- Friday, September 18, 2015
You have already decided to go to the US for your undergraduate or even the post-graduate course, and now, you are in a total confused state what to do when and how to go about this in an organised manner. For sure, steps and tips date wise will work perfect in getting you out of this confusion. Even if you do not follow this to the tee, you are surely comfortable having everything charted out. Let us go month wise.
1. April 2015 to September 2015 you can take the initial steps
It is advisable to start as early as August. You can go through the different websites and narrow down the universities which offer the courses you are interested in and the universities you prefer. You need to make that extra effort of visiting the websites of the different universities you have short listed and note down the deadlines along with the requirements. Now, in September you can get familiar with the requirements for bank loans and also look for different scholarships you can apply for. As admission brochures are out almost a year before, you can download the same. You need to get information on the accommodations possible.
2. June 2015 to December 2015 is the time for the exams
By now you are aware of the standardised tests which are required for the university or college you have opted for. These tests, be it the TOFEL, SAT, GMAT, GRE or IELTS need thorough preparation, which you need to start off. Make sure you register for the required test like the GMAT/GRE at least 3 months before the test date. If it is TOFEL/IELTS, then you can register 1 month before. It is ideal if you can take the test around September and give yourself buffer time keeping the re-test option open. Checking out the guidelines for taking the test or the re-test ensure there is no wastage of time.
3. August 2015 to October 2015 is applying time
Prepare for your application once you have narrowed down your choice of universities or colleges and make sure to sketch out your self-assessment along with your strengths. This is the time to make sure you get the required reference letters from your professors or direct managers, for which you need to contact them and make your requirement known to them. You can take around a month to structure your personal essays and SOPs. Make sure you do not wait till the last minute, and apply much before the deadline.
4. November 2015 to April 2016 is the time to answer e-mails
Once you have been accepted by universities and colleges, opt for the one which suits you the best and reply immediately without any delays. You need to reply even if you are not opting for a particular university or college. Personal interviews/video calls are usually scheduled around January to March; make sure you appear for these. The non-refundable deposit which needs to be paid once you are accepted should be managed by now.
5. May 2016 to July 2016 is time for money and visa matters
Look for scholarships, if applicable, and student loans once you are accepted by the university, checking the requirements for visa make sure you have all the documents in place. You need to find out how long does visa processing take and apply for the same accordingly.
6. July 2016 to August 2016 you can think of flying to your destination
The last minute preparations like arranging your Traveller’s cheques and booking your air ticket needs to be done by now. Make sure you have the photocopies of all the documents before you take your flight. Finally, all you need to do is check out the pre-departure checklist.
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