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Study in the USA - Requirements, Universities, Cost

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Why study in the USA?

Studying in the USA is one of the most popular and, perhaps, the most sought-after study destinations in the entire world. More than one million international students choose the United States of America to begin their studies or continue them at the master’s and doctoral level.

The USA is famous for the prestige of its universities, scientific research and innovation, but also the possibility to work next to internationally renowned scientists and the largest companies in the world. Also, it is a pole of attraction for those who want to deal with technology, multinational companies, entertainment, etc.

The cost of living for an undergraduate or graduate student in the US is on average $1000-1500/month and their currency is the dollar (USD).

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Bachelor’s in the USA

Bachelor’s studies in the USA last 4 years, promise prestige to their graduates and immediate job recovery, while at the same time offering many perspectives for research and development at postgraduate level. Although quite expensive, there are many support programs for international students that will help you pursue your dream in America, claiming up to a full tuition scholarship.

Bachelor’s studies in the USA are ideal for young first-year students because of the organization of the universities that provide guidance, the welcoming culture of the locals and the interculturality. Undergraduate students will not have difficulty adapting to a new environment, on the contrary, they will feel safe and receive support until they get used to their new everyday life.



Master’s in the USA

Master’s in the USA is the dream of many graduates for many reasons. The experience of studying in America still fascinates today, with its universities ranked in the top positions worldwide for decades. The immediate employment enjoyed by holders of master’s degrees from the United States drives many graduates to America.

Although the costs in the popular universities are very high, there are also more affordable universities with a high standard of study. Also, several scholarships are given, both from the universities themselves and from endowments around the world, which in some cases cover the entire tuition fee. Finally, you can work in various positions on campus and cover part of your expenses!



Requirements for studying in the USA

The requirements for studying in the USA include English language certificates, such as IELTS, TOEFL or CPE, etc., a copy of a passport or identity card, a translated copy of a high school diploma for undergraduates and a copy of a diploma for postgraduates, as well as a student visa for a residence permit in the country.

Individual documents such as transcripts, curriculum vitae, and personal statement may be requested in US graduate programs, as in all graduate applications worldwide.




The IELTS certification is one of the most popular for studying abroad, but also for work. The year of acquisition and the score are two equally important factors for your admission to universities abroad..



The TOEFL test is an English language certification that is accepted in almost all English-speaking universities and together with IELTS are the two most popular certificates for studying abroad.



A good level of English is a basic requirement for applications to study abroad. One of the most popular proofs of proficiency that is accepted is the CAE (Cambridge Advanced Exam) which you will need for admission to a university in that country.

Student Visa


The student visa is the most important document you must have if you want to study abroad. Some countries, however, do not require a student visa, such as European Union member countries if you are a European citizen.



The passport is a necessary document that you must have for studying abroad. Although in most countries of the European Union only your national identity card is sufficient - if you are a European citizen - we recommend having a passport for easier movements and less paperwork.

Copy of your degree


For master's studies abroad it is necessary to have a copy of your degree translated into English or the language required by each university. The required score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program of your interest to see the exact ratings.

Copy of high school diploma


For bachelor's studies abroad it is necessary to have a high school diploma translated into English or the language required by each university. The required degree score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program you are interested in to be sure.



Scholarships to study in the USA

Financially weaker students can claim scholarships to study in the US through the universities themselves, but also look for government scholarships.

You can also look for scholarships in your country of origin, as for example in Greece, where many scholarships are given for studying abroad every year. Another way to get funding is to apply to study in the US through Brive and claim one of our scholarships.

Brive Scholarships


Brive Scholarships help you fund your dream by completing study abroad applications through our innovative platform. Apply with one click, claim one of the 3 scholarships and start your career with the most reliable ally!

Universities Scholarships


Most universities internationally provide scholarships for studying abroad, covering either all or part of the tuition fees. You can claim your own scholarship, as long as you start your search early to get ahead.

Government Scholarships


Most countries that have invested significant funds in the development and evolution of their education system to make it attractive to international students offer government scholarships to help young talent thrive academically at their universities. Are you one of them?



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What are the best cities to study in the USA?


The best cities to study in USA are Boston, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore and San Diego.

What is the average cost of living for students in the USA?


The average cost of living for students in the US is around $500-700/month for a roommate or dorm (varies from university to university), with total monthly expenses around $1000-1500. Living in a private apartment can be very expensive, which varies by city, region and type of home.

In what languages are bachelor's and master's degrees offered in the USA?


The languages in which bachelor's and master's degrees are offered in the USA are English.

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