months before travel.

You will apply directly to a US university, without the help of a school.

You can go through specialized organizations that, for a fee, will help you find a school and a scholarship.

Find universities on the internet that meet your expectations and offer courses that match your curriculum. Whether private or public, keep in mind that they are VERY expensive.

You will have to pay all tuition fees at the establishment as a foreign student (the fees are even higher than for a US national student). As for an exchange student, you will also have to pay the accommodation and housing costs.

Make sure you have the necessary funds before you start!

There are other options, organizations facilitate your exit. O Franco-American Commission Full brightness grants scholarships to some students each year, for example.

If universities run out of budget, find out about Community Colleges that allow you to prepare an “associate degree” in two years and, under certain conditions, join a university later for a “bachelor’s degree”.

  • I enter the administrative procedures study in the United States.

Each university has its particularities and requirements. However, you will need to provide most of them: a cover letter, letters of recommendation, and your TOEFL scores.

You will also need to attach the results of other exams to your file: the SAT if you are applying for an undergraduate level (first cycle diploma), the GRE if you are applying for a graduate level (after bac+4), and the GMAT if you are applying for an MBA.

The Common Application can allow you to apply to multiple universities by filling out just one online file. To discover!

Yippee! All you have to do is get your VISA. The steps are, therefore, relatively the same for a student going on an exchange.

Safe ? OK. Doctor? OK. suitcase? OK. Bank? OK. Departure imminent!

Two apps for the road: the free “currency converter” app for Iphone that will save you unnecessary calculations and the headaches that come with it. The iPhone app “Do you have it all?” will help you with the laborious task of packing your luggage before departure, PackPoint Job Packing List will do the same for your android.

So don’t panic relax and enjoy!

  • The difficult phase of housing.

The dilemma begins and your budget will surely decide for you!

You can live on campus, but in most cases you will have to share your room with one or more roommates. the price ofa room in a university residence remains high. Your establishmentreception will help you on your steps.

For the more adventurous, you can look for an apartment to rent locally and consider a shared apartment. VSThis solution is riskier, but can be much cheaper than the first one.

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