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britpunk101 Nov 16th 2006 7:51 pm

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by Manc
I don't encourage people.

I don't tell them that it is the land of milk and honey because it is not.

just have a fair idea of what you're letting yourself into.

that is why i am here, i honestly dont have a clue what i am getting myself into. hence the reason i asked for info/advice on anything you can offer

Manc Nov 16th 2006 7:59 pm

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by britpunk101
that is why i am here, i honestly dont have a clue what i am getting myself into. hence the reason i asked for info/advice on anything you can offer

unless your parents are seriously loaded,

or you are going into a field that is excellently paid and will get you a green card immediately upon graduation.

then I think studying in the United States is a bad idea and will leave you in a mountain of debt.

"staying with a friend" is not an acceptable alternative to taking care of yourself.

it will take one row / barney / disagreement / eviction notice to leave you basically destitute.

Sarah Nov 16th 2006 8:31 pm

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by britpunk101
that is why i am here, i honestly dont have a clue what i am getting myself into. hence the reason i asked for info/advice on anything you can offer

What are you planning to study at University? If you are doing a degree in American Studies, some uni's offer a 'sandwich' course which often includes a semester at an American University. Otherwise, if you would like a taster of life abroad I suggest looking into any of these places:

http://www.mountbatten.org/
Is an internship program in New York City and is expensive as hell.

http://www.bunac.org/ - Is good to do without tons of money and would give you a taste of America

http://www.workandtravelusa.net/ site title says it all.

As others have said, you need a lot of money if you want to live and study in the US, most of the international students here are either geniuses or have very wealthy parents. imagine how much money you'll need to live and study in the USA and then double that figure. It is do-able but it will require a lot of saving up on your part.

britpunk101 Nov 16th 2006 11:17 pm

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by Sarah
What are you planning to study at University? If you are doing a degree in American Studies, some uni's offer a 'sandwich' course which often includes a semester at an American University. Otherwise, if you would like a taster of life abroad I suggest looking into any of these places:

http://www.mountbatten.org/
Is an internship program in New York City and is expensive as hell.

http://www.bunac.org/ - Is good to do without tons of money and would give you a taste of America

http://www.workandtravelusa.net/ site title says it all.

As others have said, you need a lot of money if you want to live and study in the US, most of the international students here are either geniuses or have very wealthy parents. imagine how much money you'll need to live and study in the USA and then double that figure. It is do-able but it will require a lot of saving up on your part.

i would like to go to WWU Bellingham, WA. i am going to see if my college can put me forward for a scholarship as i am currently scoring top of the Chemistry Dept. (not that i like to brag lol) and i want to study Forensics or something Chemistry based

britpunk101 Nov 16th 2006 11:31 pm

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
Are you considering living and working in the US after uni? If so do you know how feasible it is? If you intend to return to the UK you may be better to stay and get a UK degree.

yes i do plan on staying in the US after uni. i am going into the fields of medicine or chemistry so they will pay quite high once i have graduated.

can someone explain to me the greencard system?

Bob Nov 17th 2006 1:26 am

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by britpunk101
yes i do plan on staying in the US after uni. i am going into the fields of medicine or chemistry so they will pay quite high once i have graduated.

can someone explain to me the greencard system?

hehe...aye, well stay at a uni related place otherwise you'll never get sponsorship...but you'll ideally need experience, and if your doing medicine you'll want to see how it stands in the UK...

As for the greencard system, check the articles on the site, in the US, the ways in at the bottom...it'll give you the gist.

Sarah Nov 17th 2006 4:29 am

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by britpunk101
i would like to go to WWU Bellingham, WA. i am going to see if my college can put me forward for a scholarship as i am currently scoring top of the Chemistry Dept. (not that i like to brag lol) and i want to study Forensics or something Chemistry based

Its really WWU Bellingham you need to talk to, not us.
http://britishexpats.com/articles/us...rk-in-the-usa/

There are various visa's you can come over on, but you won't be able to stay unless you either marry an American or have a company sponsor you to stay. Which isn't easy as it will cost them a lot of money to do and they will have to prove why they are employing you over a US citizen. Remember if you do come over on a visa and you overstay your alloted time, you will become illegal and if caught banned from entering the country for 10 years.

One thing at once, first find out if the Uni you want to go to accepts international student and what the criteria is to go. You may need to translate your UK qualifications into US ones.
Come over by all means, but don't think life over here is any better than life in the UK, it isn't it's just different.

britpunk101 Nov 17th 2006 7:46 pm

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by Sarah
Its really WWU Bellingham you need to talk to, not us.

Come over by all means, but don't think life over here is any better than life in the UK, it isn't it's just different.

thanks. i have been in touch with WWU and they accept international students with 3 or more A Levels. i'll only need to take a minor in american studies.

and i am not looking for a better life, just to experience different things...

Manc Nov 17th 2006 8:02 pm

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by britpunk101
i'll only need to take a minor in american studies....

judging by their lack of history, I don't think you can Major in it anyways

britpunk101 Nov 17th 2006 8:12 pm

Re: hello there!
 

Originally Posted by Manc
judging by their lack of history, I don't think you can Major in it anyways

haha.. you're quick off the mark today aren't you? :P


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