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Studying in the United States of America

Each year over 10,000 students from British schools choose to attend a university in the USA for a period of study. With more than 3500 institutions America offers unrivalled variety for UK students and, with more universities in the QS World University rankings than any other country, the quality is unmatched.

We run a tour focusing on Universities in the New York and Boston area each April in order to enable you to really get a feel for life in America.
One of the key questions regarding studying in the US is often around cost. University can be expensive – but its important to point out that, particularly for British students seeking to study in the USA, there are a variety of grants and scholarships to help you to apply.

Some universities, for example Harvard, operate a ‘needs-blind’ admissions policy. Admission is assessed only on merit. 61.5% of full time undergrads at Harvard receive financial support, with an average amount of £26,233 ($39,156).

Our USA Tour

30 students from across the UK will join us for a week-long tour, starting in New York and travelling to Boston, before returning to the UK from New York. During this time we will visit a number of colleges and universities including Columbia, Yale, Harvard and MIT.

Once you have successfully applied to join this tour the Visit University team will communicate with you regularly to understand your academic, social, sporting and other interests. We use this information to plan the precise details of the visit – ensuring that the trip is as relevant and useful for you as possible.

Please add your details at the bottom of this page to express an interest in this tour, and we will send you further information.

University Profiles

Have a look at our brief college profiles for more information on the places we visit during our USA tour. See for more detailed information!


New York University, New York, NYNYu

New York University, founded in 1831, is a private, comprehensive institution. Offering more than 2,500 courses, the undergraduate program aims to cultivate inquiry, creativity, and independent ambition in all students, and to challenge them intellectually, professionally, and personally. The main campus, located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, has no walls or gates to maintain a connection to the surrounding city. Fourteen smaller schools within the university maintain their own traditions, programs, and faculty.

Quick facts

Undergraduate students: 24985
International Students: 15.2%

Yale University, New Haven, CTYale

Yale is a private, Ivy League, liberal arts university. Founded in 1701, it adopted coeducation in 1969. Its 200-acre main campus is located near the centre of New Haven. Campus buildings are primarily in the collegiate Gothic style.

Quick facts

Undergraduate students: 5477
International Students: 10.4%

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA




Harvard, founded in 1636, is a private, Ivy League institution. Its undergraduate college has no established “freshman program.” Students sample courses at the beginning of each semester and create their own study plan with an academic advisor. At the undergraduate level, Harvard promotes close collaboration between students and faculty on coursework and research. Its popular Freshman Seminar Program enables small groups of first-year students to work intimately with faculty on any of 130 different topics. Nearly all Harvard undergraduates live on campus for the first year in dormitories and later in “Houses” led by senior faculty members.

Harvard’s historic 380-acre campus is located in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston

Quick facts

Undergraduate students: 6694
International Students: 11.3%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded in 1861, is a private institution, and, MITlike all great institutions of higher education, it is grounded in the past, interacts with the present and aspires to influence the future. The school applies its talents to problems posed by society, industry, commerce, arts, healing and politics. It has defined new forms of research, scholarship and education. MIT students, faculty and staff are deeply engaged in the process of learning in the classroom, in the laboratory and from each other. There is an exhilarating sense of being at the cutting edge. MIT is intense and demanding, yet the atmosphere is collegial.

The quality, style and content of its educational programs will prepare students for a wide variety of leadership positions in industry, academia and public service, leadership essential to a vital future in an increasingly technological and interdependent world.

Quick facts

Undergraduate students: 4512
International Students: 9.6%

Columbia University, New York, NYColumbia

Columbia University’s School of General Studies, founded in 1947, is a private, coeducational university for non-traditional students who wish to pursue an ivy league education.

Quick facts

Undergraduate students: 1898
International Students: 14.4%