The higher education system in the USA is different from the French system. In France, the first level of studies — the licence — lasts three years, the master’s lasts two years, and the doctorate is usually three years long. Compared to this structure, the higher education system in the US presents several advantages:
The main difference between the two systems has to do with the courses’ structure. French students do not get to pick and choose between modules. The structure of the course, the classes they take and the semesters in which they take them is established by the university. This leaves very little leeway for them to adapt their degree to their personal interests.
In the US, the degree structure is more flexible and mainly à la carte. Each course (or class) is assigned a certain number of credits. To complete their degree, students must have studied and validated a given number of credits. Each semester, students select courses from a wide selection offered by their department of studies. In doing so, they also get to choose their own workload: from two to six courses a semester in general. The more courses they study each semester, the more credits they validate and the quicker they graduate. As a consequence, students get to build a curriculum that is flexible and mirrors their personal interests.
The grading system in the USA also differs from the one used in France. Grades are expressed in percentages (for instance 60% instead of 12/20). Each percentage band corresponds to a letter: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D and F. For instance, the percentage band corresponding to an A+ is 90-100%, while the one corresponding to a B is 72-75%. For a course to be validated, students must obtain a minimum average of C, which corresponds to 60-63%. The average of all the courses of a semester is called the Term Grade Point Average (TGPA); this in turn will help determine the Grade Point Average (GPA).
There are over 4,000 institutions providing post-baccalaureate training in the USA. Here is more information to help you find your way among the variety of study programs.
Admissions are by application only. International students must show English proficiency. To do so, they have to take the IELTS or the TOEFL. Study Experience holds various partnerships with institutions providing intensive preparation to both these exams. Contact us for more information.
The application must include previous transcripts and diplomas as well as a cover letter, a CV, and recommendation letters. Students are encouraged to submit their application at least six months before the start of classes.
We tend to associate American universities with outrageous tuition fees. Although some prestigious schools do charge a lot, there are many ways to reduce the cost of your education in the USA.
Community colleges are a great way to save money. Students can complete their first two years of study in a community college where tuition fees usually do not exceed $6,000 before transferring to a prestigious university.
Many public universities also offer much cheaper tuition fees than their private counterpart, although their facilities and the quality of their courses equals that of those private universities.
To find the option that will suit your own personal needs and goals, do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our team. We will help you decide on the best institution for your studies and support you through the application process.
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