Why study in the USA?
Why study in the USA?
The United States of America (USA) hosts the most number of international students in the world. Quality education, unique curriculum, multicultural environment, and abundant opportunities are just some of the reasons why many International students want to study in the US.
Some international students come to the United States to take these classes and prepare themselves to enter university; others come to learn English while experiencing American life; others come to improve their English while working at an internship or job.
Benefits of studying in the USA
“New York City (NYC), often called simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.”
Typical living and learning costs
While the US remains the world’s most popular destination for international students, it’s also among the most expensive choices. However, although the headline costs of studying in the US may be daunting, often involving a string of five-digit numbers, it’s worth checking all the facts on fees and funding options before you make up your mind, as it may work out cheaper than you initially think.
Accommodation – The cost of living varies widely across the United States. International students in the United States can find themselves in small and large cities. Cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles can have a significantly higher cost of living than elsewhere in the United States.
Most students in the United States live in dorms. These are known as halls or corridors elsewhere in the world. In the US, it’s common to share a dorm room. This keeps costs a lot lower and generally means that you’ll only have to make one monthly payment for rent and utilities.
Food – The cost of living will also depend on how well you manage food costs. The prices of some of the most elementary items are higher in big cities.
For one person, groceries amount to 400 – 600 USD per month. This depends on your dietary habits and if some meals are included with your accommodation at the university.
If you live in residence halls, you could select the on-campus meal plans, for which you would have to pay around 250 USD/month.
Transportation -The cost of transportation will of course depend on the individual situation of each individual, but you still need to be prepared financially.
Travelling a is a daily necessity for most people who live, study and work in the USA. Some choose to walk or cycle, which is cheaper than taking public transport. Taxis are widely available but more expensive.
A monthly public transportation pass is between 45 and 100 USD (some universities have discounts for students, but not all). For instance, in Cincinnati, a metro fare card for students is 53 USD/semester. In Nashville, a monthly public transportation pass is 44 USD.
The biggest transportation expense will probably be flying from and to your home country. Be careful to add your airplane tickets to the overall budget, as this can have a great impact on your plans.
Healthcare – A major cost that international students have to consider is healthcare. Unlike in other popular study abroad destinations, there’s no state healthcare in the United States. The entire healthcare system is completely private and is run as a free market.
That means that you’ll need health insurance. With healthcare being a business, the market is pretty busy. You’ll need to carefully look at what plans do and don’t cover. If you have any pre-existing conditions, you’ll also have to declare these. Don’t forget to check if there’s an excess to pay on any plans. It’s best to take out health insurance before you arrive in the United States so that you’re covered from the moment you arrive.
Tuition fees – While the US remains the world’s most popular destination for international students, it’s also among the most expensive choices .However, It’s worth checking all the facts on fees and funding options before you make up your mind, as it may work out cheaper than you initially think.
Universities in the US are majorly divided into two categories – Public/State and Private. The education cost at a public/state university is comparatively lesser than that of a private institution. Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and university or school you opt for. To cover tuition fees, you will need approx. $8,000 to $55,000 (USD) a year (indicative).
Most commonly, humanities, arts and education courses are cheaper, while subjects such as medicine and engineering are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at postgraduate level, the tuition fees are typically higher and the costs vary depending on the program. As with most other countries, MBA programs are often the most expensive. The average cost for these programs is approx. $35,000 yearly (indicative).
Tuition fees can vary greatly from school to school, so you’ll need to check how much your program costs before applying. Fees can also vary. Schools are free to set their own tuition fees. At Hispanophile we help you to check the the program that match with your requirementes and also with your budget. Please check below some general information about the most common tuition fees costs.
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What can I expect from USA?
From a one week general English course over the summer, English for Business, English & Sport and up to eleven months foundation/pathways courses to help you prepare for higher education, the USA has a huge range of choices to learn English and many other subjects in English too.
In most countries, the word “college” is associated with vocational courses, post-16 education, or the place you go to pick up more free or work-based certifications. In the US, the word college is synonymous with university, which is well worth knowing if you want to avoid confusion.
In the US, students are expected to take about five subjects per semester and then declare a major (the main subject that you will graduate in). Often, those subjects may have little or nothing to do with your final major.
This ability to continue to study a variety of subjects is one of the most attractive things about going to university in the US.