US universities are undoubtedly the best in the world, at least according to the many rankings that are drawn up annually. For an Italian student, entering the world of US colleges is not a simple and cheap affair. In fact, in addition to requiring strict requirements in terms of school curriculum, the annual fees of universities are very high.

The fact is that, unlike in our beautiful country, in the USA, obtaining a degree really means expanding the job opportunities, the university is really an investment; this is why the US state also offers loans on honor to willing students who, once they have obtained the “Master's degree”, will be able to settle their debt position.

Returning to Italy, a fundamental prerequisite is the knowledge of the English language which is rarely so thorough as to be able to take exams in the language and which must be certified by taking appropriate tests recognized as the Toefl which certifies the knowledge of English for non-native speakers and which is valid for two years, then expires.

The simplest solution for the Italian student who wants to spend at least a period of study in the USA is to take advantage of exchange grants such as Overseas ( read our article ) which, however, few universities offer or to carry out a postgraduate master or finally to win the Fullbright bag ( read our article ).

Applications for admission to the US university must be drawn up in the year preceding the start of attendance by following the instructions given on the website of the chosen university. The fees vary from university to university but are still all quite high; the student can still do paid work within the college.

Entering the most prestigious locations such as  Yale  or Harvard  is particularly complex but my advice is to get the best information, apply to different universities and hope. To consider  Berkeley University, based in California, which is a public university whose annual cost starts at $ 16,000 and varies according to the chosen faculty.

These are the positions of US universities in the world top 10 drawn:

1. Harvard University

2. Stanford University

3. University of Berkeley, California

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

5. California Institute of Technology

6. Columbia University

7. Princeton University

8. University of Chicago

9. Yale University

10. Cornell University

The American university system

The most popular university degree is a bachelor's degree, which is obtained over four years of study in colleges , colleges and universities. Examples of bachelor's are the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science. Bachelor's studies are at an undergraduate level. You can study in the United States for the master's degree, the most popular graduate degree that lasts one to two years. The highest level is the doctor's degree, with advanced studies and research in one discipline. The doctorate degree is Doctor of Philosophy, indicated by the abbreviation Ph.D .

How to register

To study in the United States it is first of all necessary to acquire useful information, for example through the Fulbright Commission , which deals with exchange programs with the United States and through the Internet sites of American universities.

To enroll, the suitable period is the summer of the year preceding the beginning of the course of study at the American university. It is necessary to ask for the registration forms, applications , the forms to request a loan, loan , or scholarship, scholarship . Usually the application dossier consists of the letters of reference and the documents to finance your program and must be sent between November and December.

The American language

To study in the United States it is necessary to have an excellent knowledge of the English language. For this an English language certification is required which can be the SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test - for admission to the undergraduate level or the TOEFL for the master's degree. Business schools require passing the GMAT .

Studying and living in the United States: the budget for a year

Studying in the United States is expensive. American universities are in fact very expensive and fees can cost as much as 25,000.00 euros a year. In general, without calculating university fees, the budget for a year can vary from 7,000.00 to 16,000.00 euros per year.

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