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Education in the United States

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The United States is internationally recognized for the high-quality education it offers.

Comprised of fifty states taking up nearly 3,800,000 square miles, the United States of America is huge country, and as such, it offers a diverse range of places where students can find an educational program that suits them best.

Big cities are particularly popular study abroad destinations for international students who want to immerse into American life. Mega-metropolises like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami offer students the chance to discover the American dream for themselves.

Whether you settle in the east, west, north, or south, there is something unique to be found in every corner of the United States. The west coast, for example, is known for its relaxed, laid-back vibes. Students can, therefore, look forward to laying out and taking in some sun during their breaks from class. It’s no wonder innovative tech companies like Google and Apple have chosen the west coast to run their businesses which value alternative work environments. The east coast, on the other hand, offers students a fast-pace, lively lifestyle. New York is known as the “city that never sleeps,” and the name holds true. Anytime of day or night there is always something going on!

The United States is also one of the most diverse countries in the world. Nearly 330,000,000 people call the USA home, and given its immigration history, many are first, second, or third generation immigrants. Many others were also born and raised abroad but eventually found their way to the United States where an exciting life of opportunity convinced them to stay. No matter where you decide to study abroad in the United States, you will find yourself keeping company with a diverse group of Americans and international students combined.

United States - The Facts & Figures


Washington D.C.


American English


327 million

Area Size

9,833,520 km²


21 million (819,000 international students)

Academic Year

September - June


US Dollar ($)

Calling Code


Time Zone


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Universities across the United States offer students the opportunity to earn either an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree. Most degrees take two to five years to complete, depending on the level at which you are studying. Furthermore, students can study at a college, university, or private school.

Costs and entry requirements vary greatly between institutions of higher education, so it’s important to read the information they provide carefully. Unlike many countries around the world, higher education is not automatically free in the United States for either citizens or international residents. However, many universities are interested in recruiting international students, and therefore, offer generous scholarships.

If that sounds interesting to you, join the over 16 million students for an adventure of a lifetime in the United States!

Why study abroad in the US? Check out this interview with Swedish student, Sofia, who studied abroad in the U.S.

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in the United States? The USA is a popular destination for students around the world given its diverse range of programs, friendly citizens and its culture and history. Find out more about the structure of the education system in the United States!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter the United States to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport in order to gain entry into the country.

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Housing & Living Costs

Depending on where you study, the United States can be a very affordable country compared to other popular study abroad destinations. We’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you will be paying as a student in the United States.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for American programs vary greatly based on the school and degree program. International students usually pay a different fee than U.S. citizens. However, there are also plenty of scholarships available specifically for international students.

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Language & Culture

American culture has been popularized around the world! From famous movies and TV shows to internationally successful companies and brands, the United States has a lot to offer. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, cuisine, and more!

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to enter their universities. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in the United States, and what you need to apply.

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