Education is the process of facilitating learning. Knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits of a group of people are transferred to other people through storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, or research. Are you presently dissatisfied with your level of education, do you want to develop yourself beyond the level that you are in currently? Do you dream of studying abroad? If your answer to these questions are ‘yes’ then this article would nudge you in the right direction.
The first thing to do is a proper research to find schools that offer the course you want to study. One important factor to put into consideration when choosing a school is your budget. Find out how much the tuition fee is so as to find out if you can afford it. If you cannot afford it find out if the school has a scholarship programme. Some schools also offer services such as helping their students get part time jobs to help them with tuition and accommodation fees.
The second step is to apply to the school[s] of your choice. After the school has accepted you for admission to full-time study, you will be sent a document called an 1-20 form, which is a confirmation of your acceptance. This form is used to apply for your F-1 visa. An F-1 visa is the category of visas that prospective students are issued. You have no business applying for a visa when you have not been offered admission. Be careful to make sure that the name and spelling on your passport is exactly the same as the name and spelling on your application for acceptance to the school and that the school has entered your name as it appears on your passport on the I-20 form because such mistakes have made people to be denied visas.
The third step is to prepare for your visa interview. Contact a good and reliable travel agent who would help you schedule an appointment for your visa interview. It is crucial that you apply for the visa well before the date of your resumption. If possible apply three month before you plan to travel. This will give you extra time if there are delays at the embassy, or if you wish to make an appeal in the case of denial. What you wear is very important. Consider the interview a formal event so dress in business attire. First impressions matter a lot and be prepared to give your information quickly and completely. The visa officer would need to know your specific objectives, both academic and professional for studying abroad. Give valid reasons because visa officers like to hear honest, direct answers to their questions. You should be able to explain in detail why you chose to study at a specific school and be able to give information about that school and where you will live. Be composed and confident too because Visa officers look out for that too. In their books no confidence means you’ve got something suspicious up your sleeves thus, visa denial becomes inevitable.