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The International Family Guide to US University Admissions

The International Family Guide to US University Admissions

Jennifer Ann Aquino

ISBN: 978-1-119-37101-4

May 2017

324 pages


Winner of the 2018 International Book Awards Education/Academic category!

Written by an experienced international educator and counselor, The International Family Guide to US University Admissions is an indispensable resource for the vast and increasing number of students applying for places at US Universities each year. Beginning with an introduction that explains to both students and parents how the book works and why, it offers milestones that must be completed during said application time period, a tried-and-true handbook that corresponds with each chapter, pop-outs that provide expert insight and resources that you should utilize throughout the process.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of international students and their families must go through the painstaking, complicated, confusing and culturally baffling process that is US university admissions. Until now, there has been no single resource for readers to turn to for holistic, accurate and up-to-date advice on the subject. Following the timeline of the US university admissions cycle, the book guides the parents and the student through the entire process in order to ensure that they are pacing themselves appropriately – from preparation to submission and through to applying for student visas. It serves as an advisor throughout the process, providing insightful advice by parents and students that are relevant to specific milestones. With the help of this book, you'll discover how to make sense of the US admissions system – from start to finish.

  • Understand the application and evaluation process in depth in order to be an informed and successful applicant
  • Make your schooling selection from over 3,000 US universities by understanding what would make a good fit for the student
  • Learn what is expected of you in writing essays, why it is important, and how to create beautiful, genuine writing pieces reflective of your outlook in life
  • Enjoy case studies and words of advice from the author's former students and their families
  • Understand the difference between the SAT and ACT exams

Whether you're an international student living outside of the US or an ex-pat living abroad, you'll find answers to all of your questions – all in one place.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Author xv

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 And You Are. . .? 1

Chapter 2 You’ve Got to Understand How It Works to Win 19

Chapter 3 Being Your Nerdiest Self . . .and Taking Time to Do It 49

Chapter 4 Your Goldilocks Moment 83

Chapter 5 Less Snap-Chatting and More Real-Chatting 107

Chapter 6 School’s [Not] Out For Summer! 139

Chapter 7 You Can’t Fake It 161

Chapter 8 The Pressure Is On! 175

Chapter 9 The Busiest Month of Your Life 195

Chapter 10 The Final Month of Writing College Applications. . .Ever? 209

Chapter 11 A Rite of Passage in the Making 223

Chapter 12 Anticipating, Deciding, and Arriving 237

Conclusion: The Beginning of the Rest of Your Life 251

The Writing Handbook 265

References 287

Index 289