UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WHY STUDY IN US:
QUALITY. CHOICE. VALUE. FLEXIBILITY
Studying in the United States of America is an opportunity to gain world class qualiﬁcations, explore the US, share your culture and make friends with students from around the world.
There are thousands of accredited tertiary institutions in the US, offering a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The quality of teaching, facilities and resources is renowned worldwide.
Types of Institutions
Degree-granting institutions in the US are referred to as colleges, universities or institutes. As a general rule, colleges tend to be smaller and usually offer only undergraduate degrees, while universities also offer postgraduate degrees. Institutes usually specialize in degree programs in a group of closely related subject areas such as art and design, fashion or technology. State Universities State or public universities are run by US state governments to provide subsidized, low-cost education to state residents. They tend to be very large and generally admit a wider range of students than private universities
Private Universities: Private universities are funded by endowments, tuition fees, research grants and gifts from their alumni. Tuition fees tend to be higher than at state universities. They are generally smaller and may have fewer than 2000 students on their campuses.
Technical and Vocational Colleges
These institutions specialize in preparing students for entry into, or promotion within, the workplace. They offer certiﬁcate and other short-term programs that train students for a speciﬁc vocation or technology. Programs usually last two years or less.
Types of Degrees
There are two types of undergraduate degrees in the US – an associate’s degree which is a 2 year degree awarded by a community, technical/vocational college, & a bachelor’s degree which is a 4/5 year degree awarded by a college/university.
In the US, postgraduate study is called ‘graduate’ study. There are two levels of graduate degree programs in the US – a master’s degree which usually takes one or two years of full-time study to complete and a doctoral degree which usually takes three to ﬁve years of full-time study. Both involve a combination of research and coursework.
Finding the right university to suit your requirements is important. This will depend on the academic discipline and qualiﬁcation you wish to study, and the location, size and academic quality of the university you
want to study at. Some institutions are very selective, while others accept most applicants.
Most students apply to between four and seven institutions in order to secure acceptance at an institution that meets their needs, ability and ﬁnancial means. Application requirements and fees vary depending on the university you wish to attend. Applications may require an application form, academic transcripts, standardized test results, a personal statement and letters of reference. Each university’s admission pack will let you know exactly what is required.
Standardized tests are a requirement for entry into most US universities. The test you will be required to sit will depend on your level and ﬁeld of study. Contact the admissions department at the university you apply to for advice on which test you need to sit.
The ACT and SAT tests are both widely recognized for undergraduate college admissions. They measure students’ knowledge and ability to complete college level work.
The GRE test is widely recognized for postgraduate college admissions. A General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills, and further Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in speciﬁc ﬁelds of study.
The TOEFL test measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings, and may be required for international students whose native language is not English.
Study in the US can be expensive. A degree in the US can cost from US$5,000 to US$40,000 per year in tuition fees alone, depending on the institution you choose to attend. There is limited assistance for international students.
Few scholarships pay a student’s entire costs and many are inclined to give partial ﬁnancial aid to students who are able to contribute something themselves. There are three main sources of funding – university-based, private and government.
You should explore as many possible avenues for funding assistance as you can. When you request an admission pack from a US university, you should also request a ﬁnancial aid pack. Be aware that deadlines for funding applications often occur up to 12 months before the actual date of enrolment. The average turn-around time – from initial application to offer of funding – takes from six to nine months.
CAREER DESK provides unbiased, current and comprehensive information on educational opportunities in the US. If you are thinking about studying in the US,
Please visit the CAREER DESK website or contact your nearest CAREER DESK Advising Centre.
Career Desk Services:
1. Career Counseling
2. University Profiling
(Shortlisting of University)
3. Admission Formalities
5. Scholarship Assistance
6. Bank Loan (Assistance)
7. Visa Formalities
8. Pre-Departure Briefing
CAREER DESK guide its students in their search for institutions or programs of study in the united states that meet their individual needs.
ADVISERS can help you understand the application process, establish timelines, prepare to take required tests, learn about the U.S. student visa process, and make a smooth transition to a U.S. campus
CAREER DESK GUIDE ITS STUDENTS IN THEIR SEARCH FOR INSTITUTIONS OR PROGRAMS OF STUDY IN THE UNITED STATES THAT MEET THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.
ADVISERS CAN HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE APPLICATION PROCESS, ESTABLISH TIMELINES, PREPARE TO TAKE REQUIRED TESTS, LEARN ABOUT THE U.S. STUDENT VISA PROCESS, AND MAKE A SMOOTH TRANSITION TO A U.S. CAMPUS