5 Steps to U.S. Study
1.Research Your Options
2.Finance Your Studies
3.Complete Your Application
4.Apply for Your Student Visa
5.Prepare for Your Departure
Why do I want to study in the U.S.?
This is the first question to ask yourself.
Why Study in the U.S. of all places?
Working closely with
Achieving Your Long-Term Goals
Non-Degree Seeking Options in the U.S.
Study in the U.S. while attaining your degree from Egypt.
Exchange Programs through the U.S. Embassy
University Students: E.g. (GlobalUGRAD/SUSI)
Secondary Students: E.g. (Tech Girls/Between the Lines) 15-17/16
• KL-Yes for high school students (AFS) 15-17
• Humphrey Fellowship (Professionals) through Fulbright
• Junior Faculty Development through Fulbright
• PhD Research grants (including Fulbright)
• Community College Initiative (Fulbright) December
• FLTA for English Teachers(Fulbright)
• TCLP (AMIDEAST) for Arabic and English teachers at Governmental
• Medical Residencies, Observerships, etc. (EAMTAR)
• Certificate Programs/ELI Programs/Summer Programs through
Community colleges or US Universities. (Self fund)
Degree Options in the U.S.
• Bachelor: 4-year college or university
• Bachelor: 2+2 Plan (attend community college first)
• Bachelor: Transfer into a U.S. college from Egypt
• Associates (2 year degree, or as professional
development for a graduate): nursing, radiology, auto,
tourism, air traffic control, hospitality, culinary, etc.
• Professional: medical, dental, pharmacy, law, business
Gain your degree from a U.S. institution.
Study Outside the Box
Your choice of majors and concentrations are endless.
• Arts, Entertainment and Media Management
• Peace and Conflict Studies
• Diving Business and Technology
• Theme Park Engineering
• Women and Gender Studies
• Dance and Music Ethnology
• Game Design and Mobile Media Programming
• Decision Sciences
• Athletic Training or Coaching
• High Performance Motorsports
• Design-Your-Own Major
Where will you apply?
• 1-2 “Dream/Reach” Schools (25% or less)
• 2-3 “Match” Schools (25-70%)
• 1-2 “Plan B” Options (70+% or local)
5-10 colleges and universities
You want to be excited about the colleges and
universities on your list.
Things to Consider Other Than Rankings
Consider more when considering a U.S. institution.
• Your personality and social/study habits
• Number of International Students
• Undergraduate / Graduate Student Ratios
• Is there research being done on your specialization?
• Do the faculty share your interests and passions?
• Graduation Rate
• Employment Rate
• How many large, lecture-style classes?
• Are you eligible for financial assistance?
• WHERE DO YOU FIT?
Undergraduate Financial Assistance
Find out what the college offers and which programs you are eligible for.
• Merit Scholarships: Academic GPA and SAT/ACT scores
• Talent Scholarships: Specific majors
• Diversity Scholarships
• Transfer Scholarships
• Tuition wavers and other guaranteed discounts
• Need-based financial aid for international students (full need met)
• Athletic Scholarships (administered through the NCAA)
• Leadership and other special awards
• On-Campus Work Study (limited hours and wage <$2,500 per year)
• Off-Campus Internship (CPT/OPT Practical Training, sometimes paid)
• Tuition Guarantee (price will not rise each year)
Graduate Funding Available
Fewer spots than undergraduate programs, but more funding available.
Graduate, Research, and Teaching Assistantships.
Can include tuition, living expenses, and a stipend.
86% of STEM PhD candidates were fully funded.
Must be repaid in full. Available more for professional
schools. Many times require a U.S. citizen co-signer.
Off-campus internship (paid or unpaid) 12 months
total, or 29 months for STEM fields.
Scholarships that do not require any repayment. Cover
full or partial tuition and sometimes living expenses.
CPT/OPT – PRACTICAL TRAINING
Graduate: Things to Consider
• More like applying for a job.
• Is the professor/department doing exactly
what you have experience with?
• How many positions do they have available?
• Two Models: Few, fully-funded students VS
Many, partially-funded students
• Are they looking for work/life experience?
• Fewer spots than undergraduate programs,
but more funding available
• Professional Schools offer little/no funding;
Could you consider an academic degree
instead of a professional track?
What if the U.S. college or university does not provide funding?
• Onsi Sawiris Scholarship (Stanford/Harvard
University of Chicago and UPenn)
• Onsi Sawiris Scholarship (MBA or
Masters in Engineering) administered by AMIDEAST OSSP
• AlGhurair (Arizona State University)
- Online AlGhurair Online MA
• Qalaa Scholarships Qalaa Scholarships
• NYU Wagner Fellowships NYU Fellowships
• Aga Khan Aga Khan
• MBA Fellowship at Stanford for African Countries
Stanford MBA Fellowship
• Yousriya Loza Fellowship Yousriya Loza Fellowship
“MA in Development Practice (MDP) from the Hubert H. Humphrey School
of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA”
• Fulbright Fulbright Programs for Egyptians
External Funding for U.S. Degrees
Start the process early.
First Steps Toward a Winning Application
Every little piece counts. And every university is different.
The “Application Package” for the U.S.
• Application Fee and Form – Your answers to questions and lists
• Statement of Purpose and other Essays
• 2-3 Recommendation Letters
• Official Academic Records/Transcripts
• Exams (SAT/ACT, GRE, GMAT) Scores sent from testing agency.
• TOEFL iBT (or IELTS) Results sent from testing agency.
• Writing Samples, Research Papers, Portfolio, Other
• Curriculum Vitae or Resume
• Financial Aid Form and Documents as Proof
• School Form: details of your high school. For Common App only.
Make a great first impression.
Putting Together a Winning Application
• Give yourself enough time: a year or more ideally.
Most applications will be due November-January.
• Apply to 5-10 universities, varying in selectivity.
• Never do just the minimum or the average.
• Use consistent version of name; match passport.
• Double-check deadlines and instructions.
• Communicate with the International Admissions
Office or Department to make sure you have all
your documents ready before the deadlines.
• Be professional… in all correspondence.
• Don’t leave holes in your application form.
Take your research seriously. You have many free tools to help.
Search Tools and Resources
Global network of centers and thorough
Information on testing, test prep, and fields of
Fantastic tools and resources for undergraduate
study, incl. SAT.
Fantastic tools and resources for graduate study,
Database of accredited American education
US EMBASSY CAIRO
Information on Student Visas and list of exchange programs.
NUMBEO, FOREIGN CREDITS, ETC.
Cost of Living comparison, GPA calculator, and more.