Whether you are already in the United States or are planning on moving from another country, we want to congratulate you on taking the next step in your education! The Global Student Consulting team is prepared to assist you and your family with each step of your college process. We offer personalized services to assist you with all your professional and academic needs. At GSC, we understand that arriving in a new city or country can be a challenging and stressful experience. The GSC team is committed to providing peace of mind for you and your family.
International students are those who are not United States citizens and who wish to come to America to study at a college or university for the first time. While the process to apply and get to the states seems daunting, our experts have professional and personal experience and are here to guide you every step of the way. During our initial consulting appointment, we will determine your specific needs and work with you through the visa and college applications, settling you into your desired city, and getting you familiar and prepared for student life in America! We are excited to be with you as you begin your journey toward your college dreams.
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To study in the United States, you need a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” This form is required for all international students who wish to study in the United States, and it certifies that a student has been accepted to a college or university and that they meet all financial requirements set by the United States government. It is a very important and necessary form for all international students, and it can be a frustrating process. GSC will assist you in gathering all necessary documentation so that you can legally obtain your I-20 Form, including your international proof of income and your sponsor affidavit. GSC will also help you understand the expectations of international students and the laws, restrictions, and rules that you must follow and abide by, including the details surrounding multiple entries into the country, how and when you can study, and the type of course load you must maintain.
Obtaining your student Visa to study abroad in the United States is a difficult process, but we can help! At GSC, we know that one small mistake can cost you the opportunity to obtain a Visa and come to the United States, and we want to minimize your worry and concerns. From assistance gathering your documentation, paying your fees, and applying, to your interview at the Embassy, our experts will be there with you every step of the way. While rejection is possible, we will do all we can to make the process easy and simple. In order to begin the Visa process, you must have your Form I-20. For more information about the Form I-20, please click here.
At GSC, we know how adjusting to different cultures and norms can be confusing and sometimes difficult to understand. At our Academic and Cultural Orientation Seminar, we will help you understand both the academic and cultural expectations and rules of the United States. Our seminar will start at 9:00 AM and will last until 3:00 PM, with lunch provided. During the first half of the seminar, you will learn all of the academic rules, expectations, and laws that will be expected of you as an international student studying in the U.S. We will cover how to read a syllabus, how to interact with professors both in person and through email, how to locate campus learning and career centers, and the legal requirements of an international student. During the second half of the seminar, we will cover cultural practices and expectations. This will include cultural norms, laws, customs, practices, diversity in food and people, manners, and even the holidays you can expect to encounter while here. We know that learning a whole new culture can be full of personal experience and faux pas, but we want to equip you with all of the information you will need to navigate daily activities and interactions with other students, professors, and the average American. We want to make your trip to the United States as easy and fun as possible, so we will also coordinate one social and one volunteer event each month.
College course selection is overwhelming, and not everyone has a clear idea of what courses they need or when they need to take them. GSC can help you with this process. Our team will help identify what your educational goals are and prepare a college degree plan each semester that will help you reach and achieve those goals. Then, we will help you register for your classes with your personal schedule, preferences, and obligations in mind so that we can set you up for success. Each student will receive individualized one-on-one assistance because we understand that goals and dreams may change, as might a student’s specific major. We can help guide a student from taking their core classes to helping them make sure their prerequisites are met so they are set up for success. College offers so many different options, and GSC will be there every step of the way to help you succeed!