An introduction to studying in America
With the recent rise in costs of university in the UK, it's not all that surprising that more British students are considering study abroad. But what's all the fuss about?
Choosing to study in another country, let alone America, is not a light decision – embarking on a degree and attending a university in a foreign country can be quite daunting for any student, but at the same time it's incredibly exciting!
In our Study in America series, we set our sights across the pond and take a look at whether it's really worth it to study for a degree in America.
This guide is a great place to start and will ease you into what you should expect whether you're just considering it or have already made the decision.
Last year just over 8,000 students from the UK enrolled at an American university, and this number is increasing year on year.
America is home to many of the world's most respected universities, including the likes of Harvard, MIT, Yale & Stanford. They are some of the most sought after for students wanting to study abroad, making them incredibly competitive in certain subjects.
However a lot of the decision-making depends on what you're looking to get out of studying in America. There are also many US universities and colleges which are not always well known but do offer great education programmes as well as a valuable wider student experience. It may be that something as simple as location that attracts you to one university over another.
There are many factors to consider, and we're not going to try to second guess them here. Rather, our job is to provide you with all the core information you're looking for to help you make the right decision for you.
So could you take the plunge? As part of our new Study Abroad series, we're here to help you make an informed decision!
Time to get down to it…
American university fees
The cost of attending university in America is probably one of the most critical variables to consider. However we're afraid it's important to make it clear right away that studying abroad is not cheap.
Nevertheless, the cost of the fees will of course vary between institutions and there are some funding sources available for international undergraduates.
The average cost of American university fees is £22,000, and this is just for the tuition. Once you have added the cost of living (not to mention flights home) then you could be looking at as much as £30,000-£40,000 a year.
More info – How much are American university fees?
American university system
If you are looking to study in America, then it really is a good idea to know how the system works over there. There are quite a few differences when compared to the UK's higher education system.
For example, it takes 4 years to complete an undergraduate degree in America. For the first 2 years the courses tend to be highly varied, with specialism in your subject area coming in towards the tail-end of your degree.
More info – American university system
Applying to American universities
Firstly, it's important to note that there is no central body (like UCAS) that facilities American University applications.
You will need to apply for each university separately, which you can do online on their separate websites. You can apply for as many as you like, but be careful not to spread yourself too thinly.
More info – How to apply for American universities
Benefits American unis
Every student will have their own reasons for wanting to study in America. Our research has uncovered a number of key benefits for going to university in American as opposed to the UK.
For many it will be a daunting, but also an incredibly rewarding and eye-opening experience choosing to study abroad.
More info – Benefits of going to an American University
Funding for studying in America
Funding to study abroad is one of the most important things that international students will need to consider. The cost of studying in America is the highest in the world, so any money that you can get in funding or scholarships is a must for many students.
There are a number of schemes available for high achieving students, especially for keen sports people.
More info – Funding for studying at an American University
Top 10 universities in America
If it's academic credentials you're after, then you'll want to know which American universities come up top in the rankings.
Just remember that there are a number of ranking systems based on different statistics so just because a university is top overall it does not mean that it is the right one for you or your course subject.
More info – Top 10 universities in America
So reach for the Stars… and Stripes
We wish you the very best of luck in your adventure to study at a university in the states. Wherever it may be, you will have a fantastic time whilst doing something that makes your CV stand out. "Live the American dream!".