Listen as college admission professionals discuss studying internationally both through study abroad programs and at international colleges. (Video is ~42 minutes in length.)
Applying to international colleges and United States colleges can be different in several ways due to variations in admission requirements, processes, and cultural factors. Here are some key differences to consider:
International colleges may have different admission criteria compared to U.S. colleges. They might place more emphasis on standardized tests or specific subject requirements.
For international colleges, if the primary language of instruction is not English, you may need to provide proof of language proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS).
International colleges may have different application platforms, forms, and procedures. Be prepared to navigate their specific application processes
Transcripts and Grading Systems:
International colleges may have varying requirements for transcripts, and they might need to be converted into the host country's grading system.
Expect international colleges to have their own preferences regarding the number and type of recommendation letters.
International colleges may require different standardized tests or place a different weight on standardized test scores.
Financial Aid and Scholarships:
International colleges may have specific financial aid options for international students, and these can vary greatly from one institution to another.
Studying abroad may require more significant cultural adaptation, including adjustments to different teaching styles, grading systems, and social norms.
Visa and Immigration:
When studying abroad, you will need to navigate the visa and immigration process of the host country, which can be complex and time-consuming.
Visits and Interviews:
Some international colleges may require interviews or expect students to visit the campus for an interview or assessment.
Application deadlines can vary significantly between international and U.S. colleges, so make sure to carefully note the deadlines for each institution you're applying to.
Cost and Scholarships:
The cost of education, as well as scholarship opportunities, can vary greatly between international colleges and U.S. colleges. Consider the financial implications when making your choice.
It's important to thoroughly research the specific requirements and procedures of the colleges you're interested in, whether they are international or U.S.-based. Both options can provide valuable educational experiences, so choose the one that aligns best with your academic and personal goals.