Whether you plan to pursue a short-term or full degree program in the United States, ScholarshipJamaica through resources from EducationUSA has the resources you need in ‘ Your Five (5) Step to – Study in USA’.
This step covers the first step of five (5) in your EducationUSA ‘Five (5) Step to – Study in USA’
Step 1: Research Your Options
The first step to studying in the United States is researching your options to find a college or university that best fits your needs. You shouldn’t try to match yourself to the school, but rather find the school that matches you and your priorities and long-term goals.
Remember that no official ranking system exists for colleges and universities in the United States. The best college or university is the one that is best for you and meets your requirements—academic, financial, and personal.
At least 12 to 18 months prior to the academic year in which you hope to attend a U.S. college or university, you should begin your research. Start by answering these basic questions and looking at the more specific ‘define your priorities’ pages under each level of study in this section:
- Why do you want to study in the United States?
- Where will you fit in best?
- Which colleges or universities will meet your needs?
- Will you need financial assistance?
- What are the application and financial aid deadlines?
- Where do you want to live in the United States?
Choose your level of study (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, etc.) to learn more about researching your options. Keep in mind that the schools you apply to must be certified by the Student Exchange Visitor Program. You can find a searchable list of certified schools on the Department of Homeland Security’s Study in the State’s website.
Good To Know
Application and financial aid deadlines affect when you take standardized tests because test results must reach admissions offices no later than their application deadlines.
EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 425 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries.
The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. EducationUSA also provides services to the U.S. higher education community to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals. EducationUSA centers are located in U.S. embassies and consulates, Fulbright commissions, bi-national centers, universities, and non-profit organizations.
EducationUSA Serves International Students
Each year, EducationUSA advisers respond to millions of inquiries from international students. Advisers offer a wide range of in-person and virtual services to students and their families based on Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study, a guide to navigating the U.S. higher education application process. Advisers provide information on a host of topics, including:
- The admissions process and standardized testing requirements
- How to finance a U.S. education
- The student visa process
- Preparing for departure to the United States
EducationUSA Serves the U.S. Higher Education Community
EducationUSA advisers support the international student recruitment and internationalization efforts of all accredited U.S. higher education institutions by:
- Organizing school visits and college fairs, virtual and on location
- Sharing information about foreign educational systems and scholarship programs
- Connecting U.S. and foreign educational institutions
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