How to Apply to Schools in the United States
About EducationUSA <ul><li>A global network of more than 400 advising centers in 170 countries worldwide </li></ul><ul><li...
The United States <ul><li>Over 4,800 accredited institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of types </li></ul><ul><li>All a...
Why Study in the U.S.? STUDYING IN THE US SOFT SKILLS YOU GAIN Interactive classroom discussion  Communication ability Po...
Factors to Consider www.iiehongkong.org/educationusa.htm <ul><li>Field of Study </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term education/care...
Financial Aid & Scholarships Funding U.S. Study Online   www.fundingusstudy.org
EducationUSA.state.gov Choose Region  ~East Asia~
College Comparison Worksheet School Name 1. 2. Public / Private Class Size City / State Setting: Urban / Rural Student-to-...
Admission Requirements for Community Colleges <ul><li>Open Admission Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Education diploma ...
Admission requirements for entry as an undergraduate to US universities/colleges <ul><li>Diploma of Secondary Education or...
The Application Process <ul><li>12-18 Months Before Enrolment  </li></ul><ul><li>Research and select approximately 10 inst...
<ul><li>Application Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>4-year Universities/Colleges: December – February </li></ul><ul><li>Commun...
<ul><li>Prepare for standardized tests by taking sample tests </li></ul><ul><li>Boost your English – consider summer schoo...
Online Resources <ul><li>EducationUSA </li></ul><ul><li>http:// EducationUSA.State.gov   </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of In...
How Can EducationUSA Help?  <ul><li>Information seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Test preparation materials for sale </li></ul><...
Contact Information <ul><li>Website:  www.educationusa.info </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook:  www.facebook.com /EducationUSA </...
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  • actively promoting U.S. higher education EducationUSA EducationUSA advising centers in the EducationUSA network, function in a variety of settings and serve as the primary source of information for students and scholars around the world who seek access to U.S. Higher Education.  •  It is a global network of more than 450 advising centers in 170 countries supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the United States Department of State . •   about the full range of educational opportunities in the United States.
  • Fantastic to visit schools, if possible – very open-ended, discuss older cousins, siblings, Create a neutral mindset and space – be mindful of the hurdles Check videos – IIE website – use the web The U.S. is a large country, with 50 states and nearly 300 million people. In terms of higher education, there are nearly 4,000 colleges and universities, offering virtually every field of study that you can think of. In the U.S. higher education is primarily offered by two types of colleges: 2-yr colleges, also known as junior or community colleges, which offer associate degree programs. 4-year colleges/universities, which offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 600 different programs The U.S. is a very large and geographically diverse country, and schools may sometimes specialize according to their location. [GIVE EXAMPLES] Internet / Online-related business – CA Political Science – DC or VA Tourism &amp; Hospitality – Florida, Las Vegas Although many Hong Kong students consider only “popular” states such as California or New York, there are still 48 other states to consider when looking for the right school for you. Check Associated Colleges of the Midwest
  • All these soft skills are very important to employers. Employers know you will learn on the job, but they want you to be a self-starter, a quick learner and be independent and proactive. The US style of teaching and learning is student-centric – which challenges a student more, but also develops a student more – so students leave with a degree from a US college or university PLUS these skills that help you compete in the job market and get promoted for your high potential. Emphasis on interactive classroom discussion helps you develop a point of view and communicate it. Essays that ask you to define and defend a position help your writing skills and critical thinking Team projects with classmates develop your collaborative interpersonal skills . Studying and living in the US boosts your English and cultural awareness and your confidence and helps you adapt to change In addition to learning an academic or professional specialty, you develop creative and proactive problem-solving skills
  • Family support? Student support helpful? Writing labs? Sports? Clubs? Facilities? Location: urban/rural/access to cities? Weather? professor/student ratio? graduate assistants? Independent projects? Think past “brands,” look past the coasts Opportunity
  • You should begin the application process the summer before you intend to begin university. For example, if you want to start in Fall 2007, you should have started looking for schools during the summer of 2006. A rough timeline is included in the Study America Fair Guide, to help you plan your admissions calendar.
  • [READ SLIDE] For more information, please refer to the Study America fair guide.
  • Now, to the questions that you’ve all been waiting to ask: How do I find out much all this will cost? What are my chances of getting in? I’ll start by answering the first question. Naturally, cost is a major consideration when deciding which schools to apply to. As I said earlier, private schools are generally more expensive than public schools. Traditionally, international students haven’t had many options in terms of financial aid or scholarships. However, there are now many scholarships and packages available for overseas students. A school’s competitiveness is judged by several criteria. [READ SLIDE] You should also make sure that the schools you apply to are accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. government. You can check a school’s status at the Council of Higher Education’s website, www.chea.org.
  • Please share your email address and we’ll add you to our list of updates. Our office is an education advising center and library, which is open to the public. Please call or check our website and discussion forum for opening hours and for the latest news and events. Thank you very much.
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    1. 1. How to Apply to Schools in the United States
    2. 2. About EducationUSA <ul><li>A global network of more than 400 advising centers in 170 countries worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Consulate/Embassy </li></ul><ul><li>Are not permitted to become involved with commercial recruitment agents </li></ul><ul><li>MISSION: to offer accurate, comprehensive, objective, & unbiased information on educational opportunities in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Our website: www.educationusa.info </li></ul>
    3. 3. The United States <ul><li>Over 4,800 accredited institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of types </li></ul><ul><li>All across the country </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why Study in the U.S.? STUDYING IN THE US SOFT SKILLS YOU GAIN Interactive classroom discussion  Communication ability Point of view / perspective Academic assignments  Writing Critical Thinking Analytical skills Team projects  Collaborative interpersonal skills Creative and proactive problem-solving skills Studying in the US  English language skills Overall Confidence Adaptability and Flexibility International/Cultural Experience and Awareness
    5. 5. Factors to Consider www.iiehongkong.org/educationusa.htm <ul><li>Field of Study </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term education/career plans </li></ul><ul><li>Location/Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Type/Size of School </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of Scholarships/Financial Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Admission Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation </li></ul>
    6. 6. Financial Aid & Scholarships Funding U.S. Study Online www.fundingusstudy.org
    7. 7. EducationUSA.state.gov Choose Region ~East Asia~
    8. 8. College Comparison Worksheet School Name 1. 2. Public / Private Class Size City / State Setting: Urban / Rural Student-to-faculty ratio % % Graduation Tuition and Fees Room and Board Expenses Required Test Scores Application Deadline
    9. 9. Admission Requirements for Community Colleges <ul><li>Open Admission Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Education diploma </li></ul><ul><li>High School Transcript </li></ul><ul><li>English Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Admission requirements for entry as an undergraduate to US universities/colleges <ul><li>Diploma of Secondary Education or High School Transcript </li></ul><ul><li>English Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized Tests (SAT or ACT) </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of Purpose/Essays </li></ul>
    11. 11. The Application Process <ul><li>12-18 Months Before Enrolment </li></ul><ul><li>Research and select approximately 10 institutions </li></ul><ul><li>(contact EducationUSA for advice) </li></ul><ul><li>10-12 Months Before Enrolment </li></ul><ul><li>Register for admission tests: SAT/ACT, TOEFL/IELTS </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow down your choice of schools to 3-5 institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain and complete application form(s) </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 Months Before Enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>Submit completed application forms and supporting documents before deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Double check that transcripts and references have been sent </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Application Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>4-year Universities/Colleges: December – February </li></ul><ul><li>Community Colleges: March – June </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling admissions or no deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>April – June </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>June – August </li></ul><ul><li>Attend a Pre-Departure Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for student visa </li></ul><ul><li>Make travel arrangements </li></ul>The Application Process
    13. 13. <ul><li>Prepare for standardized tests by taking sample tests </li></ul><ul><li>Boost your English – consider summer school </li></ul><ul><li>Community services / Non-school experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Internships / service learning </li></ul><ul><li>CONNECT with teachers, develop knowledge, point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Extend; develop personal interests: clubs, sports, trips </li></ul><ul><li>Be consistent in the spelling of your name on your applications </li></ul>Advice to students Tel: 2103 1509 Email: info@iiehongkong.org
    14. 14. Online Resources <ul><li>EducationUSA </li></ul><ul><li>http:// EducationUSA.State.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of International Education </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.iie.org </li></ul><ul><li>College Search </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.collegeboard.org </li></ul><ul><li>The Common Application </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.commonapp.org </li></ul><ul><li>International Student Resources </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nacacnet.org/StudentResources/InternationalStudentResources </li></ul><ul><li>The Princeton Review </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.princetonreview.com </li></ul>
    15. 15. How Can EducationUSA Help? <ul><li>Information seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Test preparation materials for sale </li></ul><ul><li>Individual/Group advising </li></ul><ul><li>Reference library </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations at schools </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance in search for funding </li></ul><ul><li>Visa Preparation Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Departure Orientations </li></ul>
    16. 16. Contact Information <ul><li>Website: www.educationusa.info </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: www.facebook.com /EducationUSA </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube: www.youtube.com/EducationUSATV </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: www.twitter.com/EdUSAupdates </li></ul><ul><li>Find your center: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.educationusa.info/centers.php </li></ul><ul><li>Find a college: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.educationusa.info/pages/students/search.php </li></ul>

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