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Embracing the study abroad experience in the USA

I love that I can interact with a lot of students in my graduate degree who have full-time jobs and are studying part-time at DePaul University.

A helping hand from IDP

When I was in Thailand working as a marketing executive, I didn’t know anything about studying abroad.

I went to an expo and came across an IDP booth, where I met Pebank, who became my IDP counsellor.

Pebank gave me a framework of the entire application process, from application due dates to the English language test scores I needed to apply. I also learnt how to write my SOP and how to talk to my professors and employers to get a recommendation letter.

My counsellor not only spent two hours with me during every appointment but also talked to my parents.

This was because I needed my parents’ approval of the universities I chose. Pebank provided me and my parents a list of universities and my Dad decided the ones I would apply to.

Arriving and settling in a new country

It was scary at first when I arrived in the USA, only because I was in a different country away from my home, on my own.

But it became easier when I arrived in Chicago and tried to set myself up in the city.

My counsellor had given me the contact details of the students who were already living in Chicago. I contacted them before I headed to the USA, to ask about English Language Academy (ELA) classes and also about the weather in the USA.

I am still in touch with the first student I contacted. I also met another Thai IDP student when I first arrived, and she has now become my best friend. We hang out together every week.

I have made a lot of friends in this country. And if I had to do it all over again, I would still choose to study at DePaul University in the USA.

What I love about studying abroad

Usually, I am the only Asian student in my class. And I am gaining a lot of experience studying abroad.

In my class, I get to meet people who have different backgrounds and pursue their careers in various fields.

Now I want to expand my connections in the entertainment industry and become a marketing manager in that field in Thailand.

Ask IDP

Can I apply for a scholarship with an IELTS score of 6.5?
by Varsha
Scholarships are based on the overall profile of the student, and also depends on the course and the university requirements.
Which universities in the UK offer a Masters in data analytics?
by Neha
Have a look at Bath, Belfast, Oxford Brookes, Brunel, Essex, Sheffield Hallam, Huddersfield, Leeds, MMU, Northumbria, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Sheffield, Southampton, Strathclyde, and Swansea.
How expensive is life in Australia?
by radhika
For your living expenses you'll need to have around $21041 AUD per academic year according to the Department of Home Affairs.

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