Resources

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

EducationUSA
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.
http://educationusa.state.gov/
http://www.vco-edusa.net

Study in the U.S. – USA.gov
USA.gov 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.
http://www.usa.gov/visitors/study.shtml

InfoUSA
A site maintained by the State Department that offers extensive lists of useful reading and resources for studying in the U.S.
http://www.ait.org.tw/infousa/enus/education/index.html

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
http://studyusa.com/

EduPass
A guide to many different aspects of studying in the U.S., from college admissions and financial aid to culture shock and clothing sizes
http://www.edupass.org/

USA Study Guide
Another guide to studying in the U.S., compiled by iStudent Recruiters, LLC
http://usastudyguide.com/

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
http://www.nafsa.org/

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
http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html

Study in the States – Department of Homeland Security
Information on the process and rules of applying for student and exchange visas
http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/

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
http://www.ice.gov/sevis/

EducationUSA Visa information page
A quick, simple and practical guide to the visa process
http://www.educationusa.info/pages/students/visa.php

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
http://www.edupass.org/finaid/undergraduate.phtml

Funding for US Study – IIE
A database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE)
http://www.fundingusstudy.org/

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
http://www.educationusa.info/pages/students/finance.php

International Education Financial Aid
Allows you to search a database of scholarship opportunities for international students wishing to study abroad
http://www.iefa.org/

International Scholarships
A database of financial aid resources for international students wishing to study abroad
http://www.internationalscholarships.com/

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
http://blogs.voanews.com/student-union/2011/08/16/side-by-side-comparison-top-10-cheapest-colleges-for-foreign-v-us-students/

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
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search

College Confidential international students university search
A section of College Confidential’s college search tool designed for international students
http://www.collegeconfidential.com/college_search/us_university_search.htm

Princeton Review
One of the largest test prep companies in the U.S. and a resource for researching schools and finding a good match
http://www.princetonreview.com/

Peterson’s
Another test prep company that offers extensive guides to picking schools and tools for researching and finding schools
http://www.petersons.com/

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)
http://www.usnews.com/sections/rankings

Learn about Exchange Programs

Fulbright
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
http://fulbright.state.gov/

Institute of International Education (IIE)
A non-profit organization that administers over 200 programs related to international educational exchange
http://www.iie.org/en

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
http://exchanges.state.gov/academicexchanges/guep.html

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.
http://www.ciee.org/#home

StudyUSA Program Finder
A directory (by state) of programs in the U.S. accepting international students
http://profiles.studyusa.com/StudyUSA_Featured_Programs_English.html

Other Useful Reading

ExchangesConnect
An online community, sponsored by the State Department for former, current and hopeful exchange program participants
http://connect.state.gov

Beat the GMAT
A social network for MBA applicants
 http://www.beatthegmat.com/

International Student Forum
Online discussion board for international students
http://internationalstudentforum.com/

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)
http://www1.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/foreign-students/

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