STUDYING IN THE USA
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
COST OF STUDY
STUDYING 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?
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Cost of Living (Room and Board)
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STUDYING IN THE USA?
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.
CASE STUDY ABOUT THE COMPLEXITY OF SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
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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.
NO MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIFIC DEGREES
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.
TRY SEVERAL SUBJECTS FOR A YEAR
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.
NO CROWDED LECTURE HALLS
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.