Studying in the U.S. made her feel ’embraced by this whole culture’

When Brazil’s Amanda Casal Pompeo enrolled at New York University to study corporate law, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Find out what she discovered about U.S. culture, making friends and preparing for her career — and why she says, “I was embraced by this whole culture.”

With thousands of accredited U.S. colleges and universities in the United States, where do you begin to find the one that is right for you? Whether you plan to pursue an undergraduate, graduate, English-language or short-term program, follow these steps to achieve your goal.

You can also check out EducationUSA’s Online College Fair on November 19. Registration is free, and you’ll get the chance to chat online with representatives of more than 150 top U.S. colleges and universities and EducationUSA advisers. And if you want to talk to a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking EducationUSA adviser, you can do so during a November 20 webchat starting at 10 a.m. EST (3 p.m. GMT).

Students from other countries who have studied in the USA have great advice on various topics, such as financial aid, alumni networks, learning English and much more.