Why USA ?
Similar to other countries, the education system in the USA also follows the pattern of early childhood, primary, middle, secondary and post-secondary education. However, the education system is not controlled by the central government like in other countries.
In the United States of America, education is mandatory until the age of 16. Completion of 12 years of primary and secondary school is mandatory to gain admission in higher education i.e., any graduate college, university, or any professional and technical schools.
The first level of higher education is undergraduate study after which the student may choose to do postgraduate work. Traditionally these programs are undertaken on campus but now there is growing number of accredited online college degrees that have become popular all around the world.
Undergraduate degrees comprise of
Associate's degree – 2 years or,
Bachelor’s degree – 4 years
Usually, students earn an associate's degree first, and then study two more years to gain a bachelor’s (or baccalaureate) degree. Usually, a bachelor’s degree will be awarded by a university, whereas an associate's degree may be earned either at a community college or university.
Graduate or master’s degrees require at least two years of study. These are often termed “advanced professional degrees,” as they tend to be aimed at specific professions. Graduate degrees are career-advancing degrees in subjects such as medicine, law, and management. For example, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) is the standard business graduate degree. Doctorates (PhDs) usually take four years to complete, and are research-based.
One of the most distinctive features of U.S. universities and colleges is the choice of courses within a single institution. It is common to complete the first two years of a degree at one institution, usually a community college and then transfer to another.
Furthermore, US universities offer ESL programs for international students who want to improve their English for study or work purposes. ESL programs are pathway to undergraduate and graduate degree programs for those students who do not meet the language requirements.
There are two main intakes: Spring (January) and Fall (August)
Some universities also have summer (June/July) intake.
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