International Study Center

Education in the USA

Gain a globally respected degree

The home of innovation, America is one of the best education providers in the world. Standards are high, and degrees are respected around the world. The university education system is flexible, and is best suited to students who wish to gain a broad and rich education that is recognized throughout the world.


American education system

Across America there are colleges and universities where you can achieve a higher education in both undergraduate and graduate studies. Colleges are usually smaller, offering fewer degree choices to a smaller population of students, while universities are much larger and contain multiple groups of schools or colleges in many subject areas to a large population of students.

Liberal arts education

In the USA, you will study in a format known as a “liberal arts education.” Your studies will focus on your degree subject, while you are also exposed to additional disciplines you may not have otherwise chosen, including literature, art, mathematics, and science. By studying a variety of subjects you will experience different learning strategies, gaining a broad knowledge and transferable skills.

Explore your interests

Universities in the USA usually do not require students to declare a major until halfway through an undergraduate degree. Students usually need to declare by their third year, and you are free to change, though changing does often require taking additional classes to meet the graduation requirements.

Many American students switch majors during their undergraduate studies, as they discover different fields they enjoy or are good at. This allows you to try different subjects before committing to a specific course.


Unique degrees

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Create the future of your dreams with respected degree programs from Lynn. Explore your interests, gain skills and reach your goals

Types of degrees in the USA 

There are three main degree categories at universities in the USA, with four main degree types.


Many students in the USA choose to begin their education at a community college. Often, students will choose a community college in their hometown before transferring to a larger university elsewhere. Most community colleges offer a two-year undergraduate program, where students will complete one of two types of Associate’s Degrees:

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

Undergraduate degrees, also known as bachelor’s degrees, are typically designed to be completed in four years of full-time study, and require you to complete roughly 120 credits, though these will vary depending on the institution.

To be considered a full time student at Lynn, you will need to be enrolled in a minimum of three courses (9-16 credits) per semester. There are bachelor’s degrees to suit all interests, from arts to sciences. International students can progress to undergraduate study at Lynn through the International Year.

After completing an undergraduate degree, some international students choose to continue their studies at the graduate degree by completing a:

  • master’s degree or
  • doctoral degree

Graduate degrees can be academic based, research-based, or can focus on a specific industry. A typical course involves in-depth independent study and many graduate students also teach classes at the university as part of their study. For full time students, it usually takes three to four semesters to complete.

Lynn offers an accelerated master's program, meaning you can complete your graduate study in as little as one year. You can progress to graduate master's study at Lynn by starting with the Pre-master’s Program.

Take the first step

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Start your journey to higher education with pathway programs at the International Study Center, where you will be supported to learn and grow

International Year

Prepare to enter your bachelor's degree at the University with the academic and English language skills you need to succeed

Pre-master's Program

Prepare to begin your master's degree while developing your critical thinking skills and gaining credit towards your degree

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching in American universities involves a combination of group lectures, group discussions, and individual learning. Some degrees involve practical work or fieldwork. The balance of these different aspects depends on the university, and your degree.

Most undergraduate degrees involve a combination of lectures, practical laboratory experience, and smaller classes focused in your field.

The type and amount of assessment required depends on your degree. Some degrees involve regular assessment, and others may only be assessed with a final exam. Assessments may include coursework, group work, presentations, participation, essays, exams, and a final dissertation.

Throughout each a degree, you will be expected to carry out independent research.

You will be expected to use your resource skills to use the University’s library and online materials, with the support of a teacher or tutor. Throughout your degree you will be expected to manage your own workload.

In most American universities, you will have access to structured tutoring support at academic centers on campus, or specialized support offered by your the support of a personal tutor.

The role of your tutor is to provide academic support and pastoral care. Students tend to meet with their tutor(s) in small groups and on a one-to-one basis. This close contact gives you individual attention and support.

Your career development

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During your studies we will support you to develop your career understanding and prepare to enter the world of work

We’ll get you to where you want to be – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about online learning.