Extension Schools

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In USA, you will see that people have a zeal to learn new things no matter what their age is. Adult education and continuing education are some common terms used in USA for the courses done for degree credit or just for personal enrichment, self-learning, skill development and professional growth. It generally involves courses done after undergraduate studies.

Many universities have a continuing education division offering such courses. This division is more famous as Extension School. Courses are offered through normal classroom teaching, or as distance course via online access and web conference. People pursue them often as part time, for example, many professionals who work full time enroll for evening courses.

One of the benefit of enrolling into these courses is that you may find your fellow classmates from various countries, diverse cultures, different profession and variant age groups. Few courses, which are offered online, often attract students around the world. At times, you even get the opportunity to work in groups assignments which would facilitates the learning process.

Different universities offer courses on vast variety of topics and cover various fields. All universities have different requirements for enrollment. For some, only TOEFL score is enough for enrollment in certification course. Websites of some of the famous extension schools of the top universities of USA are given below.

http://www.extension.harvard.edu/
http://extension.berkeley.edu/
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/
http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/
http://scpd.stanford.edu/

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Preparation Starts Before Coming to USA

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It is always exciting when you plan to move to a foreign country (USA) and is also one of the biggest life transitions. Most of the time, spouses accompany their husband on dependent visa status of F2 or H4 without planning about their own career in advance. Out of excitement or family pressure, they simply resign from their job and move to USA. It doesn’t take long for excitement to vanish when loneliness and boredom surrounds them. Then, they look for opportunities they can avail on their specific visa status.

Usually spouses decide to pursue higher studies once they realize that getting into school is one of the better options to enter into the job market. Two years are lost in the whole process of deciding and enrolling into the school. Entrance exam preparation and application process almost takes one year. To save time and make the experience enriching and rewarding, it is advisable to take exams in your home country like GMAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, TOEFL, IELTS or other exams depending upon the requirement of the schools. It is important to inquire about the information on schools like the tuition costs, admission requirements, program start dates and more that suits your personal and professional goals beforehand. It’s also recommended to request for transcripts from your graduate college before leaving for US as universities and schools in US require them as part of application process.

Later on, after moving to US , start with the application process as schools have their own application deadlines which usually is at most 10 months before the beginning of the school term. This will not only save your time, but will also save you from stress and frustration.

P.S. –  “No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson