Heading to the USA or Canada with only 'O'/'A' Levels for further study-possible options
If you have attained only your 'O' Levels/'A' Levels, yet wish to head abroad to get a degree, what are the available options, and the associated terms/conditions? Netizen patryn33 generously offers some valuable pointers:
"Lets talk about USA and Canada here.
- One will have to submit SAT or TOEFL scores to apply to universities
- Those with more than decent 'A' levels can try MIT, Harvard and other Ivy-League universities, be warned they are extremely difficult to gain successful entry.
-Those with only 'O' Levels can consider applying to universities such as Purdue, Indiana University, University of Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, University of Iowa, Iowa State and University of Michigan Ann Arbor just to name a few.
- Alternatively, one could apply to community colleges such as Foothills, Santa Monica and subsequently make a transfer to an university. This path is cheaper. Submission of TOEFL and SAT scores are not required.
- To further elaborate, community colleges (CC) are like the first 2 years of any basic university education. It is not uncommon for people to complete their first 2 years in a CC and then move on to UCLA, USC etc.
- Side note: you are given only 1 year of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to stay on and work in the US upon graduation. Those with STEM ( short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) designated degrees enjoy an additional 17 months.
- Only Memorial University of Newfoundland accepts 'O' Levels. Minimum cost of tuition and living is CAD$23k per year. If one does well, he/she can go on to secure a place in a top ranked Canadian university.
- Similar to the situation in USA, you can do the CC route. Go first to Columbia College, then transfer to San Francisco University (SFU) or University of British Columbia (UBC).
- Side note: students who graduated from a 4 year degree and stayed in Canada for over 3 years get to apply for a 3 year work VISA, while those who completed their degree in 2 years get to apply for a 1-2 years VISA.
THANK YOU PATRYN33 FOR ALLOWING US TO REPRODUCE YOUR THOUGHTS HERE.
The Czar (Site Founder)
Dated 21 June 2014
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