United States

General Information:

The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major territories and various possessions. The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the north-western part of North America and the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. At 3.8 million square miles (9.842 million km2) and with over 320 million people, the country is the world's third or fourth-largest by total area] and the third most populous. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography and climate of the United States are also extremely diverse, and the country is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Its currency is US Dollars (USD) and the approximate exchange rate is 1USD = 4.25MYR (26 Oct. 2015)

Higher Education:

U.S. universities and colleges may differ from those in your home country in several ways. For one thing, small class sizes are very common. There may be as few as 10 to 20 students in a class, giving you the personal attention you need in order to succeed. While in class, students are encouraged and expected to contribute to the discussion. Professors meet with students in their offices or even share coffee or meals with them. The close relationship between students and faculty serves to motivate students and fosters a personal approach to the curriculum. Studying in the U.S. gives you the opportunity to gain a mentor in your given career field, an invaluable resource.
You may be surprised at your professors willingness to challenge authority. Academic freedom is one of the hallmarks of a U.S. university. You will notice different perspectives on instruction. Here, students are trained to observe and analyze a problem, then solve it. You will be expected to listen to your classmates and challenge their points of view. The goal is pragmatic, so that you will gain confidence and the ability to organize and present an argument.
Most American university students live on or near the school campus. You will have many opportunities to join planned and informal activities with other students, such as hiking, skiing, museum visits, excursions to new cities, and local tourist attractions. Imagine visiting New York City and taking a ferry to the Statue of Liberty! Many schools have international student organizations and clubs that also plan activities. This interaction with other students will enhance your English language skills. Your fellow students will also teach you about American culture and about the diverse cultures represented on any U.S. university or college campus.



Tuition Fees:
US Universities fall under two major categories: public (state supported), and private (independent) institutions. International students’ tuition expenses at state schools are based on non resident costs, which are still usually less expensive than those of private universities. It’s important to note that the cost of a program in a US school does not necessarily affect its quality. A brief idea can be got from the following table:
University Type Average Tuition Fees
(annual in U.S. Dollars)
Private Institutions (High Cost) $ 35,000
Private Institutions (Low Cost) $ 18,000
State Institutions (High Cost) $ 25,000
State Institutions (Low Cost) $ 12,000
The tuition fee is different for different universities and varies widely with courses. It can vary from as low as $ 10000 a year for state universities to as much as $ 35000 per annum for some private universities. For more specific details, please contact the universities.

Living Expenses:

The approximate annual living expenses are about $10,000, which includes accommodation as well as other daily expenses. However, the expenses are different for different people depending on the lifestyles and this is just a rough idea. The main expenses can be split up as:
Rent $ 400 per month 
(you can live alone with that amount in a place like Auburn or share an apartment with 6 people in NY)
Groceries $ 100 per month
Utilities $ 100 per month
Phone $ 100 per month
Sundry $ 200 per month
So, about $1000 per month is a good estimation.  Most people can survive with $700-$1000 a month. The key here is to share apartments/houses so that you save on the utilities, fixed charge portion of phone and to some extent on groceries.

Entry Requirements:

Admissions tests

Colleges and universities in the U.S ask all their applicants to take one or more standardised tests.
These tests include the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), and the ACT (American College Testing). Applicants who are not Americans are also required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language).
Most standardised tests are designed to assess your skills, rather than your amount of knowledge. The questions in these tests evaluate your ability to solve problems, not your knowledge of facts.
The role of standardised tests is to provide institutions a way of evaluating all their applicants on an equal level.
Comparing grades received for coursework or exams is not always enough because different universities and colleges have different academic standards.
An admissions counsellor at a university has no way of determining how challenging the mathematics or economics course you took was.
By comparing your score on a standardised test to the score of another student who took the same standardised test, the counsellor has a better idea of how the two of you compare.
International students applying for a degree in the U.S will be required to take the TOEFL and the SAT I tests; some universities will also require the SAT II. There are also many institutions that will accept the ACT in place of the SAT I.

In most parts of the world, the TOEFL is a computer-based test. In some areas, paper-based testing is also available.
Paper-based tests are administered on predetermined dates, whereas computer-based tests can be taken on an appointment basis. The test consists of mostly multiple-choice questions, although an essay question is also required.
To find out more about the TOEFL test, including how to register, where to take the test, and how to obtain preparation materials, visit the ETS TOEFL website.
It is strongly recommended that you have some sort of experience with a TOEFL test preparation program before you sit the TOEFL exam.
There are two versions of the SAT test. The SAT I is the called the Reasoning Test and is designed to evaluate your mathematical and verbal skills. It consists mostly of multiple-choice questions.
The questions in the math sections cover arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, as well as logical reasoning, probability and counting.
In comparison, the SAT II contains 22 separate tests called Subject Tests. Each subject test covers a specific area such as world history, Spanish, or chemistry.
These tests are designed to determine your level of knowledge in each area and your ability to apply that knowledge to answer questions.
If the institution you are applying to requires the SAT II, you will normally be able to choose which subject test(s) you would like to take. You can sit up to three subject tests in one day. However, you cannot take the SAT I and the SAT II on the same day.
For more information on the SAT tests, including registration and preparation information, visitwww.collegeboard.com.
It’s a good idea to complete a SAT test preparation course before you sit the actual SAT exam.
The ACT differs from the SAT I in that it is a subject-based test, rather than an ability or aptitude test.
It is made up of multiple-choice questions covering four areas: English, Mathematics; Reading; Scientific reasoning.
Although the SAT I is more popular, some students prefer to take the ACT instead because they feel more comfortable with its knowledge-based format.
To read more about the ACT test, including registration and where you can take the test, visit www.act.org.

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