Couple of questions regarding to studying abroad in the U.S.Watch
This is my first post ever in my life >.< I also had no clue what category I should put this into so I apologise if I made a mistake :P Let me first introduce myself before heading to the questions. My background story is pretty much diverse, am originally from Japan yet am also half polish as well. I spent couple of years in Japan until I moved to Poland to continue my education at age 9, I believe. Once I hit 13 I was forced to move to another country, Czech Republic, where I attended an international school. At that time I spoke zero English, it was quite frustrating initially. Thankfully, I somehow managed to learn English as my 3rd language within 2 years or so. My international school was based on British Education System where I took 5 IGCSE subjects including English(first language),Math,Chemistry,Biology , and Physics. Unfortunately, I got C's for each subject except for Biology where I got a D. I do realise that I've passed 4 subjects although I know that I can do better than that. Am planning to retake the Math, as I feel pretty much confident about it, aiming for an A. At the moment I'm a college student in the UK doing BTec Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art&Design (Graphic Design/Photography) . I'm on my first year so one more year to go in order to complete the course.
Finally ! Here comes my questions. I've always wanted to study abroad specifically in the US or Canada as I'd like to permanently live there one day . U.S. got many opportunities and courses compared to Canada, however, the prices for tuition fees are insanely different. Am aiming for Bachelor of Architecture program to become a Licensed Architecture (I know many or most of you will say architecture is a bad idea as its salary is much lower compared to other professions like a lawyer or engineering, but that's not what I want to talk about atm). Art became part of my life since the day I was born, never got bored of drawing nor planning to quit. I consider myself as a creative person and always been interested in diverse types of buildings so I thought choosing an architecture as my permanent career would satisfy me a lot. Now, keeping my background in your mind for a while I want you to answer couple of questions for me:
1)I heard/read that many universities in the U.S. does not provide need-based financial aid for international students (except ivy leagues). How do international students coming to study in the USA are able to afford huge amount of money for the tuition fees? We're talkin about $30k - $40k per year o.0 Are they some kind of genius and get a decent scholarship that cover their tuition?
2) Do most universities accept BTec qualifications in the US? As far as I know, I have no chance getting into Ivy League as they don't accept BTec and they're extremely competitive so I don't really 'bother' about top unis. Many of colleges in the US say they want uk students to have A level instead of BTec but I read a story about a student who got accepted to New York University with BTec in Performance Art with decent SAT score.This gave me a tiny bit of hope that I can still get into unis in the US having BTec qualification. Should I directly ask/e-mail to all the unis I want to apply to whether they accept BTec or not? Or will that sound a bit strange :d
3)If I want to pursue a degree in architecture and am more than positive that am goin to apply for it, what can I do now to impress college admissions so they'll accept me? College application is, I believe, a one huge pain in the a$$ but worth it. I know that universities are looking for ambitious students and will only accept those who are really passionate about the subject they're pursuing into. How can I distinguish myself from other applicants? I do not attend in any extra curricular activities anymore nor volunteering nor have I achieved or won international competitions during high school years. So I was wondering what can I do now so I can put something in my resume. I was thinking about making a blog or a website where I'd post all my drawings, photos, sketches etc. (including buildings in digital form and sketches, I've already done couple of 'em) so it will demonstrate that am actually passionate about art. On the other hand I feel like I'd be wasting my time, am not sure T.T. I've only got around 11-12 months until I apply for university.
4) I know SAT is a must in order to apply for universities in US. Am aiming for at least 1300 out of 1600. I'm also planning to take the SAT Math I and Japanese. IF I get a decent score in all of the exams mentioned above will I, perhaps, get a decent scholarship for international students? I haven't searched in depth yet atm but am really concerned about the money that I'll have to pay for the fees, I don't think I'll be able to handle the price. If you know any decent ways to pay for tutions fees, please share it.
5) Does it matter which uni I go to when it comes to architecture?
6) If anyone has experienced ,or your friend, studying in the USA, please share your story with me.
Thanks a lot for reading, I will appreciate every single answer that would answer one of my questions listed above.
PS: I apologise for any grammar mistakes as English is not my native language, am still working on it >.<
Just quoting in Danny Dorito so she can move the thread if needed