The International Student Survival Kit – Part 1

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My first sojourn as an international student was in 1997 and I did it again in 2007.    I have a few tips that I can share that might make your journey a little easier.

International Student

If you intend to study abroad then it is wise to start early because these things take time.  Many universities only accept international students in the fall (August – September) semester.  The fall semester is also the time that most scholarships and funding are given out so that is the best time to begin your program.  For many schools, application for the fall semester is due for international students by December to January.  For example if you are preparing to enter for fall 2015 then the applications are due January 2014 to January 2015.   A few schools will go as far as March of the same year but if you want to be considered for any type of financial assistance then it is best to submit as early as possible.  Once you have decided on the schools that you would like to attend, just keep checking back for when the online application is up and running.

I would suggest that you start as early as high school if you intend to get funding for your studies.   If you are in high school start by keeping your GPA at the highest level and practice taking the SAT http://sat.collegeboard.org/home. If you are a graduate student, then the same thing applies but you would replace the SAT exam for the dreaded GRE (http://www.ets.org/gre) or GMAT (http://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam.aspx)

International Student

Standardized tests are very common in the USA but not so common in the Caribbean and other countries, so take some time to become familiar with these tests.    Practice makes perfect and it will pay off in the end when you land a free ride to a great university.   There are lots of practice tests online if you are not able to purchase the relevant texts to practice.  A quick Google search will yield enough results to keep you occupied.  Here are a few sites for the SAT, GRE and GMAT:

SAT

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test

http://tinyurl.com/lyz2bp8

http://www.4tests.com/sat

GRE

https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/

http://www.test-guide.com/free-gre-practice-tests.html

http://www.kaptest.com/gre/gre-practice/free-gre-practice-test

GMAT

http://tinyurl.com/o8j7w6m

http://tinyurl.com/qej9xms

http://tinyurl.com/pyrvty4

International Student

 

Your references are also very important so make connections in high school or College because those who are aware of your academic skills make better references.    Many universities are concerned about you being a balanced person so be sure to get involved in some kind of volunteer activity.   Make sure that few of your teachers or professors know you, not just know of you.  You might even test the waters to see if they would be willing to write references for you on the next leg of your academic journey.   For persons who have been out of school for a while, make a good impression at work with a few people who can speak on your behalf.

Each university has a website so take a few minutes each day to pour over the sites and see what they have available.

Part 2: Funding for International Students

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at mardenec@hotmail.com with subject line: International Student

 

© 2015 Mardene Carr

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52 Responses

  1. Mhaan A says:

    I believe learning is a never ending journey. Awesome post!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Mhaan learning is indeed a never ending journey. We should seize every opportunity to learn when we can

  2. laura says:

    This is great!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Laura thank you so very much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate it

  3. Lawrence says:

    I am definitely sharing this with my daughter. She wants to study abroad as well with her chosen profession (Chef.) I think it’s awesome.

  4. I’m trying to get a scholarship to fund my rest of schooling. A little help will do since I have paid majority of my way already.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Beauty that walks you will have to give me some more information. If you want to talk privately, you can send me an email with the subject heading…International Student to mardenec@hotmail.com

  5. I’ll have to keep this in mind when my kids are older. I hope they take the time to travel abroad. Even better if they can do it while being a student.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      MryJhnsn I hope so too….learning about other cultures is a great thing for all of us

  6. Patricia says:

    Great timing for me! We are thinking about sending our son abroad for college 🙂 Thanks for sharing your tips!

  7. My nephew is coming to study here! I can’t wait to share this info with him!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Claudia that is lovely, where is he coming from? Please let me know if you have any questions because I have been there and done that..so I can help a little bit

  8. Ron Leyba says:

    This is truly helpful. Thanks for this. This survival kit will surely come in handy.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you Ron, it is information like this that helped me when I was looking to study abroad

  9. this is a great post for foreign student to read.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Natasha if I can help one international student from this post I would be very happy

  10. This blog post will definitely help foreign students to get in track on their fist step as one. Continuous learning will help you reach your destination. Enjoy and learn.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Agnes thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a meaningful comment

  11. doran poma says:

    I did a study abroad and it was the BEST part of my university career! I loved it and would love to go back.

  12. The only test I took when I arrived here in America is when I applied for my citizenship. It is very easy when you study or listen to the CD.

  13. I have a little brother that have been thinking on study in other countries to get to know another cultures and meet new places. He will be super interested in this

  14. Shaylee says:

    I can’t imagine going to school in another country there must be so much to think about including your studies!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Shaylee and that is what makes us versatile….we learn how to adapt and operate in all kinds of circumstances

  15. I always thought it would be fun to become an international student but I never had the opportunity. This is a great post for those who are considering it.

  16. Chelsea L. says:

    My husband is on his way for Masters and planning to continue to do his PHD i will share your article to hi, . For sure he will appreciate it.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Chelsea good for him….I hope he is able to get funding because it goes a long way and removes the added stress

  17. My studies have been done a long time ago, but this is really great info for student thinking about doing studies in another country.

  18. Nicole Escat says:

    That is so amazing! I need to check that out. That would be helpful.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Nicole please check out the links and then share this with anyone who could benefit from it

  19. I have never been an International student but I had friends who were and it is difficult. Thank you for your survival kit.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Ana it is not all that difficult you know if you plan properly. Did it twice and lived to tell the tales

  20. Patrice says:

    This is a great idea free scholarship for student great resource will share with friends

  21. michelle says:

    This is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to do international studies. It can easily become very expensive so getting funding is key

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Michelle you are right about that, it can get quite expensive but if you play your cards right it can work

  22. Elizabeth O. says:

    There’s no doubt that it takes a little more work than usual to get a free scholarship, but it’s definitely worth it. I mean, free or sponsored education doesn’t just knock on your door. These are very good tips!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      ELizabeth it does and that is what many do not want to do….I milked it for all I could get and here I am free and clear of all student loans

  23. This is a great resource for those who want to study abroad. I wish I had done this when I was in college.

  24. I wish I had studied in another country when I was in school. Such a missed opportunity.

  25. tara pittman says:

    My son is in the 10th grade and doing some of these things. He has great grades so that helps.

  26. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    This is awesome. It is going to help so many kids.

  27. campusSIMs says:

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