Transitioning to College

Getting Ready to Leave

If you are a student leaving Singapore for college, you might find that you have lots of questions and some anxiety about the process. Parents, too, can find this process difficult. Please know that both your PAC counselor and your college counselor at SAS are here to talk to you about this transition.

Other Resources: As you go through the college application process, a good book for keeping things in perspective is I’m Going to College, Not You, by Jennifer Delahunty. An excellent book on the emotional and social changes through which many families go at this time is Letting Go, by Karen Coburn and Madge Treeger. If you want to know how to make the most of your academic time in college, we would suggest that you take a look at The Thinking Student’s Guide to College, by Andrew Roberts. And students wondering what life in college might be like can turn to The Freshman Survival Guide, by Nora Bradbury-Haehl.

Immigration and Visas for Non-US Citizens

The US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is a good place to start learning about student visas in the US. You can also find a range of information on the The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) website.

Once you've been accepted and decided to attend a particular college, you will take your I-20 form to the United States Embassy in Singapore to get your F-1 visa. Please carefully review the information on the website for information on securing your visa.

Next Steps