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Education System

If you’re unsure where to take the next steps towards your advanced education or if you’re interested in exploring new paths, studying in the United States may be worth considering.

Higher education in the U.S. is as varied and diverse as they come, allowing students to choose from a large number of courses, degree programmes, schools, locations, and subject matter.

Type of institutions

Schools in the U.S. typically under three categories: colleges, universities, or institutes. Colleges tend to be smaller and offer limited undergraduate degrees. Universities are can be public or private institutions, varying in size, and offers both undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes. Institutes usually offer specialised courses and degree programmes, such as nursing, fashion, hospitality, and engineering, among others.

Bachelor’s degrees

In order to complete a bachelor’s degree, students tend to study for roughly four years, sometimes longer depending on the course load. A bachelor’s degree includes “general education” requirements such as science, math, humanities, and English during the first two years of schooling, as well as a more concentrated “major” area of study focusing on the student’s chosen field during the last two years. For students who decide to “major” in a subject in the arts, humanities, or social sciences, they will be awarded with a Bachelor of Arts degree. For students who focus their studies on mathematics of physical sciences, a Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded.

Post-graduate courses

A majority of post-graduate courses that end in a master’s degree will take an additional three to four years after completing a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral degrees can take anywhere between four to eight years to complete. After finishing the courses in a doctoral programme, students must produce a high level research paper and present it before fully accomplishing the degree.

When pursuing an advanced degree, there are many choices around the world. By studying in the U.S., you may be giving yourself the most options possible.

 

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