Undergraduate and graduate studies in universities in the United States
- Undergraduate and graduate studies in universities in the United States
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- Undergraduate Studies
Usually, undergraduate studies in the United States are spread out over four years: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. It is possible to take the first two years in a junior or community college and afterwards transfer to a university or four-year institution to complete a program.
One of the most attractive characteristics of undergraduate programs in the US is their high degree of flexibility The philosophy guiding the liberal arts program requires students to take courses in different areas such as the social sciences, the humanities, science, etc. The objective of this type of study is to develop the students’ critical thinking and learning abilities. After the first two years of study it is usual to select a major field of study called a major and a secondary field of study called a minor which focus upon the development of specific areas of study. The degrees awarded upon completion are called Bachelor degrees and can be either in the arts (BA) or in the sciences (BS).
The application process for undergraduate programs requires various steps for foreign students and can take from one to one and a half years. Applicants should take into account the timetables for application set by the university as well as become familiar with financial aid facilities.
Another part of the application process requires non-native speakers to take such English language tests as the TOEFL as well as standardized knowledge tests such as the ACT or SAT which are required for all students.
- Graduate Studies
The educational institutions of the United States offer a great variety of graduate programs. The most common programs for a master’s degree include the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Law (LLM), and Master of Social Work (MSW). Although some masters programs can be completed in one year, most take two to three years for completion. In applying for a program the candidate should take into account the amount of course work needed for graduation and if the writing of a thesis is required, since these requisites vary from state to state and also among institutions.
GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test
LSAT The Law School Admission Test
GRE Graduate Record Examinations