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1 Michael Sestak American Consul Study in the United States

2 Why study in the United States?

3 Advantages… Quality Quality  The U.S. has one of the world’s finest university systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields. U.S. degrees are recognized throughout the world for excellence.

4 Variety Variety  With over 3,600 universities and 600 major courses of study, the higher education system in the U.S. has something for everyone.  If you are looking for an institution where you can study a particular field - no matter how unusual or specific - you can usually find several from which to choose in the United States Advantages…

5 Flexibility Flexibility  U.S. universities emphasize a broad, well-rounded education. You will focus on a major or field of study, but you will also take courses in languages, the sciences, the arts, history, and mathematics.  However, you, the student, choose which courses you want to take to meet these requirements. Colleges and universities generally offer a wide variety of available electives, allowing you to tailor your coursework to fit your needs and interests. Advantages…

6 Academic outlook Academic outlook  Student involvement is a hallmark of U.S. academic programs. Students are trained to observe and analyze a problem, then solve it. You will be expected to listen to your classmates and challenge their points of view.  You will gain confidence and the ability to organize and present an argument Advantages…

7 Cutting-edge Technology Cutting-edge Technology  U.S. universities pride themselves on being at the forefront of technology and educational techniques, and in making the best possible equipment and resources available to their students.  Even if your field does not directly involve science or engineering, you will become skilled in using the latest technology to obtain and process information. Advantages…

8 Extracurricular programs Extracurricular programs  U.S. universities offer a wide range of activities outside the classroom to match student interests, such as internships, clubs, and social, cultural, and sports activities. Advantages…

9 Diversity Diversity  The U.S.A. is a multi-racial society that is still absorbing new immigrants, which makes it a very dynamic and exciting place to experience. Advantages…

10 International experience & English language International experience & English language  Experience in an international setting is a marketable commodity. Your long-term career prospects can be enhanced by an experience that develops self-confidence, independence, and cross-cultural skills – attributes in demand by employers world-wide. Advantages….  English is rapidly becoming the common language of the global marketplace, and the ability to read, write, and speak English is another benefit of a U.S. education

11 It sounds good, but what challenges will I face?

12 Challenges… Money … Money … an education in the U.S. can be expensive, but there are solutions available  Universities often want a diverse student body and may offer special aid or scholarships to international students.  Many universities also offer scholarships for special skills, such as musical ability or sports proficiency.

13  Many other groups offer scholarships for students that meet certain qualifications. Internet research can help you find money for your education.  Students also have the right to work while in the U.S., with some restrictions. Challenges…

14 BOTTOM LINE Don’t be discouraged by the price you see on university websites and materials. Talk to the university and look for groups willing to sponsor foreign students. You may find that your education will cost less than you think!! Challenges…

15 OK, I’m convinced … What do I do now?

16 Find a college or university that is right for you …  Talk to your university advisors here in Poland about available exchange programs.  Most colleges and universities have extensive information on their websites. Internet research can help you narrow down your list.  Speak with colleges and universities in the U.S. about their academic programs and financial aid.  Visit the campus!! You can use a tourist visa to tour colleges and universities, giving you a better idea of what each one has to offer.

17 Apply for admission …  Admission forms and requirements can usually be found on college and university websites.  American colleges and universities often look at students as a whole person. Be sure to list community involvement, special talents and activities on your application.

18 Admissions …  IMPORTANT NOTE: The time frame for applying is very different than in Poland. Most colleges or universities require you to apply by January for admission to the fall semester of that year. Transfer students from other colleges or universities usually have until April to apply.

19 Once accepted, apply for your visa!  Refusals rates for Polish students applying to attend a college or university are very low  Applicants must present an acceptance form from the university and proof that they can pay the expenses.  All applicants must also show that they intend to return to Poland after their studies.  More information can be found on our website:

20 Go to the U.S., complete your education and obtain valuable work experience!  International students in a degree program (i.e. studying at a college or university) have the opportunity to stay for one year after graduation and work in a field related to their study.  It is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and develop a network of professional contacts in the international marketplace.

21 Where can I find more information? The U.S. Department of State maintains a website dedicated to study opportunities in the United States:


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