Getting Started

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Are you ready to embark on your dream of studying in the US? If so read on for some great tips, exciting instructions and past knowledge to help you on your journey every step of the way, from applying for your visa, to at the airport, and making friends once you have arrived.

First, you should become familiar with the website of your American university. Read the catalogue (or other publications such as the student newspaper) which is often available online, as well as general information on campus life, student organisations, events, and current affairs. Looking up your institution on Facebook and becoming a fan will keep you informed of latest news and updates. You should also correspond with your future department, the housing office, International Student Advisor, etc.

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It is also a good idea to talk with someone who has been there before you.  If you don't know anyone, ask your home university to be put in touch with some alumni via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites. This is the best way of knowing what to expect, what courses to take and which professors to seek. Some international offices may be willing to put you in touch with current students who are often more than willing to answer your questions.