U.S. Higher Education...
"We are home to the world's best colleges & universities, where more students come to study rather than any other place on Earth...We are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea - the idea that each of us deserves a chance to shape our own destiny." President Obama, January 25, 2011
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Twice a month, the Commission offers a free, one and a half hour information session for students interested in studying in the United States. Sessions are now also offered online. Read more...
The U.S. remains a world leader in its ability to provide top-notch quality higher educational institutions. This is because education is a top priority. In the U.S., around 2% of GDP is spent on research and development, accounting for 40% of the world total- much of which takes place at U.S. universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports an estimated $49 billion per year of research and development spending is by U.S. higher education institutions (Almanac of Higher Education). Students studying at U.S. universities benefit from being able to tap into the source of cutting-edge research.
American institutions of higher education- both colleges and universities- are known worldwide for the quality of their facilities, resources, and faculty. In addition, the U.S. is home to 75% of both the world's top 20 and the top 40 universities, and 58% of the top 100.
The U.S. educational system is unrivalled worldwide in the choice it offers of types of institutions, academic and social environments, entry requirements, degree programs, and subjects in which you can specialize. With over 4,400 institutions offering undergraduate programs and 1,700 offering graduate programs, there is a wide range of diverse programs, environments, and facilities available to meet the need of any student.
Education is an investment. As an investment in your future, a U.S. degree offers excellent value for money. A wide range of tuition and fees and living costs, and financial aid and scholarship money made available directly from universities, have made study in the U.S. an affordable option for over half a million students each year.
One of the most distinctive features of U.S. universities and colleges is the flexibility in choice of courses within a university, and the options for students to move from one institution to another. At the undergraduate level, students have the option to begin their studies without first declaring a major. They can often declare their major at the end of their second year. Undergraduate students may also change their major during their studies. They can also pursue more than one major if they choose.
CYPRUS FULBRIGHT COMMISSION'S EDUCATIONUSA ADVISING CENTER
The Fulbright Educational Advising Center of the Cyprus Fulbright Commission belongs to a network of Educational Advising Centers affiliated with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Our EducationUSA Advisers are trained in providing free, accurate, and unbiased information about the full range of accredited U.S. higher education institutions. Advisers at the Fulbright Commission are dedicated to helping students find the right institution of higher education by taking a student-centered approach. This means when advising students, our advisers put the needs of the student first, taking into consideration a student's academic goals as well as other more personal preferences to help find the right place for the student to study.
Students interested in studying in the U.S. are highly encouraged to attend one of our free 1.5 hour information sessions. For more information about our advising services, refer to the the Advising Services section.
Excerpts taken from the "If you want to Study in the United States" Undergraduate Study - Book 1 (Published by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State).