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Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 14 hours of videos...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

The U.S. Admissions Process

The first step to studying in the USA is to understand the application and admissions process in the U.S. How to apply to colleges and universities in the U.S. is probably very different than the university admissions process in your home country. One big difference is the importance of “fit,” and how fit plays a different role among the 4,000+ U.S. colleges and universities. In this module, you will begin to learn about the U.S. admissions process, including how schools evaluate international applications, U.S. college admission requirements, and how schools decide who to accept (it is not all about SAT or ACT scores like many students think). You will also begin to explore yourself so that you can look beyond the "top" colleges and universities to identify schools based on “fit,” a big step toward being accepted into U.S. colleges and universities....
Reading
13 videos (Total 128 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
The Realities of Admission: Understanding Options7m
The Realities of Admission: Understanding Timing9m
The Admissions Process and the Course5m
Eight Pieces & Two Questions5m
Being the "Best"4m
The Second Question5m
Different Universities Evaluate Differently9m
Purdue University18m
Montgomery County Community College10m
Rhodes College15m
Santa Clara University16m
University of Pennsylvania16m
Reading7 readings
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)10m
Thoughts on College Rankings10m
"What It Takes” by Ivan Maisel10m
The Selection Process: Online Resources10m
Connect with Our Partner Schools10m
Suggested Readings10m
Instructions for Self-Assessment Quiz 1: Personal Qualities10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Assessment Quiz: Personal Qualities20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Self-Assessment

The most important part of your college application is you. Before you apply to any U.S. universities, you have to know yourself – likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. Once you know yourself, you can look at your application the way a U.S. admissions counselor will look at your application. In this module you will learn how to use self-assessment to examine your application, identifying strengths and weaknesses in both your academic and non-academic qualifications. You will also learn about EducationUSA, a college admissions assistance resource located in your home country....
Reading
12 videos (Total 90 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
Personal Strengths6m
Study Preferences4m
Academic Qualifications Part 112m
Academic Qualifications: Testing8m
Non-Academic Qualifications5m
Connecting You with Universities9m
EducationUSA: A U.S. State Department Supported Network2m
EducationUSA Interview Part 18m
EducationUSA Interview Part 213m
EducationUSA Interview Part 38m
EducationUSA Interview Part 45m
Reading7 readings
"5I's" by Eric Furda10m
"4C's" by Eric Furda10m
Notes on Practice Materials and the New SAT10m
"5 College Admission Mistakes International Students Can Avoid" by Amy Rader Kice10m
EducationUSA Resource10m
Additional Resources10m
Instructions for Self-Assessment Quiz 2: Academic Preferences10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Assessment Quiz: Academic Preferences30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Research & Planning

It is time to use what you learned about yourself to start the college search and find the schools where you will apply. With 4,000+ colleges and universities in the U.S., picking the right schools for you takes time and strategy. This module will focus on three areas: (1) conducting your research, (2) building your school list, and (3) creating your college application plan. To accomplish these goals you will learn everything from application deadlines to where you can research schools to what the information means and how to use that information to better ensure your success....
Reading
18 videos (Total 164 min), 8 readings
Video18 videos
Building Your School List8m
Level 1 Research: What You Want11m
Level 1 Research: What is Realistic7m
Level 1 Research: Understanding Your Findings14m
Level 1 Research: Additional Options10m
Level 2 Research15m
Level 3 Research9m
Demonstrated Interest7m
Identifying Reach, Target, and Safety11m
Understanding Deadlines10m
Creating a Plan9m
Financial Aid, Part 1: Cost of a U.S. Education5m
Financial Aid, Part 2: Need-Based Aid6m
Financial Aid, Part 3: Merit-Based Aid5m
Financial Aid, Part 4: Other Types of Funding5m
Financial Aid, Part 5: The Realities of Available Funding7m
Financial Aid, Part 6: Need Blind vs. Need Aware7m
Reading8 readings
"Aligning Your Interests With Your College List" by Eric Furda10m
Digging Deeper Into Acceptance Rates10m
Additional Research Resources10m
Articles About the School List10m
Early Admission/Decision Statistics10m
Suggested Reading10m
Financial Aid Resources10m
Exchange Programs and Scholarships10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

The Pieces of Your Application

Your college “application” is made up of eight individual pieces, including essays, letter(s) of recommendation, test/exam scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, & IELTS), and more. In this module you will understand how each piece is viewed individually along with how that piece fulfills admission requirements and contributes to your application as a whole. We will also discuss how to submit the pieces of your application, as well as the timing related to each piece. Understanding the pieces of your application, along with the admission requirements, will help you assemble a stronger application overall....
Reading
12 videos (Total 129 min), 14 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
The First Piece: The Application Form 9m
Academic Documents Part 19m
Academic Documents Part 28m
Test Scores: ACT & SAT17m
English Language Proficiency Tests: TOEFL & IELTS9m
Essays 14m
Letters of Recommendation 16m
School Forms10m
Activity List & Résumé11m
Other Requirements9m
Connecting Themes5m
Reading14 readings
Application Tips & Notes10m
Understanding Document Requirements10m
Testing Data and Information Resources10m
"That Time I Took the TOEFL" by Meghan McHale10m
"Writing the Essay: Sound Advice from an Expert" by Parke Muth10m
An Essay Should... 10m
"Writing Recommendations" by MIT Admissions10m
"Interviews" by The College Board10m
Essay Resources10m
Letter of Recommendation Resources10m
School Forms Resources10m
Activity List Resources10m
Suggested Reading10m
Instructions for Self-Assessment Quiz: Application Planning10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Assessment Quiz: Application Planning50m
Final Examination40m

Instructor

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Erick Hyde

University Connection Counseling Specialist
English Language Programs

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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