International Student Resources
The idea of the “American Dream” means many things to many people, but one of its most important elements is the ability to pursue a college education. For students born outside the United States, the process can be intimidating — but whether you’re a new immigrant, a student going on to graduate school, or a learner returning to college, these resources can help you go to college in the U.S.
English Tests and Resources
- The International English Language Testing System (IETLS)
The IELTS Academic Test is an international test for entry to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. The test will assess your capacity to read, write and communicate in English. Thousands of US universities—including Ivy League institutions—and most universities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom accept IELTS. Here is some information about the scores required by academic institutions.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The TOEFL is also a well-known English test comparable to the IETLS. More than 35 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. The average English skill level for prospective university students ranges between Intermediate and Advanced. Those who take the TOEFL include:
- Students planning to study at a higher education institution
- English-language learning program admissions and exit
- Scholarship and certification candidates
- English-language learners who want to track their progress
- Students and workers applying for visas
College Cost and Financing Resources
- EduPass from FinAid.org
This site presents more information about financial aid for international students than any other publication. This information originally appeared as part of the FinAid site.
- Average Cost Of College Attendance in the U.S.
International students or parents are often confused when it comes to the total cost of studying in the U.S. The website gives a general idea of how much a student should prepare to pay.
- International Students’ Tax Return and Refund FAQs
Taxes can be a difficult subject for international students. They often do not know if they are eligible to file taxes. This website above helps international students understand if they are eligible to file.
- Building Credit as an International Student
Landlords and bank officials may ask to see a credit score before reviewing an application. International students are often new or limited when it comes to credit. Starting to build a credit early can be an advantage.
Assessing and Translating Credentials
- Scholaro Credential Evaluation
This credential website evaluates reports and transcripts. It also translates in multiple languages. Schools in the United States generally ask for transcript or degrees in English. So having this accredited website can definitely help international students.
- International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
IERF was established in 1969 as the first credentials evaluation service, not only in the U.S., but also in the world. IERF conducts research on international education and prepares credentials evaluations for persons who have studied outside of the United States and who need a statement of educational equivalency.
Scholarships and Resources
- Scholarship Links for International Students
- Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme (For Master’s/Doctoral Study)
- International Peace Scholarship for Women
- An International Student’s Guide To U.S. Scholarships (blog post)
- Scholarship America Application Tips
- Scholarship America’s Open Scholarships (for U.S. and International Students)