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Work and study engineering. is it possible?

  1. Apr 9, 2013 #1
    I'm about to finish my high school and since I'm really intrested in stuffs like mathematics, physics and computing I want get into electronics or computer engineering.

    I live in a third world country and I really want to go to U.S to have a engineering degree so if I go there I'll have to do a side job to manage my living and I fear that if do a job I wont be able to concentrate on my studies. so is it possible for me to work and study engineering without flunking?
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  3. Apr 9, 2013 #2

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    What you describe is not usually possible on student visas in the US.
  4. Apr 9, 2013 #3


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    I, and most of my friends, have worked while studying engineering and done quite well. I have never lived nor worked in the US so I'm not sure how many hours you will need to work to live sustainably, but my opinion is that it is very possible if you manage your time well. For reference, I live in Australia, so the situation may be very different for the US, I'm not sure.
  5. Apr 9, 2013 #4
    Legalities of immigration aside, you ask if it is possible to work and get a degree. The answer is yes, I worked full time and went to school part time to earn my Electrical Engineering degree. It took nearly twice as long, but I think I am better off for it. I have a friend and colleague from Jamaica who also managed to do this. However, that was close to 30 years ago.

    Given the ridiculous state of US immigration law (detested by nearly everyone) I will not venture any opinions as to whether what you suggest is still possible. I suggest you inquire with the nearest US consulate for guidance.
  6. Apr 9, 2013 #5
    Maybe the US Consulate interviewers will fail you at once if you answer Yes to their question as of whether you will study and work at the same time. If you move to the US to study, then just say study, and show them the documents that you have a saving account with enough money for at least 1 year of study. If you ask for a work visa, you might need to ask your manager or his representative to walk with you directly into your nearest Consulate and let your boss deal with them; by this way you DEFINITELY got the visa.
    If you are granted a scholarship by some organization in the US, the organization does have enough files about you and itself to take you off. No worries!
    This is just a particular case in my area at least when asking for a US visa.
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