Study Abroad Tips

Three steps to write a résumé that universities will notice

You might think that writing a résumé or CV is only useful when applying for work, but many universities will encourage you to include one with your application materials. Effective résumés give universities a greater idea of who you are and what you want to study. Résumés should illustrate who you are (outside of what you provided on your application) and highlight experiences you were not able to mention in an essay or application form. Remember these tips to create a university application résumé that stands out: 1. List all that you have done What have you accomplished during your high school career? Awards, honors, leadership roles, community service projects, skills, talents, work experience – don’t forget to write it ALL down! 2. Decide what goes and what stays Once you ...

The three most overlooked parts of a university application

The application essay, résumé, and letters of recommendation are all vital parts of your university application, but equally important are these three components that are often completed quickly and without much thought. When these are completed carefully and with attention to detail, you can turn these elements into strengths and catch a university’s eye. 1. Application form These forms are usually the first form you will fill out online when applying for university. These typically require information such as your full name and address. Sometimes a university will not let you attach the rest of your application materials until you have completed the general application form. Remember: Do not wait until the last minute to fill out this form. It might take a couple of days for the un...

6 tips for writing a great university admissions essay

Many universities require an essay from students when they apply to university. One recent report showed that US universities rated the application essay as highly important in making admissions decisions for international students. If writing is not your strength, or you are applying at a US university and English is your second language, this might be a cause for worry. Please don’t panic! Application essays present a great opportunity for you to communicate your unique strengths to university admissions officials. Some universities will give you specific prompts to answer. Others will ask you to tell your story and how it led you to university. No matter what the university asks you to write in your submission, remember that admissions officials are not simply looking for your abi...

Ready to study in the U.S.? Don’t Forget about the American Student Visa!

The US Visa Process can be confusing and intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be! Once you have your college acceptance, here’s what you should know. What is a VISA? A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.  See: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html for more information. Before you can apply for an F or M student visa, you must first apply to and be accepted by a SEVP approved school. Visit the Department of State Education USA website to learn about educational opportunities. ...