by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

General Information
Get a Visa
Get Financial Aid
Research Schools
Learn About Exchange Programs
Other Useful Reading

General Information

A global network of more than 400 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  EducationUSA also operates a “Virtual Consulting Office” to answer questions about studying in the U.S.

Study in the U.S. – is the U.S. government’s official site for information and services. This page has a list of links to important information for international students coming to the U.S.

A site maintained by the State Department that offers extensive lists of useful reading and resources for studying in the U.S.

Study USA
A website of wide-ranging resources for international students coming to the U.S., published by “Study in the U.S.A.” magazine

A guide to many different aspects of studying in the U.S., from college admissions and financial aid to culture shock and clothing sizes

USA Study Guide
Another guide to studying in the U.S., compiled by iStudent Recruiters, LLC

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA is a member organization promoting international education. Its website offers resources for educators, administrators and advocates specializing in study abroad/international education

Get a Visa

Visas – U.S. State Department
The official visa information source for the U.S.  Includes a specific section on F, M and J visas, the visas used for study and exchange programs

Study in the States – Department of Homeland Security
Information on the process and rules of applying for student and exchange visas

Student and Exchange Visa Program – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Explains the rules and regulations for coming to the U.S. as a non-immigrant student

EducationUSA Visa information page
A quick, simple and practical guide to the visa process

Get Financial Aid

List of universities with aid for international undergraduates – EduPass
A list of universities offering financial aid to international undergraduates, organized by how many students receive aid awards

Funding for US Study – IIE
A database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE)

Finance Your Studies – EducationUSA list of resources
A quick guide to the cost of a U.S. education and options for financing it, plus a long list of resources for finding financial aid

International Education Financial Aid
Allows you to search a database of scholarship opportunities for international students wishing to study abroad

International Scholarships
A database of financial aid resources for international students wishing to study abroad

Side by Side Net Cost Comparison
A look at the schools with the highest and lowest net cost for international students, and links to more information on institutional financial aid

Research Schools

College Board’s Big Future
Big Future lets you search colleges by many characteristics, including whether they offer financial aid to international students

College Confidential international students university search
A section of College Confidential’s college search tool designed for international students

Princeton Review
One of the largest test prep companies in the U.S. and a resource for researching schools and finding a good match

Another test prep company that offers extensive guides to picking schools and tools for researching and finding schools

US News and World Report Annual College Rankings
The magazine ranks the quality of American and international schools each year. It is one of a number of rankings published by different sources, including Princeton Review (linked above)

Learn about Exchange Programs

The U.S. government’s “flagship” program sponsoring international exchanges. The program offers grants for students, scholars and professionals. About 8,000 Fulbright grants are awarded each year

Institute of International Education (IIE)
A non-profit organization that administers over 200 programs related to international educational exchange

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program
Provides one semester and academic year scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from underrepresented sectors in East Asia, Eurasia and Central Asia, the Near East and South Asia and the Western Hemisphere for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, internships and cultural enrichment

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
A non-profit organization administering programs that allow U.S. college and university students and educators to study and teach abroad, and international students and professionals to study and work in the U.S.

StudyUSA Program Finder
A directory (by state) of programs in the U.S. accepting international students

Other Useful Reading

An online community, sponsored by the State Department for former, current and hopeful exchange program participants

Beat the GMAT
A social network for MBA applicants

International Student Forum
Online discussion board for international students

VOA Special English Studying in the US Series
A series of articles about studying in the U.S., providing practical advice and news updates. Written in Special English (English for non-native speakers)

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