Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Steps to Apply to U.S. Undergraduate Degree Program

Did you know that 37.5 percent of international students in the U.S. came for an undergraduate degree? 

So what are the steps an international student must follow to apply to a U.S. undergraduate degree program? 

Well, WES Student Advisor is here to help you through that. 

Hi, this is Mary. Today, we’ll going to talk about three different areas of the undergraduate application process: 
  1. application requirements and deadlines;
  2. getting your credentials evaluated;
  3. and writing a great college essay

First, all applicants should be aware that each school will have different application requirements and deadlines which can be found on the university’s website. College and university application requirements usually include:
  1. a completed application form;
  2. secondary school credentials;
  3. proof of English proficiency;
  4. standardized test scores;
  5. essays;
  6. recommendation letters;
  7. and proof of financial support.

U.S. universities most commonly have two different types of application deadlines, which are strict deadlines and rolling admissions. For strict deadlines, you will need to submit a completed application package by the date stated on their website or else you will not be considered. Review of completed applications begin after the deadline and you are usually compared to other applicants in the pool. 

Rolling admissions have no absolute deadline and applicants are reviewed on a first come basis. You would not be compared to other applicants but classes are filled up as applications are submitted. Also remember that applications for financial support like scholarships, grants, and government assistance also have deadlines that you need to check and make sure to do that early! 

Next is preparing your application package! As an international student get a head start on obtaining your secondary school academic records. Some universities will ask that you have your records translated or verified which will take time. You can reach out to organizations like World Education Services to verify, and send your credentials to the institution of your choice.

Don’t forget to also start preparing for standardized exams. Taking a 2-3 hour exam in English with question formats that may be unfamiliar can be challenging. So, make sure to take some free practice tests which are available online. Also, reach out to your teachers, employers, and counselors for a recommendation letter. These letters help admissions officers know a little bit more about who you are and how others perceive you. 

Finally, take the time to work on your college essay. Do not rush it. Some schools may ask you to answer a specific question while others allow you to submit an essay on any topic. The essay is a chance to express who you are, who you want to be, and how your pursuit of a higher education abroad will help you achieve your future goals. Be creative, be unique, and be yourself. Also, ask a native English speaker to proofread your essay if possible.

So that’s it! For more information on studying abroad in the U.S. and Canada, visit

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