When you study at a US higher education institution, each course you take is assigned a value called a “credit” that usually corresponds with the number of hours the class will meet over a one-week period. For instance, a three-credit course will typically meet for one hour of lecture three days a week (usually Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) while a four-credit course might meet for two hours each day on Tuesdays and Thursdays or three hours a week for lecture along with a one-hour lab.
To manage the quality of the higher education experience, better schools seek accreditation with various accrediting bodies. Committees of educators or private citizens (rather than the government) will audit the school to make sure it meets specific quality standards. Institutions are not required to seek accreditation but most do.
The US higher educational system offers international students a broad range of options in choosing the right school for your career-training needs. Learn which degree may be right for you.
Studying abroad in the United States can be a life-changing experience that allows you to completely immerse yourself in a new culture, with new learning opportunities around every corner. While you could choose to study virtually anywhere, about 20% of those international students who choose to study abroad come to the USA. Why is the US so popular?
There are about 90,000 international students currently enrolled in community colleges in the United States according to the American Association of Community Colleges. Community colleges are affordable alternatives to four-year colleges, often with more lenient admissions requirements, that can open doors to more prestigious schools.