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 Post subject: Uni in the USA
PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:36 pm 
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My DD (year10) is showing alot of interest in goin to uni in year 10 does anyone have any experience of this i have been lookin online and it seems at though you have to take a complicated set of tests my questions are

do you have to take these tests or can a levels etc be used

are there any institutes, schools, collages in uk set up specially to prepare

what about funding


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 Post subject: Re: Uni in the USA
PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:49 pm 
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Start here

http://www.fulbright.co.uk/

Havard has a UK site http://www.harvard-ukadmissions.co.uk/

This is the UCAS equivalent but things are done a bit different from how things are done there http://www.collegeboard.com/

If you want to know a bit more and have question, go here http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/ Its the US equivalent to the student room.

Up to about $60 000 income you dont contribute anything to the fees. Between $60k and $180k you pay between 1-10%. Unlike the UK they dont rip off and make money from international students so your daughter will be eligible for these grants too. Figures may vary but this is the ball park figure for the major universities. Its ultra competetive for the top end universities and it makes oxbridge look really easy and its not just the results that cut it. Its much more than just the academics. Another option is for your daughter to do an undergraduate here and do a postgrad in the USA.

Also worth noting is that the universities dont like A level predictions for your child to get exemptions in SAT and so for most its a gap year before they start. You really need to look into a lot more things and what she wants to do after she completes her studies. The main advantage is that in the US they dont specialise until much later so it gives a child time to think about what they want to do. For those who know what they want to do then it may not be such a big advantage.

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 Post subject: Re: Uni in the USA
PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:09 pm 
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Some articles for you.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 381008.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_a ... 922049.ece

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/educa ... 26324.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/un ... ities.html


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 Post subject: Re: Uni in the USA
PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:08 pm 
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Thanks alot everyone will start doing some reading


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 Post subject: Re: Uni in the USA
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:06 am 
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Friend of DD's is going through this process at the moment. She has had SAT coaching/tutoring at a specialist college in London - has sat and received a very good mark in her General SAT. She sits subject specific today I think. The whole process has been very time consuming and expensive (tutor, train fare, exam costs). If all goes to plan she will go to an Ivy League College in September so will not have taken a gap year. I know she is hoping for a scholarship. I am sure all the links you have been given have the more detailed info, but I hope this is useful anecdotal info!


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 Post subject: Re: Uni in the USA
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:12 am 
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Thanks daughter I have been looking at all the information it doesn't seem there is much to do at present it does seem very interesting and increasingly popular we are going to us fo holiday next summer I think i will see if we can set up meeting at a uni there.


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 Post subject: Re: Uni in the USA
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:19 am 
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Forgot to mention the US colleges do visit Uk at least once ayear and have a recruitment fair ... it was hosted last year by the US embassy in London. I looked it up via their website last year ... but we were unable to make the day (DD was showing a fleeting interest in US colleges ... more recently shown an interest in antipodean ones!). Roll on UCAS replies.


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