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Let's say I am accepted in some random U.S. university.
What do I do when I first go to the university??

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If I applied for computer science, do i start Computer Science directly or do I do some kind of general study and then choose which one to specialise?
If it is the latter case, is there a way that I just start with computer science instantly and study only for 3 years?

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Also, about the Minors. How do I apply to study minors if I want to? Do I choose what I want to study as minor after starting the university?
I am interested in studying History as minor. My friends say that I will die with work if I do minors or double majors. Is it true? would you recommend it?

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Also also I found this certification programs instead of minors

http://pubs.wisc.edu/ug/ls_majors.htm

Is this the same thing as minors?


4)
I am an international student and honestly US fees are so expensive.
any university with any good reputation is $40k+

Can I apply for any kind of scholarships?
Is FAFSA or CSS thing for international students?
Usually when is the deadline for those scholarships? Do I apply separately or do they consider me automatically when I apply?
For example, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


I am sorry for so many questions, but nobody in my school knows anything about American universities.

Just answer me any of questions above if you know anything about me.


Thank you so much
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Hello there!

Glad to hear you're thinking about studying in the US! Whilst I'm not American, I studied for a year in the US so I am somewhat familiar with the process. I'll do my best answering some questions, but others will definitely give better advice!

(Original post by Retarded50%)
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If I applied for computer science, do i start Computer Science directly or do I do some kind of general study and then choose which one to specialise?
If it is the latter case, is there a way that I just start with computer science instantly and study only for 3 years?
Most US universities, if not all, follow the same general structure where your first two years are very general and you take a lot of "GE's" or "General Electives". This is so you get a background knowledge in many different fields which also helps you to know if you're thinking of the right major. Another benefit with this is it is usually relatively straightforward to change from one major to another, you can even be accepted to a university without even declaring which major you want to do.

In your 2nd year you may start taking a few classes more specific to your degree, but it'll still be general. In 3rd year you'll definitely start focusing as you'll declare your major in your 2nd year. As far as I'm aware, this is the only structure you can follow, you can't just jump straight into Computer Science like you can in Europe.

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Also, about the Minors. How do I apply to study minors if I want to? Do I choose what I want to study as minor after starting the university?
I am interested in studying History as minor. My friends say that I will die with work if I do minors or double majors. Is it true? would you recommend it?
Applying for minors will be the same thing as applying for your major; it'll be selected whilst you're at your university. When you're there you'll learn all about it, some minors will be easier to take than others. Whether you'll cope with the workload or not is completely relative, I know many many people who took minors or even took a double major and they managed just fine. Yes, it's more work, but if you're willing to do it then it's not too bad. Taking minors is not uncommon at all.

If you are academically strong enough to cope with extra classes or if you have a real passion in a different field, or perhaps want to work in that field, then getting a minor can be very worth it!

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Also also I found this certification programs instead of minors

http://pubs.wisc.edu/ug/ls_majors.htm

Is this the same thing as minors?
Honestly cannot tell you. It'll probably depend on different universities, but others may help you out more on that!

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I am an international student and honestly US fees are so expensive.
any university with any good reputation is $40k+

Can I apply for any kind of scholarships?
Is FAFSA or CSS thing for international students?
Usually when is the deadline for those scholarships? Do I apply separately or do they consider me automatically when I apply?
For example, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Again, this will depend on the university. Some universities will automatically enter you into an application for a scholarship, others won't. There may be international scholarships for those who excel at different skills, whether it's academically, or in sports. Many of these scholarships will be hugely competitive as there will be very few spots, though. I can't give you a great answer on this, but I would recommend emailing universities directly about this as they're the ones that deal with international students and scholarships.

Hope this helps a little, if you have any other questions, please let us know.

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