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TOP-50 prestigious universities in the USA where international students can get high-quality higher education

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Nowadays, admission to TOP-50 universities in the United States is quite affordable. Entering American university is really responsible and complicated issue even for the local residents. According to the statistics, only 1 out of 3 students receive an invitation from the chosen educational institution. Actually, foregn students face with additional difficulties associated with differences in educational systems, as well as in the requirements for the command of English.

Admission commissions pay attention not only to the points of SAT tests and excellent language skills, but also assess psychological readiness to continue studies and build a career in a certain field. All applicants who have received school education in the USA or in another country must write an introductory essay where it is necessary to give strong motivation and explain desire to study at a certain university, continue studies in the United States.

However, it is not enough for successful completion of higher education. One of the most important aspects is the ability to adapt to the life in the United States, to understand how people live and become immersed in local traditions and culture. It is essential to choose right pre-university preparation programme. Actually, in US universities there may be different requirements for enrolling of foreign students.

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How to enter one of the 50 best US universities for foreign students?

Admission to US universities could become easier with SMAPSE. Each of the options has its own characteristics. For example, students with International Baccalaureate (IB) programme diplomas or A-level programme have equal chances with local American students in the United States to enter the chosen course. This option is considered to be quite rational, as this approach allows you to adapt to the specifics of the studying process even before becoming an actual student.

There are several ways to enter most prestigious higher educational institutions for foreign students . However, studying in America is impossible without prior preparation. Fortunately, there are many ways:

  • Students can study the High School Diploma programme or enter a US private school;
  • In English-speaking countries at the end of high school students can finish either International Baccalaureate programme (IB) or A-level programme, which are also studied at boarding schools in America);
  • Students can pass any pre-university preparation programme after school in a US college or university presented on this webpage;
  • Foreign students can transfer from a home country higher educational institution to US university with lower course;
  • Any student can enter Master's degree programme or Higher Doctorate studies programme upon receipt of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in any other foreign university;
  • Enter US university immediately after graduating from school for bachelor's degree programme by finishing the Year One programme.

How to enter a university in the United States after graduating from a home country school? It is a question that worries many foreign students. SMAPSE experts recommend first considering specialized education courses, as they make home country certificate of secondary education equal with American one. Taking on a programme will significantly increase the chances of admission.

US university preparation

5 best studying programs and courses in TOP-50 schools and universities in the USA

Studying in the USA as a foreign students has different courses and includes a variety of requirements. For each category of students there are their own rules and a unique set of necessary documents. The adequate selection of the programme will help foreign students to save both time and money.

Pathway is one of the most popular studying programs. Pathway programme, implying 1 or 2 semesters of intensive studies in an American college or university, gives an opportunity to enroll at the first or even second course of US university. In order to participate in Pathway programme, it is required to have a school certificate with excellent grades and IELTS certificate 5.5 or higher (or 61 - 79 points for TOEFL test).

This programme is an analogue of the British IDP (International Diploma programme) which offers one-year preparation for entering the 2-year bachelor's degree course. At the same time, this programme allows to save a whole year, as well as helps them to get acquainted with life in a foreign country. Many colleges and universities in the USA offer this programme for foreigners. SMAPSE experts are ready to help you choose the best option for you.

American version of the Foundation programme is different from British one mainly by its focus on language studies rather than acquiring complex knowledge on a number of subjects for admission. For one year students improve their academic English skills and prepare for examination on language. The applicants will be asked to present a foreign school certificate and pass IELTIS with results not less than 5.0. As an alternative, it is possible to pass TOEFL with a success of 70-80 points.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

In the United States, six subjects are intensively studied in this international studying programme. Studies last for 2 years. Successful completion of International Baccalaureate programme allows to enter universities of America, as well as other prestigious educational institutions of the world. The programme is focused on foreign students with a graduation certificate from secondary school with high marks and passed IELTS for 5.5 and higher (or TOEFL – for 40 - 45 points).

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  • Pre-Masters or Pre-MBA

This programme is focused on students who would like to study master's degree or higher doctorate studies course. It is necessary to present a foreign diploma of higher education. Foreign students can apply for these courses after receiving a bachelor's degree in any foreign university. An obligatory requirement is a Bachelor's degree and IELTS at 6.0 (or TOEFL 550 PBT / 213 CBT / 81 IBT). The programme can last for 6 or 9 months, depending on the level of English proficiency. It is essential to note that admission to the Pre-MBA programme requires at least two years of working experience on managerial positions.

Community colleges in the USA for international students

Community colleges are special colleges in the United States that offer part-time higher education services. After two years of studying in America, students receive the Associate Degree and can work or immediately enroll in the third year of bachelor's degree. It is important to note that Bachelor’s degree in the USA lasts for 4 years.

Due to well-established transfer system that implies transfer guarantee, students are guaranteed to enroll at the third year of a university.

In order to enter a community college in the United States, the applicant is required to have a package of documents below:

  • Secondary school diploma or at least academic excellence for the last 3 years (the second option is used when the enrollment is conducted during the final year of school studies);
  • Bank reference. The student must be able to pay the costs for the year: about 22 000 – 28 000 USD;
  • Certificate or Diploma of the proper level of language skills: the requirements in different educational institutions may vary, but on average it is required to have IELTS 5.0-6.0 (or its equivalent in the TOEFL scale);
  • A copy of the passport or ID card

US university preparation


If a student cannot confirm that his level of English proficiency is not enough for admission, the particular college or SMAPSE experts offer two options:

  1. Intensively study language at a language partner school or
  2. Try again the next year

Once a student reaches an adequate level of English proficiency during the intensive programme, he will be transferred to a basic academic course at a college in the United States.


Before studying process, a student passes a special orientation course. He draws up an exact list of disciplines to study together with the teacher. This list of subjects is to be studied during each of the semesters. A student also draws up an individual schedule. After that, the payment shall be made. The payment can be made on a basis of semesters or quarters, depending on the division of the academic year in a particular educational institution.


There are a great deal of subjects to study at the USA colleges and universities. From veterinary technology, theater to accounting and agriculture. For a complete list, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE managers.


If the applicant still finishes his studies, the documents are better to be submitted until the end of spring – that will ensure that a prospective student has enough time to prepare for the beginning of the studies in autumn and to solve visa issues.

If school certificate is already received, the student can file documents, but he only qualifies for the start of studies in America in winter (in January) as the autumn enrollment will be already closed for applicants. This option is convenient because before the beginning of the course the applicant will have time to visit the college and complete the necessary language courses to ensure that his command of English is enough for successful studies.

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Your comment/review/question:
Hello. I had a small question about Pathway, University Transfer Program and Foundation. These programs are preparation for the university and can they be admitted to any university in America after they are passed? Is there funding for these programs and how do they get there?
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Andrei, good afternoon! Yes, these programs are preparation for the university. Typically, each institution that conducts these programs has certain partner universities that are admitted to after the training program. No, schools are not involved in financing. Regarding the process of enrollment, please write to us at mail: Best regards, SMAPS
Hello. I have a small question. I would like to know. I graduated from school in 2013 (I was 15 when I was 15 years old). I immediately went to technical school for 3 years (but did not finish the last year) I can go to college in the USA with a certificate and An extract of estimates from the institute?
Julia Hello! How old are you at the moment? We recommend to contact our specialists in higher education in the US during working hours, we will advise you in more detail.
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