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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.

What Does University in the USA have to Offer?

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.

Comparing University in the USA & UK

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
Academic Term
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.
University Organization
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: Breadth
UK: Depth
USA: Constant reading and writing assignments
UK: General assignments or no assignments throughout the semester
USA: Moderate to High
UK: Moderate
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.
Living Situation
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.

Comparing Average University Costs in the USA & UK

US Public 4-year University
US Private 4-year University
Oxford University, UK
Tuition Fees
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


What Financial Aid is Available?

The above costs are referred to as the ‘sticker’ price – what is found on the university website. What most students usually pay can be considerably less due to various financial aid options. Individual universities will offer different funding options, but might have a mixture of the following:

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Assistantships
  • Work-study schemes

Universities in the USA that awarded the most Financial Aid to International Students (2018/19)

Average Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid: £49,508
Average Financial Aid: £48,910
Average Financial Aid: £48,098
Average Financial Aid: £48,060
Average Financial Aid: £48,000
Average Financial Aid: £47,856
Average Financial Aid: £47,764
Average Financial Aid: £46,654
Average Financial Aid: £46,462
Average Financial Aid: £46,417

What Degrees do International Students pursue in the USA?

Field of Study
% of International Students Pursuing
20.8% of International Students Pursuing
Business & Management
19.2% of International Students Pursuing
Maths & Computer Science
13.6% of International Students Pursuing
Social Sciences
7.8% of International Students Pursuing
Physical & Life Sciences
7.2% of International Students Pursuing
Fine & Applied Arts
5.7% of International Students Pursuing
Intensive English
3.9% of International Students Pursuing
Health & Allied Sciences
3.3% of International Students Pursuing
2.0% of International Students Pursuing
1.9% of International Students Pursuing
1.7% of International Students Pursuing
Legal Studies/Law
1.4% of International Students Pursuing
1.2% of International Students Pursuing


What happens in a consultation?

A consultation is your first chance to discuss your future academic or sporting pathways with an expert.

During the consultation, you will:

  • Get an idea of what it might take for you to reach your dream university
  • Get a personalised and detailed quote of our services based on your needs
  • Understand what financial and time commitment it will take to get into a top university
  • Discuss the strength of your application profile

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