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23 Feb 2018 1K Book icon 4 mins Share

Tips for Bangladeshi students on how to plan studies in the USA

How to apply for your higher studies in the USA, if you are from Bangladesh? This article will walk you through the guidance you need to apply to US institutes

23 Feb 2018 1K Book icon 4 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

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study in the USA from Bangladesh

Located on the east of India, surrounded by three famous rivers – Padma, Jamuna and Meghna – Bangladesh has a rich history that it shares with India, and is home to people from various corners of the world.

The country has a population of 160 million, amongst which half of the population is below 24. It’s a young country, just like India, with tremendous potential. A large number of Bangladeshi students aged 18–24 are increasingly showing interests in tertiary education overseas.

As per the ICEF Monitor report released in early 2017, more than 3 million Bangladeshi students were enrolled into higher studies. The University Grants Commission has predicted that the numbers will skyrocket, reaching 4.6 million by 2026.

There is more to it…

According to the British Council, there has been a tremendous growth in Bangladeshi student enrolments at institutes abroad. Amongst other study abroad destinations, the USA remains the most favourite destination for students in Bangladesh. And their high enthusiasm to study in the USA is quite evident. In fact, 3540 Bangladeshi students appeared for the GRE exam in 2016.

Bangladesh is the third-largest sender of international students to the USA, next to India and Nepal, amongst the South and Central Asian countries, as per the US Embassy in Dhaka. Over the past few decades, many Bangladeshi students have shown interest in pursuing MS in the USA.

Step-by-step information on how Bangladeshi students can study in the USA

Step 1: Academic reports.

To study in the USA, students from Bangladesh should have valid academic scores, and must have completed post-secondary exams or equivalent of SSC or HSC. To apply for masters in the USA, Bangladeshi students must have 16 years of education.

Step 2: Take a test.

Prepare for standardised tests, such as TOEFL, IELTS, GRE or GMAT. Before you start applying to institutes abroad, you will have to take up standardised tests like IELTS, TOEFL and so on. There are several official websites where you can apply for such tests.

There are few institutes that might ask for GRE exams. In addition, you might be asked to take up SAT or GMAT when you apply for specific programmes.

Take our online IELTS Practice Test. 

How to decide which test to take? Our counsellors can help you with that.

Step 3: Shortlist.

How to shortlist universities abroad? The best source to rely on would be the university prospectuses. Major criteria to shortlist a university include – ranking and employability records of the university, university partnerships with other employers or organisations, liveability index of the University City, safety measures followed by the university staff and advanced facilities that are on offer for students.

You can shortlist a minimum three to maximum five schools, and start applying. Please make sure you don’t keep applying to every university you like. There is a lot of time and money involved that you need to think of.

Step 4: Apply.

Once you shortlist some of the institutes, you should ask for application forms from the university or college. But before you start applying you should know the admission criteria of each university or college that you have shortlisted.

Ask our academic counsellors; they can help you gather information about any university or college abroad. They can also put you in touch with representatives of different universities who keep visiting our offices.

Also, while applying to certain institutes, if a student feels that he/she needs to learn about backlogs and the eligibility requirements at the institute for students with standing backlogs or backlog history, the best source to enquire about that would be the university website or the admissions team.

Please remember that you need to start all your enquiries 1 year in advance so that you can apply early on, owing to limited seats or limited scholarships.

Step 5: Get your I20.

Make sure you are wary of the deadline of each institute, and apply with required documents to each institute. Documents that should not be missed include: certified copies of your transcripts and mark sheets, test scores, LORs, Sops, financial documents and health certificates.

Next, you must wait to receive the I20. If the university you have applied to accepts your application, they will send over I20 within weeks, and if the university rejects your offer, they will deny I20.

Step 6: Ask for financial help.

Some US institutes offer scholarships, bursaries or other financial aid, though limited. Not all scholarships are free, some could partially cover all your expenses and tuition costs. Also the financial aid could be mostly merit based or need based.

The US institutions like the Harvard College and Harvard Business School are known for awarding ‘need-blind admissions’, which means that students who are highly meritorious but do not have adequate funds to support their education can still study at those institutes through such scholarship schemes.

Step 7: Apply for visa.

The next big step, which decides everything, is applying for a US study visa. You can apply for the F1 visa which majority of students looking for full-time academic courses apply for. For the visa interview, you have to visit the embassy in Dhaka with a non-immigrant visa application form.

When you appear for the visa interview, you need to bring your financial records and proof of adequate funds.

In most cases, students are being sponsored by someone (either parent or guardian), so a validation from your sponsor (parent/ guardian) is must. If your sponsor resides outside Bangladesh, then he/she has to submit an affidavit stating that they can support your education.

You may like: a bag of F1 visa questions.  

To get your visa, you need to prove that you are a bonafide student to study in the USA. This step will be done at the Consular Office at the US embassy.

Finally, you will have to prove your citizenship. You need to show that you are from Bangladesh and you are willing to return to the country once you finish your studies.

These are the basic steps that you need to abide by to study in the USA from Bangladesh. Let us know if you are looking for more information. Our 20 dedicated study abroad counsellors can cover all details about the overseas admission process. Our online services allow students to reach us from distant places, asking for help and advice on how to proceed with overseas education. You can chat with us online or call us at 1800-103-2581. 

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