Your application for an American university will take quite some time. It is important to be well prepared before you start. You can use the timeline below as a general guideline. If you want to follow a full Bachelor’s program in the US, you will need to start your preparations 18 months prior to your departure. If you intend to study at a community college, one year of preparation will suffice.

18 to 12 months before departure

(January through June prior to your last year at school) 


Some U.S. universities offer summer programs that help you get oriented and prepare for the application process. EducationUSA offers a preparatory summer program for high school students aged 15-17, the EducationUSA Academy.

July – August

September – November



February – April

May – July

August – September