by Lette Berhe
Having good credit is necessary for almost everything in the U.S.: getting a loan, buying a car, renting an apartment, and more.
The way banks and private businesses know if you have good or bad credit is by looking at your credit score.
A credit score is a three-digit number (between 300 and 850) given to you by U.S. credit agencies that lets businesses know how risky it is to let you borrow money. Your credit score can go up or down over time because it is calculated based on late payments, amount of debt, and other money-related factors.
If you think there is a possibility that you will stay in the U.S. after you finish studying, you should think about getting a U.S. credit card to start building your credit.
by Lette Berhe
If you’re reading this, there may be a chance that your son or daughter sent you to us. Maybe they’ve already decided they want to spend their summer in the U.S. and needed some help convincing you.
Here at Epro 360 we are passionate about helping students achieve their dream of living and studying in the U.S. But we also know that deciding to send your child away for a whole summer can be a big decision. If you’re reading this, however, you are probably already thinking about the benefits of giving them the opportunity to attend a U.S. summer camp.
But what summer camp they attend is also just as important and that’s why we’re here to give you the basics of summer camp living for international students in the U.S.
by Lette Berhe
If you were looking at our high school programs but don’t think you’re ready to commit to four years away from home, keep reading. Or, maybe you are ready but you know your parents are not. It happens. Whatever the reason is, we have a solution for you: U.S. summer camps.
When you think of summer camp, images of people sleeping in cabins, swimming in a lake, or eating together at long wooden tables might come to mind. This definitely exists in the U.S., but guess what? There are many more options that will allow you to sleep in a bed – in a city.
Building your social network is an important part of being a college student in the U.S. Networking means creating a support system for both personal and professional development. By networking you can socialize with other international students and get to know university professors.
Whether you are planning to look for a job in the U.S. or back in your home country, networking is an essential part of an effective job search. The term “networking” may sound formal, but it can actually take place anywhere: one-on-one coffee chats, in class, or formal networking events.
But why network?
Have you found Epro 360 but thought that we couldn’t help because you’re not a student? Well, we have good news for you – we can. Here at Epro 360 we are passionate about international education in all its forms. This includes providing information and resources to international teachers who want to teach in the U.S.
Moving to the U.S. is not only an option for students. Your teaching degree in your home country can actually help you work as a teacher in the U.S. We want you to know that the J-1 visa exists specifically for you.
Do you have a list of your top 10 U.S. universities that you would like to apply to? Maybe you are just starting to research. If your decision isn’t set, then we want to give you some tips on what you should be looking for when comparing universities.
We know that ranking is important. The #1 school is at the top for a reason. But just like every person is unique, each university is different. Sometimes the school that you think is right for you may not actually be the best choice.
Whether or not you work with us here at Epro 360, you will eventually find yourself in the same position as many of our students: with a list of universities you want to apply to.
Ranking is a great way to narrow down the list because it provides you with the foundation of quality. But when you sit down to compare your top choices, here are 5 important factors to help you find out what each university or degree program can offer you.
When you decide to attend a college in the U.S., there is so much more than your on-campus experience, or classes. You can take advantage of the wonderful country and wildlife that surrounds you. Studying in the U.S. can be so much more than simply studying.
New York, Los Angeles, Route 66… we all know most of America’s places but let’s not forget its national parks! Yosemite, Yellowstone, Death Valley, the Rocky Mountains to name a few. Can you imagine visiting the U.S. without visiting its iconic national parks? Consisting of a total of 416 national parks and recreational areas, the United States is a paradise for hikers and adventure seekers.
Have you decided that you are going to study your undergraduate degree in the U.S.? Maybe, you’re still trying to convince your parents.
Whatever situation you’re in, there are two important academic factors you should know about.
Now that you’ve decided that you want to get an MBA, you sit down to make your application checklist.
You write down your deadlines.
You start looking at required exams...the GRE. Wait, no. The GMAT?
Graduate business programs in the U.S. can require the GRE or the GMAT for admission. Before you decide which exam you need to take, you need to have a few things clear:
When most people think of college sports, they think of “March Madness” or schools like Notre Dame or Harvard. The reason being that these are the universities and teams whose tournaments are shown regularly on major sports channels. But these popular tournaments and images are only a portion of the college sports culture that actually exists in the U.S.
When our research team provides you with your personalized “Listing of Universities,” we include tuition and fees, housing and meals, scholarship amounts, and estimated work-on-campus compensation. Please be aware that once you have chosen the universities you would like to apply to, you must be able to show proof of funds (e.g. bank statements) for the university’s full cost of attendance (i.e. the cost before applying any scholarships or work-on-campus compensation).
Many international students who decide to go to the U.S. only think about getting their degree. But why stop there? Once you are in the U.S., programs such as OPT (Optional Practical Training) allow you to work before or after graduation. Not only does this give you professional experience, but it also gives you the opportunity to explore job opportunities available in the U.S. And as a STEM student, you have even better options.
You may have heard that getting permission to work in the U.S. can feel like an impossible task. But you are about to learn how, as an international student, you can not only work legally but also in a field that you love. Yes, it still takes some time and effort, but the OPT and CPT programs will make the process a lot simpler.
OPT and CPT are government programs sponsored by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) that are specifically aimed to help international students work off campus during and after their degree programs.
Now, you may be thinking, “Should I really work and study at the same time?”.
It is true that trying to balance a full class schedule and working 20 hours a week is not for everyone. But the important thing is that you know that you have the option to work if you want. If you're still not sure that you want to work and study, no problem.
Luckily, you don’t have to choose. You have the option to work during school, on school breaks, and even after graduating.
There are many benefits to participating in these programs, and here are some for you to consider:
Although you can participate in both OPT and CPT, it is important to know the different requirements and limitations for each program.
If English isn’t your first language, you already know that it has a lot of exceptions that make it a bit confusing. So, before explaining the difference between a community college and a 4-year university, let me explain the use of the word “college” in American English.
In the U.S. the word “college” is commonly used instead of “university”. For example, the following questions mean the exact same thing:
So it will be common for you to hear people use “college” when speaking about schools such as Harvard, Yale, UCLA, etc. These schools, however, are 4-year universities and not community colleges.
We know – English.
But keep reading to find out the real differences between a community college and a 4-year university.
If you are an international student interested in studying at a U.S. university, we have good news for you: you can get help paying for it.
Yes, it is true that a college degree in the United States is expensive. But, universities also give plenty of money to students like you.
According to the 2017 Open Doors Report, the second largest source of funding for more than 1 million international students came from U.S. sources. One of these sources was the universities themselves.
Now that you know you can get funding, find out what type of financial aid to look for.