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What does it take to go to college in the USA? If you are Latin American and you are wondering about that, here you will find the definitive answer.

U.S. universities rank among the top in the world for academic standards. In addition, studying in this country is something that can open endless doors in the working world. So it’s natural to wonder what you need to get into one of the nation’s universities.

The answer begins with determination. If you already have it, the rest is just a matter of taking the right steps to get to the United States and start studying at the university of your choice.

Of course, such determination requires planning. And in our experience, which is that of thousands of students since 1998, we believe that the right time to start managing everything is at least nine months in advance.

Initially you should calculate whether your finances will allow you to study in the United States, and that analysis should include transportation, housing, logistics, living expenses, tuition….. Everything!

Requirements to enter the United States as a student

That said, the next step will be to start applying for a student visa(F-1), which you will need to apply for at the U.S. Embassy in your country, once the university has provided you with an I-20 form.

Another key requirement for migrating as a student will be proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses in the U.S. for the duration of your degree.

What does it take to go to college in the USA?

Then there are the college entrance requirements, which are generally:

  • Certificate of grades or degree. These must be legally translated into English, that is: by a certified translator.
  • Motivation letter. It is the explanation of why you want to study in the United States.
  • English language exams. Most universities will ask you to have passed the TOEFL exam within the last two years.
  • Application and fees. You will need to have completed college applications and paid application fees (approximately $100 per application).

What level of English do I need to go to college in the United States?

To enter a university in the USA, you need to have a minimum English level of B-2, which means that you must be able to understand 80% of everything you hear and possess strong communication skills.

However, in most cases you will be required to pass the TOEFL test, or have passed it within the last two years.

That is why it will be important for you to take English courses, either to pass the exam or to be able to cope with all that the university will require you to learn on a day-to-day basis.

Where can I prepare my English to study at a university in the United States?

If you want to learn English or improve the language significantly to get into a university in the USA, what you should do is to get a good language school that will facilitate the whole process.

Among the best options you are going to get in the market is Lingua Language Center, our language academy.

The advantage we offer you over other schools is that we have courses designed precisely for you to enter university. For example, a TOEFL preparation course, with which we have helped thousands of students pass the test and excel in the process.

But we also have specialized courses that will make the whole process easier for you: from the moment you enter the university until you finish your degree.

If you are determined to get into a U.S. college campus, don’t stop until you do. And if you don’t want language to be a limitation for you, write to us! We have everything you need to make your English stand out.