As a prospective international student, there are four basic steps you must complete in order to study at a USA university:
It is quite common for students to transfer from one school to another at the undergraduate level. In fact, some schools (many 2-year colleges) are designed to be transfer schools and offer only the first two years of undergraduate study. Their graduates often go on to do the last two years of a bachelor’s degree at another school.
The requirements for getting a Bachelor’s degree in USA is different. To be eligible for admission to a USA university, you must meet certain minimum entry requirements. These include a secondary school diploma or examination results, English language ability, and in many cases a score from one of the USA university admissions tests.
Research your options and define your priorities. Contact one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help and advice you to choose the school that is right for your needs and requirements.
Colleges offer only undergraduate degrees while universities offer graduate degrees as well. The terms are often used interchangeably.
In general, you must have completed high school and you must be at least 17 years of age.
The academic year usually runs from August through May with breaks for holidays. Most universities use either the semester system (two terms), the quarter system (students attend three out of four total terms), or the trimester system (three terms).
Undergraduate programs follow high school and lead to an associate (two-year) degree or a bachelor (four-year) degree. Graduate programs follow a bachelor’s degree and lead to a master’s or doctoral degree.
Associate Degree: a two-year program that either leads to a specific vocation or transitions to a Bachelor program. Bachelor Degree: a four or five-year program where students earn credits in a wide variety of courses.
Master’s Degree: a two-year degree providing additional specialization. Doctorate: a five to eight-year program certifying the student as a trained research scholar and/or professor.
Yes, but they are highly selective and require a heavy course-load across a total of six years of study.
In a joint-degree program, students begin a graduate program in their fourth year of college, earning both degrees upon graduation.
MBA programs typically last for one to two years.
With permission of the International Student Office, international students may work on campus for up to 20 hours/week during their first year and can apply to work off-campus in subsequent years.
Essentially there is no difference.
Distance education occurs when a student and an instructor are located in different places. Learning occurs by mail, telephone, internet, or by other means of communication.
Yes. To find accredited online distance learning programs, please contact one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help and advice you to choose the right course for you.
Yes, although you may lose some credits and require extra time to complete your degree.
You must fulfill the requirements of a freshman applicant, as well as any supplemental information required by the transfer institution.
Community colleges are typically state-supported and provide the first two years of a four-year undergraduate degree.
Community colleges offer lower costs, easier admission policies, close ties to state schools, and many of the required courses are connected to a degree.
The transfer process varies from school to school. It is best to target the four-year institution early and determine what is needed to transfer.
Contact one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help and advice you to check if the institution is accredited.
Contact one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help and advice you to check if a specialized program of study is accredited.
Contact one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help and advice you to check if a specialized program of study is accredited.
USA universities require an English language proficiency test before admission to ensure you can read, write, and speak fluently.
There are a number of programs for English language study in the United States and online. There are also local possibilities in Sri Lanka. Contact one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help you find an English language course suitable for you.
It depends: some degree programs are highly structured. Bachelors' degrees are very flexible and sometimes allow you to create your own program.
You do not declare a major until the end of you second year of school.
A liberal arts college offers courses in humanities, languages, math, social and natural sciences, and students take 25-50% of their courses in their major.
A liberal arts college offers a smaller setting and teaches critical thinking and communication skills necessary in an ever-changing job market.
A credit is a value assigned to each course which reflects the number of hours the class will meet with the professor each week.
Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numeric indicator for a student's academic performance, calculated on a scale of 4.0.
Letter grades indicate a student's academic performance. Each letter grade has a numeric value which is used to calculate a GPA, on a scale of 4.0.
Grades are typically determined by quizzes, midterms, final exams, papers, projects, class attendance, and class participation.
State universities are funded by the state and are generally larger and less expensive than private universities.
Contact the office responsible for international programs at your institution to ask if your school has exchange agreements with USA universities.
Each USA university will want to review an international student's subjects and may ask the student to contact a credential evaluation agency.
USA institutions cannot issue I-20 forms for non-degree study, including vocational training. Community colleges offer technical/vocational study for an associate's degree.
Attend the closest Education USA advising center's pre-departure orientation. Then, when you arrive on campus, attend all orientation meetings scheduled at your college or university.
International students are allowed to work 20 hours a week. The minimum wage is between $7 and $8 per hour.
In the US, the international students holding F-1 student visa can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) which allows them to stay back for one year after completion of the course, provided they work in their field of study. Students who hold a degree from the US government’s designated list of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects can extend their OPT by another 17 months which allows them to work in the US for 29 months. During this period, students can find a permanent job and apply for a long-term visa.
STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects are popular among international as well as domestic students in the USA. However, Psychology,Business Administration, Education, Economics and Political Science are some other popular courses in the education hub.
Fulbright Program: this program provides opportunities to graduates and young professionals from their native country to study, conduct research or teach their native language in the US. Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship: this is awarded to outstanding candidates who want to undertake postgraduate study in selected fields like Education, Human Resource Management, Public Health and Communication, among others. The scholarship covers the entire tuition fee and living expenses in the country. Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship: this scholarship is awarded to applicants from developing countries with professional experience. The scholarship is also awarded to Japanese citizens who are mid-aged working professionals. Joint Japan scholarship covers tuition fee, monthly stipend, round trip flight fare and travel allowance.
If you have been researching about studying in US universities, you must have come across
terms like Spring, Summer and Fall. Being an international student, chances are you will apply
to start your studies in the Fall semester. Fall semester starts in August or September and
continues till January followed by Spring semester till May and Summer, which lasts till July.
Interestingly, your degree matters not on the semesters or years of classes but on the credit
points that you earn. In fact, the most important element in the degree granting process in the
USA is credit points earned by the student. Credit points are, basically, the number of hours you
give to a particular course. “You can finish a two-year program in less time if you can earn
the required credits in less than a year,”
US universities offer huge flexibility in their courses, which enables you to select your choice of subject from a variety of topics. In your undergraduate studies in US, many colleges let you to take classes in a variety of subjects in the first 1-2 years before you decide on your major.
The UK is known for providing a High quality of education. It is one of the world's leading destinations for international students, second only to the USA. UK universities are among the best in the world, and consistently perform well in world rankings. They also have a reputation for world-class research.
London is the most expensive student city in the world for Sri Lankan students. The tuition fee at most colleges are more expensive for international students compared to British or European residents. There are still a few colleges which are more affordable compared to others.
Studying in the UK is generally cheaper than studying at equally ranked universities in the United States. Given that degree programs are also often shorter than those at home, students are poised to get the best bang for their buck by pursuing a British education.
Yes, international students can work up to 20 hours part-time per week during their study and up to 40 hours per week during their vacations.
Many universities have pathway programs or foundation programs that allow students to prepare for a degree courses. The duration of these programs is 6 months to 1 year.
Most courses don’t require any entrance exams as British universities accept the Indian academic marks, but certain professional courses like LLB and Medicine require tests like LNAT and UKCAT respectively. GMAT too is only required for MBA or Masters in certain universities.
Students must undertake a tuberculosis screening test which includes a chest X-ray and the test should be taken at an accredited clinic or hospital approved by UK visa Home Office.
Students can avail the health care under NHS (National Health Service). At the point of applying for your visa, students will be expected to pay up to £470.00 per year to access the NHS.
You can change course, provided your new choice of course is in the same department and university.
Upon successful completion of your course of studies, you may be able to extend in order to study further or to get a Tier 2 Work visa.
If you fulfill all the criteria by the selected university and a successful completion of paper works and forms it should take about 15 working days.
Most students have their own bedroom, but if joining a larger family, you will be told in advance if you have to share.
At the very least, your host family will provide you with food for you to make your own breakfast and packed lunch to take to school, and they will prepare an evening meal for you.
In most cases, you will have to do your own washing and ironing. However, every host family will have a washing machine, iron and ironing board and airing cupboard, and many will have a tumble dryer. They will let you know how and when to use these facilities.
For many courses, if you do not speak English as your first language, you may be required to prove your skills. You may also need to take a particular type of test – a Secure English Language Test (SELT) – if you require a student visa. IELTS and Trinity’s ISE (if taken at a Trinity SELT center in the UK) are both approved as a SELT and accepted for UK study visa purposes. Other English language tests, such as the Pearson Test of English (PTE), TOEFL and Cambridge Assessment English C1 Advanced, and C2 Proficiency tests are widely accepted by UK higher education providers. The pass level will differ according to your study topic. Entry requirements are usually listed under each course.
You’ll need to apply by June or July for many of the postgraduate courses that start in September and October, in the same year. However, don’t wait until the last moment to apply – you’ll also need time to sort out your finances, travel arrangements, accommodation, and possibly your visa. To be safe, apply at least six months in advance – so around March for a course that starts in September or October. You should also add an extra four months or more if you apply for funding from organisations in your own country, as you will be asked for proof of finance at the application stage. Finally, some courses start at different times of the year so please check with one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help and advice you.
Fortunately, the UK government has helpfully digitized many of its visa procedures and you can easily apply online via the Visa4UK automated system. Third-party experts with knowledge in UK immigration law and procedures such as our Student Counsellors (+94 (0) 117 611 144) may also offer their assistance.
To get PR in the UK, one needs to demonstrate a stable income along with a full-time job and good moral conduct. Upon finishing their studies, they should get a full-time job under the Tier 2 Visa category. After 5 years of working, one can apply for the 'indefinite leave to remain' ILR which gives them the 'permanent resident' status.
You’ll find specific details alongside individual course outlines. Generally, however: For a Master's degree, you'll need a qualification that’s comparable to a UK undergraduate degree, normally to 2.1 standard or above. Also, you’ll need to demonstrate enthusiasm, skill and knowledge of your discipline (and possibly relevant work experience), particular if your first degree is in another topic. For a PhD or a Master's in Research (MRes), entry requirements can be higher. You may be turned down if your first degree is not in a relevant area, and you may also need a master’s degree to study at doctorate (Phd) level. You may need to pass an entrance test for some types of courses, for example the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) for the MBA If you want to be a PhD student, you usually need to create a research proposal. If you’re still not sure whether you meet the course requirements, please contact one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help and advice you.
You need to take time to write your application. But before you get to that stage, it’s essential to find a course that matches your skills and your needs. If you’re not certain which postgraduate program is right for you, research the possibilities and think about your requirements (as well as those of the university) before making your final list.
You’ll need to apply by June or July for many of the postgraduate courses that start in September and October, in the same year. However, don’t wait until the last moment to apply. You’ll also need time to sort out your finances, travel arrangements, accommodation, and possibly your visa. To be safe, apply at least six months in advance – so around March for a course that starts in September or October.
If you need a visa to study in the UK, you will only be allowed to study full-time courses on a Tier 4 student visa.
The UK has a National Minimum Wage (NMW) that all employers must abide by. The NMW for a student is £8.72 per hour.
Entry requirements vary between universities and colleges. If you are unsure you meet a university/college's criteria, it is best to contact one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help and advice you.
Visa processing time varies by country, but usually takes between 3 and 8 weeks. You can view a detailed breakdown of the estimated processing times for your country on the UK Government website.
It may be possible for them to stay during the duration of your studies in the UK, provided your children are under the age of 18 when they first enter the UK and you meet the requirements as set out by the Home Office. You must also be studying at a Master’s Degree level on a course duration in excess of 9 months in order to bring your family members with you.
CAS stands for Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. This is a letter that you will receive from your University once your application has been accepted. Our counselors will co-operate with our partner universities to get your CAS document.
There are multiple ways you can pay your deposit - bank transfer, online, bankers draft or credit card.
You must show proof of funds as part of the application process. You will need to send bank statements to show that you have saved all unpaid tuition fees and living expenses in your bank account for 28 days.
Students starting in September can apply for university halls of residence from March onwards. Private accommodation is open for applications all year round.
The UK does not have an official system of university rankings. Several newspapers produce rankings using a variety of sources for their data. However, these may not have had input or support from the universities themselves. Those publishing ‘league tables’ include the Financial Times, the Guardian, The Times, The Times Higher Educational Supplement and The Sunday Times.
Most British institutions require you to prove your proficiency in English only if it has not been your first language. You may be required to either take the IELTS test which is administered regularly by the British Council at all its centers. Alternatively, the TOEFL is also recognized by British institutions. Contact one of our Student Counsellors on +94 (0) 117 611 144 who will help and advice you.
A publicly funded institution of further or higher education (a university) with maintaining records of enrollment and attendance which are readily available to us;
A recognized full-time degree course at either a Diploma, Bachelor, Masters or PhD level.
There is stiff competition among the top-ranked universities in Australia and every year we observe one university overtaking the other. As per the latest QS World University Rankings, the top five Australian universities are - Monash University, Australian National University, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland and University of Sydney.
Sri Lankan students can choose from a wide variety of course options ranging from vocational TAFE courses, English language courses, Foundation programs for University studies, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and PhD programs.
Yes, applicants need to meet the entry requirements specified by their respective university. These requirements vary, based on the program selected. Undergraduate programs usually require applicants to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0. Postgraduate programs usually require applicants to have an IELTS score ranging from 6.5 to 7.0. Those aspiring to study a postgraduate degree should have a good academic score in a relevant undergraduate programs. Some universities require applicants to MBA programs to have at least two years of work experience.
The cost of completing a degree varies on the university and course selected. An undergraduate degree could cost anywhere from $15,000 to $33,000; courses in medicine and veterinary science will cost more. Postgraduate programs could cost anywhere from $20,000 to $37,000. Students are advised to earmark at least $20,000 every year for food and living costs.
A number of scholarships are on offer from the Australian government, the Commonwealth and the British Council. Universities offer a number of academic scholarships to international students with a greater focus on postgraduate programs.
Yes, you can work part-time when you are studying. You can work up to 20 hours a week when studying and full-time during vacations. A number of part-time jobs are available in super-markets, restaurants and shopping malls. Students can also check for internships within their respective university itself.
Most universities offer on-campus accommodation facilities for students. International students are assured of accommodation if they apply on time. The prices vary from institution to institution and students are advised to ensure that they have a safe place to stay before they fly out to Australia. Homestay options are quite popular and most leading cities offer this facility with families renting out a room in their house to international students. The rent usually also includes food that is served by the host-family. The students get to experience Australian life and become an integral part of the host family’s life.
There are five different tests accepted for Australian student visa applications:
Yes, you can work while you’re studying in Australia. International students are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during study periods and unlimited hours during study breaks. There are no work restrictions for students completing a masters by research or doctoral degree.
Yes, you can — although there are strict conditions and steps set by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that you will need to meet and follow. We outline the steps to follow when changing your course or institution as an international student below:
All students under 18 years of age must have welfare arrangements in place for the duration of their stay in Australia until they turn to the age of 18.
Yes, you can travel during semester breaks and during the time before or after you study. Australia has a huge diversity of sites to see, from beautiful white sand beaches to striking outback settings; from multicultural metropolitan cities to small, quaint towns; and everything in between! Australia is also in proximity with New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region so there are many travel options.
Yes, it is compulsory to all overseas students to have a health insurance to obtain the visa. You have to be insured for the whole period of studies in Australia. OHSC is a health insurance that covers basic medical treatment, emergency transport and treatment and visits at General Practitioners (GP). Part of the payment is returned by the insurance company (you can claim some of your money back). Contact us for more information about OSHC or to start or renew your insurance policy.
As an overseas student you have 28 days to either find another education provider and renew your visa or leave the country.
Yes, you can use your mobile in Australia if your handset is unlocked and works on GSM 900/1800.
Studying higher education in Australia helps in building self-esteem as well as development and improvement of the learners. Therefore, it is well predicted that students all over the world are going to get attracted to the high-quality education system in Australia which will benefit them in their future.
Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably less expensive than the UK and USA. With a strong presence in reputable international university rankings, Canada is an increasingly popular study destination for international students, just behind Australia.
The duration of the visa depends on the duration of course so: If the duration of your course is 10 months or longer and finishing at the end of the Australian academic year (November–December), your visa will usually be granted until March 15 of the following year. If the duration of your course is 10 months or longer (finishing January–October, your visa will usually be granted for two months longer than the duration of your course. If the duration of your course is less than 10 months, your visa will usually be granted for one month longer than the duration of your course. Postgraduate research students are granted an additional six months past the maximum period as per the table above. This is to allow for interactive thesis marking. For example, a postgraduate research student undertaking a course of more than 10 months duration finishing in November–December will be granted a visa that ends on 15 September ( an additional 6 months from 15 March) of the year following course completion.
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