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2018-07-30 11:57:06

Study in the USA for foreign students: the cost, reviews

Study in the USA for foreign students: the cost, reviews

Studying in the US attracts students from all over the world, nearly 600,000 foreign students study here. Such popularity is connected both with prestige, and with practical skills that students receive in educational institutions.

Benefits, the main features of education in American schools

  • In America, the educational system is built in such a way that the certificate of the end of the American school guarantees entry into almost all US universities. 90% of students in private schools fall into the top universities, including the universities of the famous Ivy League;
  • A universally recognized fact: education in America at the highest level, is practice oriented and reflects all the latest trends in the scientific world;
  • The most important feature of schools and universities of the country is the strongest teaching staff and modern technologies, with most universities there are powerful research centers;
  • The US educational system is highly adapted to the ever-evolving society and its needs, it has a special flexibility;
  • In the US there are many educational institutions that differ from each other in the uniqueness of programs and their traditions. However, the indisputable common feature of all educational centers is the benevolence towards foreign students, assistance in adapting and specially selected academic programs;
  • In high school and universities, students study under an individual program, rather than a general academic;
  • In state educational institutions there are no unified rules of admission: the procedure for admission can vary significantly;
  • The length and age for admission to the first grade of the American school may vary according to the state: people begin to study in the age range of 5-8 years and finish school at 18-19.


Education system: main educational levels and programs

  • In America, public and private schools operate. Private are elite educational institutions, distinguished by high quality of education and advanced equipment
  • In the states there are about 90,000 state, 30,000 private boarding, 4,000 colleges and universities (among them more than half are private)
  • A prerequisite for admission is pre-school education
  • The academic year is divided into quarters, the academic week consists of 5 days. Lessons last from 8:30 to 15:00 / 16:00
  • The education system is multistage, based on the age principle:

Name of institution

Age of student


Diplomas and types of certificates

1. Preschool


3-5 years


2.Elementary school

(First stage)

5-12 years old

1 - 5/6 class

High school diploma

3. Middle School (Middle Classes)

11-12 / 14 years

5/6 grade-8 class

4. High School (High School)


9-12 grades

5. Community Colleges (optional)


2 years

Obtaining associate's degree 

6. Colleges and universities (optional) from 3 years and more

4 years

Bachelor degree

+ 2 years

Master's degree

From 3 years and more

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

2. Forms and learning process in the leading schools of America

The curriculum necessarily involves the study of the following subjects: English, natural and humanitarian subjects, mathematics, art, subjects about human health. The emphasis is on sports training: both compulsory trainings and optional ones are planned (swimming, tennis, golf, etc.). In the middle classes, the student starts to choose disciplines, in high school students focus on entering the university and choosing a profession. Not only good grades are important in school, but an active life position. Among the foreign students, the following prestigious schools received particularly positive reviews and rankings:

3. Educational programs, certificates and diplomas of American models

The high school program can be of several types:

  • American High School Diploma - the program is more popular, at the end of the course, students receive a diploma of secondary education;
  • International Baccalaureate, or IB Diploma for students who graduated from the 10th grade, specializes in preparation for the university;
  • Advanced Placement (AP) is a two-year course that prepares foreign students for university.

Post-secondary education involves preparation for higher education - you can get this education in universities and colleges at special courses.

An alternative way to study at the university is offered by community colleges: students undergo two-year profile programs and, subject to good academic performance, can enroll in the third year of the university. The cost of education in them is much lower.

4 . List of the best universities, features of study

American universities offer the most topical academic programs - students have the opportunity to engage in advanced scientific laboratories and to undergo education in a large international company. On the US universities you can speak endlessly, and the list of top universities is almost endless:

Diplomas and degrees of American universities






2 years



4-5 years



1-2 years



3-6 years old



Opportunities for foreign  students

  • Scholarships and grants. For foreign students in the United States, the number of scholarships is more than 2000, they are very diverse and give many advantages. Scholarships and grants make it possible to study in universities almost for free. For example, sports scholarships are awarded for outstanding achievements in sports. A number of universities provide free education, as they award scholarships that cover the full cost (Williams College (MA), Trinity College (CT), Stanford University (CA), Harvard University (MA), Duke University (NC))
  • Guardianship. Students under the age of 18 are required to have an official representative in the US. Typically, private schools offer their representative as a guardian
  • Homologation of the certificate. Confirmation of the certificate takes place in specialized agencies, at the same time, language and academic requirements are put forward, examinations that are handed out by American students before entering the college (TOEFL, SATI and SATII, ACT)
  • Nostrification of the diploma. Confirmation of some diplomas is an urgent issue for many foreign students abroad. The US is no exception in this case. However, the requirements for confirmation may differ depending on the specialty and conditions of the employer. Confirmation of diplomas is carried out by specialized agencies
  • Features of accommodation. For foreign students, there are several options for accommodation: in host families, on campus or in residences. Great popularity is enjoyed by boarding schools, which remove the issue of guardianship and guarantee constant monitoring of the student. Schools, as a rule, have a good location: either in the very center of the megalopolis, or in the bosom of nature in small cozy towns

After graduation, the student has the right:

  • Stay in the country for 14 months in order to find and hire a job.
  • 29 months - "fora" graduates of exact and natural directions.
  • the opportunity to legally stay on probation at the end of studies for a duration of 12 to 18 months.

Cost of education

Prices for education depend on various factors - below are the prices for study and living in schools and universities America for the year

  • Public School: from 7,000 $
  • Private school: from 35,000 $ - 55,000 $
  • State University: from 12,000 $
  • Private university - from 40,000 $.
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
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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