Good causes to review in the US

The land of Uncle Sam 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 inaccessible as you might think.

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 discover the list of accessible programs, consult these rankings, in particular that of the weekly US news🇧🇷 Also contact the advisors at the Fulbright Commission’s Education USA center in Paris who will guide you.

For example, in engineering and other scientific areas, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is a reference in this area with its 27 departments, from aeronautics to molecular biology. On the West Coast, Stanford and Berkeley, Calif., are renowned in medicine, digital technology, social sciences and business. 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, Yale, Columbia, and Chicago universities rank highest.

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 partner US universities.

One of the main exchange networks is the 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 MICEFA association (Interuniversity Mission for the Coordination of Franco-American Exchanges) allows around 200 second and third cycle students to carry out a study or research stay of 1 or 2 semesters annually at one of the 60 partner campuses in the USA .

Many French establishments also have special agreements with American universities.

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Financing Opportunities

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

The Franco-American Commission (or Fulbright Commission) offers scholarships starting at the master’s level, and some American institutions award them to foreign postgraduate students.

Also remember to seek help from the regional council and, eventually, from the city where you live. Finally, prepare your finance file at least 1 year before your planned 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 attending Paris College Day, an event that brings American universities together in Paris each fall.

There are also post-baccalaureate courses open to French students: the Community Colleges. These establishments (about 1,200 in the United States) prepare in 2 years for an associate degree in about fifty specialties, from communication to science… ) with courses in small classes, supervised and professionalized. Through the game of equivalences, the associate degree allows you to enter the university in the third year of the degree. 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 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 indeed punctuated by theme nights, sports competitions, concerts… Because they find almost everything locally in these spaces, often far from urban centers, students sometimes never set foot outside campus.

Practical information
– The website of the US Embassy in France provides information on administrative procedures (passport, visa, university application, etc.).
– The reference site on American higher education provides advice and information on aid, scholarships… with a list by criteria of all American campuses.
– Website of the Franco-American Commission for University and Cultural Exchange.
– The website of the Interuniversity Mission for the Coordination of the Franco-American Exchange.
– The International Student Exchange Programs website.

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