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This page is a hub of valuable external websites for understanding U.S. Higher Education, and is sequentially divided into the following sections: U.S. Government, Undergraduate Search Tools, Graduate Search Tools, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Testing & Other Useful Sites.
Undergraduate Search Tools
College Opportunities Online
Compiled by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, College Opportunities Online (COOL) will directly link you to nearly 7,000 U.S. colleges and universities.
College Board "College Search"
Formed in 1900, College Board is a U.S. not-for-profit association that administers the SAT and is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. The College Board website's "College Search" offers a database of over 3,800 schools and allows students to customize and save their searches.
American Association of Community Colleges
The American Association of Community Colleges is the primary advocacy organization for approximately 1,100 associate degree-granting institutions. AACC's website contains direct links to community colleges in the U.S.
America's Best Colleges
US News & World Report publishes an annual edition which provides comprehensive rankings of National Universities & Liberal Arts Colleges as well as undergraduate business & engineering programs.
Google's University Search
Google's University Search enables you to narrow your search to a specific college or university websites. Try it for things like admissions information, course schedules or alumni news.
Peterson's "Find a School" Search Engine
Explore a database of information on nearly 4,000 accredited two-year and four-year colleges and universities across the U.S. and use a variety of search criteria to find a match: location, tuition, GPA of incoming freshmen, religious denomination.
Graduate Search Tools
College Opportunities Online
Compiled by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, College Opportunities Online (COOL) is a direct link to nearly 7,000 U.S. colleges and universities.
America's Best Graduate Schools
U.S. News & World Report publishes an annual edition which provides comprehensive rankings of graduate schools & programs.
Google's University Search
Google's University Search enables you to narrow your search to a specific university or institution website. Try it for things like admissions information, course schedules, or alumni news.
Peterson's "Find a School" Search Engine
Explore an online U.S. graduate school database that has nearly 30,000 accredited programs which are representative of a wide variety of disciplines. Search by institution name or field of study. Also, explore specific search engines for MBA, Nursing & Distance Learning programs.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Office of Civil Service Commission, Royal Thai Government
A wide range of scholarship programs offered by the Royal Thai Government for Thai citizens.
Finance Your Studies - EducationUSA
Since studying in the United States will likely cost more than it does to study in your own country, it is important to start your financial planning at least 12 months before you intend to study in the United States. Get started today by visiting the EducationUSA "Finance Your Studies" page.
The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals as well as Teachers and Administrators from countries all around the world to participate in U.S. degree or professional development programs.
Thailand-United States Educational Foundation (TUSEF) has given grants to over a thousand Thai and more than four hundred American citizens. Fulbright alumni can be found in the ranks of professionals from nearly every area of Thai society, and a wide range of academic and other fields in the United States.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
All students interested in federal financial aid for college in the U.S. will need to complete this online form. To be eligible for federal financial aid, a student must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen (e.g. a U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card).
IIE Funding for U.S. Study Online
Funding for U.S. Study Online is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Funding for U.S. Study includes all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic disciplines.
Council of International Schools
Scholarship information for International Students submitted by Council of International Schools (CIS) member colleges and universities.
International Education Financial Aid
International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) scholarship search is a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for international students wishing to study abroad.
Financial Aid Information Page
FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice & tools.
Peterson's "Financial Aid/Scholarships" Search Engine
Looking for money to help finance your education in the U.S.? This scholarship database is full of awards that are available for international students!
The International Scholarships website, www.InternationalScholarships.com, is an Internet resource listing financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country.
InternationalStudent.com has a database of U.S. colleges & universities that offer financial aid to international students. Schools are organized by states.
FinancialAidOfficer.com offers a search service. Students can recieve search results tailored to their specific needs, hobbies, interests & academic background.
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TOEFL - Test Of English as a Foreign Language
The TOEFL is an English proficiency test that measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. Test scores are used in the admissions process at many U.S. .
IELTS - International English Language Testing System
IELTS has an Academic Version, which is intended for those who want to enroll at institutions of higher education, and a General Training Version, which is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training. The Academic Version of the IELTS is recognized by more than 2500 institutions in the U.S.
TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication
The TOEIC test directly measure the ability of nonnative speakers of English to listen, read, speak and write in English in the global workplace. The TOEIC test is used by over 9,000 organizations around the globe in more than 90 countries to assess English proficiency in the workplace.
SAT - Scholastic Achievement Test
The SAT is three hours and 45 minutes long and measures skills in three areas: Critical Reading, Math & Writing.
SAT-II - SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests are designed to measure knowledge and skills in particular subjects: Literature, U.S. History, World History, Math I, Math II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin & Spanish.
PSAT/NMSQT - Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading, math and writing skills that are important for success in college. It enables students to practice for the SAT Reasoning Test and serves as the qualifying test for national merit scholarship competitions.
ACT - The ACT Plus Writing
The ACT is three hours and 25 minutes long and measures skills in four areas: English, Reading, Math & Science.
AP - Advanced Placement Exams
The AP Program gives high school students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams, and earn credit for college.
IB - The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Examinations
The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging program of education that is taught over two years. Final examinations are administered at the end of the program and exam results are recognized by many of the world's leading universities.
GED - General Educational Diploma
The American Council on Education develops the GED test, and is way for individuals to earn the equivalency of a high school diploma. The GED test is a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills in Writing, Reading, Social Studies, Science & Math.
IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
The IGCSE is an internationally recognized qualification for school students. Passing IGCSE subjects prepares students for further academic work and is recognized by academic institutions and employers around the world. IGCSE covers subjects from a variety of areas.
GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test
The GMAT is a standardized assessment—delivered in English—that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed over a long period of time in your education and work.
GRE - Graduate Record Examinations
The GRE measures skills that assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study at graduate schools. The GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.
GRE Subject Tests
The GRE Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study: Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry Computer Science, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics & Psychology. Each GRE Subject Test is intended for students who have majored in or have extensive background in that specific area.
LSAT - Law School Admission Test
The LSAT is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all ABA-approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non-ABA-approved law schools. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants. The test is administered four times a year at hundreds of locations around the world.
MCAT - Medical College Admission Test
Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT scores. Medical college admission committees consider MCAT scores as part of their admission decision process.
USMLE - United States Medical Licensing Examination
In the United States and its territories, the individual medical licensing authorities ("state medical boards") of the various jurisdictions grant a license to practice medicine. Each medical licensing authority sets its own rules and regulations and requires passing an examination that demonstrates qualification for licensure. Results of the USMLE are reported to these authorities for use in granting the initial license to practice medicine. The USMLE provides them with a common evaluation system for applicants for initial medical licensure.
CGFNS - Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools Qualifying Examination
The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is an immigration-neutral, non-profit organization and internationally recognized authority on credentials evaluation pertaining to the education, registration, and licensure of nurses and other healthcare professionals worldwide. Its mission is to protect the public by assuring the integrity of health professional credentials in the context of global migration.
OAT - Optometry Admission Test
DAT - Dental Admissions Testing
NBDE - National Board Dental Examinations
PCAT - Pharmacy College Admission Test
Recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) for admission to nearly two-thirds of pharmacy schools in the U.S.
MAT - Miller Analogies Test
PRAXIS - Teacher Licensure and Certification
The Praxis Series assessments are used for teacher licensure and certification by states departments of education and other certification agencies. The Praxis I tests measure basic academic skills, and the Praxis II tests measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills. The Praxis III Teacher Performance Assessments assess the skills of beginning teachers in classroom settings.
Other Useful Sites
NAFSA: The Association of International Educators
NAFSA promotes exchanges of students and scholars to and from the U.S. The association provides professional education and training and acts as a forum for sharing ideas on international education.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
CHEA recently published a document titled The Value of Accreditation. This booklet provides a resource that briefly addresses U.S. accreditation, how it works and how it benefits students and the public.
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