If you are considering studying abroad in the US, do not miss the American Education Event! This is a unique opportunity to not only learn more about the study abroad process and what will be required of you, but this is your chance to meet U.S. university admission officers, too. Admissions officers will give you the answers you are looking for when it comes to studying abroad.
Here are some things that you can do to make the best of your visit to the American Education Event:
- Learn the basics about the American education system ahead of time at the visa briefing. This event usually occurs in each city, and it begins 30 minutes before the American Education Event is scheduled to take place. There is no cost to attend, and you can invite your parents as well.
- If you are new to studying abroad, bring your parents so you can learn together.
- Make sure you can speak about your educational background: high school grades and graduation; previous degrees and any college level classes; TOEFL or IELTS score. Bring your TOEFL or IELTS transcripts if you have them to the American Education Event.
- The language spoken at the fair is will mostly be English. The admissions representatives from the universities are used to speaking with international students, so don’t be shy. They want to hear from you.
- Focus on universities that have the program(s) and the degree level that you want to study. Check them out before you approach the person for a conversation and save your time to talk to universities that offer what you are looking for.
- Talk to all representatives that have the programs and the degree you want. Several of them might offer it, so arrive early and do not rush. Take all the time you need.
- Make sure to collect brochures and other materials from the tables of those you spoke with. It is of the utmost importance that you make sure to leave your contact information with the representative at the table. Usually, they will have a contact sheet where you can put your name, email, and phone number. They will communicate with you and remember you when it is time to evaluate your admissions materials.
- In case your TOEFL/IELTS score do not meet the required score at the university you are considering, ask about English programs at the universities. You can also see if they partner with any language schools in their area. Then, check if they offer conditional admission. Conditional admission guarantees that you can start the program as soon as your English score improves.
- And finally, get detailed information about the costs of the program, housing, insurance, meals, international students on campus, and scholarships.
Come prepared, take your time, and ask questions. You will be surprised how much you will learn and enjoy this opportunity. We look forward to seeing you there!