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Study in California for foreign students: the cost, reviews


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Study in California for foreign students: the cost, reviews


California is a developed state of America, where students from all over the world come to school with pleasure. This state contributed to the development of the American education system: it was here in the 60s of the XX century that a special group developed educational programs for higher education, and as a result, a unified system of higher education for the United States was created. The main goal is to make education of high quality accessible to all (this idea is supported even now). Every year, teaching methods are improved, preserving centuries-old traditions and standards.

A nice bonus of learning in California - students have access to beach rest, because most of the state's cities are located on the Pacific coast.

Benefits of studying in the state of California

  • graduates have the right to obtain a work permit in the US;
  • students have great opportunities for leisure, active lifestyles;
  • here are popular natural objects: parks, volcanoes, lakes, Death Valley and other;
  • The secondary school curriculum includes subjects to choose from;
  • Graduation diplomas and certificates are recognized all over the world;
  • Students communicate daily with native English speakers;
  • School classes are formed taking into account the mental abilities and talents of students.

In what cities of California are studying foreign students, leisure

The most popular cities in the state for education are the following:

  • San Francisco;
  • Los Angeles;
  • San diego;
  • Malibu;
  • Berkeley;
  • Stanford.

Berkeley and Stanford are prestigious and famous research centers - in cities there are such elite universities as the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University.

For students in California, accessible a diverse excursion program, they will have the opportunity to such popular places as:

  • the Golden Gate Bridge;
  • Walk of Fame Hollywood;
  • Alcatraz Island;
  • Death Valley;
  • Silicon Valley;
  • Universal Studio;
  • Beverly Hills;
  • Santa Barbara and others.

Multi-level national education system of the USA

Despite the fact that each state has an Education Department that develops a curriculum, the general education system consists of the following stages:

  • preschool education from 3 to 5 years - in the usual sense, there are no kindergartens: children spend their time in private children's centers under the supervision of educators. There is no strict curriculum - at this stage attention is paid to the characteristics of upbringing, and all education is carried out in the game;
  • primary classes from 1 to 5 - from 6 years of education in the United States is compulsory: to enter the school for foreign students you must take the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) for English. At this stage, students are introduced to the basic principles of US education;
  • middle classes from 6 to 8 - students learn basic subjects (the curriculum defines each state individually). The cost differs depending on the status of the school and its location - for example, the price of tuition for students aged 11 to 16 in Southwestern Academy (San Marino) is 48,850 $ / year;
  • senior classes from 9 to 12 - students are given freedom in choosing subjects for study, and yet there is a compulsory list of subjects for the diploma of High School Diploma + in addition to the choice of subjects, students have the opportunity to choose the intensity of classes. Foreign students can take a senior course at the prestigious Malibu Olympic High School - the cost is 39,390 $ / year - foreign boarders live in host families that are carefully selected for participation in the program;
  • High School Diploma graduation is not limited to: students have the opportunity to study in the Advanced Placement program, for example, at the boarding school Webb Schools. Students spend 2 years studying the selected subjects at an in-depth level - this is an advantage when entering a university.

Most American students receive secondary education in public schools and only 10-20% in private schools. Public schools are free - in this way, the more subjects the student learns through the school curriculum, the less he will have to pay for the program at the college. Foreign students can attend intensive supportive courses "English as a foreign language" (ESL), if their level of language knowledge is not enough to understand the foreign program.

Pre-university programs for foreign students in California

Preparatory courses increase the readiness of students to study in higher education institutions: for foreign students these programs can be an obligatory level of education, because of the difference in educational systems. Students increase the level of academic knowledge and English, adapt to life in California, combine rest with study. Examples of pre-university programs:

  • University Pathway Program is implemented on the basis of the university or in the educational centers, after the end there is a possibility to transfer immediately to the 2nd course or 2 semester of the 1 course of the bachelor's program. For admission to the University Pathway Program, you must provide a certificate of secondary education;
  • International Year One is one of the ways to enter an American university for international students. In California, there are more than 300 colleges and universities, many of which support this program in a variety of areas, the curriculum is designed for 2 years;
  • Undergraduate Preparation Program - a pre-university program from 1 to 6 semesters, the duration of which depends on the level of the student's preparation with any level of knowledge of the English language. Students continue to study at universities, where they enter after the end of the program.

List of California top-end educational centers with pre-university programs

  • Marymount California University (Los Angeles) provides students from around the world with the opportunity to study under the International Year One, High School Support Program, the University Pathways Graduate Preparation Program, the Undergraduate Preparation Program
  • ILSC San Francisco Language School (San Francisco) offers the University Pathway Program, general English courses, business English, TOEFL courses, an IELTS express course. The international network ILSC has a large number of partner universities, where you can get higher education. The cost of the course of the University Pathway Program is from 330 $ / week, the express course of preparation for IELTS is 450 $ / week
  • The Stafford House San Diego (San Diego) is part of an international network of language schools. English courses are offered to the students: business courses (from 360$ / week), TOEFL courses (from 360 $ / week), FCE and CAE courses from (3,600 $ / 10 weeks), preparatory courses for students from (400 $ / week).

Getting Higher Education in California

Stages of education:

  • Bachelor's degree, 4 years;
  • magistracy, 2 years;
  • doctoral studies, 1-3 years.

Top list of universities in California:

  • Stanford University (Stanford) is among the most elite and popular universities in the US: the cost of the undergraduate program is from 38,600 $ per year, magistracy from 40,500 $ per year. The University includes 7 separate schools: medicine, law, humanities and natural sciences, engineering, pedagogy, geography, business;
  • Academy of Art University (San Francisco) - the largest private art school in the US is developing in the following areas: interior design, animation, illustration, videography, cinema and fashion. The price of study for the academic year: bachelor - from 22,086 $, magistracy - 22,500 $;
  • Woodbury University (Los Angeles) is considered one of the best universities in the field of business. The cost of 1 year undergraduate program - from 41,000 $, magistracy - 22,100 $.

Work for students in America, obtaining a visa

While studying, the student receives a visa M-1 or F-1: the second is more common and allows you to work during your studies 20 hours / week (except for vacation time), unlike M-1. During the first year of study, the F-1 visa does not permit a participant to participate in the academic program outside the university, but after graduation, the graduate can apply for a work permit for 12 months (graduates of a number of specialties - science, engineering, mathematics - for 24 months) .

How can I cover the costs of studying at an American university?

There are several ways to get money for studying at a university:

  • research grant;
  • study grant;
  • Fulbright Scholarship;
  • work at the university.

Everyone has a chance and needs to use it! The money received can cover both part of the costs and the full cost of the trip (academic program, accommodation, flights, etc.).

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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