When searching for a graduate program in the United States, first consider your individual priorities to help locate a program that is the best fit for you. These priorities may change over time, but they will help guide your program search. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I want to study in the United States?
- What are my short-term and long-term goals?
- Am I looking for a master's or doctoral program, a professional degree, or a professional certificate?
- Where are professors teaching whose research overlaps with my academic interests?
- How will I pay for my graduate program in the United States?
- Will I need to request financial aid?
- What were my undergraduate grades and current English test scores (if required)?
- Which of the standardized graduate admissions tests have I taken or do I need to take?
- How large of an institution would I like to study at?
- Would I like to attend a private or public institution?
- How easily will I adjust to my new community and environment?
- Do I prefer living in an urban, suburban, or rural setting?
- Would I like to live on campus or off campus?
- Do I want to participate in clubs, sports, or other activities?
Please download and fill out this worksheet which will act as a guide when working through these priorities and when meeting with an EducationUSA adviser or U.S. university admissions staff.