Study abroad is a headache but it will give valuable experiences. There are many things you need to adapt and learn from application, visa process, compliance and so on. The good news is that it is not as hard as you might think. You need to a big picture of the process then you are good to go.
Your major is the most important one. Then you need to focus on the degree such as Associate Degree, BA, Postgraduate or Ph.D. Those two points will give you an idea where to start. It also helps in narrow down your search with key words and choice. The Best Schools website will further filter your search by selecting schools that meet your criteria.
Once you know which school you want to apply to, you will then need to look for application process and tips on school website. In addition to that, you can search on Facebook or other social media platform for alumni group/international student group. You can reach out to them to get more information.
Application is vary from one school to another and from one level to another. Community college application is easy to get in and then you can either transfer or apply for a new school of your needs. Transfer application tends to work well from those who aims for University of California or other best known public school. Schools can evaluate your performance better since it is in the US rather it is from outside the US, especially if you are a third world country like Cambodia.
Most schools demand the following documents to be completed or submitted for review.
- Admission application
- Transcript (high school, BA, etc)
- Bank confirmation (financial proof to cover your tuition fee and living costs)
- English proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL)
- Recommendations (at least 2)
- Application fee
It is always best to double check with school website for application requirement. Some schools work really fast, which you can hear from them within 2 weeks to 4 weeks but some might take longer. Some schools are following tradition procedure where you need to submit everything in paper, while other schools has their online application. Most graduate schools require candidates to apply through online application.
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