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ESL (English as a Second Language)

There are many requirements for international students looking to study abroad in the United States, but the most important of these is the ability to speak, read, and write English. ESL programs are an invaluable resource in helping international students to develop their English skills.

One great resource for international students of all ages is the ESL section of SOS Classroom, SOS College’s sister site. This site is divided by grade levels, and provides various games and quizzes whose difficulty corresponds to these grade levels. By studying the content available for the upper grade levels, international high school students can prepare themselves for a college education in the United States.  

Another great resource that international students can utilize in learning to understand and speak English is Disney Channel. Although it seems like it is only for children, listening to simple and entertaining shows in English is a great way to gradually pick up the language and have fun at the same time!

Here are a few other ESL websites that could be useful to international students:

Activities for ESL Students

Study in the USA

Randall’s Sites

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How to get your I-20 and Student VISA

In order to get an I-20 (or permit of admission) to the university you’re planning to attend, you must submit your TOEFL test scores. If the University accepts your TOEFL score, they will issue you an I-20.

Go to website of the American embassy in your own country, and then make an appointment for an interview to get an F-1(Student VISA). On the day of your interview, go to the American embassy in your country and show the interviewer the following documents and certifications:

-Visa photo
-transcript and verification of last school
-a copy of the resident registration
-TOEFL score
-school Identification
-sponsor’s document
-bank statement
-tax report
-income statement

If all of your documentation is in order, the consulate will issue you an F-1(Student VISA). You will receive your VISA with your passport by mail within 5 days.

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TOEFL General Information

TOEFL test is very important for international students who want to study abroad.

What is the TOEFL?

The TOEFL is Test of English as a Foreign Language. Today TOEFL exam requires IBT (internet-based testing) test.  The IBT test has listening, reading, grammar, speaking, and writing sections. The exam takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

These sites are TOEFL practice sites.

Test Magic



Free TOEFL Practice Test



You can register for the TOEFL test through this site.

How does one register for the test?

There are 3 steps to registering: Select your test location, Create a profile, and Register.
1) Select your test location
Go to www.ets.org/toefl/register and use the drop-down menu to select your location.
2) Create a profile
You have completed three parts of your profile.
3) Register for the TOEFL test

Where and when to take the TOEFL test?

You can choose test location and date anytime around the world.

What should you bring on the test day?

There are just two things you need to bring on the test day:

1) You should bring the valid ID with your name, recent photo and signature.

 2) You should bring your Registration Confirmation with your registration number.

How much should you pay to take the TOEFL test?

The cost is from $150 to $225, but the cost can vary in different locations.

How and when should you get the TOEFL test score?

Your score will be posted online within 2 weeks after your test date. You can check your score in your TOEFL iBT profile. You can get the TOEFL score by mail, and they’re also mailed to the universities or institutions that you have choosen.


  • You should come to the test location at least 30 minutes before the test begins; if you’re late, you won’t be able to take the test.
  • The regular registration deadline is 7 days prior to the test date (not including the day of the test).
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Student Interviews – Choosing a College

My-U-Search asked current college students about the factors they considered when choosing a college. Also check out their website and their blog for great all purpose search tools!

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ASSIST – A Great Resource for Transfer Students

ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.


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Vocational and Trade Schools

A four-year university is not for everyone. Often, attending a vocational or trade school is a more affordable and practical option for high school graduates entering specific fields. Check out these links below to help you decide whether a vocational or trade school is right for you:

Association for Career and Technical Education

Trade School Database

Trade School vs. College Article

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The Transfer Process

This video provides useful information on how to transfer from a community college to a four-year university. Also check out the following links if you are interested in transferring specifically to a UC or Cal State program:

Transfer from Community College to UC

Transfer from Community College to Cal State

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How to Choose a College

An accessible video introduction on how to choose the college that is right for you.

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This site allows visitors to search for schools and careers and also contains articles and references.

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Nelnet-Education Planning and Financing

This site provides information on financing for college, general information on the college application process, and general career tips.

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