If you consider the benefits of studying overseas, the life experience gained, and the enjoyment of living within new and diverse culture – and add the fact that America has arguably the finest university education system in the world – it is easy to see why studying in America is a unique and exciting concept.
In 2005/2006, nearly 565,000 international students chose the Unites States as the place they wanted to broaden their experience and continue their education, making the U.S. the top choice over any other country in the world.
Of the world’s top twenty universities, 17 are to be found in the United States. An American education is known throughout the world for its excellence, flexibility and for the range of opportunities it affords.
The benefit for the student-athlete in attending an American university is gaining an education to degree level – wholly or partly paid for – the life experience in the United States, plus good coaching and performance opportunities.
Currently the full cost of going to the US without a scholarship could be up to $60,000 per year.
It is unlikely that many of FirstPoint USA’s clients could afford to fund that level of cost without the financial support that a scholarship provides.
The benefit for the university is that they get a student-athlete who will help them achieve sporting success, which is highly valued in America and, in turn, helps to generate revenues for the university.
International student-athletes add value in terms of their varied experience competing in their native country. There are many cultural attributes that international student-athletes add to an American college sports team.
The universities call for students to maintain academic achievement alongside sporting achievement and typically require students to maintain at least a ‘C’ grade average during their scholarship. The system is based on academic achievement at its heart; it is always emphasised that ‘student athletes’ come in that order – student first, then athlete.
Identifying, evaluating, and successfully recruiting international student-athletes that best meet the needs of an athletics’ department is the annual challenge of their recruiting effort. To help colleges meet that challenge, FirstPoint USA offers a comprehensive and robust recruiting service
Who knows international recruits better than the athletes who have gone through the entire process already? Our team consists of seasoned sports staff that are always identifying the best in sporting talent in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Our staff played college sports, won national championships, were All-American award winners, Hall-of-Fame inductees, and know the best international student athletes on any playing field.
Knowledge of NCAA compliance as well as understanding an athlete’s talent and potential, are what makes FirstPoint USA an essential resource for building next season’s team. We make it our business to know who the best athletes are and where they’re playing their sport.
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