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Step 3: Complete Your Application


Plan ahead! Confirm the application and admissions process with the short-term study programs that interest you.

Application and admission procedures vary based on the program. Each short-term program provider will have exact instructions on the institution's website, including deadlines for application and other requirements.

Before applying to a short-term program, answer the following questions:

  • What are your educational goals for completing the program?
  • Is earning a degree important to you, or do you want to take a few classes to learn a new skill or to complete a certificate program to increase your professional status?
  • What are the total costs of the program?
  • Do the fees include books and shipping, if necessary?
  • Are there any additional expenses?
  • Is there any financial aid available?
  • What academic or technical assistance is offered throughout the program?
  • Where will you live?

Before applying to a distance education program, think about:

  • Do you have a place at home or at work that you can claim as your own for extended periods of study and communication with the program?
  • Is occasional attendance on the campus in the United States possible for you?
  • Do you require a program that can be completed entirely from your home country without traveling to the United States?
  • If the program is given at a particular time, would the time difference between your country and the campus in the United States prevent you from participating?
  • How is the program information delivered, and what equipment will you need to receive it?
  • If it is a computer-based program, does the computer that you use meet the requirements of the program?
  • Will the information be delivered to you in enough time (for example, if it is delivered by mail) for you to complete the course?