For many people, entering a university abroad still seems unrealistic. At the same time, much of what they say is nothing more than myths.
In this article, we focus on the most common myths about studying in the United States and try to bust them with the help of expert experience.
Popular myths about studying in the USA
The difficulty of independent preparation for admission
Nowadays there is no need to speak about the complexity because there are a lot of resources everywhere – offline and online – to help you prepare for admission. They offer clear, detailed plans, give you the basics you need to apply to programs and provide answers to the most common questions. Among them:
- how to choose an institution;
- where and how to look for financial assistance (grants and scholarships);
- what documents are necessary for admission, etc.
- in some cases, it would be useful to have individual consultations with specialists.
In addition, there are services that provide help with difficult assignments and even dissertation assistance service.
Big differences in education systems
Yes, the educational systems may not be quite similar, but that does not mean that you should give up on studying in the United States. There is a special tutoring system for international students.
Each student is assigned a counselor (an assistant) who assists in adapting to the new educational system, helps with selecting courses, and shares advice on creating an academic plan.
Mentors also help students with their schedules and applications and sometimes remind them of deadlines.
A turbulent environment
The situation in the United States is no worse than in any other country in the world. In fact, in many ways, it is even better.
Meetings with graduates of U.S. universities help convince you of the advisability of admission. This is first-hand information that can be trusted.
Of course, no one is safe from unpleasant situations. But unlike domestic universities, American campuses are equipped with alarm buttons to call the police, as well as information on where to go in an unpleasant situation.
American education is expensive
Of course, a good education, which American universities are famous for, cannot be cheap. If you add to that the fairly high standard of living in the U.S., the various petty expenses, and you get the myth of expensive American education.
But when you think about it, it’s not all that complicated. For example, almost everyone can get a scholarship or grant to cover not only tuition but also accommodation and meals. Of course, provided there is academic progress.
And you can also go on the sly and learn 2 years in a community college, and another 2 years – in high school (program 2 +2). Since higher education is more expensive than colleges, this way you can save a decent amount of money. Plus, community colleges offer all sorts of perks like not having to take the SAT and more.
I hope that now you can go to a U.S. university with peace of mind, and not be afraid that studying will be difficult and expensive.