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  1. 1. EducationUSA can help you every step along the way. 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
  2. 2. This is the first question to ask yourself. Why do I want to study in the U.S.?
  3. 3. Why Study in the U.S. of all places? Flexibility Critical-thinking State-of-the-art Facilities International Experience and Networking 4,900+ Choices Quality English language practice Value Student-centered approach Working closely with professors Diversity
  4. 4. Benefits of a Life in Engineering or Architecture  Job satisfaction  Variety of career opportunities  Challenging work  Intellectual development  Potential to benefit society  Financial security  Technological & scientific discovery  Creative thinking  And much more…..
  5. 5. Starting your Search • 1000+ engineering programs • 400+ architecture programs • Best universities overall may not be best for your field • Accreditation, not rankings! – ABET: engineering accreditation, globally recognized – NAAB: architecture accreditation, required for professional registration • Admission rates?
  6. 6. A word about ACCREDITATION 1) University Accreditation – www.chea.org 2) Professional Accreditation National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) – www.naab.org Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) – www.abet.org Since most state registration boards in the United States require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB or ABET accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of engineering and architecture.
  7. 7. Studying Engineering in the U.S.
  8. 8. Is Engineering Right for You? Do you possess: • Strong analytical aptitude/logical thinking? • Attention to detail? • Creativity? • Interest in staying up-to-date on newest developments? • Good mathematical/problem solving skills? • Ability to work as part of a team? • Excellent technical knowledge?
  9. 9. Engineering Fields in the U.S. • Aerospace/Aeronautical: Want to make things fly? • Agricultural: Want to protect the environment? • Biomedical: Interested in medicine, but don’t want to go to medical school? • Chemical: Curious about chemical reactions? • Civil Engineering: Want to build the next major dam or bridge? • Computer: Know your way around a motherboard?
  10. 10. Engineering Fields in the U.S. Electrical: Would you like to power the world? Environmental: Is recycling important to you? Concern for the environment is top priority for environmental engineers Industrial: Do you often think ‘I could do that better or faster? Materials Science: How are the tires on a race car different from the ones on your family’s car? Mechanical: Like to take things apart? Nuclear: Could fusion be a solution for safe, affordable energy??
  11. 11. Choosing an Engineering Program • Know professional organizations for your field; do they have a guide to best schools? • Faculty • Well-regarded in field? • Read publications or know their work • Accreditation • Academic unit size • Facilities/ support • Career programs • Postgraduate plans
  12. 12. Degree Options Available Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) (4 years) Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) (4 years) Associate Degrees: Associate of Science (Transferable) Associate of Applied Science Other options: 3-2 Engineering Degrees 5-year cooperative education programs
  13. 13. Undergraduate Admissions • SAT/ACT scores – Optional, recommended, or required? • English proficiency – Is there conditional admission? – Know minimum scores required • Grades: 2.75-3.0 – Average minimums for admission to major • Architecture – 4-year bachelor’s degrees – 5-year master’s degrees • Math preparation for engineering – Calculus I recommended – SAT/ACT scores can help
  14. 14. Undergraduate Scholarships • Two kinds – Need-based – Merit-based • Need-based – Awarded for financial need • Merit-based – Awarded for grades, scores, quality of work – University-wide or through departments • Can get more than 1 • Who’s eligible? – Requirements differ – New freshmen? – Or just enrolled students? • Deadlines – November 1st or February 1st are common – Departments may have different deadlines • Look outside the university!
  15. 15. Degree Options Available Graduate Degree: Master’s in Engineering (1 year) - Professional, no thesis requirement Master’s of Science (2 years) - Thesis and non-thesis option Ph.D. program (5-7 years) - Highest degree, course work followed by original research dissertation
  16. 16. Graduate Admissions • Done through department • Most programs take students only for fall • Deadlines are early! – 1st week of January or earlier • GRE: general test – Some require it, others don’t – May be no minimums • English proficiency – TOEFL or IELTS • Minimum scores can be different for each department – Conditional admission? • Transcripts – 3.0 minimum GPA – Especially in your major
  17. 17. • Architecture – Portfolio: examples of academic or professional work • Prerequisite courses or degrees? • Reference letters – 3, from professors or supervisors • Personal statement – What do you want to study? – Why do you want to study it? – Why is ____ University the best place for you? • Resume/CV Graduate Admissions
  18. 18. Should I do a master’s or Ph.D.? • Master’s not required for most Ph.D. programs • Takes longer to do both separately • Some departments don’t take master’s-only students • More financial aid for Ph.D. students
  19. 19. Graduate Funding • Teaching assistantships – Funded by departments – Teach or assist professor in course • Research assistantships – Usually funded by research grants • Fellowships – Support in return for teaching or research duties – Very competitive • Scholarships – Usually for excellent academic work – Some for Ph.D. students only • Travel grants – For conferences
  20. 20. Online Resources for Engineering The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) www.abet.org American Society for Engineering Education www.asee.org Society of Women Engineers www.swe.org The National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveying (NCEES) www.ncees.org National Society of Professional Engineers Education www.nspe.org/students/home.asp
  21. 21. Studying Architecture in the USA
  22. 22. Common Specializations • Architectural Engineering • Architectural History • Historic Preservation/Conservation • Interior Architecture • Industrial Design • Landscape Architecture • Urban Design EducationUSA.state.gov
  23. 23. Undergraduate Degrees • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) – 5 years – Accredited – Design Studio – Internships/practical training • Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) • Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies (BA Arch) – 4 years – Generally NOT accredited – In order to lead to licensure, students need MArch degree
  24. 24. Applying for Undergrad programs • Strong Grade Point Average (GPA) with trigonometry, calculus and physics • Competitive SAT and TOEFL scores • Appropriate prerequisite coursework • Portfolio of creative work works
  25. 25. Master Degrees • Master of Architecture (MArch I, II, or III) – Terminal, professional degree – Requires a studio component – 2 year or 3 year program depending on undergrad • Master of Science in Architecture (MS Arch) – Particular fields of study – Less than 2 years – Continuing on to PhD
  26. 26. Doctorate Degrees Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Teaching or Research • Doctorate in Architecture (DArch) – Advanced study in particular area & Studio component • Doctorate in Design (DDes) – More practical and applied approach to architecture
  27. 27. Applying to Grad Programs • Graduated from undergraduate degree program in Architecture or related field • Strong portfolio – Includes complete projects related to proposed study or specialization • Good GRE score • TOEFL or IELTS
  28. 28. Highlighted Specializations • Sustainable Design – understanding the political and cultural contexts • Computing – 3-D modeling, robotics, and digital design
  29. 29. The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers the only NAAB accredited Doctorate of Architecture (DArch) program in the United States.
  30. 30. It is recommended that architecture students submit a hard bound portfolio with dimensions of 8 x 11 inches when applying to a university.
  31. 31. Studio Component • Most degree programs require some form of studio work • Certain institutions offer studio work in international locations
  32. 32. Online Architecture Resources • National Association of Architecture Accrediting Board: www.naab.org • American Institute of Architecture: www.aia.org • American Institute of Architecture Students: www.aias.org • Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov/oco • AMIDEAST amideast.org/usstudy/fields-study
  33. 33. How to Choose a School • Are you seeking a professional degree • Level of confidence • Art vs science • Academic structure • Reputation/tradition • Academic unit size • Faculty • Career programs • Postgraduate plans
  34. 34. Hawaii to New Hampshire
  35. 35. Big Cities and Small Towns
  36. 36. 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 Transcripts incl. any pre-requisite courses • 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 • Work Experience: Curriculum Vitae or Resume • Financial Aid Form and Documents as Proof • Interview
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  38. 38. www.youtube.com/EducationUSA Thank you and Good Luck! EducationUSAcairo@amideast.org EducationUSA‐Alexandria@amideast.org 19263
  39. 39. Q&A Ask your questions about Study in the USA.

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