Applying to an American university is relatively easy. While the basic admission process of universities across USA is the same, there may be some additional information which you may have to furnish in order to get admission in the university. Here are the basic steps you need to follow when applying for study in the USA:
Choose a course and university
The first step in the process is to carefully select a course that you wish to pursue at an American university. Once you have examined the course, find out the universities that offer that particular course. Further, analyze the cost of the course, location of the university, reputation of the university, previous placements, internships programs offered, connectivity to the rest of the city, accommodation options available and social services offered on-campus to the international students.
Once you have shortlisted the courses and universities you wish to apply to, the next step is to obtain the forms and apply. International students can apply to the American universities either directly by post or online. You can download the application forms from the university's website or request the forms to be posted to your address. Another option is to contact an education agent in your country or an overseas representative of the university to which you are applying. Your application form will ask you information on the course(s) you wish to apply for and other necessary details. Most application forms require you to furnish:
- your personal details
- proof of your English language proficiency level
- details of your previous academic qualifications
- your course preferences
- a summary of employment experience (if applicable)
Additionally, you will also have to submit letters of recommendations, essays and copies of the required standard examination for admission. If you are still pursuing education, furnish the evidence of your latest mark sheets till the time you are not able to provide your final result.
Have your application processed
Once the university receives your application, it will be thoroughly assessed before you are notified of your admission confirmation or rejection. The processing time may take a few weeks (longer for postgraduate and doctorate applicants).
Accept your offer
After your application is accepted, you will be sent a letter of admission confirmation from the university. It is of utmost importance to carefully read the letter of offer and check for any conditions that may apply before accepting the letter. If any conditions have been mentioned, you have to meet them before the university issues a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). You are also required to pay the tuition fees before your institution issues a CoE
Prepare for departure
Now that you have received a letter of admission, it is time to apply for a student visa. At IDP, we help you get a student visa successfully in the shortest possible time. Once you have the student visa, you can book your flight and depart for US.