This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
This week, we talk about the application process for American colleges and
universities. This is part eight in our Foreign Student Series.
Earlier, we explained how to begin a search for schools by going to one of
the American educational advising centers around the world. We also discussed
the rules for entering in the United States. And we talked about programs that
can be completed online.
But if your goal is to come to the United
States to study, then it is time to make a list of colleges or universities that
interest you. Be sure to choose more than one. Directors of foreign student
admissions say students should apply to at least three schools.
Some students want to attend a small college. Others want to go to a big
university. If a really big university appeals to you, then there are ones like
Ohio State. That university in Columbus, Ohio, in the Midwest, has almost 52,000
students. There are students this year from around 150 countries.
Ohio State provides international students with an application on its Web
site. You can pay the application
charge online with a credit card. Or you can print the forms and
mail them with the payment.
Many colleges and universities have their applications and also their
catalogs online. A catalog is the publication in which a school tells about its
You should start on your applications at least two years before you want to
Completing a college application can take some time. But answering all the
questions is not enough. Another important step is taking admissions tests . The SAT is the college entry
test that American high school students most commonly take. Another one is the
Colleges and universities may also require international students to take the
TOEFL -- the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
We will begin discussing these tests next week.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy
Steinbach. If you have a general question for our Foreign Student Series, write
You can find our earlier reports, and download MP3 files, at www.unsv.com.
Another site you might want to visit is educationusa.state.gov. This is a State
Department Web site for international students. Again, the address is
educationusa.state.gov. I'm Bob Doughty.
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students in US