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Work and study abroad: How to study in the USA

Jeannette Law è una consulente agli studi: vuoi andare a studiare nel Regno Unito o negli Usa, chiedi a lei! In questo video qualche consiglio, e sullo speciale Let’s Go Abroad di Speak Up (in edicola) troverete l’intervista completa!

Jeannette Law (Standard American accent)

Hi, my name is Jeannette Law. I am a university counsellor counselling students for bachelor’s degrees in the US and the UK. I just wanted to share some tips that I have for making an application to US universities:

The first  thing I would say is, you want to start the process as early as you can. Most students will start in the penultimate year of liceo, if not before. There are lots of tests that you have to take, you have to prepare for them, so the more time you have, the better.

I would also encourage students to consider all 50 states. There are 50 states in the US and not everyone should go to New York City! There are many great universities  in... all around the country and very often students that apply to universities outside of the most popular cities and most popular areas may (be) able... to get scholarships, and the universities will be attracted to the students for diversity purposes.

I also encourage you to... Yes, I know you’ll look at university rankings, but take them with a grain of salt. The most important thing is to find a university that is the best for you.

In terms of testing, my advice to students from the liceo scientifico especially, would be to consider taking the ACT (American College Test - ed), which is another type of admissions test. It contains a science element. Consider taking the ACT as well as the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test - ed).

The most important thing that students can do in terms of preparing themselves for a US education would be to get really good grades in the toughest high school curriculum that you can, starting from year one of the scuola superiore. For many years, the most important factor for US education has been the academic background of the student, so study hard from year one!  

And then, as something that’s fun and accessible and you can do any time, feel free to visit US campuses. There are always information sessions and tours that you can sign up for from the university websites. Admissions representatives are always happy to talk to international students and you can visit pretty much any... any  time after the scuola media. So we welcome you to go visit universities in the US.

Thank you!

(Jeannette Law was talking to Mark Worden)

For more about Jeannette Law and her educational consultancy SAGE Advising visit: www.sageadvising.net

The interview continues in Let’ Go Abroad, the special issue of Speak Up which is on sale at newsstands (click here).