Our university placement service will help you find your way through the thousands of university courses in the USA, ranging from undergraduate programmes through to postgraduate, Masters and PhD level education.
With over 20 years’ experience of arranging US university placements for international students, we can help you find the right course at the right place for you.
Whether you are interested in studying towards an arts or humanities degree, a science or medicine degree, engineering or design degree, a business or marketing degree, our university placement consultants have the knowledge and experience to help you find the best universities in your field of study.
According to the world university rankings compiled by QS, more than half of the world’s top 200 universities are in the USA. The United States has a rich tradition of quality higher education, excellent research facilities, and a culture that promotes intellectualism as well as academic freedom.
Length of Time
USA: BA (Hons): 4 years
MA: 1-2 years
PhD: 5-7 years or longer
UK: BA (Hons): 4 years
MA: 1 year
PhD: 3 years
USA: Most use the semester system, but some use a trimester or quarter system. Most colleges start in mid to late August and end in May.
UK: Most use a semester system, but some use trimester or quarter systems. The start and end of an academic year varies by university.
USA: Universities are often divided into schools by subject, but these schools do not typically have a lot of autonomy from the university.
UK: University acts an umbrella organization for the different colleges. Colleges are fairly independent of one another.
Style of Education
USA: More varied, liberal arts, study outside your major.
UK: Take only classes in your college.
Depth vs Breadth
USA: Constant reading and writing assignments
UK: General assignments or no assignments throughout the semester
USA: Moderate to High
USA: Based on overall performance on all assignments
UK: Based mostly on the final exam
USA: Important social activity; athletic scholarships available.
UK: Intramural sports; no athletic scholarships available.
USA: Dormitories with roommate. Off-campus housing occasionally available.
UK: Dormitories without roommate generally. Off-campus housing generally available.
Types of Degrees
USA: Associates, Bachelors, Masters, PhD, variety of vocational and professional degrees.
UK: Higher National Diploma, Certificate of Higher Education, Diploma of Higher Education, Foundation Degree, Bachelors, Masters, PhD, variety of professional and vocational degrees. Postgraduate degrees divided into taught and research degrees.
US Public 4-year University
US Private 4-year University
Oxford University, UK
US Public 4-year University: £20,722
US Private 4-year University: £28,241
Oxford University, UK: £9,250
Room & Board
US Public 4-year University: £8,780
US Private 4-year University: £9,994
Oxford University, UK: £15,510
Total (per Year)
US Public 4-year University: £29,503
US Private 4-year University: £38,236
Oxford University, UK: £24,760