Resources For Success

Successful Study Abroad

Finding the right study abroad program at a top US university at the right tuition can be confusing and difficult. There are nearly 4,000 US colleges and universities. Each univerrsity has its own admission criteria, deadlines, and tuition. The Resources for Success section answers important study abroad questions. 

How do I select the right university? This is probably one of the most critical and life-changing questions for an international student. There is no one right answer nor is there an easy or obvious answer. But by asking a lot of good questions and through good research, you will be able to find a list of good universities that are ideal for you.

What degree should I earn? Our degree section offers information on Associates, Masters, MBA, and Doctoral degrees. Review this section to understand the subtle differences between the degrees offered in your home country and study abroad institutions.

US University Programs: There are many new and emerging academic programs with great job opportunities at US colleges and universities. Learn about emerging disciplines and jobs in the US. Match jobs in the US with your  career interests.

Admission criteria: Good universities in US have different admissions criteria. Top ranked US universities have rigorous admission criteria. Some US universities require GRE, GMAT, SAT while other US universities require no GRE and no GMAT and no SAT. If a US does not require SAT, GRE, or GMAT, it does not mean it is not a good university! Sometimes even different programs within the same US university have different admissions criteria, tuition, and deadlines!

US Admission Dealines: Each US university has different application deadlines. Some accept applications only for Fall admission, while other accept only for Spring admisison and some throughout the year (this is referred to as rolling admissions). Sometimes, different programs within the same university may have different deadlines. Most study abroad universities will not honor requests for extension of deadlines under any circumstances. Information on deadlines is hard to find. Often institutions bury this information deep into their websites. Be prepared to spend time to learn about US deadlines.

US Tuition: US university tuition is not easy to determine. Some US universities calculate tuition based on per credit (each course is usually three credits); some others calculate tuition on a per semester basis and yet others calculate tuition based on 9-months or two semesters. Further, tuition may or may not include additonal fees that students are often charged (computer fees, lab fees, student union fees, etc.) Some institutions show total cost, which includes boarding and lodging, while others list them separately. Take the time to learn and understand the exact costs you will incur when you arrive at your study abroad institution.

US application: Applying to a top US university takes time. From completing a US university application to writing the perfect essay, applying to US universities is rigorous and time-consuming. Start early and be detail oriented.  Aim for perfection, not speed.