General FAQs>>

        What's the difference between a college and a university?

        Who can become a college or university student? Are there age limitations to attend U.S. colleges and universities?

        What is the difference between "undergraduate" and "graduate" programs?

        What is the academic calendar for colleges and universities in the United States?

        What are the English language proficiency requirements to study in the United States?

        Do students in the United States have to study a fixed set of subjects or can they individually form their majors?

        What is a GPA and what is the U.S. grading system?

        How can you find accurate information on advising services available to international students?


Researching Your Options>>

        What undergraduate degrees are offered in the United States?

        What is a community college?

        What is the transfer process from a community college to a 4-year university?

        What is the difference between public and private colleges and universities in the United States?

        What are the benefits of a liberal arts and sciences education?

        How can you know if an institution is accredited?

        Can a student be admitted to a U.S. college or university without taking a TOEFL or IELTS test?

        What is the TOEFL?

        What is the IELTS?

        What is the PTE Academic?

        What is the SAT?

        What is the GRE?

        What is the GMAT?

        Are there opportunities for university exchange programs in the United States?

        Do U.S. medical schools consider applicants with an undergraduate degree received outside of the United States?


Completing Your Application>>

        What are the admission requirements for an undergraduate program in the United States?

        What are the admission requirements to apply to a graduate program in the United States?

        Can students apply to college or university online?

        Are there deadlines for applying to colleges and universities in the United States?

        Can a student enter a college or university in the middle of the school year?


Financing Your Studies>>

        What are the main types of expenses related to higher education in the United States?

        When should students submit an application for financial aid?

        Can students work on campus?

        What is the difference between a scholarship and financial aid?

        Can a college or university give a scholarship for all four years of study, or is a scholarship only awarded for one year?

        Do private foundations cover study expenses?

        Can students receive partial financial aid for graduate programs?

        What types of financial aid exist for international graduate students?


Applying for Your Student Visa>>

        What type of visa do you need to become an academic student in the United States?

        How can you learn more about the student visa procedure in your country?

        How long does it take to receive a student visa?

        When can you apply for a student visa?

        Where does the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 come from?

        What if you are accepted to more than one college or university in the United States?

        What questions are asked during the visa interview?

        Should you make travel arrangements once you have submitted your visa application to the U.S. embassy?

        When can you enter the United States with your student visa?

        How long is a student visa valid?

        Can you take a short English language program in the United States with your tourist visa?


Prepare for Your Departure>>

        What is a Pre-Departure Orientation?

        Who benefits from attending a pre-departure orientation?

        Where can you find information about pre-departure orientations offered in your country?

        Do you need to attend a pre-departure orientation after obtaining your student visa?

        Is the pre-departure orientation only for undergraduate students?

        What happens if you cannot attend a pre-departure orientation in your country?

        Can your parents or a family member come along with you to the pre-departure orientation?

        Do you need health insurance?