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Why Study in the United States

The United States has thousands of accredited colleges and universities renowned for quality, numerous programs of study, and flexibility to change fields of study and schools. The wide range of tuition and living costs makes the United States affordable for hundreds of thousands of international students each year. Whichever region you choose, you’re sure to find the right campus for you. Your journey to study in the United States begins today.

Studying in the United Sates – Introductory Information (PDF – 44 KB)

Are you interested in studying in the USA?  Then EducationUSA is your source for all of the information you’ll need.

EducationUSA actively promotes U.S. higher education around the world by offering accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational institutions in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities. Millions of prospective students learn about U.S. study opportunities through EducationUSA centers each year.

Advising centers are staffed by professional advisers, many of whom have first-hand experience having studied in the United States themselves; they adhere to ethical standards and have usually received State Department-approved training about U.S. higher education and the advising process.  EducationUSA is committed to working with the full array of institutions, organizations, and individuals that advance opportunities for qualified international students to study in the United States. This includes agents identified by accredited U.S. higher education institutions as their representatives overseas. Please review our policy for working with agents.

If you wish to speak with an EducationUSA adviser here in Trinidad and Tobago, please contact the American Center at ircpos@state.gov.

In the United States, accreditation is the primary way to know that an institution or program provides a quality education. Both Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and U.S. Department of Education keep lists of accredited institutions. Make certain that the U.S. institution you apply to is accredited.

Some useful links:

Accreditation list by the U.S. Department of Education

Accreditation list by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago

You may wish to visit the following websites for additional information to help you in the process of studying in the United States.
  • College Board — Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
  • The Common Application — The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 35 years ago, has been committed to help with college planning, applications, and beyond.
  • OAS Rowe Fund is a student loan program of the Organisation of American States (OAS). It helps citizens from Latin American and Caribbean OAS member countries finance a portion of their studies or research at accredited universities in the United States by awarding interest free loans. Prospective applicants must be accepted to, or currently studying at, an accredited U.S. university and demonstrate good academic records in addition to full-time enrollment. Applications are received and reviewed on a year-round basis. The maximum loan amount per student is $15,000. For eligibility requirements and application forms, visit: www.oas.org/en/rowefund and follow us on Facebook. Please send any questions to rowefund@oas.org
  • Exchanges Connect — Connect – Communicate – Collaborate.  An international social network managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs that highlights first-person stories about cultures, commonalities, and exchange program experiences.
  • International Education Week — A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate and promote international education and exchange.
  • Institute of International Education — IIE, an independent non-profit organization founded in 1919, is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. IIE administers over 200 programs serving more than 20,000 individuals each year.
  • CHEA: Council for Higher Education Accreditation — Database of accredited institutions and programs.  The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a private, non-profit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. It is the primary national voice for voluntary accreditation and quality assurance to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education.  Database of accredited institutions and programs: http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp
  • Petersons-EducationUSA — Designed by Peterson’s, official web site of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for advisers and international students searching for appropriate schools and academic programs.
  • CollegeWeekLive — Get college application tips and advice online at CollegeWeekLive, the world’s largest college fair. CollegeWeekLive revolutionizes college admissions, making the process easier by saving you time. CollegeWeekLive connects colleges with students, parents, counselors live online. CollegeWeekLive is free. Join hundreds of colleges and universities from around the world and tens of thousands of high-school students. Watch college application and admissions experts speak on topics such as how to prepare for the SAT, how to write a winning application essay or how to pay for college. Video chat with college students to learn what campus life is really like.