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Colleges and Universities

Public Universities

Most public universities are operated by the states and territories, usually as part of a state university system

Public universities are often larger, and require international students to pay out-of-state tuition; but, they are often less expensive than private universities.

Private Universities

Private colleges and universities are those that do not receive their primary support from the government.

When a university has the term “national” in it, does it mean it is overseen by the national government?

The use of the term “national” in a university names does not indicate federal support or stature. For example, National University of San Diego, California, is a private university.

Do we have any for-profitable universities?

Private institutions are either non-profit or for-profit. For-profit institutions are often more focused on careers and technical education. The University of Phoenix is a prominent example of a private, for-profit institution.

How about public university?

Similar to the national, the use of a state or city name does not automatically imply that an institution is public. Murray State University is a public university; the University of Pennsylvania, by contrast, is a private institution.

Credits and Grades

How many semesters to complete a bachelor’s degree?

Generally, every student has eight semesters (4 years) of study to complete a bachelor’s degree, per semester is approximately 16 credits.

What kinds of methods to evaluate students to assign them grades?

Evaluation methods may include any or all final exams, mid exams, term papers, lab records, assignments so students must study well to pass the course.

What is a Cumulative GPA?

Cumulative GPA refers to the overall GPA, which includes dividing the number of quality points earned in all courses attempted by the total degree credit hours in all attempted courses. A perfe0ct GPA would be 4.0 and it means the student secured an “A” in every course completed.

The Academic Calendar

Do all American educational institutions begin and end academic years at the same time?

In Generally the academic year either by a semester or quarterly wise system. Every institution has different start and end times.

Why is it important to apply as early as possible?

students who apply early are often considered before those who apply later for application and scholarships if these are available. Deadlines will be different from school to school.

What are the two academic time frames in the US higher educational system?

Semesters: This approach considers the year to fall under two semesters 16 weeks in fall, which begins in mid-August or September, and 16 weeks in spring, which begins in January, with a short winter break and a longer summer vacation.

Quarter: Here, the academic year is divided into three quarters, and the start date is usually late-September until mid-June.

How to choose the right American university?

What is a study pathway?

The courses and institutions required for a student to achieve a desired outcome degree will be simple enrolling in the higher education institution from which they want to achieve their desired degree. 

What are the three questions students will want to ask themselves about university?

To choose American university they ask about Study Focus, Study Experience, and outcomes.

Do university rankings tell the whole story about how good a university is?

The testimonies of former students as to their satisfaction with their experience while studying at the institution and the outcomes achieved upon graduation.

What are other factors agents and students will want to consider?

Students and agents will want to look at a university’s programs and services, the priority the university places on the student’s home market, the university’s market readiness and commitment to international recruitment.

How to apply to American Universities

What is a good limit in terms of how many schools a student should apply to?

There is no limit on the number of universities and colleges a student may apply to in the US, but applying is both time-consuming and expensive, so it can be a good idea to set a maximum of 6 schools to apply to.

What factors other than GPA might admission staff consider when they evaluate a student’s application?

They look at GPA but also other factors to get a fuller sense of the student applying. These can include teachers’ recommendations, the student’s personal statement, interviews, volunteer work, and extracurricular activities.

Understanding the different parts of the application process

Do all US institutions accept students’ credits from their home countries?

Some international undergraduate applicants will be able to transfer credits they earned in post-secondary institutions in their home country to a US college or university. Such credits, if accepted by the American institution, may reduce the number of total credit hours required to receive a degree.

In which situation is it most likely for a school to offer a student a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA)?

In some situations, there is an IEP affiliated with or offered by the US college or university for cases where students need to upgrade their English language proficiency to be accepted. If there is, students can often be offered a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA) subject to successful completion of the IEP.

Who should send students transcripts to the university?

Transcripts should be sent directly by the original institution to the US college or university, not by the student, as one way of ensuring their legitimacy.

At what point would a university issue the I-20/DS-2019 form?

Most universities will issue the required I-20 form (for F-1 or M-1 students) or the DS-2019 form (for J-1 students) only after the student has accepted the offer of admission and submitted proof of financial ability to afford studies.

What does the I-20 form? What does it prove?

The I-20 is a multi-purpose document issued by a government approved, U.S. educational institution certifying that a student has been admitted to a full-time study program and that the student has demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the U.S.

What are the DS-2019 form? What does it allow the student to do?

The Department of Homeland Security the Form DS-2019 or “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status” is the basic document used in the administration of the exchange visitor program.

Paying for education at the undergraduate level

How much can it cost per year for an international student to study in the US in an undergraduate program?

For tuition, accommodation, and food, undergraduate international students in the US can expect to pay anywhere from $15,000 to over $50,000 a year, often closer to the higher end.

Do international students have access to as many US-based scholarships as American students do?

Most international students have access to a much narrower range of grants and scholarships than American citizens and permanent residents. Some institutions will have scholarships available specifically for international students and others will not. 

What are other ways to make studying more affordable for international students?

 Student figure out other ways to make their US education affordable such as find best buys, think about your location, take advantage of accelerated program, don’t forget about community colleges.

Master’s Degree

What are the four types of master’s degree?

There are four types of master’s degree available in us

  • Post Graduate master’s degree
  • Post Graduate research master’s degree
  • Executive master’s degree
  • Integrated master’s degree

How long does it take to complete a master’s degree?

Master’s programs can take as short a time as 1 year to complete and as long a time as 6 years, with 2–3 years being the average.