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  • 1/29/2015
  • 1/29/2015
  • This is a brief overview to help you begin learning about the US higher educational system.
    As you can see there are several different types of universities.
    Two-year colleges or community colleges -Two-year or community colleges award Associate’s degrees. -Generally, they have a professional or vocational focus, involve less rigorous application processes and entry
    requirements than a four-year university. -Many American students start their studies at a community college, and then transfer to four-year university, receiving
    Bachelor’s degree from that university in another two years.
    -Community colleges may be a particularly good option if your SAT scores are not high, as many community colleges do
    not require SAT scores for admission.
    -They are also much less expensive than four-year universities
    Four-year Colleges:
    -Four-year colleges award Bachelor’s degrees
    Public vs. Private Universities:
    -Generally, there are two types of four-year colleges. -Public universities are funded by state taxes. -They tend to have larger student body and tend to be less expensive than private institutions, making them a good value
    for your money. -Private universities are privately-funded by tuition, donors and endowments. -They typically have a smaller student body and are more expensive to attend, but often have better facilities on offer and
    more funding set aside for international students
  • -With so many universities offer, narrowing your search from 4,000 to 4-6 is not easy. -When you have to choose a university there are many other factors to consider including majors offered, type of university, location and campus life, competitiveness of admission, cost and availability of funding.
    -We suggest students and parents carefully consider which factors are the top priority and then begin their search.
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  • 1/29/2015
  • 1/29/2015
  • 1/29/2015
  • Us higher education choosing a college or universit

    1. 1. US Higher Education: Choosing a College or University Commissione per gli Scambi Culturali fra l’Italia e gli Stati Uniti The US –Italy Fulbright Commission www.fulbright.it The Fulbright Program Linking Minds Across Cultures
    2. 2. 2 Table of Content 1. US Higher Education: Choosing a College or University 2. The Admissions Process: an overview 3. Funding Resources 4. Visas
    3. 3. 1 US Higher Education: Choosing a College or University
    4. 4. Why study in the US • Wide range of university programs • Experience American college life • Have the flexibility to explore your academic interests • Internationalize and strengthen your CV • Learn about US culture and see a new part of the world 4
    5. 5. 5 Overview of US Higher Education • Two-year/community colleges (Associate’s degree) • Four-year (Bachelor’s degree) Type of Institutions • Public • Private
    6. 6. 6 Choosing a College or University • Majors offered • Type of university • Location • Campus Life • Competitiveness of admission – apply to a range of universities • Cost and availability of funding
    7. 7. 1Resources for Choosing a University • Websites and Databases available through the “Guide to study in the US” on www.fulbright.it • University websites • Talk with teachers, professionals in your study areas of interest, etc. 7
    8. 8. 2 The Admission’s Process: an overview
    9. 9. Timeline 9 Time Before Enrollment Notes 1 - 1 ½ years •Learn about US higher education •Begin choosing universities 10 - 12 months •Finalize your selection of Universities •Register for admission exams •Begin admission and funding applications 8 - 10 months •Submit admission application •Submit funding applications
    10. 10. Timeline 10 Time Before Enrollment Notes 4 - 7 months •Receive admission decisions 1 - 3 months •Notify universities •Apply for your visa - •Begin Study in the US
    11. 11. Admission: Application • Application form • Admission exams scores • Transcript & school report • 2-3 essays • 2-3 recommendation reference letter • Application fee 11
    12. 12. Admission: Standardized tests • English Proficiency: TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language http://www.ets.org/toefl/ • Scholastic Assesment: SAT Scholastic Assessment Test http://sat.collegeboard.com/home/ ACT American College Testing http://www.act.org/aap/ 12
    13. 13. Admission: Selection Criteria • Academics • Admission Tests scores • Extracurricular involvement • Personal attributes - Interest in your field of choice - Character - Leadership abilities - Reasons for wanting to attend the university 13
    14. 14. 3 Funding Resources
    15. 15. 15 Tuition and fees • Can vary significantly • May be a set semester/yearly rate or calculated on a credit-hour basis • Average tuition fees: - $ 2,544 or less (two-year public, out of state) - $ 11,528 (four-year public, out of state) - $ 26,273 (four-year private) source: “Trends in Higher Education Series”, College Board, http://www.collegeboard.com
    16. 16. 16 Sources of funding • US universities Merit based Sport Scholarships • Personal / Family funds
    17. 17. 17 Funding:Tip for Success • Start your scholarship search early • Be flexible in choosing universities NOTE • You may need to “collect” funding from multiple sources • Other sources of financial assistance will likely be available once the student gets to the US, but these often cannot be taken into account in the visa interview stage
    18. 18. 18 Funding Resources: information • US Universities websites • Online scholarships searches: - www.fundingusstudy.org - www.iefa.org - www.edupass.org/finaid - www.globalgrant.com • Fulbright weekly updates on Facebook & Twitter: facebook.com/FulbrightCommissionItaly twitter.com/fulbrightitalia
    19. 19. 4 Visas
    20. 20. Visas • F-1 Student Visa • Generally, straightforward process Receive your I-20 from the US University Complete SEVIS application and pay fee on-line Complete visa application and pay fee on-line Schedule an interview at the US Embassy in Rome • Refer to US Embassy for visa enquires: http://www.usembassy.it/Main/ 20
    21. 21. 21 Contacts Commissione per gli Scambi Culturali fra l’Italia e gli Stati Uniti (The U.S. Italy Fulbright Commission) Website www.fulbright.it Facebook: facebook.com/FulbrightCommissionItaly Twitter: twitter.com/fulbrightitalia Email: info@fulbright.it Via Castelfidardo 8, Roma 00185 Tel. 06/4888.211
    22. 22. Questions? info@fulbright.it

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