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How to Study in the United States

Đang chơi bàiFind out how you can visit the United States as a student, where to learn English, and how the U.S. educational system works.

. The federal government role in education is limited, but the Department of Education:

  • Provides and monitors those funds
  • Collects and reports findings
  • Focuses national attention on
  • Prohibits discrimination and
  • Works to
 to find local programs.
  • Internet: Learn English from home with the website or download the application to your phone or tablet to practice on the go. Listen to for audio conversations to learn English.
  • Libraries: In some communities, libraries offer English classes and materials to study. Find a .
  • If you are concerned that you might have been scammed or overcharged by an ESL program, contact the to file a complaint.

    - Worldwide centers give international students advice on higher education. They can also help students find study opportunities in the United States.

  • - Find and compare colleges by location, type of institution, programs, majors, and more.

  • Đang chơi bài - Verify if the U.S. school  that you are interested in is certified.

  • Đang chơi bài - Learn about the experience of studying in the U.S. from other international students.

  • 2. Finance Your Studies. The U.S. government does not provide loans, grants, or help with scholarships for international students. As an international student, you will have to find alternative sources of funding such as:

    • Your Home Country  Education Authorities - Many countries offer foreign study funding for their own nationals. To receive funding, they must qualify for and be admitted to an approved program or institution abroad. 

    • The International Admissions Office - Many U.S. academic institutions assist international students. Contact the international admissions office at the schools you are interested in to learn if you may be eligible for assistance.

    • Scholarships and GrantsĐang chơi bài - Many organizations offer scholarships and grants for study and research. These organizations include private foundations, businesses, and nonprofits. Use the to find financial aid opportunities.

    • Exchange Programs Administered by the U.S. Government - These provide assistance to qualified international students. You can get help from the and other programs at all education levels.

    3. Complete your application. In the U.S, colleges and universities establish their own admission requirements. These usually include minimum scores on third-party standardized tests. Follow the application requirements set by the admissions office of the school you’re interested in.

    • - The U.S. has no single authority that evaluates foreign credentials. Academic institutions and state licensing boards recognize these credentials based on their requirements. Academic evaluations include coursework, degrees, and professional licenses.

    • Đang chơi bài - Some programs require students to take one or more standardized tests. Plan to take your tests in advance so your scores are available when you submit your application.

    • - Many schools require this test to measure your English language skills.

    4. Apply for your visaĐang chơi bài. Before you can apply for a student visa, you must be accepted by a -certified school.

    • - Learn about the types of student visas, how to apply, fees, and required documents.

    • - You must pass an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.  Find out what you need to do before your appointment. 

    5. Prepare for departure. Explore these resources while you plan your move to the U.S.

    • Đang chơi bài - Find out how to get started, arrive, stay, and leave the U.S.

    • Life in the U.SĐang chơi bài. - Learn about American holidays, states, and other useful information.

    • - Find information for international students who want to work while attending school in the U.S. 

    • Đang chơi bài - International students and new graduates can attend on-the-job training in the U.S. too.  This training can supplement knowledge gained in their academic studies.

    • Foreign Visitors Driving in the U.S.Đang chơi bài - Get quick facts for short-term visitors, students, and residents about driving in the U.S.

    • English as a Second Language - Learn English and improve basic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

    • Đang chơi bài - Some international students may be subject to income tax.

     - The school you choose must have a  certification. Public elementary schools (K to 8) are not eligible for SEVP certification.   
  •  - International students may only attend public high school for a maximum period of 12 months and they must reimburse the full, per-capita cost of attending.
  •  - Unlike when attending a public school, an international student at a private school may attend from K to 12, and for longer than 12 months.
  •  - After being accepted by a SEVP-certified school, an international student can apply for a visa at a .
  •  - Contact state education offices for state-specific programs and information for international primary and secondary students.
  •  - The U.S. Department of State offers programs for international students who want to come to the U.S. for a cultural, educational, or professional exchange.
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    Last Updated: July 15, 2020