Many students dream of studying abroad in the United States. It’s a great opportunity to learn and explore a different culture.
To some, the process might seem intimidating. How does one even go about making this happen?
If you’re looking to attend secondary school in the U.S., here’s how:
First, you’ll want to find the right school. You must choose one with a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certification. Factors you should consider in your research include:
- Public or private? You may only attend public high schools for up to a year. You need to cover the per capita cost of attendance in full.
- Location. Consider where you want to live and study when choosing a school.
- The program’s reputation. Is the program known for accommodating international students? You’ll want to be at a school where you feel welcome.
Once you’re accepted, apply for a visa as an international student. You can do this at a U.S. Embassy or consulate.Next, contact the Department of Education in your selected state. You can learn more about the specific programs available to you.
You also might want to consider exchange programs. The U.S. Department of State offers opportunities for students looking to do educational or cultural exchanges.
The process might seem tedious, but just remember what you’re doing it for! Once you’re settled in, you’ll get to experience a whole new world.