How does the education system work in the USA?

 In Brazil, we have elementary school, then high school. In general, in High School, students take ENEM or other entrance exams, and then access Higher Education, to take a course they choose at the time of the entrance exam. But how does this education system work in the USA?

To find out, we talked to Mark Santos, who has lived in Florida since the age of 15 and is currently studying Computer Science at the University of South Florida. Brazilian with Green Card, he tells us that the system has many similarities with the Brazilian - but there are many differences too! Check out:

As in Brazil, students from the USA apply for places at the universities they want throughout high school. But the admission process is much more holistic, and involves both the result of a test (the SAT ) and other characteristics, such as the essay, the letter of motivation and the candidate's background.

There are also public and private universities there. The difference is that public companies receive government subsidies, so they tend to be cheaper. But private companies also offer a series of scholarship opportunities , through agreements with other companies. College websites often highlight these opportunities.

Once inside, students need to choose at least 12 credits per semester to be considered a “full time student” - this is important, because some scholarships require this commitment. In the education system in the USA, each subject has a number of different credits (usually 3 or 4), just like in Brazil. And there, the student pays for the university according to the number of credits he makes.

Class hours, however, are not the only part of the studies! For each hour of class, there is usually at least one more hour of study or assignments involved. And in addition to the major (the main course that the student chooses at the end of his first year), it is also possible to take a minor (another complementary area of ​​study). There are more credits and more studies, but the student graduates with one more subject in his diploma.

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