Study in the USA And UK University

Study in the USA And UK University

The USA is the number one destination for international students and it’s not hard to see why. Find out what it’s like to study in the ‘land of opportunity’

Spanning six time zones the USA is regarded as one of the finest education providers in the world and sees increasing numbers of postgraduate students flock to its universities each year.

Studying in the USA you’ll have the pick of thousands of institutions and degree programmes, as well as the opportunity to broaden your cultural horizons by experiencing American campus life. You can also give your CV a boost by getting involved in the huge variety of clubs and organisations on offer, including sports.

Popular student cities include Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco but if you’re sights are set on a less obvious destination you have 50 states to choose from.

American universities

The country has one of the largest education systems in the world with more than 4,500 institutions. While English is the main language in the USA, you’ll have to get used to the differing academic terminology. Universities are generally known as colleges, of which there are two main types:

Public colleges – large, state-funded institutions that have lower tuition fees but more students. International students will pay higher fees.

Private colleges – smaller universities funded by private donations, tuition fees and grants. The opposite of public colleges, they have higher fees but fewer students. Overseas students pay the same fees as state residents.

Why a British Education?

According to the International School Consultancy (ISC Research), there are more than four and a half million pupils studying at more than 8,000 English medium international schools around the world. Of those schools, more than 3,700 are British schools – schools with a British national orientation, and/or using elements of the UK national curriculum.

British education has a strong reputation worldwide, with parents choosing British schools for the broad, balanced curriculum and teaching that equips pupils with the skills and qualifications to enter, or re-enter, the UK education system at school, college, or university level. Quality British Schools Overseas provide opportunities for a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, strong welfare support, and promote an understanding of modern British society.

The Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance is a rigorous quality assurance scheme for British schools overseas that supports schools on their development journey and actively supports whole school improvement ensuring the best possible educational environments for children and young people worldwide. By 2022, all COBIS member schools will have been through this scheme and from 2017, to become a COBIS school, you must meet the high standards of The Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance process.

The Department for Education (DfE) also has voluntary scheme for the inspection of British Schools Overseas (BSO), whereby schools are inspected against a common set of standards that BSO can choose to adopt. Inspectorates approved by the DfE and monitored by the English schools’ inspectorate Ofsted can inspect BSOs. They produce inspection reports which are made available to parents through the DfE’s website.

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