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Study Abroad in the United States: Tuition Fees & Scholarships

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There are no two ways about it: tuition fees in the United States can be expensive. Schools are free to set their own tuition fees. 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 greatly between public and private schools.

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Loans to cover tuition fees and living expenses are available from the American government. You'll normally need to start paying back any loans six months after you graduate. Do be aware that some of these loans, even those from the federal government, do come with interest rates. In some cases, your home country might be able to give you some funding. In some countries, this funding might well come with a lower interest rate.

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Despite this, the quality of American education does still make studying there worthwhile. 

But the combination of great education and high tuition fees does also mean that there are plenty of scholarship options available for those wishing to study in the United States. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of scholarships available to international students. These range from stipends or bursaries through to fully-funded full rides. Some scholarships are also dependent on which subject you study, which school you study at, or which state you study in. You can find a full list here. In some cases, scholarships can even help support your visa application.

Study in the United States

The United States is a continent of adventure and experiences in just one country. This section gives you an overview of what it's like to study abroad in the United States, as well as insight into some of the opportunities waiting for you.

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Education in the United States

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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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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Meet the English Requirements

Make sure you're ready to start studying abroad in the United States. American schools will normally want to see evidence of your English-language abilities. The TOEFL iBT® test is accepted by all American schools and is even the preferred test by 9 out of 10 American universities. Find out more about the TOEFL iBT test and how it can help you.

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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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Programs

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Last update: 02 Dec 2021

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