USA and Canada make up the North America region, which offers one of the best higher education models in the world. Espire works directly with a range of Universities and Colleges across this entire region and most likely will have an Education provider which will best match your requirement.
The United States, widely recognized as a world leader in education, offers a complex array of choices, from types of institutions (colleges, universities, specialty schools – over 4,700 in total), to majors and minors, to extracurricular activities that can support networking and build leadership skills.
With so many choices, it can be a challenge for any student to determine what is best for them. In fact, nearly 40% of all U.S. college students end up transferring from one school to another.
We help students navigate the complex university admissions process and provide them with the tools needed to succeed in their degree program.
There are over 4,700 higher education institutions in the USA. We help transfer students to the best college or university for them. The education system offers a rich field of choices for international students. As you begin your school search, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the education system. Understanding the system will help you narrow your choices and develop your education plan.
The U.S. Higher Education System: Levels of Study
First Level: Undergraduate
A student who is attending a college or university, and has not yet earned a Bachelor’s degree, is studying at the undergraduate level. It typically takes about four years to earn a Bachelor’s degree. You can either begin your studies in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree at a community college or a four-year university or college.
A very unique characteristic of the American higher education system is that you can change your major multiple times if you choose. It is extremely common for American students to switch majors at some point in their undergraduate studies. Often, students discover a different field that they excel in or enjoy. The American education system is very flexible. Keep in mind though that switching majors may result in more courses, which means more time and money.
Second Level: Graduate in Pursuit of a Master’s Degree
Graduate programs in pursuit of a Master’s degree typically take one to two years to complete. For example, the MBA (master of business administration) is an extremely popular degree program that takes about two years. Other Master’s programs, such as journalism, only take one year. The majority of a Master’s program is spent in classroom study and a graduate student must prepare a long research paper called a “Master’s thesis” or complete a “Master’s project.”
A graduate program is usually a division of a university or college. To gain admission, you will need to take the GRE (graduate record examination). Certain Master’s programs require specific tests, such as the LSAT for law school, the GRE or GMAT for business school, and the MCAT for medical school.
Third Level: Graduate in Pursuit of a Doctorate Degree
Many graduate schools consider the attainment of a Master’s degree the first step towards earning a PhD (Doctorate). But at other schools, students may prepare directly for a Doctorate without also earning a Master’s degree. It may take three years or more to earn a PhD degree. For international students, it may take as long as five or six years.
For the first two years of the program, most Doctoral candidates enrol in classes and seminars. At least another year is spent conducting firsthand research and writing a thesis or dissertation. This paper must contain views, designs, or research that has not been previously published.
State College or University
A state school is supported and run by a state or local government. Each of the 50 US states operates at least one state university and possibly several state colleges.
Private College or University
These schools are privately run as opposed to being run by a branch of the government. Tuition will usually be higher than state schools. Often, private US universities and colleges are smaller in size than state schools.
Community colleges are two-year colleges that award an Associate’s degrees (transferable), as well as certifications. There are many types of Associate's degrees, but the most important distinguishing factor is whether or not the degree is transferable. Community college graduates most commonly transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete their degree. Because they can transfer the credits they earned while attending community college, they can complete their Bachelor’s degree program in two or more additional years. Many also offer ESL or intensive English language programs, which will prepare students for university-level courses.
Institute of Technology
An institute of technology is a school that provides at least four years of study in science and technology. Some have graduate programs, while others offer short-term courses.
The academic calendar usually begins in August or September and continues through May or June. The majority of new students begin in Autumn, so it is a good idea for international students to also begin their US university studies at this time.
The academic year at many schools is composed of two terms called “semesters.” (Some schools use a three-term calendar known as the “trimester” system.) Still, others further divide the year into the quarter system of four terms, including an optional Summer session. Basically, if you exclude the Summer session, the academic year is either comprised of two semesters or three quarter terms.
English entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 70 – Can be different according to the university.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
English entry requirements: 6.5 IELTS (some programs require higher scores) or TOEFL 80– Can be different according to the university.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
To study in the USA, both the tuition and living costs vary considerably between different universities/colleges, educations and cities. Tuition is usually between $5,000 and $50,000 per year. Costs for food and living are normally between $8,000 and $12,000 dollars per year. In addition to paying tuition, you need money for transportation, course literature and personal expenses.
Students considering the option to study in USA are recommended to begin the application procedure at least 12 months prior to the intake. USA Scholarship deadlines vary amongst institutions. In order to capitalise on the available USA Scholarship programme, we advise you to contact Espire Education for more details. We will provide you complete information on the USA scholarship process.
Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission in the USA. These range from the standardised graduate andGRE, GMATand SATto English Language tests, such asTOEFLIELTS.
For graduate and professional admissions, required tests usually include: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)for liberal arts, science, math. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) – for business schools/study for MBA (Master's in Business Administration) programs.
In order to begin the student visa application process, the student must be accepted into an American institution and receive a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) from that institution.
Once the student receives the I-20 from the institution, he or she is able to make an appointment for a visa interview. Procedures on obtaining an interview vary from country to country and the most accurate information can be found at usembassy.state.gov Students will need to provide, at minimum, the following items:
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