Student Visa Puts the Dream of Studying in the USA within Reach
Being an international student has its challenges. Just like a typical college student they have to worry about finances and school programs, but add to that the process of obtaining a student visa and the stress can be tremendous. Few schools understand this better than Los Angeles ORT which is why they go above and beyond to help international students obtain an American education.
Many international students want to come to the United States but worry that their English is not strong enough to carry them through a degree or diploma program. However, Los Angeles ORT offers ESL classes based solely on the student’s proficiency. So, no matter what level the student is at, ORT will find them the perfect starting off point. The ESL program at ORT is described as an immersion course and approved by a number of state and national agencies. For 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, ESL students meet to learn, practice and refine their English skills. This prepares them for any college program they choose to attend, whether at ORT or another institution.
Another great consideration for international students is cost – cost of schooling, and cost of living. Since individuals on a student visa are unable to work, securing enough funds for the duration of a program can seem nearly impossible. Due to this, Los Angeles ORT offers fast-track programs, enabling students to obtain a diploma in 8 months or an associate’s degree in 1 year. This is nearly half the time it would take at most other state colleges.
International students are also unable to receive state or federal aid to help them pay for tuition. To begin with, Los Angeles ORT College programs cost about 30% less than the average private college and in addition, ORT also offers partial scholarships to international students. So, essentially international students of ORT are receiving the quality of a private education at the cost of a non-profit.
The actual process of getting a student visa can also be simplified with the help of Los Angeles ORT. Upon acceptance into a program, students receive an I-20 form. With this form, individuals can acquire a visa through the US Consulate Office in their home country or apply to convert other types of visas into an F-1 student visa. International students may be encouraged by this information, but what happens after graduation? ORT has thought of that too, which is why they help students qualify for OPT (Optional Practical Training). Through this program, the graduates of ORT’s technical programs have the opportunity to stay in the United States on an F-1 student visa for an additional year, and legally work in a study related field. This work experience, compounded with a new education, leaves students with more options than they ever thought possible.
Prospective International students should contact an ORT advisor to learn more about the student visa process and the opportunities that await them!