MS in USA or in EUROPE?Rahul Singh
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 superlative universities, it is necessary to consider a few things about attending graduate school abroad. In this article, we will determine the pros and cons of European and American education system and highlight 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 esteemed universities such as Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The 2015-2016 World University Rankings list states that 90 universities the top 200 universities in the world are located in the USA. Improve your vocabulary with Verbal Maximiser
Duration of Course
One of the key differences between the education system in the US and Europe is the duration 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 and concise 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 and have a good weightage in your resume. Read on to find how to crack GRE in 3 months
The cost of education in the United States is generally higher than that in European countries. Universities in different countries of Europe may have different charges, but the cost may go up to £10000 per year. In order to reduce the financial burden on students studying in the European universities, scholarship amounting up 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 of Europe.In order to help students cover the tuition fee, loans are available through the government of USA. 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 immigrants pursuing a graduate program in the US.
You are eligible for the graduate courses in most of the American universities only if you have completed 16 years of schooling (12 + 4), whereas, in Europe, many universities allow 15 years undergraduate studies. There is a great language barrier in some European countries,for this reason students are required to learn foreign languages, for instance, learning German level A1 and A2 is pre-requisite in many German universities. European universities are more academic oriented than their American courses. In order to get enrolled to American universities, aspirants are required to appear for exams like GRE, SAT or GMAT and get a minimum score requirement in TOEFL and IELTS. European universities require the students to be a consummate in English language and successfully accomplish one of these exams; IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), English preparatory program. In case you have average academic scores, it’s advisable to excel in GRE in order to get into a good American university.
Most of the American universities begin in mid to late August or early September and take a break from mid-December to early January. The semester pattern varies among every university – it can be either a trimester or a quarter system as well. A majority of the intakes are open to Fall (August), and some intakes happen in Spring (Jan) as well. The European courses usually commence by mid-September and take a break around Christmas(late December) to mid-January. Similar to the US, European universities too, have semester or trimester pattern depending upon the university. The deadlines of applying to the USA are much earlier than that of their European counterparts.
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