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Aviation Degree Programs and College Admissions For International Students

Aviation Degree Programs and College Admissions For International StudentsLeaving home to attend college or graduate school is a big step—and leaving your home country can be even scarier. If you wish to study in United States, read the steps below to help you find out how to succeed in your endeavor.

Aviation is a very specific area of study and it is only available at certain colleges and universities. Since aviation is highly technical, there are entire trade schools that offer certificate programs in aviation. However, in the US, it is sometimes thought higher of to have a degree rather than a certificate. Plus, in order to be a pilot, you must pass a medical exam. If you ever become medically unfit, a degree in the aviation field is beneficial to fall back on for another career path in aviation. Degrees can be earned at a college or university and are offered to international students at many different schools. So how do you choose your aviation school and know what the best schools to study aviation are?

The first step in figuring out how to choose your aviation school is to decide what area of aviation you would like to study. There are many different fields and concentrations in aviation to choose from. If you want to be a pilot, a degree in flight management or professional pilot would be helpful. Degrees in other areas of aviation can also allow you to be a pilot, as long as you earn the proper pilot certificate afterwards. Other degrees in the aviation field include meteorology, aviation computer science, and aeronautic engineering. Another common career path in aviation is becoming a mechanic. Degrees that assist an international student in becoming a mechanic are power plant and airframe technology, aviation electronics technician and aviation maintenance.

After you decide what degree in aviation you want to pursue you can begin to research the best schools to study aviation. If you decide on a school, it is important to ensure they have the degree program in aviation you want to study. There are over 100 colleges and universities that have degree programs in aviation. The best schools to study aviation are often based on opinion. However, there are certain criteria that make some schools better than others.
International students seeking a large school will most likely want to attend a state university or college. State universities and colleges often have many majors and schools within the university or college. Some state universities and colleges have very good reputations and are accredited, which means the degree programs are recognized by most corporations and businesses. Source

Aviator College Accreditation and Licensing

FAA Certified
All flight training courses at Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology are certified by the FAA Certificate # BEJS028K.
State of Florida Licensed
Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology is licensed by the State of Florida to offer a degree program, license #4155.
Aviator College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools, and Colleges (ACCSC).
Title IV Approved
The Federal Department of Education has approved Aviator College to administer Title IV funds in the form of FFEL Loans, Direct Loans, PELL Grants and more.
BBB A Rating
Aviator College has earned an “A” rating” with the United States Better Business Bureau


5 College Admissions Mistakes International Students Can Avoid
1. Not doing research:

Most international students know a little about a few universities and not much more. They haven’t researched key things like academic programs and financial aid. They haven’t considered the accessibility, weather or cost of living in the city where they’ll be living.

One recent transfer student didn’t realize she craved warm weather until the middle of winter as she rode the freezing metro to her Chicago college. She did some research and found what she was looking for here in Austin – 300 days of sunshine each year.

2. Not asking questions:

Most universities who recruit internationally have at least one admissions counselor dedicated to advising students from other countries. But students often overlook this phenomenal resource. You can – and should – ask about the American college experience.
Look for links on a university’s website like “Contact our international admissions counselor” or “Chat with a current student.” Email the university’s international education office or an international student group on campus. Chances are, you’ll connect with someone who is happy to help.
On any given day, for example, I answer questions over email or at college fairs about everything from our gluten-free menu options and nationally ranked rugby team to our prayer room for Muslim students and internship opportunities.

3. Not planning ahead:

Most international students expect U.S. college admissions to be very streamlined. In reality, every university has a different process and schedule.
Even though many colleges, like mine, accept applications throughout the year, it often takes months to get your immigration paperwork finalized with the American embassy near you.
Admissions counselors are happy to help you determine the documents and information you need but have no control over how long the immigration process takes. Understanding that it takes time can help you plan more effectively.

4. Not thinking about the future:

Studying in the United States is exciting and eye-opening. But what happens after the first day of class? After you graduate?
Answer these questions by exploring options for internships, research, faculty mentors, conferences and study abroad programs.

I’ve worked with a French student who wanted to study bioinformatics. Now a senior, he is collaborating with professors on genetic research and will be a co-author on the project paper – an experience that will stand out on his resume or CV.

Be sure to seek similar opportunities at the colleges you consider, even before your first semester. Read about professors and their research on a university’s website. Contact its career planning staff for information about internships with American companies. Ask the study abroad office about opportunities for internships overseas.
Once you explore all that’s available to you as an international student at an American university, you can start to make it happen.

5. Not bragging about yourself:

When you apply, you will almost always include a personal essay and a list of your accomplishments. This is very important – the admissions staff wants to determine if you are a good fit for their university and to see how you can contribute to the campus community.
Don’t overlook or minimize this part of the application. Have you done well on exams like the British A-Levels, French Bac or IB exams? Have you played sports? Have you been involved in music or theater? Make sure to include this.
Sharing your accomplishments and interests enhances your application and may also present opportunities for scholarships and college credit.

Amy Rader Kice is director of international admission and assistant dean at St. Edward’s University. She has counseled international students for more than 10 years and volunteers for the CIS Committee on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has also completed the College Board’s Enrollment Leadership Academy.

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