We have a game plan for you!
USA University / Sports & Athletics Scholarship Program provides intl. student athletes an opportunity to apply for a sports scholarship to universities in America with the F-1 Intl. Student Visa.
Our goal is to help you (intl. student athlete) showcase your talents, abilities, and God-given gifts while you receive a first-class education in the U.S. You work hard and deserve a shot at an incredible playing experience and an education that will propel you into a successful future in life.
We are dedicated to helping you obtain a university scholarship by playing the sport you love.
We work with all levels of sports, including: American Football, Baseball, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Gymnastics, Golf, Rifle, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.
Hereinafter, we will be referencing schools/ colleges/ universities as university
We will detail and evaluate your personal information, including your athletic experience, talents, gifts, and abilities.
USA Sports Team Support
Our team will provide you/natural parents with full support during the entire application process.
Game Plan 4 U
Our Team Captain will personalize a game plan for you that will identify the best fit university and league for you.
Athlete Highlights Video
One of the most important steps in this process is to show you dominating your sport using your skills, gifts, and talents. We will guide you in producing a 3–5-minute professional highlight video of your skills in action.
Docs - Exams & Tests
We will collect all your application documentation, forms, and video that is required to apply to the university of your choice. The better academically prepared you are, the higher chance you will have to be accepted and receive a great scholarship.
Process of Registration (to become eligible)
Because you are planning to compete at the highest level, we need to register you with the appropriate leagues ahead of time.
At this stage, your information/highlight video will be seen by university coaches in your sport. We will maintain constant contact with the coaches to discover which are showing the most interest in your abilities.
We will arrange a meeting that puts you and the coaches together for a talk. We will follow up on your behalf to determine where you stand in the coach’s plan
After meeting with several coaches and listening to their intentions/plan for you, our Team Captain will inform you of all proposals and discuss with you which university is the best fit for you and your future.
University Choice/ Pledge
Now your dream begins! You will select the university where you would like to study and compete in your sport.
At this stage, we will apply to the university of your choice for full admission and submit all university application forms and docs on your behalf.
Admission & Support
National Letter of Intent (NLI)
You will receive the National Letter of Intent that states your full commitment to your new university in the U.S.
You will receive your I-20 form from the university to apply for the F-1 intl. student visa at your nearest US Embassy/Consulate in your home country.
USA University / Sports & Athletics Scholarship Program will assist the intl. student athlete throughout the entire visa application process, including guidance on the SEVIS payment and preparation of the form I-901 and DS-160.
We will guide the intl. student athlete with an orientation and a mock visa interview that will help prepare the intl. student athlete for the visa interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. It takes time for the processing of the F-1 intl. student visa. Sometimes, and in some places, it can take up to two months.
Learn about the different division levels in America
Once you have determined your level of interest, talent and expectations surrounding college athletics, it is important to consider the various division levels available to compete in:
NCAA Division I—This is the highest level of college athletics and, thus, the most competitive and offer the most generous number of scholarships. DI schools typically have large budgets, expensive facilities, and the student-athletes are expected to train and travel extensively. With nearly 350 colleges and universities in its membership, Division I schools field more than 6,000 athletic teams, providing opportunities for more than 170,000 studentathletes to compete in NCAA sports each year.
NCAA Division II—This division While still a competitive division, is a collection of more than 300 NCAA colleges and universities that provide thousands of student-athletes the opportunity to compete at a high level of scholarship athletics while excelling in the classroom and fully engaging in the broader campus experience. DII athletes are provided more balance in their lives, as training and competition are not as intense. Scholarships are also offered at this level. Enrollments at Division II schools range from more than 25,000 to less than 2,500, though about 87 percent of the division’s member schools have fewer than 8,000 students. Division II offers a “partial-scholarship” model for financial aid in which most studentathletes’ college experiences are funded through a mix of athletics scholarships, academic aid, need-based grants and/or employment earnings. Division II is the only NCAA division that conducts National Championships Festivals, Olympic-style events in which several national championships are held at a single site over several days.
NCAA Division III—No athletic scholarships are offered for DIII student-athletes, but there are many other forms of financial aid. The competition levels are still very high, but practice seasons are shorter, and there is more of an academic focus. Division III is the largest division in terms of number of institutions and number of participants in the NCAA. Division III ensure over 195,000 students at 446 institutions representing 44 conferences, can further their athletic careers while earning a degree. Division III is unique in not awarding athletic scholarships due to its unwavering commitment to the academic success of every studentathlete.
NAIA—A much smaller community than the NCAA—with a little over 250 schools— the NAIA is a great option for student-athletes who love their sport but are looking for a smaller or private college, or a specific major.
NJCAA—Junior college (JUCO) is a good option for the student-athlete looking to get a sense of what college athletics are like at a two-year institution before transferring to a fouryear college. Many student-athletes compete at the JUCO level because they are working on their NCAA eligibility or are trying to save money before transferring to a four-year college.
Review academic eligibility requirements
The NCAA and NAIA have specific documentation requirements for international studentathletes to be academically eligible to compete in college sports. If you’re interested in NCAA D1 or D2 sports, review their academic requirements. Here are a few quick highlights to get started:
Find out about country-specific requirements and documentation
Provide academic records for years nine and up in English and applicant’s native language.
Provide proof of graduation, including certificates, diplomas, and final exams.
Translate all records to English.
NCAA schools issue Form I-20 visas, not the NCAA. Work with an interested school to secure a visa and note that an F1 student visa has specific requirements for eligibility.
Register with the NAIA Eligibility Center at least two months before beginning classes at a NAIA school.
Have the athlete’s secondary, high school, post-secondary and/or university send records to the NAIA.
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