Unlike other country, US education runs under state government, State Education Departments set the guide-lines, which means education systems vary from Washington to New York. Tertiary education is typically divided into:
- Associate degrees
- Undergraduate (bachelor) degrees
- Graduate education (master’s and PhDs/doctorates)
USA universities place great significance on diversity, meaning classes will consist of students of different ages, religions and countries of origin. This provides a stimulating and rich learning environment that encourages cross-cultural understanding and networking. Most classes will contain no more than 20 students and the professors will take the time to get to know students and their strengths and will usually be willing to spend time outside of class to offer further support.
There is also a very active social life on USA campuses, with many clubs and organisations students can join to meet other students with similar interests and to help further career opportunities.