A lot of international students are interested in studying in the United States of America as the country has some of the best universities in the world. The United States which has more higher institutions of learning than any other country is home to about 3800 higher education institutions with 42 of them ranked in the best 100 universities in the world.
Several universities and colleges in America offer top rated education programs with well trained and qualified teachers as well as have a lot of their research work published in numerous journals all over the world. Also because it is a large country with many resources there are many courses available to be studied. The country has universities and facilities which are of international standard which has led to the country having the most international student population seeking education.
With a nice campus life, the universities have many students from various countries and cultures who are able to meet each other and make friends. The top three courses studied include computer and life sciences, business and management and engineering. The major cities where students are found a lot are New York, Texas and California.
Tuition fees is one of the major expenses a student will consider when planning to study in the United States as it can affect where you chose study. Tuition fees in the United States vary between the course studied, the institutions and states. Below is an estimate of tuition fees in various institutions
Universities $15,000 per year
Community colleges $5,000 per year
Colleges $11,000 per year
Living costs largely depends on the lifestyle of the student and other factors like amount spent on accommodation. Hostels cost about $3500-$6000 per semester depending on if meals are served. If a student decides to live with a host family he or she could spend about $400-$700 per month depending on if meals are served.
Apartments on campus could cost about $400 per month for a shared room and shared bathroom while a single room could cost about $800 a month.
Several scholarships are awarded in the United States to students who merit them based on their academic performance and achievements. The types of scholarships available include
Graduate Assistantship which involves teaching and research and comes in form of waiving of tuition, reduced tuition or cash stipend
Fellowship Scholarship given to students based on performance
Sports Scholarship which to students who are talented in sports activities
Below is a list of top universities during the 2012-2013 sessions offering top courses in Engineering, Arts and Designs, Medicine, Media and Films and lots more. With about 2000 universities in the country some of the best include Harvard University, Stanford University, Yale University, University of Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.