The cost of a U.S. Bachelors ranges from $10k a year at community colleges to $55k a year at expensive institutions. As the cost of college sky rockets, students and parents are looking more closely at value versus investment. Here are three ideas that both domestic and international students can do to reduce the cost of earning a U.S Bachelor’s degree:
1. Many U.S. colleges and universities offer online courses that you can take from home in your first or second semester. If you can take a few courses without being on campus in your first year, go for it. For international students, this means staying at home with your parents while taking U.S classes. It is a great idea and can save you significant dollars. You save on boarding and lodging while earning a U.S degree. Can’t beat that!
2. Many international students don’t know about community colleges or they have a bad impression about community colleges. Even after you enroll in a 4-year university, you can still take some courses at a community college and have them transferred. This will also save you some money.
3. Some universities have campuses around the world that offer the same degree as they do in the U.S. See if a campus is less expensive and take a few courses at that campus. This has multiple benefits. In your resume you can say that you have lived and experienced different cultures and countries. This is invaluable. Also, you earn the same degree for a lower cost. And you may be able to select a country that is closer to your home country, making travel back and forth less expensive.
Is a PhD worth it? Well, simple answers are no longer popular and therefore a more detailed response is due. The detailed answer is: It depends! It depends on your attitude and aptitude to long hours of hard work, curiosity, frustration, and love for one’s discipline. A PhD in the US is definitely worth it is what most people who have earned a PhD in the US will tell you. Faculty (most) are passionate about their discipline and are great mentors. Lab facilities in the U.S. are usually top notch and research is often cutting-edge. US faculty are active in their disciplines and their reputation depends on the careers their PhD students pursue. So, all in all it is a great investment. But if you want to earn a PhD just to earn “more money” it may not be a good idea. The number one question to ask is: Do I love my major or discipline enough to dedicate my lifetime to it? If your answer is yes, you have crossed the first barrier. Here is a great website from Purdue (www.purdue.edu) that answers most questions students considering a PhD have: http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/dec/essay.phd.html
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Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the founder and CEO of PlanetGPA.com
Here is a question we received from a student:
I found your article through some source hunting and found it very very helpful. Actually, am planning to purse Masters in Transportation and Logistics Management from American Public University, distance learning. Since, I live and work in Dubai, UAE and am Indian national, could you please advise, if Masters program from this university are accredited all over the globe? Thanks so much in advance. Rgds
You are asking two different questions: 1) accreditation, 2)online learning.
Accreditation: U.S. university programs are accredited by different agencies/organizations in the U.S. These agencies ensure the quality of the programs. They review faculty credentials, courses offered, and how these programs prepare students for jobs. Accreditation is a good thing! You want to look for programs that are accredited.
Second, distance learning or on-line learning. There are a number of good on-line programs. The on-line program has the same credit and value as a classroom program. You don't even need to tell your future employer that it is an on-line degree unless asked.
Hope this helps!
Dr. Gupta is the founder and CEO of PlanetGPA.com, an on-line company that helps international students find the right university and program.
Many international students study pharmacy in the US. It is a popular degree, but it is also a program with high admission standards. Pharmacy programs require international students to take the GRE and to do well in the GRE. The subjects covered in a pharmacy program include some of the following:
Pharmaceutics; Pathophysiology; physiology; biochemistry;microbiology,chemistry, public health, dietetics, molecular biology; bio statistics pharmacy ethics; health care; immunology and other related areas.
if you have a background in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, medicinal chemistry, and related disciplines, you can apply to the Pharmacy program.
Uma Gupta is the CEO and Founder of planetgpa.com, an international student recruitment company.
How much does it cost to study Master's in the U.S? Cost is an important factor for most students in their university selection. Tuition costs vary significantly and hence it is difficult to give an "average." At public universities (refers to universities that are supported by the state government), tuition can vary between $5000 to $22,500 for non-residents (refers to students who do not have a residency status in a given state). The tuition is higher in private universities. It can be from $6500 to $33,000.
Obviously, most students cannot afford high tuition. Fortunately, graduate assistantships are available to good students. The biggest mistake students' make is to apply late. Most assistantships are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. So if you apply close to the deadline, your chances of an assistantship may go down.