The overseas education planning can be both exciting and frustrating. Many young people prefer the overseas education for a diversity of programs available. For instance, in the United States there are more than six hundred major fields of study, accessible at more than three thousand colleges and universities. Such aspect of the overseas education as student travel experiences complement much to the general knowledge and practice, developing the student's outlook, the ability to perceive and comprehend alien cultures, a social adaptation, a self-esteem, a determination and purposefulness. Hence, the popularity of the overseas education is growing daily, though results in some unfavorable conditions for increasing numbers of those, who want to study abroad.
Particularly, this growth has reflected in the increasing competitiveness and costs of many colleges and universities. As the number of applicants is rising, the admission to many colleges and universities naturally becomes more selective. The solution to the problem is simple ? choose a college that is less competitive. We are used to believe that a more selective college or university is better. In fact, you do not need to look for exclusiveness, but look for programs, suitable to your interests, goals and personal characteristics. Highly selective colleges with ten to fifteen student applications for each spot consider for admission such factors as counselor or teacher recommendations, additional courses, ethnicity, grades, application questions and essays, extracurricular activities and more, while colleges that are less selective set minimum requirements to provide some room for more students.
The growth of college costs is obvious, but there is a more financial aid available today; hence, the overseas education remains affordable for many families. The costs vary from six thousand to thirty thousand dollars, depending on the college or university, and you may go somewhere in the middle. Actually, a college education is worth being paid, as it is fully repaid over your lifetime. According to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics, people with a bachelor's degree earn over sixty two percent more on average than those with only a high school diploma. Over a lifetime, a earning potential gap between a high school diploma and a B.A. (or higher) becomes more than one million dollars.
Who can help with a college search and all the information, connected with a college application, an admission and a financial aid? The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) elaborates and administers educational exchange programs throughout the world for high school and college students, as well as for professionals. The organization also administers an international voluntary service program and a work-abroad program for college students. The CIEE also encourages people with disabilities to apply to their programs.
There are also Overseas Educational Advising Centers, located in major cities worldwide and affiliated with the United States Information Services (USIS) and/or the United States Embassy. There you can find advisers and information to help you understand college searches, the admission process and financial aid opportunities.