Good causes to review in the USA

Uncle Sam’s land is one of the most popular destinations for French high school and university students. Each year, more than 8,000 leave to study in the United States. And despite the cost, the courses aren’t as unaffordable as you might think.

The international rankings remind us every year: the United States has the most prestigious establishments in the world. Each with their recognized specialty. To discover them and know the list of accessible programs, consult these rankings, in particular that of the weekly US news. He also gets in touch with the advisors of the Education USA center of the Franco-American Commission (Fulbright Commission) in Paris, who will guide him.

For example, in engineering and other scientific fields, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is a must in this field with its 27 departments, from aeronautics to molecular biology. On the West Coast, Stanford and Berkeley, Calif., are renowned in medicine, digital technology, social science and management. On the business side, the Wharton School in San Francisco, the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago and the Harvard Business School in Boston are absolute references. In law and political science, the universities of Yale, Columbia and Chicago are the highest rated.

Well-established exchange networks

Most young people who go to study on the other side of the Atlantic go through exchange programs between French and American establishments. First reflex: check with your university or school’s international relations department to learn more about US partner universities.

One of the main exchange networks is ISEP (International Student Exchange Programs), which connects just over 300 universities in 50 countries around the world. About 180 American establishments participate in this program and about twenty French universities have signed reciprocity agreements.

In addition, the association MICEFA (Missão Interuniversitaria para la Coordination of Franco-American Exchanges) allows around 200 second and third cycle students each year to undertake a study or research stay of 1 or 2 semesters in one of the 60 partner campuses of the USA.

Many French establishments also have special agreements with American universities.

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funding opportunities

The ideal is to do an exchange with your university : you avoid the monthly fees and pay only the registration fees of your establishment in France. To finance your stay at the site, if you are a grant holder, you can benefit from a mobility grant (400€ per month, in addition to the usual allowance).

The Franco-American Commission (or Fulbright Commission) offers master’s-level scholarships, and some American establishments award them to foreign graduate students.

Also remember to seek assistance from the regional council and eventually the city where you live. Finally, prepare your funding file at least 1 year before your expected departure date.

The Good Plan of Community Colleges

The United States also offers a network of very good quality smaller universities in medium-sized cities. You can get to know them by visiting their websites and going to Paris College Day, an event that brings together American universities in Paris every autumn.

There are also post-baccalaureate courses open to French students: the Community Colleges. These institutions (about 1,200 across the United States) prepare in 2 years for an associate degree in about fifty specialties, from communication to science…) with small-group, supervised, and professionalized courses. Through the game of equivalences, an associate degree allows entry to the university in the third year of baccalaureate. This is a good plan compared to American universities, which have very high costs!

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Enjoy campus life

The most important campuses are the real cities, which gather around the course and library buildings, university residences, restaurants, supermarkets, sports complexes, concert halls… University life is a real life experience, immersion in the student world.

The year is in fact punctuated by themed nights, sports competitions, shows… As they find almost everything on-site in these spaces, often far from urban centers, students sometimes never set foot outside the campus.

practical information
– The website of the US Embassy in France provides information on administrative procedures (passport, visa, university registration, etc.).
– The American Higher Education Reference Site provides advice and information on aid, scholarships… with a criteria list of all American campuses.
– The website of the Franco-American Commission for University and Cultural Exchanges.
– The website of the Interuniversity Mission for the Coordination of Franco-American Exchanges.
– The International Student Exchange Programs website.

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