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Education in the USA

The USA offers outstanding study opportunities for international students. Highly rated degrees from universities like Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are respected throughout the world. Guided by top professors, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience that you need for success in your future career.

American Education System

Pursue your undergraduate or graduate degree at colleges and universities in the USA where you can achieve a respected and high quality education. Higher education in the USA is comprised of colleges and universities across the country. Colleges are usually smaller with fewer students and degree choices. Universities are usually large, made up multiple groups of schools or colleges, a large student population, and many subject areas to choose from.

Global Reputation for Excellence

The American education system has one of the finest university systems and is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. Degrees awarded from respected universities in the USA, A&M-Corpus Christi, are recognized and respected by throughout the world by employers and educational institutes, leading you to excellent opportunities globally.

Discover Your Passion

For your undergraduate degree, you will study in a format known as a “liberal education". Early in your degree you will have the freedom to explore a variety disciplines and subjects while also focusing on your subject area. This format allows you the opportunity to become a well-rounded individual, and ensure you are choosing the right degree subject before committing to an undergraduate major. Usually, you will need to declare your major in your third year. Once you have chosen a specific major you will be able to study higher-level subject matter.

Why Study Abroad?

Nicolas from Colombia

"I think it’s a great experience. You learn how to be independent, to take your life into your own hands. Besides academic learning, you learn to grow as a person, as a professional. Your range of opportunities is much wider when you come to the United States."

Nicolas from Colombia studied Economics, BA

Types of Degrees in the USA

Universities in the USA offer four main degree types, which fall into three categories.

Associate Degree

Many students choose to begin their higher education career at the community college level, where you can often find smaller classes. Community colleges also offer many technical skills programs. Students can complete one of two types of degrees at a community college:

  • Associate of Arts (A.A)
  • Associate of Science (A.S.).

An associate's degree is a two-year program. After completing the degree, students can transfer to an undergraduate program at a larger college or university to study an additional two years to earn their bachelor's degree.

Undergraduate Degree

Undergraduate degrees, or bachelor’s degrees, are typically designed to be completed in four years of full-time study. Most programs offer flexibility to study part-time, or take time off school for internship programs.

Full-time students at A&M-Corpus Christi need to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, though you can enroll for additional credits. After successfully completing your undergraduate degree, you can progress to graduate-level study or begin your career. International students can progress to undergraduate study at A&M-Corpus Christi through the International Year.

Graduate Degree

After completing an undergraduate degree, many students choose to continue their academic career by entering a graduate program:

  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree.

Graduate degrees involve in-depth independent study and can be academically based, research based, or focused on a specific industry. Full-time graduate students at A&M-Corpus Christi study 9 credit hours per semester, and complete a degree in one to two years.

You can progress to a master's degree in business, accountancy, or computer science at A&M-Corpus Christi after successfully completing the Pre-Master's Program. A&M-Corpus Christi is one of only 185 institutions with double accreditation in business and accounting.