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.
STEM is a term that you may see if researching U.S. universities and scholarships. But what do those four letters actually mean: science, technology, engineering, and math.
So, now that you know, why should you care.
If you’ve decided to apply, or are thinking about applying, to a master’s or postgraduate degree in the United States, the GRE or GMAT are exams you may see on your pre-application checklist.
But what exactly is the GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test? Here is a breakdown of the two exams to help you learn the differences between them and figure out which one you need to take.
Now that you have decided to study in the United States, how do you choose between a public and a private high school? The reality is that the choice between attending a U.S. public or private high school is very personal. But here is an easy guide comparing the cost, teacher quality, curriculum, and school environment of each to help you decide which option is best for you.
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