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Get Ready For US Study
作者:21ST    来源:21英语网    日期: 2015-03-27

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 It’s never too early to start planning your applications for universities in the US.

APPLYING to college in the United States from another country can be exciting and challenging. The process may be different from the one in your country, but it need not be difficult if you get accurate information and follow the procedures carefully.

There are more than 820,000 students from other countries enrolled (登记入学) in degree programs at over 3,000 colleges and universities in the US. Many of these institutions (学院) have more applicants than they can accept in any year. As a result, college admission can be very competitive, especially for applicants from outside the US.

The key to successful admission is in careful planning and completing the required steps on time. Keep in mind the following advice during your college planning.

Consider your own characteristics:

• What kind of person are you?

• What makes you happy?

• What are your interests?

• Are you sure you know what you want to study?

• Why do you think studying in another country will be good for you?

• What about studying in another country makes you feel anxious?

• Have you been away from your family for long periods of time before?

Planning guide

Begin planning about 24 months before the date you wish to start studying in the US. Contact universities that interest you at least one year in advance.

Identify the things that are most important to you when looking for a college. Make a list of those characteristics to help you compare the colleges that interest you.

If you have access to a computer with an Internet browser (浏览器), you can link to the College Search on collegeboard.org, where you can find out quickly which colleges have the features you want. College Search also allows you to link directly to college websites, which are rich sources (来源) of information about degrees and courses offered, costs, student services and financial aid. Some even provide a virtual (虚拟的) campus tour.

Consult (咨询) an EducationUSA advising center or the EducationUSA website ( http://www.educationusa.state.gov/).

Talk with students in your country who have studied in the US.

Start planning your college budget (预算). Be realistic about how you will pay for your education.

If you plan to apply for scholarships (奖学金), do so before leaving home. Little financial help is available once the school year starts.

Be sure that your information is current and correct. Don’t rely on (信赖) hearsay (传闻,) or someone else’s experience. Contact universities directly to get information and instructions about admission.

Complete all the steps in the admission and financial aid process as early as possible. If you do not understand why a college asks for particular information or requires (要求) a particular process, ask them for more information about it.

The picture you have of yourself – your academic ability, interests, attitudes and personality – is very useful in choosing colleges and in completing the application forms you will be asked to submit (提交). Colleges will ask you about yourself because they are interested in you and believe that personal factors play an important role in academic success.

– From the International Student Handbook. Copyright 2014 The College Board. Reprinted with permission. For more information, visit international.collegeboard.org.

How are your English-language skills?

One of the main challenges many international students face is their English-language proficiency (熟练程度).

You will be expected to read, write, understand and speak English properly and fluently to carry out your studies. Conversational English will not be enough.

Colleges and universities need proof (证明) of English-language proficiency when you apply, and they measure your skills by asking you to take a standardized (标准化的) English-language test.

International students often underestimate (低估) the stress caused by suddenly changing cultures, education and economic systems, friends, methods of teaching and learning, and living environments. Moving suddenly from speaking and thinking in the language of your country to thinking, listening and speaking in English is stressful.

Get an accurate estimate of your ability in English so that you can enroll in a language school if needed to improve your ability before starting your studies in the US. Be sure to ask the admission office if the institution offers an intensive (大量的) course in English as a second language.





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