12 to 18 months before departure:Evaluate your reasons for wanting to study in the USA taking into consideration : motivation, objectives, why the USA and not elsewhere ? your future plans : academic or employment opportunities your English proficiency and academic ability time required to earn an American degree estimated cost of study & scholarship opportunities June - SeptemberSelect 5 or 6 universities on the basis of their programs, degrees offered, accreditation, level of selectivity, cost, location and size July - AugustFind out which standardized tests are required (TOEFL, TSE, IELTS, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT) and register to take them in October or November. Forms are available at the Commission. August - SeptemberWrite to 5 or 6 universities to request application forms for admission and financial aid. October - Februaryrequest transcripts from your department or university and prepare literal translations have the translations of degrees and transcripts certified at the Commission apply for financial aid in Belgium and the USA have professors send recommendation letters send applications to universities well in advance of deadlines February - AprilWait for letters from the universities. March - AprilContact universities to which you have applied, but not yet received a response. April - JuneAccept offer of admission from your preferred university. Decline offers from other universities where you were also accepted. Contact the university housing office to reserve university owned housing. Contact the university Foreign Student Advisor for any specific information concerning arrival and orientation. Contact the Commission for pre-departure information.
Study in the US
Commission for Educational ExchangeBetween the United States of America and Belgium Study in the US 2012
Mission Research Website Education Language Resource Email - Fulbright Advising Teaching Journalism Library Phone Assistant Grants Center European Outreach Union
Why study in the US• Wide array of options• Flexibility• Not just academic study• Internationalize your CV• Opportunity to travel to the US
Differences to expect• Teaching and classroom styles• On-campus life and opportunities• Ranking system• Letters of recommendation• Personal statement
Some interesting figuresTop Undergraduate Institutions Top Graduate Institutions New York University New York University University of Cincinnati Harvard University Clemson University University of Chicago Miami-Dade College Stanford University Boston University Columbia University % Change Type of Program % Number (2007-2011) Undergraduate 42.6% 385 +41.% Graduate 34.2% 309 -7.5% Non-Degree 14.8% 134 +152.8% OPT 8.4% 76 +76.7%
Types of institutions Public • Also called State Schools • Possible Private religious affiliation • Two-year schools Community • Also called Junior College
Undergraduate (Bachelor) vs. Graduate Studyo Undergraduate Education 4 years directly after High School (Lycée). End result = a bachelors degree (B.A. or B.S.)o Graduate Education Higher degrees taken after completion of a bachelors degree (MBA, Ph.D, J.D., M.D., etc.)
Start Early 12 – 18 months…prior to departureCHOOSE …5 – 10 universities to apply toEVALUATE …your motivation & objectivesDETERMINE …all requirementsREGISTER …for required testsNOTE …all deadlines on a calendar
How to choose a program?o Accredited?o Size?o Location? o Number of international students? o Majors offered? o Cost?
Accreditation• Chea www.chea.org/search• Dept of Education http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation
English tests• $ 225 € 185 250• Brussels, Accepted by many Accepted by many Luxembourg, but not all but not all Paris, Arnhem universities universities• Reading, listening, Listening (30min), 3 hours, Brussels break, speaking, Reading (1h), Score in 5 days writing (4.5 hours) Speaking (11-• http://www.ets.or 14min), Writing http://www.pearso g/toefl npte.com/PTEACAD (1h) EMIC/Pages/home. http://www.britishc aspx ouncil.org/brussels- exams-ielts.htm
Dates to remember• 12 to 18 months before departure: Evaluate your reasons• June - September Select 5 or 6 universities on the basis of their programs, degrees offered, accreditation, level of selectivity, cost, location and size• July - August Find out which standardized tests are required• August - September Write to 5 or 6 universities to request application forms for admission and financial aid.• October - February Prepare transcripts and literal translations ,certified at the Commission Have professors send recommendation letters Send applications to universities well in advance of deadlines• February - April Wait for letters from the universities.• March - April Contact universities to which you have applied, but not yet received a response.• April - June Accept /Decline offers from other universities where you were also accepted. Contact housing department and international student office.
Graduate Education• Master’s degrees Typically 2 years in length• Doctoral degrees (PhD’s) Typically 4-6 years in length
Entrance Exams GRE GMAT Graduate Record Exam Graduate Management Admission Testo For admission to Graduate Schools o For admission to Business Schools (except Law and Business programs) o http://www.mba.como Subject-specific tests required for certain programso New test starting Fall 2011o http://www.ets.org/ gre
Revised GRE General Test Paper-based GRE Approximate Score revised General Test Report Mailing Dates Dates View Scores Online October 22, 2011 December 2, 2011o Skip questions November 19, 2011 December 30, 2011 February 11, 2012 March 23, 2012o On screen calculatoro New scoring systemo http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/know
3 Simultanious Actions1. Choose 5-10 universities & prepare the applications for each one.2. Determine which tests are needed to apply & take them (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, etc).3. Look for financial support.
How to finance your studies 1. Personal funding 2. Loan from a bank 3. Fellowship from U.S. university o Research assistantship o Teaching assistantship o Work Study (20 hrs/wk) 4. Scholarship from another organizations ◦ Fulbright ◦ BAEF ◦ Rotary ◦ Etc.