Things to know before pursuing higher education in America

America has one of the best education systems, but many foreign students face numerous challenges. There is No parent would want their child to become homeless in American streets. But the sad reality is that some of the young people end up in street being victims of drug abuse or even imprisonment. Kenyan parents seeking to send their children to America should understand the following important facts which may save their children from being victims of any of the above vices.

Financial support
It’s an acceptable reality that going to study in American is prestigious achievement that is envied by many. To some extend some parents believe all what their children need is an air ticket to the dream land. The cost of an academic year in the United States as well as tuition, living expenses and fees ranges from US$15,000 to US$60,000 per year. Students who fail to get financial support often find themselves in a financial crisis. There is always a misconception that getting a side job is always easy hence a person will be able to sustain themselves. This idea has made many students to abandon their education and instead of pursuing their education they look for jobs that may not be forth coming. To those who are lucky, they are forced to work upto three jobs per day to support themselves. It is therefore advisable that all parents should continue supporting their children upto the level where they get sustainable jobs.

Meet requirements
Students intending to join USA should be fully informed of the requirements needed. For instant the pre-university tests are required from those who are joining undergraduate. For example, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).Graduate students are required to sit for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test. (GMAT).In order to be have all information students who are seeking educational advising assistance for the first time are invited to attend a monthly General Advising Session at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi on the last Friday of every month from 9:30 a.m to 11:45 a.m

University choice
Choosing the right University will be determined by the financial position and the grades .It should be notable that America has Community colleges that are less expensive. Community colleges are middle level learning institutions that offers university level credits. The students get an associate degree after two years. The associate degree then enables one to join a regular university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. To some extend the community college helps to reduce the university fee even upto 300 percent.

International Partnership
Kenyans can now study in American university without leaving the country; Technology has played an important role that has enabled the Kenyan universities to partner with their counter parts. It is advisable to consider if it is possible to get the required degree through the partnership. This will help reduce the cost and time

Psychological preparation to move to a new environment is a requisite. Every student should be psychologically prepared to face different people and culture as well as new challenges. A pre-departure orientation should be undertaken to help one to deal with any challenges

Education is important regardless of where it is acquired. Sufficient preparation is therefore necessary to avoid any disappointment. Necessary family support should be provided to all the foreign students.