The United States of America welcomes more than 70,000 international students every year. Roughly 4% of the students in American universities are foreigners, making it the largest foreign student population destination. The reason for this is that U.S education is world recognized, and the number of institutions of higher education are so numerous, that almost everyone can be accommodated somewhere.

The application process to American universities can be a daunting experience with all the pages and pages of forms, teacher recommendations and essays that have to be completed. This is especially true of schools having competitive admissions, so students need to start the process as early as ten months prior to date of joining.

Financial help is not easy for foreign students wishing to study in the U.S.A. Many universities do offer some scholarships to deserving candidates, they are very competitive and normally do not cover the full cost of tuition. International students can apply for loans for their study in the country, but they must have a US citizen or a permanent resident co-sign the loans with them.

There are many exceptional vocational training schools in the U.S.A. that students can apply to. Studying in vocational schools may be more suitable for some students, as these trainings only last from six to twelve months, and are significantly cheaper than attending a university. Also students get a certified training that can develop skills most needed in home countries to enter the workforce with ease. Due to their short term nature, they are a great deal less expensive to attend.

Admission to vocational schools requires a high school diploma or the equivalent and proof of English proficiency. The application process should be started about four months before the date of joining.

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