Sports scholarships are funds that a student athlete receives from a university and in return plays for their sports team. In the United States there are scholarships for a total of 29 sports both in men’s and women’s categories, of which the most predominant in Serbia are: basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, swimming, water polo, athletics, etc…
The tuition fees depend on the academic strength of the universities and range between 20000$ and 40000$ annually. The price includes: lectures, textbooks, tutors, accommodation, meals and taxes. If a student athlete is granted a 100% scholarship then all these expenses are covered for him. The scholarship does not cover: the airline ticket, health insurance, visas nor expenses related to the preparation for studying in the USA. The university covers the expenses of travelling related to sport and competitions (airfares, accommodation, meals …) and it provides the athlete with sports equipment. The percentage of the scholarship an athlete can receive depends on their athletic abilities. 100% scholarships are most commonly granted to female athletes while scholarships for male athletes range between 60% and 90%. The reason behind this is the fact that American football and baseball are among the most popular men’s sports in US universities and a large number of scholarships is granted for these sports, unlike women’s sports, and consequently there are less funds in the budget for the sports that are popular here. For examples, for a men’s tennis team which consists of 6 players and at least two reserve players, the coach usually has only four to five full scholarships which he needs to distribute to a minimum of 8 players in a way that everybody is satisfied. Who will be granted a larger or a smaller scholarship is decided solely by the coach depending on the players’ abilities and results. It is important to note that a sports scholarship is granted for a period of one year, after which the coach redistributes the funds in his budget depending on the achieved sports results. The percentage of the scholarship also depends on the time period in which the student athlete enrolls in the university. One can go to study in the USA in January (Spring Semester) or in August (Fall Semester). Also, it is important to stress that as an international student, you are automatically eligible to receive an international scholarship which is independent of the sports scholarship. A student is eligible to apply for that scholarship if their GPA is 3.5 (equivalent to 4.5 in Serbian high schools). These scholarships range between 2000$ and 8000$ per semester. By combining the sports scholarship with the international scholarship you can get full financial coverage or the so-called full scholarship.
International students have the opportunity to work and earn money within their university. This is recommended for students who do not receive a full scholarship. There are numerous activities that a student can perform: working in the library, school post office or shop, maintenance of the campus grounds, etc… To ensure that educational obligations are not neglected, the student is limited to 20 working hours per week during the semester and 40 working hours per week during vacations and holidays. For 20 working hours per week, a student receives 150$, that is 600$ per month while school is in progress. That means that for one hour of work a student receives on average about 7.5$. One must bare in mind the 10% which will be deducted for taxes from the total income, of which a certain amount will be returned after a while (at the end of the year). Our agency can get involved in negotiations with the schools if you want that kind of a job, which will increase your chances of getting a job on arrival at the university.
Associate Degree is an undergraduate degree awarded by American colleges. The student receives that degree upon completion of Junior College, usually lasting 2 years. The advantage of Junior Colleges is that they have more lenient criteria for admission of students. Our clients who, on the SAT an TOEFL tests, do not achieve the required score for admission to four-year studies, often enroll in Junior College in order to improve their English and proceed with their studies. The same goes for students who, for some reason, are unable to pass NCAA clearing house, whether because of the AMATERISM QUESTIONNAIRE or due to a weak GPA in high school. Students that attain the Associate Degree (after attending Junior College) have the possibility to move on to four-year studies in a university, and after two years of study they acquire a Bachelor’s Degree.
A Bachelor’s Degree is awarded after four years of studies. Most universities have hundreds of different courses of studies, so after the first year which is the same for all students, they must decide what type of diploma they want, that is which course they want to follow. After graduation and the acquiring of the Bachelor’s Degree, students have the opportunity to be employed, since all international students receive a work visa for one year after their graduation and this gives them the opportunity to prove themselves within the US business system.
A Master’s Degree is a higher degree acquired after attending one or two additional years of studies after receiving the Bachelor’s Degree. Sports scholarships are not awarded for Master’s studies. It is important to note that it is not possible to receive a sports scholarship just for attending Master’s studies since there are no sports scholarships intended for Master’s students. However, if a student proves himself to be a good athlete and student, he has a chance of receiving funds from the university if he is to be kept by the head coach as an assistant coach in the team.
The MBA Degree (Master of Business Administration) is the most prestigious degrees for management studies in the United States and beyond. It is important to mention that the most appreciated degrees are those awarded for majors of: business, finance, engineering, communications, computer technology and journalism, etc…
After leaving for studies in the USA, students spend most of their time in university towns – campuses, which can, depending on the university, receive from 20000 to 60000 students. Within the campus there are sports facilities (stadiums, sports halls, tennis courts, swimming pools, etc…), teaching facilities, accommodations and entertainment facilities… Some campuses have their own bus services that enable students to move quickly from one destination in the campus to another. Everything within the campus is adapted to the students’ needs, which makes it easier for students to organize their time and complete their studies.
During their first year, all students attend a general course of studies, which is a mitigating circumstance for foreign students as it allows them time to adapt to the US study system during that year and it gives them an opportunity to discover their real interests and choose the course of studies that they wish to pursue. Upon completion of the first year, students choose their study course which will determine their future occupation. Students usually choose the business course, although finance, journalism, medicine, languages, architecture, psychology, information technology and other are also very popular.
In Most universities the academic year is divided into 2 semesters, the first lasting from August until December (FALL semester) and the second from January until May (SPRING semester). Students can also choose to attend summer school which lasts for several months and allows students the opportunity to accelerate their studies or improve unsatisfactory results during the semester.
In order to complete the four-year studies, each student must receive from 120 to 130 credits, depending on their program. This means that a student receives on average 15 credits per semester, that is to say he has 15 hours of lectures each week. For each subject that a student passes, he is awarded from 1 to 4 credits. A special advantage is the fact that students choose their own classes and make their own schedule. Also, students that have difficulties in mastering the material can choose to work with tutors who make learning significantly easier.
Each university determines how many points it will allow the student to transfer from a European to a US university, as well as from one US university to another. European universities usually fully acknowledge the study years completed at US universities. An important fact is that a student who completes four-year studies in the US (Bachelor’s Degree) is considered to be a qualified worker in all of Europe.