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Study Overseas in English for Free or almost Free!

7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free):

 

Article about attending college in Europe or Brazil

 

 

College Eligibility and Planning Links

CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

In order to enroll as a full-time student in a California Community College, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or be at least 18 years old.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (UC) AND CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU)

Students must complete the A-G course sequence and meet eligibility requirements established by the UC and CSU system. 

PRIVATE AND OUT-OF-STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Since individual colleges and universities have different admission requirements, visit each colleges website for more information. The links below are provided to assist in the research process.

  • California Colleges - Learn about admission requirements, how to apply, and more for all higher-education segments in California.

  • The Association of California Independent Colleges - You will find college applications, financial aid information, virtual campus tours, and much more.

  • Colleges of Distinction -  Which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed?  You’ll find both prominent names and “hidden gems” on our list. What they have in common is their excellent reputation among high school guidance counselors and education professionals, not to mention employers and graduate schools. 

  • Colleges That Change Lives - In an era when college rankings and name-brand recognition seem to drive the search process, many students, parents and counselors may be left questioning the options for a good college match. Inspired by noted education reporter Loren Pope, Colleges That Change Lives helps families change the way they think about colleges and the college search.

  • I'm First - an online community for first-generation college students and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college.

General College Search Engines

Search Engine Description
Naviance Family Connection The official search engine of Lynbrook High School.  It lists visits of college 
Cappex They offer a slightly different approach to the college search which includes college matching, scholarship matching and visual admissions scattergrams.
College Board's College Search Big Future by the College Board that offers an extensive college search.
CollegeData College matching with search options for scholarships, majors and financial aid.
College Prowler A search engine created by students with recommendations. NOTE: take recommendations (good and bad) with a healthy bit of skepticism.  The student could be very bitter or the school could be posting the note as a student.
College Reality Check

For any school within the US, find out the average of how much you can expect to pay given your family’s income level, how many years it takes students to graduate, how much income students make in their first year after graduation, and how likely they are to default on their student loans.

CollegeView Search Search tools for a number of areas.
Edmission Free college admission resource
IPEDS College Search The National Center for Educational Statistic show you how a university performs by the numbers.
Peterson's College Guide The no-fee side of the for-profit company offers extensive search options.
Princeton Review A rankings-based site of the test prep company.
Student Lingo (Foothill) A free site with videos on the college admission or selection process.
U.S. College Search A free resource covering all the colleges and program offerings in the US with occupational guides, financial aid resources and FAQ’s on all the different programs.

These search engines to help students identify or narrow down their college lists based on specific school characteristics (campus size, surrounding area, student body, etc.).

Specialty Programs, Colleges and Universities

Type of College/University Description
Auto Mechanic Schools Auto Mechanic Schools in the San Jose Area.
Aviation Colleges These colleges specialize in pilot training, aeronautics, and many other flight related disciplines.

 

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British Universities

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are home to some of the world’s top universities. Many of them are less expensive than the average four-year private American university – and many accept US financial aid. Many degree programs are 3-year programs. NOTE: you will most likely have to take a series of additional exams to enter a UK university. 
Canadian Universities Canada’s public system of richly funded research universities means the tuition fees international students pay are much less than for comparable universities in the U.S.A.
German Academic Exchange Service Information about universities in Germany where you can study in English, German, or both. These programs are often quite affordable.
Religious Colleges Religious colleges have an affiliation with a specific religion, such as Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, etc.  They have varying levels of religiosity of campus with some being religious in name only to some having theology required.
Test Optional Colleges Listing of colleges and universities that do not require the SAT or ACT.
Technical Schools Guide A free resource covering all the technical schools and programs in the US with career guides and resources to  help people discover career paths that match their skill sets and life goals. 
US Naval Academy Steps for admission.  Start no later than your junior year of high school.