Should international students consider applying to community college?

Community college in the US is sometimes referred to as a ‘junior college’, and offers a more accessible and cheaper option for students to pursue higher education. These are typically known as two-year institutions where students can receive an associate degree (two-years) or professional certificate. However, it has recently been reported that a growing number of community colleges are also offering Bachelor degree programmes – mainly in business, IT, computer programming and healthcare. Debra Bragg, Director of Community College Research Initiatives at the University of Washington, told US News that there are over 120 public community colleges in 25 states, offering more than 400 baccalaureate degree programmes. While community college is normally associated with local students, they are also open to international students. In the current ‘knowledge economy’ where the acquisition of skills is becoming more important than a diploma from an elite institution, going to a community college is a valid option for international students, and the chance for them to study abroad without the high cost.

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