Visa Officer: “Why do you want to study at this university”
Expect the above question in your F1 visa interview.
This is probably the most asked question during the student visa interview.
- List of 101 F1 Visa Interview Questions (& unique questions based on your profile)
The answer to this question would determine if you are a “real student” with real credentials and you have the required qualification to study in the U.S.A.
Answers to Why This University for F1 visa
Question: why do you want to study this university?
Your answer should be based on the facts and tailored to your interest and your career and this university will help you attain your goals.
So, how can you craft the best answer?
Consider the following
- Courses: Identity what courses match your research interest or career goals. List them. Tell the visa officer about how this course will help you. Give specific examples.
- Faculty and professors: Give the name of the Professor you plan to work. List how this professors work reflects your background and future goals.
That’s two of many ways to customize your answers for this question.
You should spend a lot of time to come up with an answer that truly reflects your personality and interests and the specific university is going to help you reach your career goals.
It can be researched, it can be business, it can be a cultural experience. There’s no limit on what you can answer. But, it has to be perfect 2 minutes speech.
If the next question is why not do the same course in your country?
Here are some possible answers:
- MIS is a unique course with a blend of management and technology course and such course is currently not available in my country.
- Coursework in US is based on practice and theory. I can get hands-on experience from this specific projects, which I can do only as theory here in my country.
Series: F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers
- 101 F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers
- Answers to Two Most Common F1 Visa Interview Questions
- An answer – Why Study in This University (this article)
- Why Do You Want to Study in the USA
- Answers to 3 Most Important F1 Visa Interview Questions
- 6 Lessons I Learned from My Student Visa Interview for University of Houston
- The Best F1 Visa Mock Interview Questions & Answers – UCLA