No less than 15 of the top 20 in The Times World University Rankings 2014 were US institutions. Students making their way across the Atlantic can work towards an outstanding degree and a prestigious name on their CV.
FirstPoint USA have strong relationships with over 2,900 universities, while there are over 4,000 in total across the US. Which means an incredible breadth of choice, ranging from famous Ivy League institutions such as Yale and Harvard, to prestigious research colleges or national liberal arts colleges.
But no matter where a student chooses, long university summer holidays and trips sponsored by international student offices offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience American culture.
At a UK university, you’ll commit to a degree from day one. But most US universities allow students to explore their academic interests before choosing a “major”. The liberal arts philosophy of US higher education encourages students to take classes from a variety of subjects during the first year or two of study before they begin to specialise.
With most universities in England now charging £9,000 a year in tuition, many UK students are looking abroad. US tuition costs vary, but many students are able to fund their undergraduate studies through scholarships. These are mostly based on academic merit, extracurricular achievement, financial need, special talents and personal characteristics - such as country of origin, field, gender or ethnicity. Plus, in many US states, the student cost of living is significantly less than in the UK.
An international education can make you stand out in the job market. According to the Council for Industry and Higher Education survey, a third of employers valued applicants with international study experience, while 65% of favoured applicants with overseas work experience. International students in the US can also gain up to a year’s work experience after graduation on the Optional Practical Training scheme.