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Short answers to the most popular questions

Are there age limits for attending American universities?

Usually, an applicant must receive a full secondary education or be in the last year of study. Applicants must be at least 17 years old at the time they start their studies in the United States.

Can I study in the USA for free?

There are many different financing opportunities for international students, including scholarships, grants, and loans. Most universities offer scholarships that cover a certain percentage of the cost of tuition. If the student is very successful, he is likely to receive full funding. However, in most cases, contribution from the student’s family is inevitable.

Can I transfer to an American university after 1-2 years of study in the local university?

Yes, but in this case, you can lose several academic credits, which means that graduating will require additional time. Also, it is worth noting that there are fewer financing options available for transfer students.

Can I work in the USA after graduation?

According to the visa status, after obtaining any degree, it is possible to complete the “postgraduate” practice – Optional Practical Training within one year. Students of scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical specialties (STEM) can obtain permission to continue their practice for another 24 months.

Do I need to visit the university before starting my studies?

No, you don’t have to. In most cases, the submission of documents takes place entirely online, and though some institutions want to receive documents by mail, visiting the university during the admission campaign is not necessary.

Is it possible to get a professional degree without first obtaining a bachelor’s degree?

Yes, but programs of this type have high competition and significant amounts of academic load during six years of study.

Is it possible to work while studying?

International students can work on the university campus for no more than 20 hours during the first year of study and off-campus for subsequent years.

What academic calendar do US universities and colleges use?

The academic year usually begins in August and ends in May including holiday breaks in between. Most universities use a course system (two semesters), a quarterly system (students attend three of the four general semesters), or a trimester system (three semesters).

What does the application package consist of?

Each university has its own requirements, so you should carefully study the web page of the selected university or college. Usually, among the general requirements there are standardized SAT / ACT test and a TOEFL / IELTS English proficiency test, a letter of motivation, recommendation letters , application form and academic transcripts.

What is a GPA?

Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical indicator of a student’s academic performance over a given period of time, usually a semester or year.

What is a liberal arts college?

The main academic load in an institution of this type consists of courses in the humanities, languages, mathematics, social and natural sciences.