Application timeline


12 to 18 months before departure:

Evaluate your reasons for wanting to study in the USA taking into consideration :

  • motivation, objectives, why the USA and not elsewhere ?
  • your future plans : academic or employment opportunities
  • your English proficiency and academic ability
  • time required to earn an American degree
  • estimated cost of study & scholarship opportunities


June – September


Select 5 or 6 universities on the basis of their programs, degrees offered, accreditation, level of selectivity, cost, location and size


July – August


Find out which standardized tests are required (TOEFL, TSE, IELTS, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT) and register to take them in October or November. Forms are available at the Commission.


August – September


Write to 5 or 6 universities to request application forms for admission and financial aid.


October – February

  • request transcripts from your department or university and prepare literal translations
  • have the translations of degrees and transcripts certified at the Commission
  • apply for financial aid in Belgium and the USA
  • have professors send recommendation letters
  • send applications to universities well in advance of deadlines


February – April


Wait for acceptance and rejection letters from the universities.


March – April


Contact universities to which you have applied, but from which you have not yet received a response.


April – June


Accept offer of admission from your preferred university. Decline offers from other universities where you were also accepted. Contact the university housing office to reserve university owned housing. Contact the university Foreign Student Advisor for any specific information concerning arrival and orientation. Contact the Commission for pre-departure information.


Upon Arrival

Contact the Foreign Student Advisor.


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