Understanding Prerequisites for U.S. Colleges: International Students’ Guide


  • Overview of the importance of understanding prerequisites for U.S. colleges.
  • Brief explanation of the challenges faced by international students.

1. Academic Requirements

  • High School Credentials: Discussion of the need for high school diplomas or equivalent, such as A-levels, IB diploma, etc.
  • Standardized Tests: Overview of required tests such as the SAT or ACT for undergraduate programs and GRE or GMAT for graduate programs.
  • English Proficiency Tests: Information on TOEFL, IELTS, and other English language requirements.

2. Application Components

  • Transcripts: How to prepare and submit high school or previous college transcripts, including information on credential evaluation services if necessary.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Guidance on who to ask and how to manage recommendations.
  • Personal Statements and Essays: Tips for writing compelling essays and statements of purpose.
  • Resumes and CVs: For graduate programs, the importance of including relevant experience.

3. Financial Requirements

  • Proof of Financial Support: Explanation of financial documentation needed to prove the ability to pay for education and living expenses.
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid: Information on how to apply for financial aid and scholarships available specifically for international students.

4. Visa Application Process

  • Student Visa Types: Differences between F-1, J-1, and M-1 visas.
  • Visa Application Steps: Step-by-step guide on applying for a student visa, including necessary documents and preparation for visa interviews.

5. Cultural Preparedness

  • Adjusting to Cultural Differences: Tips on understanding and adapting to the cultural and academic environment in the U.S.
  • Campus Resources: Information on services most U.S. colleges offer to help international students acclimate.


  • Recap of the importance of thoroughly preparing for each aspect of college application and enrollment.
  • Encouragement for international students to reach out to prospective colleges for guidance and additional resources.