Are you confused about which continent to choose for pursuing higher studies? While Europe’s rich culture and heritage may attract you, the American hype may also lure you. No matter which side of the ocean you choose, both USA, and European countries share an excellent quality of higher education, magnificent research facilities, and academic freedom. Before applying to top-notch universities, you must consider a few things about attending graduate school abroad. In this article, we will highlight the pros and cons of European and American education system and underline the differences between the two in terms of:
Europe is home to various prestigious universities like Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, London Business School and University College London while the US boasts of universities such as Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The 2014-2015 World University Rankings list states that 90 universities the top 200 universities in the world are located in the USA.
Length of Time
One of the key differences between the education system in the US and Europe is the amount of time it takes to finish the degree program. In the US, it takes about one year longer than programs in Europe because the course programs are much more focused in Europe as compared that in the US. The advantage of a longer course in the USA is that you can intern in the summers and/or do a Research or a Teaching Assistantship along with your course.
The cost of education in the United States is generally higher than that in European countries. Universities in different countries of Europe may charge differently, but the cost may go up to £10000 per year. So as to reduce the financial burden on students studying in the European universities, scholarship amounting to 16 billion euros are available every year. The average fee for private institutions is around $30,000 per year, and a bit on the lower side in the public Universities. In order to help students cover the tuition fee, loans are available through the government of USA. Other than that students can avail RA, TA or a GA, which helps reduce the cost to a great extent. You are also eligible to work on-campus for 20 hours a week to take care of the living expenses. Thus, adequate funding and ample scholarships are available for international students pursuing a graduate program in the US.
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