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THE USA: Applying to University

‘What common mistakes do students make in their university applications?’ [VIDEO]

Find out about the common mistakes which international students make when writing their application. Making a mistake in your study abroad application can hurt your chances of being accepted.

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Between sorting out your visa and getting your subjects organised, it’s almost too easy to make a careless mistake on your study abroad application.

Watch the video below as Richard O’Rourke, an admissions officer at Northern State University goes through some of the most common mistakes students make on their applications.

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Watch more clips from our Hangout with Richard O’Rourke:

‘Why should I study in America’s Mid-West?’

‘What questions should international applicants ask when applying?’

‘When and how are admissions interviews conducted?’  

'What tips can you give for writing a university application?'

'What makes a university application stand out?'

‘Why should I study in America’s Mid-West?’               

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Monica Karpinski received her BA (Media and Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. An art and culture aficionado, in her spare time Monica enjoys film, reading and writing about art.

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