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Is collegesodhpuch a consultancy? Do you guys get paid for answering the questions?

Nope. It is not a consultancy and we do not get paid for responding to you all. We are just a bunch of Nepalese students, who think our experiences of college applications can be helpful for the other Nepalese willing to apply to colleges in different parts of the world. College Sodhpuch is NOT a consultancy. It’s a place where experienced students wholeheartedly share their experiences to inexperienced students to help them make an informed decision without any intentions of financial gain.

Can I ask questions about studying in Nepal in here?

Of course. You can ask questions about studying anywhere in the world; be it Japan, Australia, UAE, US or Nepal. Couple of the members in the answer team are currently studying in Nepal. Moreover, they are quite sad that not many questions have been asked about studying in Nepal. Ask a question and make them happy. 🙂

I am in the second year of high school. Is it the right time to think about College Applications?(Note that high school is until 12th Grade)

Yes. The second year of your high school is the best time to get started on thinking about college applications. If you have already started before second year, then you are a well-planned student. Start making lists of colleges as you hear them. When you get chance to browse internet, check some college forums(College Confidential, College Sodhpuch etc) and you will definitely hear about a new college. Keep adding colleges to your list. Start making a list by the start of your second year of high school.

Does going to USEF Nepal help?

Yes, a lot. USEF is the most reliable source of all the information on US Education. They provide “accurate, reliable, free, and unbiased” information regarding US college applications and financial aid. They have a resourceful library that offers free test preparation materials. Also, they conduct wonderful advising sessions like Scholarship 101, Common App Essay session, Effective Communication with Admissions Officers, and many more.

Do I have to declare my major when applying?

Not really. But if you declare the major you are interested in, that helps! I applied as an Econ major and am doing Electrical and Computer Engineering now! Since most are liberal arts colleges, they expect you to explore and declare your major at the end of your second semester. During applications though, you have some questions related to your major, so it will be better if you write about the one you are most interested in and mostl likely to do.

What is Liberal Arts Colleges?

Liberal Arts Colleges are colleges which allow the students with the flexibility to explore different areas of knowledge before they set on to their major. Like other universities where you have to declare a major before application and stick to it, liberal arts colleges encourage students to explore and declare major at the end of sophomore year. Liberal Arts colleges also have some required courses like Civilization, some Seminars, Foreign language, etc.

How is liberal Arts colleges different from other colleges/universities?

I think the earlier question pretty much answers this.

Is engineering available in most liberal arts colleges?

You will have to check specific liberal arts colleges to know more about this.

How many hours can students work in a typical college in US?

20 hours/week if you have a F1 visa.

Are students from Nepal allowed to work outside the campus?

Are students from Nepal allowed to work outside the campus?

What is the average college fee for a US college?

Depends on what type of college you are applying to. If it’s state universities, their tuition and other fees are comparatively smaller than that of a private college or university. All such information are available in official college website.

Does all college give scholarships to Nepalese Students?

No. You will have to check each specific colleges and their financial aid page. Also, there is nothing as scholarship specifically for ‘Nepalese Students’ other than Grinnell that I know of. You will have to research more about the university/college to know about this question. However, US colleges are pretty generous on financial aid, but it is competitive though.

Do people in US eat beef? How can I know if what I am eating is not cow’s meat?

Obviously, people in the states eat more beef and pork. Just ask people if it is beef/pork or anything you are allergic to or unwilling to eat. It is perfectly normal to do so. I do it all the time before I eat anything.

Will I face any problems understanding English from native speakers?

Not so much. I think the problem arises only when they pronounce a few words different than what we do. But hey, it is a part of the learning process. Don’t feel intimidated by this. You will be completely fine. For me, the acronyms threw me off at first but I am dealing pretty well now. After about a week or so, you will feel comfortable. However, do not ever feel intimidated by the native speakers and then think less of yourself. It is not healthy. And honestly, there are a lot of people who have different accents and speaking styles so you will be fine. There will be non-native speakers with their accents, if they sound exotic to you, you probably sound exotic to them.

Why is that most students go to US instead of Paris, France, Netherlands, Scotland etc for studying?

I think it is mostly because of the generosity of US colleges. I also think one factor is language, because to come to the USA, you just need English. But if you were to study in France, you will have to learn french, which might not be possible for some people. For Scotland, UK immigration is pretty strict, so I suppose that is why many students don’t apply there.

How likely am I to face racism issues in first world countries like US, UK etc?

Don’t worry. No one will literally discriminate anyone based on race/religion/culture. No one will single you out based on your race. It is pretty inclusive.

I want to become a successful person. Can I not become successful by studying in Nepal?

I think you can. I think it depends on what you want to do and if Nepal does have those opportunities for you, just go ahead. Don’t follow the crowd. Also, it depends on what field you want to be successful in.

How likely is that I will be to meet my other friends during breaks who are also studying in US?

It is very likely. It all depends on how intense your semester is, how busy you get and how far your friends live. It is completely possible. There is fall break, Thanksgiving break during fall and Spring break during Spring. There is also winter break. So you will definitely be able to catch up with your friends if you manage it well.

Is it true that most colleges decrease scholarship from second year if the student cannot maintain a good GPA?

It depends on what the conditions for your scholarship is. I have honestly not heard of this case ever! Most colleges know you have a lot on your plate and do not pressurize you in this way. Make sure you check if the aid you are getting has any of these ties. Most of the ones I know have none of these requirements.

What is GPA?

GPA is the grade you get at the end of your semester. It can be in between 0-4. If you want to know more about how scores/grades get converted into GPA, you can get a general idea in the link below. However, the grading scale differs depending upon the course you are taking and the professor.

GPA Explained!

What is CSS?

CSS is a financial aid profile administered by College Board. To apply for scholarships, most colleges require you to fill the CSS. Sending CSS to the first college costs $25, and then $16 for the rest of the colleges.

What is ISFAA?

ISFAA is the International Student Financial Aid. Most colleges know that not all international students can pay $25 or $16 to all colleges students apply for financial aid. Hence a number of colleges accept ISFAA which is free of cost. To download, ISFAA:http://apply.emory.edu/pdf/InternationalStudentFinancialAidApplication.pdf

Who can write recommendations for me?

To be honest, ask for two or three recommendations from teachers or mentors who are close to you and know you from a personal level. REMEMBER! Getting a recommendation from a famous person doesn’t guarantee you admissions. If you have worked or volunteered in some organizations, the head can write your recommendations too. If you are a sportsperson, your coach can do that too.