This week’s #CampusChat guest, Jenika Heim, the EducationUSA Officer in Canada, assisting Canadian students in finding opportunities at U.S. educational institutions, shared her knowledge and expertise about the Canadian admissions process in the U.S. Jenika is co-located at the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) and the US Embassy in Canada. Her responsibilities include disseminating information about study opportunities in the United States through social media tools and presentations at schools and education fairs.
Below is the Q&A from the chat:
Q1 How big a draw is the U.S. college market for Canadian students? #CampusChat
A1 I find many Canadian undergrads going to the US are interested in highly selective schools or sports scholarships.
A1 Canadians are also interested in draw of major American cities. An international experience that is not far from home!
Q2 What should US colleges do to attract Canadian students? #CampusChat
A2 Financial Aid and #scholarships are the #1 way to attract Canadians to US universities. Canadian education is less expensive.
A2 Alternatively, specialized programs and experiential learning can make paying more worth it in the end.
Q3 How can U.S. colleges help Canadian students transition? #CampusChat
A3 Assistance with getting banking, cell phones, and driver’s licenses set-up is most important to settling in to US life.
A3 Like for any student, create a support system to help with home sickness and learning to function as an adult away from home.
A3 You are also going to have to help them with spelling. What? There is no “u” in favourite?!
Q4 What factors does a Canadian student consider when choosing a college in the U.S.? #CampusChat
A4 Finding a #campus, city, and learning environment that meets the student’s needs is most important.
A4 Students should always consider their expected financial contribution first, and weigh their options carefully.
Q5 What role do parents play in helping their teen choose a U.S. College? #CampusChat
A5 Parents are very important. There are more steps to U.S. #applications than Canada ones. Parents can help organize.
A5 #Budgeting is a very important step in determining good fit. Parents need to be upfront about how much they can help pay.
A5 Parents should take their #students on campus tours when possible. Visiting in person is the best way to determine best fit.
Q6 What paperwork is necessary for Canadian students to attend college in the U.S.? #CampusChat
A6 To study over the border, you need a #passport, I-20 issued from your university, and proof of finances.
A6 At the border, you will be given a I-94. Even though you don’t have a visa, you now have F-1 international student status.
Q7 With Canadian transcripts different from U.S. schools, will it affect the student’s application? #CampusChat
A7 It is important that your transcript is read correctly. Guidance Counselors should provide these details to admissions.
A7 Canadian #GPA is out of 100. 90-100 is A+, 80-89 is A, 70-79 is B. In the US, 80-89 is a B, so you want this to be clear.
A7 Most international admissions offices are familiar with the Canadian grading system, and weigh the grades appropriately.
Q8 How do Canadians take the standardized tests for admission? Is it administered in Canada? #CampusChat
A8 If you live more than 75 miles away from the nearest test site, you can ask to test closer to home http://ow.ly/SR4zI
Q9 Do U.S. colleges make a concerted effort to attract Canadian students? #CampusChat
Q10 Why should colleges recruit Canadian students? #CampusChat
A10 Canadians have a rigorous secondary school curriculum that prepares them well for higher education.
A10 Canadians gain a lot from an international education, and are culturally able to adjust well to US daily life.