External websites providing reliable information for students looking to study in the United States:
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5 Steps to U.S. Study – Whether you plan to pursue an undergraduate, graduate, English language, or short-term program, EducationUSA’s “Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study” guides you to: 1) Research Your Options, 2) Complete Your Application, 3) Finance Your Studies, 4) Apply for Your Student Visa, and 5) Prepare for Your Departure.
EdUSA Connects Videos – Over 100 on-demand video presentations about a huge range of topics by experts from U.S. universities and higher education-related organizations
EdUSA Financial Aid Updates – An ongoing compilation of announcements from U.S. universities about scholarships and financial aid opportunities for international students, both undergraduate and postgraduate
Pre-Departure Guidebook – A 98-page EducationUSA publication containing practical information for living and studying in the United States. Covers topics such as pre-departure planning, housing, and everyday living.
PDO-Advice-for-Malaysians-from-Malaysians – Hear it straight from those who’ve gone before. Three pages of quick advice from Malaysians students at U.S. universities for Malaysian students on their way.
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University Search Sites
These sites also contain resources on application and admission, financial aid, and selecting majors and careers
BigFuture College Search by The College Board – Use various filters to sort through 3,900+ accredited colleges and universities to find those which match your criteria and preferences
SuperMatch by College View – Search among 4,000+ universities using various filters
CollegeXpress – Search among 4,000+ universities; also find scholarships, rankings, and helpful articles
FairTest – Find over 800 four-year universities which may not require the submission of SAT or ACT scores in order to offer admission to international students
GradSchools.com – Search for graduate programs by subject, specialty, and location
GraduateSearch by Peterson’s – Search among hundreds of Master’s and PhD programs. Find advice on choosing a school, getting admitted, and paying for your education.
Tips for studying for the GRE – Find advice and helpful study materials
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2 Plus 2 for International Students – Learn about the cost savings of completing a bachelor’s degree via the 2+2 path: two years at a community college plus two more years at a four-year college or university
American Association of Community Colleges – Search among 1,000+ community colleges across America
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Distance Learning, Home Schooling, and Boarding Schools
Distance Education and Training Council – Search for accredited online high schools and universities
Affordable Colleges Online – Search for accredited online degree programs.
Accredited Online Schools – Search for online learning opportunities.
Home Schooling in Malaysia by the HSLDA – Find articles and country information, as well as contact details and links to relevant resources from Malaysian families who have chosen to home school
Boarding Schools in the USA – Use the search tool and find helpful articles and resources
Association of Boarding Schools – Search for schools and read advice for students and parents
American Boarding Schools – Understand the types of boarding schools and find financial aid advice
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Standardized Entrance Exams
These are official sites to register and pay, check testing locations, read FAQs, and find free test-prep resources
**Exact locations and offerings subject to change. See official test websites for up-to-date information.
TOEFL – The standard way for international students to prove English proficiency to all U.S. universities; offered multiple times each month at locations around Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kedah, and Johor Bahru**
IELTS – The standard way for international students to prove English proficiency to all U.S. universities; offered multiple times each month at locations around Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kedah, and Johor Bahru**
SAT – A college entrance exam required or recommended by many U.S. universities for undergraduate applicants (an equal alternative to the ACT)
ACT – A college entrance exam required or recommended by many U.S. universities for undergraduate applicants (an equal alternative to the SAT)
GRE – An entrance exam required by many graduate schools and business schools for admittance to their Master’s and Doctorate programs; offered year-round at centers around Kuala Lumpur
GMAT – An entrance exam required by many graduate business schools for admittance to their MBA and other business-related graduate programs; offered year-round at a center in Kuala Lumpur
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Financial Aid Search Sites
International Education Financial Aid – Search for financial aid, scholarship awards, grants and loans
Funding for US Study by IIE – Search for scholarships by program name, field of study and location
Find a USA Scholarship by HotCoursesAbroad.com – Search by nationality, field of study, and level of study
Guide to International Student Fina ncial Aid – Learn the basics from this easy-to-follow guide
Scholarships for Malaysians – Find scholarships specifically for international students from Malaysia
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Apply for a U.S. Visa in Malaysia – Official site for starting the process of applying for a U.S. visa in Malaysia. Find FAQs and Embassy closure dates and submit the DS-160 online application.
Embassy of the United States in Malaysia – Official information on applying for a non-immigrant visa at the Malaysian U.S. Embassy. Find current fees, Embassy hours and location, and FAQs.
Video: How to Apply for Visa at U.S. Embassy in KL – An excellent 7-minute video illustrating the visa application process from start to finish. Released April 2013 by the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Video: Student Visa Application Tips – A 4-minute video by the U.S. State Department. Released in 2012.
Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee – A mandatory fee international students pay before attending their visa interviews
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Virtual College Fairs by CollegeWeekLive – Live chat using text or video with admissions staff and current students at hundreds of U.S. universities. It’s free and available every single day!
How to Make the Most Out of an Education Fair – Read through this checklist before, during and after an education fair to be sure you make the most out of your time at the fair.
The Common Application – An official online application hub utilized by roughly 500 U.S. universities
Common Application Help
– An interactive website to help students navigate the Common Application
Student Union Blog by Voice of America – Advice from international students about studying in the U.S. and stories about their experiences.
U.S. News Rankings – One source of U.S. university rankings (Note: rankings not official)
Forbes Top Colleges – One source of U.S. university rankings (Note: rankings not official)
NeXXt Scholars Program for Women – A special opportunity for young women who intend to major in a STEM discipline at a U.S. women’s college. Not a scholarship, but NeXXt Scholars receive a range of impressive benefits.
Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs – The U.S. State Department maintains this database of exchange programs for non-U.S. citizens.
J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Programs – The U.S. State Department maintains this database of exchange visitor programs for non-U.S. citizens.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation – Confirm a school’s accreditation by searching this comprehensive database. Also learn about degree mills and accreditation mills.
Discover America – Official tourism website for the USA. Find photos, videos, and travel ideas
Study Abroad – Guide to help assist when it comes to studying abroad while studying in the United States.
Masters degree – Site to explore universities for graduate programs
Study in US – Site to explore universities for undergraduate programs