Frequently asked

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Sports in the Usa (5)

How are the divi­sions in the USA struc­tured?

The NCAA DI is the largest and, overall, the stron­gest divi­sion. However, there are also teams in the NAIA and the NCAA DII that can keep up with the teams of the NCAA DI very well.
The level or perfor­mance of the teams does not directly deter­mine whether a team plays in Divi­sion I or Divi­sion II, but the size of the univer­si­ties and the number of sports offered usually deter­mines in which divi­sion a univer­sity will play.

How do the compe­ti­tions take place in the USA?
In most sports, the offi­cial compe­ti­tions take place in only one semester of the academic year. At the end of the compe­ti­tion semester, regional and national tour­na­ments are held to deter­mine the respec­tive cham­pions.
If you are successful in the confe­rence (about 10 teams per confe­rence), you can qualify for the “Regional Cham­pions­hips” and then for the “National Cham­pions­hips”. These enjoy high popu­la­rity and are often broad­casted on TV. During the semester of compe­ti­tion in the ball sports, 1-2 times a week you travel with your sports team to other, often far away univer­si­ties to compete against them. In the indi­vi­dual sports, compe­ti­tions usually take place in a 2-week rhythm.
What does a typical day as a "student athlete" look like?
A normal day as an athlete at an American univer­sity can look like this: Getting up, depen­ding on when your first class starts (some­times they don’t start until 12 o’clock). On some days, you and your team may have early morning fitness trai­ning. After your lectures you will have lunch in the “Dining Hall”, which you usually have 30-60 minutes for. Every after­noon your sche­dule will include about 2 hours of trai­ning. The trai­ning is gene­rally very profes­sio­nally struc­tured with fitness trai­ning, possibly strength trai­ning and sport-specific coor­di­na­tion trai­ning (this can vary depen­ding on the sport). Due to the profes­sional trai­ning, many players can increase their perfor­mance extre­mely and often reach a new level, which allows some of them to pursue a profes­sional sports career after finis­hing college. The trai­ning usually lasts 2 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. One day per week is always free of trai­ning. After­wards you will have dinner with your friends or team mates. Most of the time the atmo­s­phere in the “Dining Hall” is very special because only students come toge­ther here. After dinner you are free. Either you will have to prepare for the next day in the library, enjoy the evening program on campus, where there are always lots of acti­vi­ties on offer, or go to the city with other students. Since ever­ything on campus is very centered, you will meet new people very quickly.
What is the NCAA?
The National Colle­giate Athletic Asso­cia­tion (NCAA) is a non-profit asso­cia­tion that orga­nizes the sports programs of many colleges and univer­si­ties in the US and Canada. The NCAA regu­lates more than 1200 insti­tu­tions, orga­niz­a­tions and indi­vi­duals who are committed and inte­rested in opti­mi­zing the trai­ning condi­tions of student athletes.The head­quar­ters of the NCAA is located in India­na­polis, Indiana.
Due to the large audi­ence, the popu­la­rity and the corre­spon­ding marke­ting through the media, univer­sity sports in the United States plays a bigger role than in any other country in the world.
The NCAA checks the eligi­bi­lity of each athlete in the NCAA divi­sions. The NCAA will provide the athlete with a player’s license as without which they cannot compete in the NCAA divi­sion I or II. The factors that deter­mine whether a player gets this permis­sion or not, are their SAT test results and academic results. In addi­tion, the Clea­ring­house checks whether an athlete meets the “amateur” status according to American stan­dards. The fee for regis­tra­tion is curr­ently $120. For the eligi­bi­lity of an athlete, the NCAA Clea­ring­house is the final autho­rity.
What are my chances of star­ting a profes­sional sports career after college?
Some of today’s top athletes were former college athletes. For example: Tyson Gay (Univer­sity of Akransas), Tiger Woods (Stan­ford), Borlee brothers (Florida), Kisty Coventry (Auburn), Jason Kidd (Cali­fornia) and Michael Phelps (Univer­sity of Michigan).
The table below demons­trates the number of parti­ci­pants in the Olym­pics per Univer­sity, it shows that after your studies, all doors are open. Stan­ford Univer­sity alone brought 46 Olympic compe­ti­tors to Beijing.
The Univer­sity of Florida alone repre­sented 19 swim­mers from 15 coun­tries and the athletes from the Univer­sity of Southern Cali­fornia alone won 21 medals in Beijing.
On the one hand, you get all the help you need to prepare your career as a profes­sional after college. On the other hand, if things do not go as planned, for example, a serious injury occurs and you receive no profes­sional contract, then at least you have completed an excel­lent educa­tion and you must look forward to a successful career in your field of inte­rest.

Studies (9)

What can I study in the USA?
A sports scho­l­ar­ship does not limit you in any way regar­ding your field of study. That means you can study what you want. You enroll at an insti­tute of your choice as a regular student would and enjoy the privi­leges of an athlete. Most univer­si­ties offer a very wide range of study programs. An important part of our service is to help you choose the right univer­sity to find the one that best suits your needs and inte­rests.
Are American univer­si­ties even inter­na­tio­nally reco­gnized?

To answer your ques­tion, you can look at two of the most important world­wide univer­sity rankings, which show that the best univer­si­ties in the world are mainly located in the USA and are there­fore inter­na­tio­nally reco­gnized.
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/hybrid.asp?typeCode=438
Here you can also see that the Euro­pean univer­si­ties are unfor­tu­n­a­tely only occa­sio­nally inter­na­tio­nally compe­ti­tive compared to the American univer­si­ties.
But that is great news for you. Without scho­l­ar­s­hips, these insti­tutes simply cannot be paid. On top of that, the univer­sity pays for a large part or even all of your expenses and also offers you great condi­tions for your sport. At a univer­sity like Harvard, Stan­ford, Yale or any other top faculty, you have the best chances on the job market after your studies.

Isn't it diffi­cult to do the whole study in English?
Many of our clients have exactly the same fear, but with all of them it is the case that after 3-4 weeks they already speak English really well, because they speak English all day long with the trainer, team mates and friends in a relaxed envi­ron­ment. Even athletes who only had medi­ocre english skills have already achieved very good marks in the first semester. In addi­tion, the TOEFL test ensures that your English skills are good enough to success­fully complete a study in the USA. American colleges are very inter­na­tio­nally oriented and in every course there are students whose native language is not English.
Will my academic achie­ve­ments be accepted in Europe or anywhere else in the world?
In Europe, as a result of the Bologna Reform, the American univer­sity system was largely adopted. As a result, it is easier for students to transfer the credits earned at one univer­sity to another. The American univer­sity system is gene­rally consi­dered one of the best in the world and a degree from an American univer­sity is accepted prac­ti­cally ever­y­where.
Can I start my studies at home and continue them in the USA?

To be fair, we would like to point out the problems that can occur when you first study in Europe:
1. In the USA you are only eligible to start in the sports leagues until you have completed 8 full-time semes­ters, whether in Europe or the USA. Every semester you study in Germany will be deducted from your eligi­bi­lity, so you might lose the chance to finish your studies in the USA if your credits from Europe are not reco­gnized. If you only want to spend one year abroad in the USA or Canada, this is of course no problem.
2. The older you are, the less attrac­tive you are to the trai­ners, as they would like to build you up over 4 years. With every semester that you are less eligible to compete, they lose the oppor­tu­nity to develop you further.

How can I combine studies and sports?
In the USA, in contrast to Euro­pean univer­si­ties, class sche­dules are adapted to trai­ning and compe­ti­tions, so that there are no conflicts between sports and studies. Many univer­si­ties have special tutors for athletes who help with all academic matters and make sure that neither sport nor study suffer from each other.
Sure, you have to do a lot for good grades in the USA, too, but through the specific support of athletes this usually works out much better.
How do Euro­pean and American univer­sity systems differ?
In the USA, under­gra­duate schools are those univer­si­ties that can be attended immedia­tely after high school. In addi­tion to the High School Diploma (or even the inter­na­tional degrees, such as the Abitur or Matura), appli­cants are required to have certain minimum grades, good letters of recom­men­da­tion, copies of written papers and some­times even admis­sion inter­views. The TOEFL and SAT are also common at almost all univer­si­ties. As an under­gra­duate student, you broaden your intel­lec­tual horizon by studying subjects of all disci­plines in the first year, regard­less of your career aspi­ra­tions. Students of four-year colleges, for example, only have to decide on a major after one year.
Where will I live / sleep / eat?
Most students live on the univer­sity campus in twin rooms in student resi­dences. In many univer­si­ties there are dormi­to­ries that are speci­fi­cally reserved for athletes and then offer even greater comfort. Every univer­sity has a so-called “Dining Hall” where break­fast, lunch and dinner are offered as a buffet, this can also be included in the sports scho­l­ar­ship. As an athlete, you not only get the best food here, but also save a lot of time, because you don’t have to do the shop­ping or cooking yourself.
When and how long are semester breaks in the USA?
Summer break: Early May to mid August
Winter break: Mid December to mid January
Spring break: 1 week in March
Fall break : 1 week in October
These vaca­tions can be used for trai­ning camps or travel in the USA.

scho­l­ar­s­hips (10)

Where do the finan­cial funds for the scho­l­ar­ship come from?
Due to a large audi­ence that love sports and detailed media coverage, univer­sity sports in the United States plays a far more important role than is the case in most other coun­tries of the world. The revenue from tele­vi­sing and ticket revenue ensures the excel­lent finan­cial base of the college teams. The tele­vi­sion channel CBS paid $10 tril­lion for the tele­vi­sion rights of NCAA in 2010 for golf, track and field, swim­ming, soccer, tennis and basket­ball. These funds are, among others, used to award scho­l­ar­s­hips to sports.
Why do univer­si­ties award scho­l­ar­s­hips?
American univer­si­ties have a long tradi­tion in terms of univer­sity sports. The teams of the univer­si­ties are the flagships and with the success of the teams at the Univer­sity not only do they get ticket and adver­ti­sing reve­nues but also many new students. For young Ameri­cans the strength of the college teams plays an important role when choo­sing a college, as fans they cheer for the team. In this context, the sports teams also serve as a marke­ting tool for the univer­si­ties to recruit new students. For this reason, the univer­sity coaches budget for the support of talented athletes from home and abroad. The athletes can thereby (fully or parti­ally) cover the tuition fees and living expenses.
What are the requi­re­ments for studying and recei­ving a sport scho­l­ar­ship in the US or Canada?
You must have completed high school to obtain approval/eligibility for playing in the college leagues. If you are already studying at a univer­sity, it is possible to transfer your credits. To be eligible for a scho­l­ar­ship you have to pay atten­tion to the special regu­la­tions regar­ding maximum age and the number of completed semes­ters. In Divi­sion 1, there is a maximum age of 25 years. In Divi­sion 2 and NAIA there is no maximum age. In all leagues, you must study a total of 8 full-time semes­ters. So if one studies, for example, 4 full-time semes­ters, whether in Europe or in the US, you still have 4 semes­ters to study and compete for a college or univer­sity. The NCAA reviews the eligi­bi­lity of each athlete in the NCAA divi­sions. It will provide the athletes with a license, without which they are not allowed to compete in the NCAA I or II. The factors that deter­mine whether a player gets eligible or not, are SAT and TOEFL results as well as the final grades in high school. In addi­tion, the NCAA checks whether an athlete has “amateur” status in accordance with its regu­la­tions. For deci­ding eligi­bi­lity of an athlete, the NCAA Clea­ring­house is the final autho­rity.
How do I get a sports scho­l­ar­ship?
For athletes outside the United States, it is diffi­cult to obtain an athletic scho­l­ar­ship in the USA without profes­sional help and excel­lent contacts. There are many rules and regu­la­tions of the orga­niz­a­tions that regu­late the protec­tion of athletes to college sports. This makes the process compli­cated. Scho­l­ar­book provides talented athletes the necessary exper­tise and network to help to receive excel­lent offers from the US. We support you throughout the entire process. You can find the sport requi­re­ments on our home page, specific to each sport.
What is the amount of scho­l­ar­ship based on?
A scho­l­ar­ship depends mainly on your athletic skills. The coach has a specific budget, he can distri­bute it however he wants each year. Depen­ding on how inte­rested he is in you, he will send you an offer, covering for example 60%, 80% or even 100% of the costs. In addi­tion, American univer­si­ties encou­rage good school perfor­mance with academic scho­l­ar­s­hips, which are awarded in addi­tion to athletic scho­l­ar­ship. These depend prima­rily on the SAT, the TOEFL score and grades from school.
What part of the cost does an athletic scho­l­ar­ship cover?
It depends on your athletic and academic achie­ve­ments. Through our contacts with coaches and regular trips to the US, your chances of getting a high scho­l­ar­ship are very good when you have already gotten a posi­tive oppor­tu­nity assess­ment. Costs for tuition, food and living on campus are curr­ently on average about $25,000 a year. If a coach offers you a “Full Scho­l­ar­ship” (100% scho­l­ar­ship), as 80% to 90% of our custo­mers get,it means that the univer­sity pays all of these costs for you.
What period of time does the scho­l­ar­ship cover?
In the begin­ning your athletic scho­l­ar­ship is guaran­teed for one year. After each year you can renego­tiate with the coach and if you have performed well increase the percen­tage of your sports scho­l­ar­ship. Gene­rally it is the rule that once you have received an athletic scho­l­ar­ship, it is valid for four years. You can end your studies at any time.
Can I lose my scho­l­ar­ship?
You cannot lose your scho­l­ar­ship because of poor perfor­mance or injury. The coach knows that inju­ries and poor shape occur in sports and is prepared for it. You can lose your scho­l­ar­ship, however, if you cheat on an exam at school, your grade point average drops below a minimum requi­re­ment, you’re unfair playing sports, or if you don’t follow the rules of the college.
How can Scho­l­ar­book help me?
College coaches are constantly looking for good athletes for their teams. Every semester they receive hund­reds of appli­ca­tions from poten­tial candi­dates from all over the world who dream of a sports scho­l­ar­ship. A coach needs very specific infor­ma­tion to even look at your appli­ca­tion. Often the dream fails because of certain docu­ments that are not trans­lated correctly, for example. Scho­l­ar­book does not only search and select talents from the Euro­pean coun­tries for the coaches, but we help you to get the best offers. Espe­cially important is our personal contact to coaches from univer­si­ties all over the USA.
What are the chances of recei­ving a full scho­l­ar­ship and what condi­tions must be fulfilled to receive it?
First and fore­most, the amount of the sports scho­l­ar­ship depends on your spor­ting achie­ve­ments. The better you are, the better your chances of recei­ving a full scho­l­ar­ship. Since we check in advance with which athletes we work toge­ther and always give a fair assess­ment of your chances, you already have a very good chance to get a full scho­l­ar­ship with a posi­tive assess­ment. For example, even if you receive an 80% scho­l­ar­ship in the first year, this can be incre­ased to a full scho­l­ar­ship in the following year if you have good academic and athletic perfor­mance.

SAT and Toefl (14)

What is the SAT test?
The Scho­lastic Apti­tute Test (SAT) consists of a mathe­ma­tics and an English section. Each student must take this test at the begin­ning of the process. It is required to register with the NCAA Clea­ring­house and apply to univer­si­ties.
What is the TOEFL test?
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a language test for students whose native language is not English. It is required by almost all univer­si­ties in the English-spea­king world when a student applies.
How is the TOEFL iBT struc­tured?
The test consists of four parts and takes about 4 hours.
SectionTimeNo. of Questions
Reading60-100 min36 – 70
Listening60-90 min34 – 51
Break10 min
Speaking20 min6 tasks
Writing50 min 2 tasks

 

How do I find the TOEFL code for my univer­sity?
The best way is to search for the domain of the univer­sity in the following docu­ment.
For example: Virginia Tech Univer­sity search for www.vt.edu
http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/univ0708.pdf
Which academic insti­tu­tions accept my TOEFL score?
More than 5000 academic insti­tu­tions in over 90 coun­tries accept or require TOEFL results as proof of academic English profi­ci­ency. This makes TOEFL the most widely accepted academic English test in the world. A list of all insti­tu­tions that accept TOEFL results (score reci­pi­ents or desi­gnated insti­tu­tions) can be found on the inter­na­tional website: www.ets.org/toefl.
Is it possible to take a prac­tice test?
There are several ways to do the exer­cise:
  1.  the free online tour allows you to view sample ques­tions from all four test parts
  2. you can down­load the free TOEFL® iBT-Tips brochure
  3. TOEFL® Prac­tice Online

This prac­tice test provides a complete authentic TOEFL test for all four language skills with nume­rous exer­cises to help you prepare yourself and allows you to predict your offi­cial score as you will also receive results from the TOEFL Prac­tice Online Test.
Further­more, lite­ra­ture is recom­mended in our free help presen­ta­tion.

Do I have to take both tests or is one enough?
We would like to relieve you of the burden of the two tests, but unfor­tu­n­a­tely you have to take them both. Since you want to go to the USA as soon as possible and the coaches ask for it, we recom­mend that you check off the tests early. After­wards we can turn to the more enjoyable part of the work.
How much prepa­ra­tion time do I need for the test appro­xi­mately?
During the prepa­ra­tion it depends of course on how inten­si­vely you prepare yourself.
If you study 1-2 hours every day for the two tests, 6 weeks of prepa­ra­tion will probably be enough. If you study 1 hour three times a week for the tests, you should prepare for two and a half months.
How many points should I score on the TOEFL or SAT?
You can prepare very well for the SAT and TOEFL and thus strongly influ­ence your result. There are a total of 2400 points to be achieved on the SAT and you should score at least 1200 points, i.e. half. In TOEFL you should score 80 points out of a maximum of 120. Of course, in both tests, the higher the better. A decent result will open doors for you at many univer­si­ties.
Do I have to indi­cate my future univer­sity when I enroll in TOEFL?
You do not need to specify univer­si­ties that you can already exclude now. You can have the test result sent to up to three univer­si­ties for free. We recom­mend that you have the result sent to your favo­rites. If you unex­pec­tedly receive another great offer, it is still possible to send the result after­wards. In the first step, the coaches usually only ask if you have taken the test and passed it passably.
If you don’t know which university/college is right for you, they will send you a univer­sity iden­ti­fi­ca­tion number for the TOEFL and SAT tests. With this number, ETS knows to which univer­sity it should send your score.
On TOEFL I read that I really have to speak on the test. Do I then talk to a computer?
Yes, you will sit in front of a computer with a headset and micro­phone. The program will then speak to you and ask you to speak in a mono­logue. For more infor­ma­tion about the oral part, please see the ETS website and any TOEFL prepa­ra­tion book.
What do I need to take to the TOEFL and SAT tests?
For the TOEFL test, you must take the printed admis­sion ticket with you. Your iden­tity card or pass­port is also important.
For both the SAT and TOEFL, my name is on the regis­tra­tion form. However, I have two other names that I did not give on my appli­ca­tion. Do I have to have this changed or will I still be admitted to the tests?
The insti­tutes insist that the regis­tra­tion form must state exactly the name you will iden­tify yourself with on the test day. So if your middle name is on your iden­ti­fi­ca­tion docu­ment, you MUST indi­cate the change before taking the test, other­wise you will not be admitted to the exam.
The SAT regis­tra­tion form says that you should bring a CD player. What do I need it for?
The CD player is only for the Subject Language Test and not for the normal SAT. http://sat.collegeboard.com/register/sat-test-day-checklist.

Finan­cial (2)

What costs that are not covered by the sports scho­l­ar­ship?
The univer­sity covers as many costs as possible. However, the compe­ti­tion autho­rity of the college sport has imposed some condi­tions. For example, the univer­sity is not allowed to pay for flights to and from the USA. Local costs for text­books can arise, but at many univer­si­ties in the USA there is the possi­bi­lity to buy used text­books and sell them at the end of the semester. Trai­ning camp and accom­mo­da­tion is comple­tely covered by the univer­sity! Private acti­vi­ties, such as cultural events, going out in the evening or museums, must of course be paid for by the student. Even here we benefit from the still quite favor­able Euro-Dollar exchange rate. A pocket money of about 200 Euro, corre­spon­ding to the child benefit, which is still paid, is recom­mended.
What costs that are not covered by the sports scho­l­ar­ship?
The univer­sity covers as many costs as possible. However, the compe­ti­tion autho­rity of the college sport has imposed some condi­tions. For example, the univer­sity is not allowed to pay for flights to and from the USA. Local costs for text­books can arise, but at many univer­si­ties in the USA there is the possi­bi­lity to buy used text­books and sell them at the end of the semester. Trai­ning camp and accom­mo­da­tion is comple­tely covered by the univer­sity! Private acti­vi­ties, such as cultural events, going out in the evening or museums, must of course be paid for by the student. Even here we benefit from the still quite favor­able Euro-Dollar exchange rate. A pocket money of about 200 Euro, corre­spon­ding to the child benefit, which is still paid, is recom­mended.

Forma­li­ties (2)

When should I apply for my pass­port?
The best thing to do is to order your pass­port immedia­tely at your local city hall.
Will my child continue to receive child support if it studies in the USA?
The student’s place of resi­dence is decisive for the child support. Since the resi­dence remains in the home country during the studies in the USA, all our clients who are also enti­tled to child support will continue to receive child support in the USA. The child benefit already covers a large part of the few remai­ning monthly costs on campus. Another formal requi­re­ment is that a sepa­rate apart­ment or room in the parents’ house must be avail­able for the student during the stay abroad.

Special ques­tions (1)

My dream has always been to live or study in the USA. Unfor­tu­n­a­tely I am a junior high school student. I have read that it is still possible to take a certain test after gradua­tion, is that right?
There is the so-called GED, General Educa­tional Deve­lo­p­ment Test. Unfor­tu­n­a­tely, the orga­niz­a­tion respon­sible for orga­ni­zing college sports only admits athletes who have completed a voca­tional bacca­lau­reate or Abitur in Germany. If you are plan­ning to do this after your secon­dary school gradua­tion, we will be happy to help you find your dream scho­l­ar­ship in the USA.

Consul­ting agree­ment (4)

In §1 it says: "1. the client hereby inst­ructs the contractor to advise him on the following decisions/projects: To obtain a sports scho­l­ar­ship and, if appli­cable, an academic scho­l­ar­ship at a univer­sity in the U.S.A. of Canada. How may I under­stand the "if appli­cable" in rela­tion to my posi­tion as an athlete? Does this refer to people who want to do sports in the USA and do not want to study?
The support in the USA is very plea­sant as it encou­rages and rewards perfor­mance in any form. This is also the great advan­tage over the euro­pean univer­sity system.
Academic scho­l­ar­s­hips can also be awarded to athletes in addi­tion to a sports scho­l­ar­ship, provided they have good grades and a good SAT score. See also: Costs
From when is § 3 para. 2 to be observed? This concerns the regular contact with the trainer in the USA.
There is no concrete time limit in § 3 para. 2. The tasks according to § 3 para. 2 are to be fulfilled as soon as possible after conclu­sion of the contract, so that we can obtain offers for you. There­fore a prompt comple­tion of the tasks is espe­cially in your inte­rest.
Which certi­fi­cate do I need to have trans­lated?
Of course, only the current certi­fi­cates can be trans­lated.
Regar­ding §8 Confi­den­tia­lity and data protec­tion: Which entrusted personal data will be passed on exactly? And can agree­ments be made in this regard?
Of course, we only pass on data for which we have your consent. We would present your athletic successes, your date of birth, your email address and your school data (appro­xi­mate average grade and date of gradua­tion).

parents (12)

How often and how long can my child come home?
The long vaca­tions in which your child can come home are:
Summer break: Begin­ning of May until mid August
Winter break: mid December to mid January
All in all, you will have your child near you for about 4 months of the year, which will most likely mean more time toge­ther than studying in a distant city in your home country.
In addi­tion, you can visit your child at any time during the year or during the spring vaca­tion in March or the fall vaca­tion in October in the USA.
What happens if my child does not like it at the univer­sity?
Even before depar­ture, we try to ensure that your child gets a personal impres­sion of the trainer(s) and that the two get along well beyond the sport. In many cases, the univer­si­ties have also paid a visit of the athletes in the USA or have intro­duced them­selves perso­nally. Your child can also termi­nate his or her studies at any time for personal reasons and return home. The contract is only binding for the univer­sity.
What can I do if my child gets into the wrong team/the wrong univer­sity?
Due to our presence in the USA we know most of the coaches perso­nally and have already perso­nally inspected the univer­si­ties as well as the sports faci­li­ties. In this way we can ensure that your child is well supported in sports and acade­mics, but defi­ni­tely not over­whelmed.
We espe­cially work with univer­si­ties that already have several satis­fied inter­na­tional students.
What happens in case of an injury? Is there profes­sional medical help avail­able?
Unfor­tu­n­a­tely, inju­ries are part of the life of a compe­ti­tive athlete, but with good medical care, they can be prevented as far as possible or at least treated profes­sio­nally. Rese­arch in the field of sports medi­cine is more advanced in the USA than in any other country. Since the univer­si­ties have very good finan­cial resources, they can employ several physio­the­ra­pists and doctors who are avail­able to the athletes every day. After all, it makes no economic sense to invest so much money in the athletes if they would not receive the best care in case of inju­ries.
Will my child continue to receive child support in the USA?
The student’s place of resi­dence is decisive for the child support. Since the resi­dence remains in the home country during the studies in the USA, all our clients who are also enti­tled to child support will continue to receive child support in the USA. The child benefit already covers a large part of the few remai­ning monthly costs on campus. Another formal requi­re­ment is that a sepa­rate apart­ment or room in the parents’ house must be avail­able for the student during the stay abroad.
Can my child in the USA continue to receive a half-orphan's pension?
Yes, this is easily possible. Please send the current certi­fi­cate of enroll­ment to the person in charge regu­larly. The pension can be trans­ferred to a domestic or an American bank account. In the case of an American account, however, all tran­sac­tion fees from the border onward will be charged to the pension reci­pient.
What costs are not covered by the scho­l­ar­ship and can occur?
The univer­sity covers as many costs as possible. However, the compe­ti­tion autho­rity of the college sport has imposed some condi­tions. For example, the univer­sity is not allowed to pay for flights to and from the USA. Local costs for text­books can arise, but at many univer­si­ties in the USA there is the possi­bi­lity to buy used text­books and sell them at the end of the semester. Trai­ning camp and accom­mo­da­tion is comple­tely covered by the univer­sity! Private acti­vi­ties, such as cultural events, going out in the evening or museums, must of course be paid for by the student. Even here we benefit from the still quite favor­able Euro-Dollar exchange rate. A pocket money of about 200 Euro, corre­spon­ding to the child benefit, which is still paid, is recom­mended.
What obli­ga­tions arise for the athlete from such a scho­l­ar­ship?
The athlete under­takes to prac­tice the respec­tive sport in the name of the univer­sity and to repre­sent it at compe­ti­tions. This is also accom­pa­nied by regular parti­ci­pa­tion in trai­ning. Finan­cial obli­ga­tions or other disad­van­tages are not asso­ciated with this.
Is there doping at univer­si­ties in the USA?
The NCAA conducts thousands of unan­nounced doping tests each year. If a doping case were to occur, the coach would be banned for life and the entire team would be suspended. Since the coaches are usually full-time employees, a doping case in a team would there­fore be abso­lutely threa­tening the exis­tence of the team. Further­more, there are anti-doping offi­cers at every univer­sity who try to prevent doping.
Are flight costs included in the scho­l­ar­ship?
The univer­si­ties would be happy to pay for flights to the athletes’ home coun­tries, but NCAA statutes do not allow them to do so. Flights to and from compe­ti­tion venues, however, are paid for by the univer­sity, as are other local travel expenses. Accom­mo­da­tion is usually in very nice hotels, as travel budgets are usually generous.
How do we pay the fee?
You can pay the Scho­l­ar­book fee as well as the final fee comfor­tably by bank transfer to our German account. In case of a refund of the Scho­l­ar­book contri­bu­tion we will transfer the money back to the same account.
Is an addi­tional private health insurance to be taken out?
It is quite possible that an addi­tional health insurance must be taken out. You will find out about this from the respec­tive univer­si­ties with which we put you in contact.