Why study in the United States?
A US education is rich in experiences, both academic as well as personal. US universities are some of the best multidisciplinary institutes in the world and foster growth of an individual at several stages throughout the course of study. The infrastructure available to students includes high end research labs, well equipped libraries, student lounges, study areas as well as recreational facilities, which all add to the campus experience.
What sets US universities apart is their focus on research. The entire learning experience is boosted when taught by top researchers in the field of study. Universities also receive corporate and public grants to advance research in areas of demand and this ensures continuance of the most cutting edge innovations on campus.
These are just some nuances of a US education, the overall exposure and experience is unmatched. See it to believe it!
What are the different types of institutes in the US?
Public Institutions are funded by states and territories (city or county) and usually offer lower tuitions as compared to Private Institutions. Each state in the US has at least one Public Institution. Tuition for in-state students (students who have residential status in the state) is significantly lower than that for out-of-state students. Departments within a Public Institution may receive private funding to further their research or academic interests. There are also several scholarships that are funded through private endowments.
Private Institutions are primarily funded through private sources and are usually more expensive tuition wise than Public Institutions. Some Private Institutions may have a religious affiliation. It is not uncommon that certain research projects or departments within a Private Institution get funding from state or national governments. The likelihood of financial support at Private Institutions is generally higher than at Public Institutions.
Community colleges are generally 2-year publicly funded institutions that offer academic, vocational and/or professional education. Qualifications granted are usually Diplomas, Certificates or Associate Degrees. The programs may also be termed as Continuing Education programs. Cost of education at a Community College is usually lower than that at a 4-year institution. Several Community Colleges have tie-ups with the local Public Institution, such that the Community College provides the first two years of undergraduate level education followed by the 4-year institution providing the next two.