1 Research Your Options
2 Finance Your Studies
3 Complete Your Application
4 Apply for Your Student Visa
5 Prepare for Your Departure
EducationUSA can help you every step along the way.
5 Steps to U.S. Study
Why Study in the U.S. of all places?
Diversity Flexibility Critical-thinking
TOEFL iBT (or IELTS)Application Fee and Form
Writing SamplesStatement of Purpose
Curriculum Vitae or
Financial Aid Form
Exams (SAT, ACT) Interview
Every little piece counts. And every university is different.
The “Application Package” for the U.S.
Gain your degree from a U.S. institution.
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
• Cornell 16%
• Brown 9%
• Yale 7%
• Princeton 8%
• Harvard 6%
• Dartmouth 10%
• Columbia 7%
• Penn 12%
The nation’s oldest schools, with prestigious reputations
and high selectivity.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER
• Number of International Students
• Undergraduate / Graduate Student Ratios
• Graduation Rate
• Employment Rate
• How many large, lecture-style classes?
• Are you eligible for financial assistance?
• Your personality and social/study habits
• Is there research being done on your specialization?
• Do the faculty share your interests and passions?
• WHERE DO YOU FIT?
Consider more when considering a U.S. institution.
Rankings Aren’t Everything
• Tuition (by credit hour)
• College/University Fees
• Books, Supplies, Class Fees
• Health Insurance (mandatory)
• Personal Expenses (according to the university)
• Room & Board (off-campus and on-campus options)
• Local Transportation
• International Transportation (Will you come home for breaks?)
• SEVIS and Student Visa Application
Find out what the total costs for each school on your list.
Calculate the Total Costs
Need-Based Financial Aid
Tuition = $49,000
Living = $11,000
Total = $60,000
Amount you can pay = $9,000
Award Package = $51,000
Tuition = $46,000
Living = $12,000
Total = $58,000
Average Award = $52,000
Projected Cost = $6,000
Financing Your Education - Undergraduate
Always remember that finding your “Best Fit” is more important than ranking.
• Stanford 9%
• University of Chicago 8%
• MIT 8%
• Duke 12%
• CalTech 9%
• Johns Hopkins 13%
• Northwestern 13%
• Washington University in
St. Louis 17%
• Bates College 22%
• Hamilton College 25%
Other Need-Based Aid Universities
(Other Top Universities)
Where merit-based aid includes full or nearly full tuition.
Merit-Based Scholarship Schools
• Boston College (MA)
• College of William and Mary (VA)
• Duke University (NC)
• Kenyon College (OH)
• New York University (NY)
• University of Miami (FL)
• University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (NC)
• University of Oregon (OR)
• University of Southern California (CA)
• University of Virginia (VA)
• Vanderbilt University (TN)
• Many more…
Assess your personal/family contribution. Find programs that fit your budget.
Lower Tuition Options in the U.S.
• In-State Tuition Waivers
• Delta State University
• Minot State University
• Wayne State College
• Northern State University
• City University of New York
• Dickinson State University
• Midwestern State University
• West Texas A&M University
• Bemidji State University
• The Ohio State University: Chillicoth
• University of Michigan: Flint
• Community College 2+2 plan
• Consistently High Grades – All A’s / Excellent with honors
• Advanced coursework (AP, IG, IB)
• Overall GPA 3.6 - 4.2, or 95-100%
• Class Rank – Top 5-10%
• SAT 1450-1500, subject 600+
• TOEFL 110+ or years of study in English
• Powerful essay, letters of rec, and work samples
• Activities, Projects, Relevant Work Experience
• Commitment to the field and/or your country
• Apply Early (early decision or early action)
• Passion, Maturity and Flexibility
• The First or The Only
Strategies for Getting In Selective Schools
Study in the U.S. while attaining your degree from Egypt.
Non-Degree Options in the U.S.
• Between the Lines, Tech Girls etc. through US Embassy
• YES through AFS
Start the process early.
First Steps Toward a Winning Application
1. Chart Your Options
2. Contact Admissions
Officers or Professors
3. Register and Take Tests
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-
• 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.
What if the U.S. college or university does not provide funding?
External Funding for U.S. Degrees
• Search engines via
• Onsi Sawiris Scholarship(Harvard-Stanford- Up
Take your research seriously. You have many free tools to help.
Search Tools and Resources
Global network of centers and thorough website/app.
Information on testing, test prep, and fields of study.
Fantastic tools and resources for undergraduate
study, incl. SAT.
Fantastic tools and resources for graduate study, incl.
Database of accredited American education institutions.
US EMBASSY CAIRO
Information on Student Visas and list of exchange programs.
NUMBEO, FOREIGN CREDITS, ETC.
Cost of Living comparison, GPA calculator, and more.