STUDYING IN THE USA

NUMBER OF UNIVERSITIES AND STUDENTS 
  • Over 4,000 institution (colleges and universities), 34% public and 66% private, spread over 50 States (figures provided by the Atlas project®).

  • 20.200 million students (in 2017) including 5% international students (figures provided by the Atlas project®) and 0,03% French students in 2019 (UNESCO statistics).

  • The states hosting the largest numbers of international students are California, New York State and the surrounding and Texas.

QUALIFICATIONS OBTAINED
  • The education system is decentralised with each institution running its own programmes.

  • Bachelor's degree in 4 years.

  • Master's degree in 2 years.

SUBJECTS OF  STUDY
  • Study programmes are very varied and flexible.

  • The system of academic majors and minors makes it possible to combine disciplines.

  • Required subjects from a very wide choice may form part of the programme.

  • The choice of major is made part way through the programme, leaving you time to explore you interests.

  • The areas the most often chosen by international students are : business management, engineering, mathematics and computer science.

ADMISSION PROCEDURES
  • Admission is selective.

  • Applications are submitted to each institution or group of institutions, or via via the Common Application portal  which is used by many universities and colleges. A section of your application is thus common to the various institutions selected, and additional documents may be requested by each institution.

  • There is no limit on the number of applications.

ADMISSION CRITERIA
  • Candidates are selected on criteria that varies according to institution and programme. All or part the following are assessed: an essay answer to a question chosen from a set list, essays answering set questions, supporting letter, results of standard admission tests (SAT, ACT), teachers' references, third party references, school reports from troisième on, a review of extra-curricular activities, an interview with alumni alumni.

  • A copy of marks achieved in the French Baccalauréat must be provided, and these marks must accord with the school report.  

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
  • Dates vary from one university to another and according to the type of application (Early Decision, Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Regular Decision etc.).

  • In most cases, between beginning of November and January of year of Terminale.

  • In order not to rush your application, it is recommended that you start working on it at the end of of year of Seconde.

REQUIRED LEVEL OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH 
  • Le TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or le IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is not always accepted.

TUITION FEES
  • Cost varies depending on institution, up to around  $60,000 a year ( 2019 figures).

  • Most of the time, public institutions are less expensive than private institutions, and they have a preferential rate for students from their own state.

  • According to College Board in 2019,  you should allow for on average approximately  $26,300 for a public university and $36,000 for a private university.

  • There are a many scholarships, which are awarded on merit or according to need.

ACCOMMODATION
  • On campus for the first year.

  • For subsequent years, on campus or in shared accommodation.

JOBS FOR STUDENTS 
  • It is possible to work on campus for 20hrs per week with an F1 visa.

  • To work above those hours, you must submit a special request to the Designated School Official (DSO).

EMPLOYMENT AFTER GRADUATION
  • With a F1 visa, it is possible to work for one year following graduation (OPT Optional Practical Training program or CPT Curricular Practical Training program).

  • Longer if the diploma is the STEM subjects (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics).

VISA ETUDIANT
  • An F1 student visa is mandatory.

  • The request cannot be made until the student has received their letter of admission from a university that is part of Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

  • You must pay around $200 for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information (SEVIS I-901), around $160 for the F1 student visa and go for an interview at the United States Embassy.

  • Applicants must show that they have sufficient financial resources to support themselves during the whole of their studies.