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    Hi everyone! I'm in the final year of high school. I'm looking to apply to an American univ and a French univ.

    The application and enrollment deposit deadline of that American univ will be in May, but it's when the application period of the French univ just starts.

    Fall semester of the American univ starts in late August. The French school will release the admission results in early August.

    It's much easier to get into the American univ than the French one but I love the French univ a lot more. I am going to apply to both but if I am admitted to the American univ, should I go get an American visa and buy the air ticket in case the French one does not accept my application? This would be an investment and insurance with a postive outcome if, unfortunately, the French school really rejects me, but it might also be completely useless. What would you do if you were me?

    Just once again, I love the French one so much more and it's got the major that I like the most (it's an uncommon major to some extent). It's also much harder to get in though.
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    Best bet would be to talk to an admissions officer at the American university and see if there is an option to delay your start by a term. You may have to pay the deposit, but it means you save some money because of visa + airplane fees.

    The other side of this is that it will be harder to find a place to live.
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    (Original post by zombiejon)
    Best bet would be to talk to an admissions officer at the American university and see if there is an option to delay your start by a term. You may have to pay the deposit, but it means you save some money because of visa + airplane fees.

    The other side of this is that it will be harder to find a place to live.
    Thanks for your reply. It's possible for me to apply for spring semester which begins in January 2017. The application deadline is the same. However, it is fall semester when an academic year starts. Some of my cousins studying in the US told me those who enter college in spring semester usually have a harder time making friends and socialising; some courses are only offered in one semester every year so it might be harder to catch up with the progress.

    I really don't want to apply for the spring semester or take a gap year, but are there any other options?
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    (Original post by atom1475)
    Thanks for your reply. It's possible for me to apply for spring semester which begins in January 2017. The application deadline is the same. However, it is fall semester when an academic year starts. Some of my cousins studying in the US told me those who enter college in spring semester usually have a harder time making friends and socialising; some courses are only offered in one semester every year so it might be harder to catch up with the progress.

    I really don't want to apply for the spring semester or take a gap year, but are there any other options?
    Considering what you prefer, I can't really think of anything else off the top of my head. With your scenario, it comes down to what you mentioned earlier - having everything set up in the US, and waiting on the reply from the French university. Once you have the US offer in hand, could you ask the French university for a slightly faster processing? It wouldn't change anything regarding the acceptance fee/housing deposit (if you are going to stay in dorms)/airplane ticket, but it could mean that you aren't already in the US setting up for school when the offer comes in.

    Regarding a delayed entrance, it may lead to being behind, but that one semester could also be used to clear out some electives mandated by the faculty for graduation. Of course, this means that your latter years may be difficult due the lack of enrolling in courses. As for courses being offered only once per year - this usually is observed during your junior/senior year, where classes are more specialized and not as many people are enrolling. For the most part, first and second year courses (beyond the odd extremely specialized ones) are usually offered in both terms. However, this does mean that a summer semester would be needed to catch up. Your cousins have a point regarding socialising and making friends, although it may be mitigated by tutorial/practical sessions. Cliques tend to form rapidly in university, and you will be missing out on club registration day.
 
 
 
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