«Education in the USA» lecture for «Ustat-2» participants

February 23, 2015, 06:00

On February 20, 2015, the American Corner Information Center in the K. Bayalinova Republican Library for Children and Youth held a lecture on education in the United States for beneficiaries of the project "Ustat-2".

We are grateful to consultant on education in the United States, Mirlan Kenjebayev, for his useful, interesting and productive lecture.

During the event, “Ustat” participants learned how to enroll in educational institutions, the difference between community colleges and universities, the prices of education and what requirements exist to study in the US. The girls learned that though studying in the US is prestigious and beneficial, it is necessary to know English and be certified in TOEFL to do so.

Participants were also presented a video about how Kyrgyz students live and study in the US and about the difficulties they face, but also how important a good education is.

One of the participants, Perizat Anarbekova, a student in grade 11 at school №84, explained what she needed to achieve in order to study in the US: "First, I will set a goal to learn 30 words in English every day, and then I will pass the TOEFL. When I do so, I will apply for a scholarship because my family cannot pay the full amount."

The girls talked about the difference between a two-year and a four-year education:

A Community College education:

- Two-year institutions of higher education may have different names: Community colleges, junior colleges, technical colleges or liberal arts colleges. This category also includes a number of colleges and schools with narrow specializations: Agriculture, publishing, art and others. They offer courses leading to professional or vocational qualifications (certificates);

A university education:

- Four-year study in the United States makes it possible to obtain: Academic degrees (Associate’s or Bachelor’s), academic degrees (Master, or rarely PhD), professional qualifications or vocational qualifications. Four-year colleges are often very similar to those of universities, both in the profile and level of training.