Challenges for International Applicants
Deciding to study at an American university is an exciting choice that will offer a world of opportunities. However, applying to come to a school in the United States will also be a special challenge. Knowing how to present the strongest application is already a complex question for domestic students with a first-hand understanding of American education. For an international student, however, the admissions process in the States can be downright confounding.
Applying to universities in the United States is far more complex than the process may be in other countries, which tend to use a single entrance exam or provide acceptance to all applicants who meet a minimum criteria. Any student hoping for acceptance to a selective university in the United States will have to show a comprehensive list of accomplishments in the classroom, in the testing hall, and even in the time spent outside of school. This means that the process of applying to college begins long before you sit down to write your applications.
Universities won’t be the only ones making difficult choices. When you decide to study in the United States, you have over 3,000 different schools to choose from. There are considerations such as academic fit, the school environment, and whether the university offers the right community and support structure for international students. Knowing which universities are best suited for you is much more involved that picking schools you’ve heard of in cities you think you might like to live in.
Our International Experience
When assisting international students, the staff at Expert Admissions draws upon their experiences having been on several different sides of the admissions process, from evaluating applications to interviewing candidates to working in secondary schools. All of our counselors have worked as admissions officers at highly selective universities. Because of this highly specialized experience, they are best suited to advise on applications; after all, they are the only ones who really know how colleges evaluate applicants.
Our staff has also traveled throughout the US to meet with international admissions officers and to get an understanding of different schools. Having worked abroad in several countries in the field of international education, our staff also has a cultural knowledge of many regions, and can assist with the transition to university life in the US. In addition, past experiences with international clients gives our counselors a wealth of experience to draw upon during the counseling process.
Your counselor will have availability during hours that are convenient for you, and can communicate via Skype, phone, and email. Our International Managers are also available to speak in your native language for any clarifications needed.