The United States is a country for the adventurous no matter whether you have education or travel experiences on your mind. The american people are welcoming and the climate varies from snow-filled mountains to warm beaches.
Why study in the United States of America?
Adventurous people from all over the world has come to the U.S. with hopes and dreams for centuries. The USA is McDonald's, Hollywood and popular culture but also a lot more than that. American education institutions have a very high academic standard and in addition to studying you will also get the chance to play your favourite sport or get better at your favourite hobby by joining a club at your university. In the U.S you will have more choices and opportunities than anywhere else in the world.
Education in the USA
Education is divided into three levels: College, Bachelor and Master/Graduate studies. Undergraduate studies will normally lead to a Bachelor's degree. A Bachelor degree in the U.S. takes four years, where the first year is a Freshman year.
At graduate level you can take a Master's degree which takes between one and two years.
If you want to study to be a doctor, vet or a lawyer you will have to take a pre-med, pre-vet or pre-law Bachelor degree which thereby provides the basis for applying admission to the education itself.
In order to study in USA you have to document your English skills. Most universities accept scores from the TOEFL or the IELTS tests as a proof of your English profieciency.
Financing your studies in the USA
In order to finance the school fees there are several possibilities. It can be done through support from parents, bank loans or by applying for public and private grants. You can also apply to the university you would like to study at for support from its scholarships.
Work and study in the USA
According to the U.S. immigration authorities it is not allowed to work next to the studies during the first nine months unless it is on the university campus. After nine months you will be allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours next to the studies, however full-time work is allowed during holidays.
Visa to the USA
You must have a student visa to study in the the U.S. You will receive the necessary papers from the university, and you will also be called in for an interview at the the U.S. Embassy. The visa must be granted before you travel to the U.S.
Housing in the USA
Most universities have student dorms where students can live on campus. Food is often included but not for the apartments with own kitchen. The prices vary depending on the standard and they might in some places be relatively high. It can often be cheaper to arrange accomondation on your own.