How to apply to study at U.S Universities from South Africa
Thousands of students from South Africa move to countries like the United States of America, Australia, and the United Kingdom to begin their bachelor’s or master’s degree studies every year. While many choose to study for their degrees in Australia or the United Kingdom the majority of them choose to study in the USA. Applying to study at a U.S.A university from South Africa can be a complicated process for many South African students, so we have written this step-by-step process here, so you can begin your application for a U.S. university as a student from South Africa.
Step One / Research
As a citizen of South Africa, the first thing you need to do is decide which major or degree you wish to study, international students from South Africa have a great interest in majors in International relations, Public Service, and Business degrees. Deciding which major you wish to study is very important because not all the universities in the U.S.A. offer the same majors and some universities do not offer Engineering or Technology programs. Finding the universities that offer the degree you want to study can be complicated; which is why we created a tool that will allow you to find the university that offers the program you wish to study.
As an international student from South Africa, chances are that you have a friend or know a friend that is studying at a university in the U.S. Your friends can be a great resource of information, and they can provide you with valuable information. Learning about their mistakes, recommendations, and differences in cultures will have a positive impact on choosing the location or university you wish to study at while you are in the USA. While hearing from a friend is important, understand that every student is different and you need to decide ultimately what you think is the best option for you.
Step Two / Speak with an EduBookings.com Advisor
Once you have a list of majors, cities, or preferences of the university you want to study in the U.S.A, it is time to book a free online appointment with one of our university advisors. Our university advisors have been working with international students from South Africa for many years, and we have helped thousands of international students from all over the world with the application process to study at universities in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The advisor will be able to answer all your questions, make recommendations, look at your academic background, and even begin the application process. They can also recommend a university and program that will have the major you seek to study, is within your budget, and where we can find you the best academic scholarship possible. When the advisor is making recommendations to you, he is looking at all of these data points, to make sure he is providing you with the best university and program that fits your needs
You can meet with our advisors right from the comfort of your home, all you need is a computer with internet that has a microphone like a laptop, and you will be able to connect with one of our advisors when is most convenient for you. It is also a good idea to have copies of your academic transcripts, any knowledge exams you might have taken such as the GRE or GMAT, as well as your resume if you are applying for a Master’s degree.
Step Three / Submit your application
Once you and your Edubookings advisor have decided on a university in the USA and the degree program you want to study, you will need to book another online meeting to begin your application process. One of the reasons why so many international students from all over the world, as well as international students from South Africa, love to work with EduBookings.com is our application system. As opposed to you having to submit your application and ask for help with the process, at EduBookings.com we do the entire process for you. You will have access to our application system where you can upload all your documents, ask questions, get updates on your university applications, and much much more. You will also have access to our App which you can download for iOS and Android; giving you access to all your applications in seconds. Through the app, you will get notifications every step of the way and we will keep you updated every step of the process.
Step Four / Accept your university offer
Once we submit your applications to the different universities in the U.S.A., you will begin to get updates on your EduBookings account or your Bookie account as the application process moves forward. It is important that you read and check your account constantly, and check all the notifications you receive on your phone via the mobile app. Once the application process is completed and we have received all the decisions from the different universities, you will receive your acceptance letters. This is when it is time to choose which university you want to attend, this is a great opportunity to schedule another appointment with an Edubookings academic advisor; the university advisor can answer any final questions you may have, and help you choose from the universities you have been accepted in the U.S.A. As an international student from South Africa, the academic advisor will focus on helping you choose the university that will accommodate your priorities and begin your confirmation process.
Most Edubookings.com clients save between 20,000 all the way up to 125,000 dollars in scholarships depending on the university, the advisor will go thru each university acceptance and the scholarship secured for the student. 98% of our clients get a partial academic scholarship for the program they have applied to. Students will know the exact amount they were awarded prior to making a commitment or paying any tuition deposits.
As part of your confirmation process, most universities in the U.S.A will require a tuition deposit payment; this payment can vary anywhere from 300 dollars to 2,000 dollars and it really varies depending on the university. This deposit serves also as a confirmation to the university that will be attending their program. Once this part of the process is done, the university will issue your I-20 form, so that we can begin your student visa process.
Step Five / Apply for a Student Visa
Once you receive your I-20 form in the mail or via email, you are now ready to begin your student visa application and become an international student. In South Africa, appointments for a student visa are generally a couple of weeks away, so it is important to book your student visa appointment with enough time in order to avoid rushing thru the visa process. Applying for a visa can be complicated for some international students, so we have made a step-by-step process you can follow, just click on this link to see how to apply for your student visa.
Once your visa application is completed and you have selected your student visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, you are almost done with your process. On the day of your appointment for your student visa at the U.S. embassy in Pretoria or in one of the three U.S. consulates, you will need to bring all your academic and financial documents for the officer to review. We have excellent visa approval from South African students applying for a student visa, so you have nothing to be concerned about or worried about. We are always here to help you.
Step Six / Travel from South Africa to the USA
Now that your student visa is approved, you are ready to organize moving from South Africa to the university in the U.S.A. You can now begin to purchase your flight ticket, pack your bags and prepare for the new exciting adventure. Your Edubookings advisor is going to be there every step of the way and help you with your arrival at the university, selecting your accommodations, organizing pick up at the airport, and anything else you may need. As an Edubookings student, you will get support for the duration of your studies, which means that we will always be there to help you 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Unlike other agencies that will no longer help you, we will be there for you as long as you are in the U.S.A., U.K, or any other country you have applied to study with us, and you can always reach out to your advisor to help you with anything you need.