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Application Timeline

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The application timeline will help you plan out your 18 months leading up to studying in the USA.

18 Months Before U.S. Study

  • Research various colleges and universities programs
  • Register and prepare for required entrance exams
  • Keep working hard in school
  • Consider receiving admissions counseling guidance from an educational consulting company like IvyWise.

12-14 Months Before U.S. Study

  • Choose the schools to which you will apply
  • Obtain all necessary information and forms for each school
  • Take required entrance exams

10-12 Months Before U.S. Study

  • Request any forms and information again, if necessary
  • Identify your references and supply them with required reference forms
  • Request transcripts from your school/s
  • Write your application essay (also called a “personal statement”)

10 Months Before U.S. Study

  • Retake entrance exams if scores were unsatisfactory
  • Line up all required financing
  • Complete and mail applications
  • Electronic Applications: An Additional Note

3 Months Before U.S. Study

  • Apply for your student visa
  • Research health insurance options for your time abroad
  • Make travel arrangements for when you arrive in the U.S.

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