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2021-12-27 17:25:45

TOP-5 myths about studying in USA that are not true

TOP-5 myths about studying in USA that are not true

Most students are afraid to enter US universities because of mythical prejudices. But in fact, many people can afford to study in America! Now we will prove it.

You don't have to be rich

Education in American universities is really expensive. Colleges of the higher league (Harvard, Stanford) receive from one student from 55,000 to 80,000 $ annually. But the choice of educational institutions does not consist only of them, in the United States there are many lesser-known, but equally good universities in terms of the quality of education. At the University of Missouri, the average student pays $24,000 to $35,000.

Additional expenses are reduced due to part-time jobs, loans and scholarships. Moreover, in order to get the latter, it is not necessary to write an application, in some universities any applicant can become a potential scholarship holder.

At the University of New Mexico, the most popular scholarship is Amigo. According to it, foreign students instead of $ 23,292 per year pay $ need to prepare foradmission in advance: find out the possibilities of financing, conduct a comparative analysis of the cost of living and studying.

And at MIT and Yale, there is a scholarship for low-income students. Need-based scholarships are a program in which the university pays all tuition costs ($ 10,000-18,000 per year).

Only a genius can enter an American university

Among the gifted, as in all other universities in the world, ordinary students also study. Obviously, it is difficult to get to Harvard (SAT at least 1500 points, a good motivation letter, a level of language proficiency C1), but not all educational institutions have such high requirements. At the University of New Mexico, it will be enough to get 1000 points on the SAT.

For doubters, there is P athway Program. The preparatory course costs $ 15,000 and lasts 1-2 semesters. An expensive program, but after its completion you will not only raise English from the B1 level, but also be guaranteed to enter the university-partner.

Or there is an option for admission to community college: two years of study will allow you to immediately transfer to the 2-3 year of the university with good grades. As a result, you will receive the same diploma as students who studied at the university for four years.

A student visa is almost impossible to obtain

That's exactly what it is.  At colleges and universities for such purposes, international departments are specially made, whose duties include assistance to foreign students. In pre-Covid times, it was possible to collect the necessary documents and obtain a visa at the embassy in just a week or two.

Theft and bullying towards foreign students on American campuses 

The well-being of students in the United States is one of the priorities. Students are constantly instructed on how to act in a variety of dangerous situations, each campus has "panic buttons" to call the police. Cooperation with local law enforcement agencies helps to fight petty criminals and thieves.

To compare the safety of the campuses of each American university, you can use the Campus Safety and Security website, where there is information on accidents and incidents of most universities.

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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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