New York, Boston, Washington DC, Miami… They are cities that transmit sensations that could not be felt in any other place in the world. The United States, the country of opportunity, the country of hope and where more and more students want to start their academic adventure. Will you be the next?
The options are endless; from community colleges to the most prestigious universities in the world. Starting with knowing the options, we have to ask ourselves two essential questions; What do I have to offer and how can I enhance it? That will be what makes the difference when it comes to ultimate your experience.
Resorting to academic scholarships is a great financial aid as American universities are also known for their high tuition fees.
Academic scholarships are scholarships offered by universities to students with good academic profiles to help families afford their high school/college studies.
Depending on your academic record, the university interested will offer you a partial scholarship, as they usually do not offer full scholarships. It also influences your academic career as a bachelor and the level shown in different exams such as the SAT and TOEFL.
It is very important to know your strengths and weaknesses and know very what you can bring to the table as the United States is a very competitive country. By knowing your strengths you can build up on that so you have more chances to access your dream college.. These are five qualities that taking them into account, American universities will be thrilled to have you:
Referring to what was previously mentioned, it is very important to have an outstanding academic record. This point is probably the most important, because depending on your qualifications and the subjects you have taken over High School you could aim for one college or another.
In addition to having a good academic record, it is important to practice to get good scores on the SAT and TOEFL. Some universities have a minimum access score, so it is important to have these exams in mind.
Being restlessness is essential when doing anything in life, and universities want to see their students wonder and try to find answers to those questions. Being curious and wanting to learn is the way forward.
The office of admissions will also take into account what you can bring to the institution. They always bet on students with some special talent as this can help the university to raise its cache and “take advantage” of it positively. The more unique your talent is, the more it will catch the attention of the admissions committee.
It is very important you show your interests during the process of admission, as for the sports department and the different teams or just show enthusiasm for the goals of the university and especially for being part of that great family.
Study in a U.S. is a golden opportunity which few would let go. It brings many benefits that are quite attractive after you graduate.
The language bet is total. It is clear that after the four years of career you will become bilingual. Many Spanish companies are betting more and more on people who dominate several languages in a high-level but especially English.
Thanks to the things you have experienced, your personal growth will be enormous. At the end of the day, what you experience makes who you are. The United States is a diverse country, where millions of cultures coexist. Being in constant contact with all these different cultures, the tolerance and respect developed over these years will be rewarded as companies are interested in this type of profile.
The American system is based on connections. The bigger your network is the better. You will increase your network and that will facilitate your entry into the working world. Very important to maintain friendships and contact with everyone you meet, especially with teachers and administrators, you never know when you will need to give them a call in the future.
The university will benefit if your performance is good and you make significant intellectual contributions to help the prestige of the academic program. So, while you work selfishly for yourself and your future, you are indirectly helping the university maintain a status. That can open many and you will have the backing of the university. They would even help you at the job level using your contacts and connections, as many universities work with different companies not only national but also international.
Getting away from yours and being away from home with only 17-18 years is not easy. You will have to adapt to your new life in the United States and face new challenges. Getting out of our comfort zone is not easy and having to deal with that can be uncomfortable. This way you will realize where your limits are and also see that you can get great things risking. This experience is going to make you stronger. On the other hand, you will face a different academic system. You will have to adapt to a different academic style. We recommend you to read our post about the American grading system, so you will have a better understanding of the American grades and GPA.
Once you graduate and you decide to want to join the workforce, there is always the possibility to stay in the States working. There are different work visas that allow international students to work there, but the best known is OPT-Optional practical Training. This type of scholarship is reduced to a temporary employment permit; students with F-1 visas have the access to a work permit for a total of 1 year. Many students decide to try luck and stay, many of them do not succeed but the ones who do succeed, have a very high income compared to what a Spanish company will pay for the same job in Spain.
Having gotten your career degree in the USA, gives you the advantage of the prestige of this title when emerging in the Spanish workforce. A Spanish company will appreciate more a person with a Marketing degree from the United States college, than someone with the same degree gotten in Spain. It can be thanks to the additional linguistic level to the title or simply due the training received but it is a reality; Spanish companies value more workers with American qualifications, thus having a wide advantage when entering the working world.