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Study in Washington DC: primary, secondary, higher education


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Washington DC is home to prestigious universities and schools with an international reputation. Seven national universities offer undergraduate and graduate programs, and private boarding schools offer Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. In addition to state-owned, the city has top private colleges.

City benefits for students

Washington is the ideal city for students with an interest in politics, social studies, and American history. The capital of the United States and the headquarters of the federal government, home to many law firms and multi-disciplinary organizations, Washington specializes in several industries: administration, education, professional services, and tourism. Famous companies are located here, including:

  • The World Bank
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • The Washington Post
  • National Geographic Channel
  • Marriott Hotels and Resorts
  • NASA
  • Greenpeace.

Students attending Washington universities have the unique opportunity to do internships at a major publication such as National Geographic Magazine.

Another advantage of Washington is the cultural background that international students find themselves in. The Federal District was founded in 1801 and is controlled by Congress. Here are the main historical sites of the United States, shedding light on the great pages of American history.

School education in Washington

The level of funding for schools in the capital is higher than other cities: annually, $ 28,400 is allocated per student of an American school, while the national average is $ 12,300. As a result, educational institutions are well equipped technically and the level of qualifications of teachers is higher.

Elementary, middle and high schools in Washington DC are usually separate educational institutions, so by grade 12, students attend three different schools. In addition, in the learning process, children get used to face changes: the composition of both the class and the teachers changes every year. In high school, children take the final testing of SAT I and SAT II in mathematics and selected disciplines.

Schools are divided into two main types - public and private . The level of education is quite high in both types, however, private schools offer the best learning conditions: an individual approach, small classes, a wide range of extracurricular activities.

One of the best boys' schools in the country is St. Albans School . The educational institution specializes in preparing for colleges and universities. Graduates of the school enter Yale University, the University of Chicago, Dartmouth College and other prestigious US universities. The price for the Diploma + Advanced Placement program is from $ 66,918 per year.

Higher education in Washington

Due to the special political status of the city, sociology , economics , law and diplomacy are traditionally strong directions in the city.

Top Washington Universities:

Georgetown University

Private Catholic University, founded in 1789. The campus is located within the city limits, its territory is 104 acres. The university is ranked 23rd in the country and 230th in the QS Global World Rankings 2021.

  • Tuition fee = 57 928 $ per year
  • Accommodation and food expenses = $ 14,498 per year
  • Number of students = 19,593
  • Application deadline = until 10.01.

George Washington University

A private university that opened its doors in 1821. The campus is in the countryside and covers 43 acres. Strongest programs: law, management, political science. In the QS Global World Rankings 2021, the university took 336 place.

  • Tuition fee = 58 640 $ per year
  • Accommodation and food expenses = $ 14,711 per year
  • Number of students = 27,814
  • Application deadline = until 1.01.

American University

American University students have been named the most politically active in the country. The most respectable is the university's law school. In the QS Global World Rankings 2021, the university is located on the 651-700 line.

  • Tuition fee = 51 335 $ per year
  • Accommodation and food expenses = $ 14,980 per year
  • Number of students = 14 318
  • Application deadline = until 15.01

Howard University

Another university with a rich history offers over 120 programs. In the international QS Global World Rankings 2021, the educational institution entered the TOP-700 universities in the world.

  • Tuition fee = $ 27,206 per year
  • Accommodation and food expenses = $ 8,980 per year.

The Catholic University of America

National University at the center of the American Catholic tradition. The university trains philosophers, theologians, historians, architects, social workers, musicians, artists and scientists. In the national ranking of American universities, the university takes the 143rd place.

  • Tuition fee = $ 47 746 per year
  • Accommodation and food expenses = $ 12 680 per year.
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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