Thousands of international students travel to study in the USA each year in search of world class education, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and invaluable life experience. However, unless you do plenty of research into tuition fees and funding opportunities, as well as those essential living costs, the cost of study in the USA could come as a surprise. Thankfully, there are plenty of affordable universities and destinations in the US. Here are just a few places to consider:\r\n
\r\n\r\nLocated in Rexburg, Idaho, Brigham Young University (BYU) is known as one of the most affordable colleges in the United States. There are a wide range of courses to choose from including life sciences, business, communication, and the arts. Not only is the university itself affordable, the surrounding area is too. Housing costs in nearby Idaho Falls are 29 per cent below the national average, making this an affordable location for International Students.\r\n\r\nAt the time of writing, tuition costs at BYU are the same for international and domestic students, although students can save a significant amount of money on their tuition if they’re a member of the Latter-day Saints Church. International students require the support of a sponsor to prove financial ability. Your sponsor could include anyone from your parents to the government. You can learn more about tuition costs at BYU on the university’s admissions website.\r\n
\r\n\r\nConway, Arkansas boasts living costs 12.1% below the national average. Not only is this an affordable area, The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is one of the cheapest colleges in the nation. Students at UCA enjoy a generous athletics programme, numerous student organisations, and a versatile choice of degrees.\r\n\r\nAccording to a database that assessed the net cost of universities across the US, students can expect to pay around $9,000 per year at UCA.\r\n
Wichita Falls, Texas
\r\n\r\nWichita Falls has long had a reputation for being an affordable place for students to live. Housing costs are affordable and unemployment rates are low too, meaning students can often take up part-time work if they wish.\r\n\r\nWhen it comes to choosing an institution to study with, international students have two main options. Midwestern State University is a popular choice for those looking for affordable education in the South, with approximately 6,000 students across 255 acres.\r\n\r\nWichita State University (WSU) is another option for international students looking for an affordable yet rewarding learning experience. WSU takes pride in emphasising innovation and entrepreneurship throughout every academic programme, meaning you’re likely to graduate with a business-focussed attitude and a number of career opportunities.\r\n
\r\n\r\nWith the average house in Springfield, Illinois costing approximately 39% below the national average, students in this area can often benefit from much lower rental costs than they would in other parts of the US.\r\n\r\nAnd with universities such as The University of Illinois’ (UI) Springfield campus offering extensive resources and boasting ‘world class’ status, international students could open up a world of opportunities in Springfield.\r\n\r\nThe campus includes an impressive 746 acres and has numerous academic buildings, residential halls, and research labs. Whether you’re studying business administration or computer science, there’s something for every international student at UI Springfield.\r\n
\r\n\r\nInternational students studying in Oklahoma can benefit from first class education and beautiful scenery and sights without an unaffordable price tag.\r\n\r\nBordered by Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado and New Mexico, Oklahoma is a fantastic place for international students looking to sample a number of US states during their period of study.\r\n\r\nSouthwestern Oklahoma State University is a popular option amongst students looking to immerse themselves in a small yet successful institution. Tuition costs are low and there are plenty of scholarship opportunities. The university culture is relaxed and friendly, with many students talking proudly of the various internships available to them during their studies.\r\n\r\nSo why study in the USA? You’ll be able to take your pick from thousands of courses and culture-rich universities, you’ll get the chance to explore one of the most fascinating countries in the world, and boost your employability in the process. Student life in the USA is rewarding, educational and, most importantly, great fun.\r\n\r\nIf you’d like to learn more about studying in the US or you’d like help finding the best course and institution for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at IEC Abroad.