Applying to USA Universities is a complicated process for internationals. Applications are more detailed than applying to a standard South African University. Here are a few points, documents and information you should have ready when starting your application.
• Report Cards
• Standardized Tests Scores
• Letters of Recommendation
• Detailed Parent Information
• Detailed Financial Information
• Extracurricular Activities
It is imperative to ensure that these report cards are sent to the university directly from your school; if it is sent from you, it will be seen as ‘unofficial’.
If you go to a school where English is not the first language, the report cards and subjects should be translated into English. The original untranslated copies should also be sent to the universities.
Letters of Recommendation
Universities would like to gain insight into the type of person you are and see if you will be a good fit for their student body. Letters of recommendation from teachers or places that you have worked will give the university an indication of who you truly are.
Therefore, ask someone who has worked with you in a professional environment, to write you an appealing letter of recommendation for your application.
This funding can be in the form of scholarships, financial aid or merit scholarships.
Therefore it is important to stand out on your application and include extracurricular activities that you have taken part in. USA colleges love students who have a deep passion for something and give back to their school and community. So, think of joining a sports team, the school choir and doing community service.
Applications for international students will take longer than it does for American students, and most schools have an earlier international application deadline. Therefore, it is in your benefit to start the process early, in your grade 10 or 11 years, and ensure all the documents and materials are sent well before the deadline. Studying in America can be an exciting and rewarding experience, so be sure to carefully follow the instructions of each school that you are considering. If you have any questions about the application process per university, be sure to ask the admissions officer for assistance - they’re always happy to help!