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  1. 1. 1 Research Your Options 2 Finance Your Studies 3 Complete Your Application 4 Apply for Your Student Visa 5 Prepare for Your Departure 5 Steps EducationUSA can help you every step along the way. 5 Steps to U.S. Study
  2. 2. Why Study in the U.S. of all places? Quality English language practice Student-centered approach Diversity Flexibility Critical-thinking 4,700+ Choices International Experience State-of-the-art Facilities Value
  3. 3. TOEFL iBT (or IELTS)Application Fee and Form Writing SamplesStatement of Purpose Curriculum Vitae or Resume 2-3 Recommendation Letters Application Package Financial Aid Form Official Academic Transcripts Exams (SAT, ACT) Interview Every little piece counts. And every university is different. The “Application Package” for the U.S.
  4. 4. What to Study
  5. 5. Gain your degree from a U.S. institution. Degree Options in the U.S. UNDERGRADUATE • 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. GRADUATE • Masters • PhD • Professional: medical, dental, pharmacy, law, business
  6. 6. Where to Study
  7. 7. Where will you apply? Your List 1-2 “Dream/Reach” Schools (25% or less) 2-3 “Mid-Range” Schools (25-70%) 1-2 “Safety” Options (70+% or local) Plan B
  8. 8. Look into Details. Never Go By Name Alone.
  9. 9. • 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. Ivy League
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. • 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
  12. 12. Need-Based Financial Aid Tuition = $49,000 Living = $11,000 Total = $60,000 Subtract… Amount you can pay = $9,000 Equals… Award Package = $51,000 Merit-Based Scholarships Tuition = $46,000 Living = $12,000 Total = $58,000 Subtract… Average Award = $52,000 Equals… Projected Cost = $6,000 Financing Your Education - Undergraduate
  13. 13. 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)
  14. 14. 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…
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. What Are They Looking For?
  17. 17. • 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
  18. 18. 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 https://eg.usembassy.gov/education-culture/exchange- opportunities/allexchanges/
  19. 19. How to Apply
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. What if the U.S. college or university does not provide funding? External Funding for U.S. Degrees • Search engines via EducationUSA • Onsi Sawiris Scholarship(Harvard-Stanford- Up enn-UChicago) Undergraduate
  23. 23. Take your research seriously. You have many free tools to help. Search Tools and Resources Global network of centers and thorough website/app. EDUCATION USA AMIDEAST Information on testing, test prep, and fields of study. COLLEGE BOARD Fantastic tools and resources for undergraduate study, incl. SAT. PETERSONS Fantastic tools and resources for graduate study, incl. GRE. CHEA 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.
  24. 24. Brand New Website! EDUCATIONUSA.STATE.GOV
  25. 25. Our Facebook Community EducationUSA Egypt
  26. 26. Our Slideshare Account EducationUSAEgypt
  27. 27. www.youtube.com/EducationUSAEgypt Thank you and Good Luck! EducationUSAcairo@amideast.org EducationUSA-Alexandria@amideast.org rg 19263
  28. 28. Q&A Ask your questions about Study in the USA.

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