Applying to U.S. Universities

开始时间: 04/22/2022 持续时间: 4 weeks

所在平台: CourseraArchive

课程类别: 教育

大学或机构: University of Pennsylvania(宾夕法尼亚大学)

授课老师: Erick Hyde



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“It depends.”  That is what you’ll hear when asking about the U.S. university admission process.  With over 4,000 universities in the United States and no standard application system, the U.S. admission process can be confusing for everyone, but especially for students applying from other countries.

This course will help international students (non-U.S. citizens) and non-native English speakers navigate the U.S. university admission process by offering practical information about the documents and pieces that make up a U.S. university application.  More importantly, admission officers will discuss how they use those pieces to decide who is accepted and who is denied, so that you can understand the process beyond the pieces.

By the end of this course, you will understand application basics that include researching schools, creating a school list, and establishing an application plan.  This course will not answer all of your application questions, but it will teach you to ask the right questions of yourself and the universities.  Ultimately, you will have all the information you need to start your process the right way, putting you on the path to acceptance.

* Please note, while the English Language Programs are part of the University of Pennsylvania, this is not a course about applying to Penn.  Furthermore, this course is intended for international students educated in the national curriculum of their country.  While other students are welcome to enroll, the course is not intended for American students or students studying in an American, International Baccalaureate, or Advanced Placement curriculum.  The course is also intended for students who do not have access to university counseling – if you attend a school that offers university counseling, your counselor is the best source of information on applying to university.  Finally, this course is for undergraduate (Bachelors degree) freshmen (students who have not attended any university) applicants.  Undergraduate transfer applicants, students who have attended a university, will find some of the information helpful, but graduate (Masters and Doctoral) applicants will not.


Week One: Understanding the U.S. Admission Process

  • What “they” are looking for in your application
  • Fit between student and university and why it is important
  • Using rankings in your process
  • How universities evaluate applications differently
  • Hear from current admission officers

Week Two: Researching Universities and Yourself

  • The importance of self-assessment
  • Analyzing your academic qualifications
  • Evaluating your non-academic qualifications
  • Identifying your strengths and weaknesses
  • Creating a school list
  • University research resources
  • Getting help in your home country through EducationUSA
  • Understanding your research findings
  • Identifying reach, target, and safety schools

Week Three: The Application Process and Pieces

  • Understanding application deadlines
  • Creating an application plan
  • Filling out the application form
  • Submitting academic documents
  • The importance of test scores
  • How to write a strong application essay
  • Getting good letters of recommendation
  • Building an activities list
  • Understanding additional application requirements
  • Connecting the themes in your application

Week Four: Admission Officer Interviews and Final Assignment

  • In this week, you will be able to access original interviews between Erick and admissions officers from the University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, Santa Clara University, Rhodes College, and others.
  • Completing a final, cumulative portfolio assignment



This course will help you understand how the U.S. university application and admission process works for international students and non-native English speakers applying to undergraduate (i.e., bachelor's degree) programs.


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