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International Students 101

According to the education website Braintrack.com, more than half of international students travel to the United States to study either business or engineering and technology. The vast majority of international students are from Asian nations, with China, India, Japan and South Korea contributing the highest numbers of students. While about 33 percent of students arrive to begin their studies as undergraduates, more often they arrive in order to attend graduate school to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in their respective fields.

Applying to a American University & Preparing to Study in the United States

Preparing to study in the United States must begin well before actual application to any given university. A student must be extraordinarily diligent in his studies and particularly attentive to both spoken and written English classes beginning as early as elementary school. In order to gain admission, a student must score highly on standardized tests — such as the TOEFL, SATs or GREs — to prove his or her English proficiency and academic abilities. A great deal of money must be saved or the student must be prepared to work his way through school as financial assistance is rarely available to international students. In addition to individual institutional requirements, there are many US governmental regulations. International students must obtain a student visa, be vaccinated against certain diseases before entering the country and show proof of an international medical insurance policy in some instances. It is a complicated and lengthy process.

The Top 5 Undergraduate Engineering Programs for International Student to Consider

The top five undergraduate engineering programs in the United States were recently ranked as part of “US World and News Report” magazine’s annual educational issue. School rankings were ascertained after a review of peer assessment survey results. The initial list was winnowed by the requirement that each institution offer graduate work including a doctoral or PhD in a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET). In order of ranking, the top engineering programs were considered as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology at Berkeley and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded in 1861 in downtown Cambridge, is the leading private research university in the US with an admissions acceptance rate of less than ten percent. It’s a relatively small institution of less than 4,500 students with an annual tuition cost of just over $42,000 per year.

Stanford University

Stanford University is a private university on the West coast of the United States, located approximately 30 miles from San Francisco. The suburban campus is home to almost 7,000 students who pay almost $42,000 per year to attend the prestigious school.

California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena is a private school that offers a student-to-professor ratio of just 3:1 due to the very small student population of less than 980. According the US News & World Report data, CIT works closely with US governmental agencies such as NASA, the US Department of Health & Human Services and the National Science Foundation. Annual tuition at CIT is just under $40,000 per year.

University of California – Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley is an urban public university of over 25,000 students near San Francisco. Out-of-state tuition is approximately $35,000 per year.

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta is a public university of almost 14,000 students. Out-of-state tuition costs students nearly $30,000 per year.

Graduation: The Goal

To their credit and despite the challenges of a different country’s culture, a second language and the academic rigor and challenges of these top schools, most international students who attend these institutions go on to graduate successfully with whatever degree they came to the United States to attain.

This guest post is contributed by Lindsey Harper Mac.  She can be reached at Harpermac11 (a) gmail.com or @harpermac11.

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