The U.S. educational system is very different from the rest of
the worlds. Learn more about the system before
you decide whether or not to study in the U.S. While many things will be the same many things
will be quite different from home.
The first step to understanding American education is to look at
how the whole education system is organized. Most Americans attend twelve years
of primary and secondary school. With a secondary school ("high
school") diploma or certificate, a U.S. student can enter post-secondary
school ("college"). After finishing high school, U.S. students may go
on to some form of "higher education" such as college or
Study at a institution of higher learning which leads to a
Bachelor's Degree is known as "undergraduate" education. Study beyond
the Bachelor's Degree is known as "graduate" school, or
You need to find out which level of education in your country
corresponds to the twelfth grade in the U.S. Also, in some countries, employers
do not recognize a U.S. education if it was begun before the student was
eligible to enter university at home.
Where you can get a U.S. higher
1. State College or University
A state school is financially supported and run by a state or
local government. Each of the 50 U.S. states operates at least one state
university. Many states have several state colleges.
2. Private college or University
A private school is not supported by the government and is owned
and operated privately. Tuition at a private university is usually higher
than at a state school, but not always.
3. Two-Year College
A two-year college degree is generally called an Associate's
Degree. There are both public and private two-year schools. Many two-year
or "junior" college graduates transfer to four-year colleges to
complete their Bachelor's degree.
4. Community College
Community colleges serve a local community, usually a specific
city or a county. Many of the students at a community college are adults
or evening students who work during the day. Sometimes going to a community
college to get your pre-requisites out of the way is a more economical
alternative to immediately enrolling in a four-year college or university. Just
make sure that all of your community college credits will transfer into whatever
program you ultimately want to enroll in.