If you’re reading this article, you’re probably thinking about applying for a bachelor’s or master’s program in the U.S.—but you aren’t sure where to start.
Many international students decide to do their U.S. college applications themselves. But there are also many others who prefer to have a little extra help.
So today we’ll tell you the 5 main differences between applying on your own and applying with the help of Epro 360.
1. Applying on your own
Not finding the right university
Did you know that there are more than 5,000 universities in the U.S. for you to choose from?
With so many options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and not know what university to start with. And because each university has different majors and specializations, you may not be 100% sure what you want to study.
Or maybe you know what you want to study but you’re not sure where you want to be in the U.S. That means you’ll have to put in hours of research to find a university that has everything you want and need.
No one to guide you through the process
Whether you already know the university you want to apply to or you’re willing to put in the hours to find your dream school, keep in mind that there will be no one to answer your questions once you sit down and start filling out all the forms.
How will you know if all the documents you sent to the university are in the right format? What happens if the university asks you to send extra information?
And more importantly, how will you know that the application you sent to your dream school was done correctly?
After spending hours doing research and collecting documents for the application, no one would want to receive a rejection letter from their top choice because of missing a document or deadline.
Not knowing if the school fits your budget
This is one of the biggest doubts students have when they decide to do the application process on their own—not knowing if they will be able to pay all the university fees.
You and your family have already decided that studying in the U.S. is both a personal and professional investment, but you may not be sure what scholarships you can receive as an international student.
This means that even if you get accepted into your dream school, you won’t be sure if you will be able to pay tuition, room & board, and all other university fees.
Not being accepted by a university
What happens if after all this time you put into submitting a “perfect” application you don’t get into your top university choice. Unfortunately, this is a possibility that you must keep in mind when you are going through the application process on your own.
There are many reasons why you may not receive admission: you didn’t submit all the documents on time, the university you chose is very competitive, or your academic background didn’t fit the university’s student profile.
But it’s important to know that it’s a risk you should be prepared for.
You’ve been accepted. But how do you get your visa and get ready to move to the U.S?
Getting admitted into a university is only the first part of the process.
Before your U.S. adventure begins, you have to apply for a student visa, which is what gives you permission to live and study in the U.S. You have to complete immigration forms and also schedule an interview at a U.S. embassy to explain why you want to study in the U.S.
After getting admitted to a university, this is one of the most important steps in the process because without this student visa, you won’t be able to travel to the U.S.
If you decide to apply on your own, you will have to prepare your immigration documents and go through the visa application process with no one to answer your questions.
2. Applying with Epro 360
We do the university research for you
The U.S. may have more than 5,000 universities, but one reason students love working with Epro 360 is that our university research is personalized to fit each person’s profile.
We take the time to understand your needs and preferences and use this information to find the universities that will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
We use your GPA, test scores, and academic and extracurricular achievements to make sure that you fit the university’s student profile. We also make sure that the university options we give you fit your budget.
Ultimately, you’ll work closely with our team to achieve your personal U.S. goals.
U.S. university experts
The Epro 360 team is made up of a group of experts that know how the university system works and what opportunities are available for international students.
And because of this you will never feel alone, lost, or confused. We will give you all the information you need, including our video tutorials that guide you step-by-step through the process.
And that’s not all. You’ll also have access to our private community of students (some of which are already in the U.S.) who can give you tips and suggestions based on their personal experience. You’ll also be able to join weekly calls, exclusively for Epro 360 students.
Each week, you can join one of these calls to get help directly from our Application Support Department. You can ask questions about what extra documents you need to send, what job opportunities are available in the U.S., what exams you have to take, and many other topics.
Universities that fit your budget
One of the advantages of having Epro 360’s help on your journey to study in the U.S. is that we will find you universities that you can afford.
As we mentioned before, choosing to study in the U.S. is a big investment, which is why we make sure that the universities you choose from are personalized not only to fit your program interests but more importantly your budget.
Our team has direct contact with the universities that we offer you, so the information we provide is always up-to-date. That is to say that we make sure to offer our international students the best value.
Universities that fit your profile
The reason we emphasize getting to know our students and setting up clear expectations from the beginning is so that we are working together to achieve your goal to study in the U.S.
If you are proactive, responsible, and follow all of our recommendations, you should have no problem getting admitted into one of the universities we offer you.
But it’s important that you make an effort academically (and on a personal level) to show us that studying in the U.S. is something you really want and that you are willing to work for.
Visa assistance and U.S. arrival guide
One of the benefits of working with Epro 360 is that we will show you how to apply for your student visa and give you information that will help you prepare for your move to the U.S.
We try to make the visa process as easy as possible because we know you’re almost done.
- You’ll have videos that show you how to fill out all the immigration forms.
- You’ll get access to questions you can use to prepare for the visa interview.
- You’ll be able to join our weekly calls at any time to ask any questions you may have.
But that’s not all. Because we know that preparing to move to the U.S. will be a big change—a different culture, country, schedule, and routine—you’ll also get a handbook we created specifically for international students.
In this handbook, you’ll get useful information to prepare for your trip to the U.S. and insider tips for when you finally arrive on campus. Topics include:
- How to open a U.S bank account
- How to get a U.S. phone number
- Questions you’ll be asked at customs
- 5 essential things you can’t forget to pack
And much more!
If you’d like to join our Epro 360 community to do your college application confidently and with personalized support, get your free consultation call today!
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