Hi all. So im currently doing my GCSE so ill be done with them in June of 2018. Im going to do my A-levels in the UK (finishing in 2020) after which id like to go to America for University. Im planning on taking Biology, Chemistry and either Maths or Physics as i want to get into a medicine related major at University.
I'm hoping on going to America to study at university and pretty much have no clue on how to go about doing that. I know ill have to get all my papers sorted from A-levels, bank statements and do extra tests such as SATs etc as an international student.
Im also planning on hopefully receiving some sort of sport based scholarship for America as im currently a professional athlete. Just thought id mention as it may be something which requires advice too.
If you have any advice or websites/forums that could help it would be greatly appreciated as i want to be prepared to go into college in America. Thank you for your help as im a very confused child who'd like to experience the American Uni life.
1) I wouldn't unless you're a minority; you'll be unfairly discriminated against in the admissions process if you're not.
2) You can get some scholarships here in the US, but you're going to be paying for it with private student loans. Which vary in interest, and will require a cosigner. This's going to be very expensive if your cosigner doesn't have excellent credit.It better be in basketball or (american) football though, that's where all of our money goes for athletic scholarships.
3) Given I'm in an American College right now, as I prepare to depart to the UK after next semester, I can answer any questions you may have in specific
I hate to sound personal, but are you quite well off/wealthy?
If so then applying to the US will be fine, otherwise, it can be cripplingly expensive.
I'm not trying to put you off because I actually wanted to study the US myself. I held good contact with a Yale admissions tutor for over a year and they said I'd be a strong candidate to get a place. The problem was the cost, I'm not a money conscious person but it literally would have cost me over $300,000 dollars for 4 years (and that was with an ok scholarship). I have also seen stories of UK students parents having to re-mortgage their house(s) to get kids to US uni's.
If you're rich or have a really good talent then I'd say apply, otherwise, it will be tough, but do your research!