Your studies in the USA

Studying in the USA offers great oppor­tu­nities for  athletes to develop, not just in terms of sport! Regard­less of whether it is a semester, a year abroad or a fully financed Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, the expe­ri­ence abroad will help you advance perso­nally as well as profes­sio­nally. Get to know new cultures and people from all over the world, perfect your English and also take your athletic and academic career to the next level.

million inter­na­tional students in the USA


14 of the 20 best univer­si­ties in the world are located in the USA

accredited univer­si­ties in the USA




In contrast to Europe, studying in America is extre­mely expen­sive and cannot be managed without a scho­l­ar­ship or corre­spon­ding reserves. In America it is common for parents to open a savings account when their children are born and save up money until they start their studies. As a compe­ti­tive athlete, on the other hand, you can easily finance your studies yourself. You will be rewarded for your athletic achie­ve­ments in the form of a full or partial scho­l­ar­ship. This means that you either don’t have to pay anything for your studies (full scho­l­ar­ship) or only have to contri­bute a very small amount, usually between € 200 to 600 per month (partial scho­l­ar­ship). Let’s get to the hard facts! What would it cost you to study in America if you would not get an athletic scho­l­ar­ship?


Tuition fees
$ 25.000

Cost of Living (Room and Board)
$ 10.000

Health insurance
$ 1.500

$ 500

Semester fees
$ 2.000

Dollars per year



As you have just learned, it is almost impos­sible to pay the so-called cost of atten­dance without a scho­l­ar­ship. Fortu­n­a­tely, there are several options for you to finance your studies in the USA. An athletic scho­l­ar­ship is just one of many ways to finance a degree in the United States. There are a total of four options that are avail­able to you and that Scho­l­ar­book can nego­tiate for you:


The classic. With a sports scho­l­ar­ship, either all or part of the costs are covered for you. If all costs are covered, this is called a full scho­l­ar­ship. If a part is taken on, this is called a partial grant. The amount of a partial scho­l­ar­ship can vary widely, but is usually between 50 and 90% of the costs. Parti­cu­larly good athletes can even get pocket money of up to $ 6,000 per year on top of their full scho­l­ar­ship.


While you are rewarded for your athletic achie­ve­ments with a sports scho­l­ar­ship, your academic achie­ve­ments are taken into account as well. If you are a good student who achieves good grades in school and in the SAT, you will receive an academic scho­l­ar­ship in addi­tion to your athletic scho­l­ar­ship. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a genius to do this. The univer­si­ties start awar­ding small scho­l­ar­s­hips to decent students already.


The ranking of a univer­sity is posi­tively influ­enced by the charac­te­ristic “inter­na­tio­na­lity”. This means that the more students from diffe­rent coun­tries study at a univer­sity, the better the ranking of this univer­sity. For this reason, many univer­si­ties want to accom­mo­date as many inter­na­tional students as possible on their campus and offer inter­na­tional scho­l­ar­s­hips as an addi­tional incen­tive. This means: You will only get an addi­tional scho­l­ar­ship for one simple reason, because you are not from the USA. Usually,international scho­l­ar­s­hips vary between 10% and 30%, in some cases even 50% of the total costs. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? That’s right, but it’s the reality and very few athletes know it.


This is money that the univer­sity makes avail­able to you if you and your parents can prove that you have limited finan­cial resources. In this case, you will receive a grant from the univer­sity that you do not have to repay. This path is parti­cu­larly inte­res­ting at IVY-League univer­si­ties such as Harvard and Yale.


Athlete A. would like to go to the USA with a sports scho­l­ar­ship in 2019. On the basis of his athletic achie­ve­ments, he is not attrac­ting any inte­rest by NCAA D1 college coaches. A. is a very good student, however. He has graduated from high school with an A average and scored 1250 points in the SAT. After nume­rous good offers from schools in the NCAA Divi­sion 2, he comes into contact with the coach at the Univer­sity of New Mexico. The coach is inte­rested but can only offer him an athletic scho­l­ar­ship of $ 5,000 per year. The full cost of atten­dace for a year is $ 26,000. For A., who can only contri­bute about $ 6,000 per year, it was impos­sible to pay the diffe­rence. Since the athlete was very inte­rested, Scho­l­ar­book, accom­pa­nied by the coach, looked for other options. In the end there was the university’s Amigo scho­l­ar­ship. This is an academic scho­l­ar­ship speci­fi­cally for inter­na­tional students. Value: appro­xi­mately $ 16,500 annu­ally. In fact, A. met all the requi­re­ments, got the scho­l­ar­ship and chose the Univer­sity of New Mexico.

Overall cost
$ 26.000

Sports scho­l­ar­ship
$ 5.000

Amigo scho­l­ar­ship
$ 16.500

Annual costs in US dollars

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The college system differs in many respects from the study systems in Europe. We would like to tell you the most important diffe­rences. You will see that studying in America has many advan­tages over studying in your home country.


Do you dream of studying psycho­logy, but cannot qualify with your high school grades in your home country because the minimum requi­re­ments are too high? In America you will be able to pick the degree of your dreams, because there are no subject-related minimum requie­re­ments. In general, you have to achieve a certain level in high school and in the entry tests in order to be gene­rally accepted by the univer­sity. However, there will be no diffe­rent requi­re­ments between the courses and the requi­re­ments are rela­tively easy to achieve.

Perfect the English language

In einer globa­li­sierten Welt ist die engli­sche Sprache längst zu einer Fähig­keit geworden, die nicht nur von Arbeit­ge­bern im engli­schen Ausland voraus­ge­setzt wird. Bei Akade­mi­kern werden in deutsch­spra­chigen Ländern hervor­ra­gende Englisch­kennt­nisse erwartet.
Mit einem Sport­stipendium an einer ameri­ka­ni­schen USA kannst du nicht nur deine sport­liche und akade­mi­sche Lauf­bahn voran­bringen, sondern dich persön­lich, aber vor allem auch sprach­lich, auf die Anfor­de­rungen während deiner beruf­li­chen Karriere vorbe­reiten. Damit du den sprach­li­chen Anfor­de­rungen der Univer­si­täten vor dem Start deines Studiums genügst, bieten wir dir eine profes­sio­nelle Sprach­vor­be­rei­tung an.



The study oppor­tu­nities nowa­days are endless. Do you feel over­whelmed by the many options that you have when choo­sing a subject? Would you like to be able to look at several subjects before you decide?

In America exactly this is possible. Here, the students decide whether they want to enroll in a subject directly in the first semester or whether they want to look at several courses of study that inte­rest them first. You can get to know several subjects for a year and decide in the second year which course of study you want to pick. This type of study is called “General Studies”. In Europe it is usually not possible to try out several subjects.


Hund­reds of students jostle into large lecture halls to try and get a seat. Not atypical for studying in Germany. In America, on the other hand, studying is much more academic. You learn in small groups, the professor knows you perso­nally, the rela­ti­onship between students and profes­sors is fami­liar. This fami­lia­rity will help you get used to your new life in America.

You didn’t graduate from High school? No Problem!

Do you dream of studying, but “only” got a secon­dary school diploma? In America you can still fulfill your dream of studying. Instead of gradua­ting from high school, you have to take a test, the so-called GED test, with which you show that you are suitable for a degree. You can then start your studies at a so-called junior college and graduate there after two years. You acquire what is known as an associate’s degree at a junior college and can then use this degree to do your bachelor’s degree.