Reasons to study in the United States
than 565,000 international students from more than 100 countries
study at American universities. Many US colleges and universities in
the world are known for the quality of their academic
education. Universities such as Harvard, Princeton and Stanford are
known to every researcher and business leader. International awards
go to researchers at American universities on a regular basis. In
contrast to the German universities, student support is very
intensive. There are often less than twenty students per professor.
Career springboard - studies in the USA
Studying at such a university opens the door and is often the
springboard for a career in Europe. In addition to expanding your
own horizons, studying abroad in the USA offers
a wealth of the latest technology and the latest research thanks to
the very good equipment of the universities. Due to the close
connection between science and business, the course is practical and
prepares the students better for their later professional life.
Language skills through studying in the USA
Language skills are becoming more and more important: English is
the number 1 language for science and business - an integral part of
working life and especially important for all those who want to move
internationally. There is no easier way to improve your language
Make contacts while studying in the USA
The established American universities are internationally
oriented. This leads to a lively exchange between internationally
renowned researchers. Contacts can be made that prove to be very
useful even after your studies. The diverse range means that
everyone can find something that suits their needs and abilities.
Universities in USA: companies
Private and public universities see themselves as independent
companies and service providers and are paid by the students for
lectures and seminars. They are not supervised by the state and make
completely independent decisions in all matters, including the
definition of the study titles and content. That is why you have to
carefully check the study program of the individual universities
when choosing a university. However, the respective state decides
which universities can award academic degrees. Accreditation is
the assessment criterion.
Study in the United States at elite universities
Everyone has heard of Harvard, Princeton or Yale: traditional,
private elite universities with very good facilities, renowned
professors and a small number of students. However, studying at such
a university also has its "high" price : In
Harvard, a student has to pay $ 47,047 for studying in 2017,
including accommodation and health insurance.
Study in the United States at elite state universities
If you would like to study at a very good university in the USA,
but lack the necessary financial support for the extremely high
costs at the private elite universities, you can alternatively try
one of the state universities, some of which are very good have a
good reputation for staying. Here is an overview of the best
state universities in the United States.
University types in the USA
There are different categories of public and private
universities, but you cannot rely on the name: there are
universities that correspond to a college and institutes that
correspond to a university. The different types of universities:
community colleges, colleges, universities and institutes.
Community colleges offer a two-year course and
predominantly impart professional knowledge. The training ends with
the acquisition of the "Associate Degree" in the
academic branch, in the professional branch with a vocational
training certificate. The "Associate Degree" is not recognized in
Germany. However, the "Associate Degree" can be credited to a total
of four years of undergraduate studies at universities or colleges.
Colleges offer their first professional
qualification in about four years: the degree of Bachelor. In
the first two years there is a broad general study (English, natural
sciences, social sciences, as well as basic courses in the chosen
subject area): "Lower Division". This is followed
by the "Upper Division" with the specialization in
the department. This study is also referred to as "undergraduate
Universities also offer undergraduate studies up
to a bachelor's degree and also graduate studies up to a master's or
Institutes are technical universities (e.g.
Institute of Technology), departments (e.g. Institute of English) or
advanced training courses (e.g. Summer Institute of English
The accreditation is a kind of seal of approval
for American universities, which guarantees compliance with minimum
standards of facilities and teaching.
There is accreditation to guarantee a uniform quality standard for
the institutions and programs of the American secondary education
system. Accreditation of educational institutions is carried out by
the accreditation bodies or associations, which check whether an
institution fulfills the standards of a particular body or
association and adheres to them. Here you will find a list of trustworthy
There is no accreditation requirement in the United States, so there
are many educational institutions that do not meet these standards
and do not have accreditation.
More information on accreditation
When choosing a course, you have to make sure that the university
is accredited, because that means that it offers a good level of
education and that degrees obtained there are recognized everywhere.
Before you apply for a place in the United States, it makes sense
to inquire about the restrictions on the recognition
of American degrees or universities. The contact person is
the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).