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Where can I find more information about the US educational system?

What kinds of study opportunities are available in the US?

I would like to study medicine in the United States. What opportunities are available?

I currently hold a master's degree in medicine and want to obtain my doctoral degree in

the US. What are my options?

I would like to study in the US. Where can I find more information on exchange programs?

I would like to expand my teaching experience to the US. What are my options?

In terms of degrees, how is the US tertiary educational sector structured?


Where can I find more information about the US educational system?
The US Department of Education provides detailed information about the structure of the US educational system, its institutions, its programs, and its opportunities for studies in North America. Similar content, focused on higher education, is available at the Web site of Education USA. The US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers information for international and American students. The Austrian and German US embassies also offer a wide range of information about the US-American educational system. A general description of the structure, the characteristics, and the problems of the US educational system can be found through the Web sites of Wikipedia as well as the USA Study Guide. A comprehensive list of US graduate schools can be accessed through the Web site GradSchools.com.

What kinds of study opportunities are available in the US?
Since the US educational system is strongly decentralized, it is best to request information directly from the institutions (colleges, universities, etc.) of interest. The Web site EducationUSA, launched by the State Department, offers a general overview of opportunities for study in the US. The Austrian Agency for International  Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OEAD-GmbH, Österreichische Agentur für internationale Mobilität und Kooperation in Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung) offers a wide range of information on research and study abroad. The online database of this Web site allows specific searches for countries, scholarships and research funding. Information on scholarships is offered by the Fulbright Commission. The US Department of Education also makes relevant information available for students on its Web site.

I would like to study medicine in the United States. What opportunities are available?
The Association of American Medical Colleges provides detailed information for “tomorrow’s doctors,” as well as a list of schools that offer medical programs. The Web site univsource.com also provides an overview of private and public universities in the US, and offers the opportunity to group requested information according to area of interest, e.g. medicine. Since the US educational system is strongly decentralized, it is best to request information directly from the respective institutions.

I currently hold a master's degree in medicine and want to obtain my doctoral degree in the US. What are my options?
Since the US educational system is strongly decentralized, it is best to request information on available options directly from the institutions of interest. The article “PhD in USA” or the information provided by the USA Study Guide on the topic offer an initial point of reference for further information.

I would like to study in the US. Where can I find more information on exchange programs?
Austrian students interested in studying abroad in the US will find information on the topic in the “Studying Abroad” section of the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH, Österreichische Hochschülerinnen und Hochschülerschaft). Unfortunately, this information is only available in German. The section provides interested students with details on studying abroad, as well as on international internships and summer programs. Also, further links to relevant Web sites are provided. A list of all international offices of Austrian universities is provided by the ÖH. Detailed information on programs offered by different universities, can be requested from the respective international offices directly. Another point of contact is the US Embassy in Vienna. Their Web site offers substantial information ranging from general information about the US educational system, through more specific information on different universities and programs, to visa information. Further links on those topics lead to additional sources of information.

I would like to expand my teaching experience to the US. What are my options?
For a foreign citizen, teaching in the US requires detailed preparations. 21st Century Teacher offers support during the planning and research process. The information provided on the Web site includes a list of prerequisites for teaching in the US. The American Federation of Teachers offers general information on teaching in the US in English. The Fulbright Commission gives qualified teachers the chance to participate in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program and describes the program in greater detail online.

In terms of degrees, how is the US tertiary educational sector structured?
The US Journal of Academics offers a wide variety of articles on different topics concerning studying in the US, and provides brief and to-the-point definitions of the bachelor’s, the master’s, and the doctoral degrees. For recognition of academic and professional qualifications, the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) provides comprehensive information. Its Web site is arranged according to countries and offers information on Austria, Canada, and the US.

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Related Links:

US Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml?src=a
US Department of Education - Information: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/edlite-index.html
Education USA: http://www.educationusa.state.gov/
US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: http://exchanges.state.gov/programs/university.html
US Embassy in Austria - information about education and study in the USA: http://austria.usembassy.gov/
US Embassy in Germany - information about educational and cultural exchange: http://germany.usembassy.gov/
Wikipedia on the US education system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_the_United_States
USA Study Guide: http://www.usastudyguide.com/overview.htm
GradSchools.com - a comprehensive list of US graduate schools: http://www.gradschools.com/
EducationUSA: http://www.educationusa.state.gov/
Austrian Exchange Service: http://www.oead.ac.at/_start/index_english.html
Fulbright Commission: http://www.fulbright.co.uk/eas/studyus/index.html
US Department of Education - information about studying in the US: http://www.ed.gov/students/landing.jhtml?src=pn?src=rt
Association of American Medical Colleges: http://www.aamc.org/
List of medical programs in the US: http://services.aamc.org/memberlistings/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.search&search_type=MS
univsource.com: http://www.univsource.com/med.htm
PhD in the US: http://www.indobase.com/study-abroad/countries/usa/phd-in-usa.html
USA Study Guide: http://www.usastudyguide.com/mastersandphd.htm
21 Century Teacher: http://www.21stcenturyteacher.com/homeusa.htm
American Federation of Teachers: http://www.aft.org/
Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program: http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/
Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH): http://www.oeh.ac.at/en/?no_cache=1
ÖH - Studying Abroad (available in German only): http://www.oeh.ac.at/en/studieren/studieren_im_ausland/
ÖH - Austrian University’s international offices (available in German only): http://www.oeh.ac.at/studieren/studieren_im_ausland/auslandsbueros/
US Embassy in Vienna: http://austria.usembassy.gov/
US Journal of Academics: http://www.usjournal.com/
US Journal of Academics - Definition of BA, MA, and PhD: http://www.usjournal.com/en/students/help/degrees.html
National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC): http://www.enic-naric.net/index.aspx?c=USA
Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program: http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/