There’s no doubt about it: If international students have the time and ability to visit campuses in the U.S., do it!  But that certainly isn’t always a realistic option. So, for those students just too far away to visit prospective colleges—here are five essential steps to take to make sure you pick the right colleges for you:

  1. Take a virtual tour.
  2. Look into the international student services office.
  3. Chat with a college student ambassador.
  4. Chat with former students from your high school.
  5. DON’T rely on rankings.

Learn more about how international students can research colleges when they can’t visit on the College Coach Insider blog at

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