From England to America

Hey, i'm in England in my first year of sixth form, we need to start thinking about which university we want to go to, and i was thinking about maybe going to America to do it
just wondering if there's anyone else who has done something similar and can say what it was like & how they did it, or just other stuff about anything remotely related to any of it that you have experience of
cheers lads

and why the hell not, some funny England-America stuff:

*not sure where i found this but it was a little funny

"In my ongoing effort to promote world understanding, I tried
to explain the language differences to an American college

Me: "While a Briton, searching for an object, would ask,
'Where is it?' an American would ask, 'Where's it at?'"

Student: "Wow, that's quite a difference. No wonder they
can't find those weapons of mass destruction!"

Me: "Here's something else you'll find interesting: While
Americans study math, the British tend to study maths."

Student: "I prefer math myself. I'd rather not study more
than one of them."

Me: "That's understandable. Here's another difference: While
Americans use the word 'butt,' the British use 'bum.'"

Student: "Really? And what do they do with their cigarette
bums? I toss mine in a trash can."

Me: "I think they throw theirs in a dustbin -- along with
all their dust. Here's another: While Americans use the
word 'period,' the British use 'full stop.'"

Student: "That doesn't make sense. How can it be a 'full
stop' when she's going to have another next month?"

Me: "Good question. Speaking of women, American men might
refer to them as 'chicks,' but British men call them

Student: "Chicks are cuter than birds. I don't think we'd go
nuts over the Dixie Birds."

Me: "Probably not. Here's another difference: In America,
people get engaged; in Britain, phones do, too."

Student: "That makes sense. One phone gives the other a

Me: "Yes, of course. But in America, phones get busy."

Student: "Yes, and people do too. Especially on their
wedding night."

Me: "I wouldn't know about that. Here's another: In America,
students use erasers; in Britain, students use rubbers."

Student: "Really? No wonder they have fewer teen
pregnancies. You can't erase everything, you know."

Me: "Well, of course not. Here's another: While an American
might live in an apartment, a Brit would live in a 'flat.'"

Student: "Flat? That's interesting. I've heard people in
California use the word 'flat' for 'apartment,' but only
after an earthquake."

Me: "Ah, yes. In Britain, they'd call that a double flat.
Here's one you'll really like: While American kids enjoy
cotton candy, British kids enjoy candy floss."

Student: "Candy floss? You're kidding. Don't tell me they
also enjoy candy toothbrushes! Their dentists must be

Me: "I'm not sure about that. As Donald Rumsfeld might say,
that's a known unknown."

wally - from england to america

if you can't offer any advice or anything helpful about moving to America for university, or just in general, funny stuff between the differences are welcome :)

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    Legal Drinking age in the US is 21. That was a factor for us.

    • Dawn
    • March 6, 2013, 4:07 am
    ah yea, that'll be kinda annoying. Turn 18 to start drinking properly and then...wait 3 more years :/
    - Fail4424 March 6, 2013, 3:44 pm
    keyword there is "legal". it all comes down to what kind of friends you have
    - MIKYTEY March 6, 2013, 7:37 pm
    I don't know any friend that wouldn't buy you beer lol. Might cost a bit more though :P
    - casper667 March 7, 2013, 6:45 am
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    American Universities are extremely expensive man, they're expensive as shit for citizens of America so god knows how much they would be for international students

    currently universities over here can, and mostly do, charge £9,000 per year, which i think is $16,950
    surely they can't be more than that?
    - Fail4424 March 6, 2013, 3:45 pm
    The difference is, you will get government loans to cover that whole £9,000 in the UK. No chance for an international to do that in the states
    - poopiteepoop March 6, 2013, 4:25 pm
    ahh, fair point
    we don't need to pay anything back if you can't afford it until you have a job which pays, i don't know but roughly, anything more than £20,000 a year; so it makes it manageable
    you're saying i might not get that if i go there?
    - Fail4424 March 6, 2013, 6:08 pm
    The UK government won't give you a loan to go to uni in the states and the US government won't give you a loan because you're not American.

    I have an english mate who got a scholarship (for playing football) which paid for his whole degree (I believe he studied marketing), so maybe if you're exceptionally good at sports that could be a way in?

    But keep in mind, if you go to uni in the UK, you will have the possibility to study semesters abroad, most unis in the UK have connections with US and Aus to do semesters or years abroad. So that's always an option.
    - poopiteepoop March 6, 2013, 8:22 pm
    In the US, you need to pay either when you register or you can do a payment plan (usually 4 payments over the course of the semester). There is no such thing as not needing to pay here until you get a job. You may be able to get a loan (most likely private - the worst kind of loan) which should pay for your university costs and won't charge you until 6mo after you either graduate or spend 6mo not in school (drop out / take a break).
    - casper667 March 7, 2013, 6:41 am
    nope, not exceptionally good at anything, no way in there
    but that last thing sounds good, one term over there somehow; i don't go to uni for about 1 and a half years, so it's all a long time away, but it sounds like something i could consider doing, cheers :D
    - Fail4424 March 7, 2013, 11:55 am
    yea, this money thing's coming up a lot, not liking the sound of it all :/
    i might do the thing poopiteepoop said above you, go there for 1 term or something
    don't really know yet
    - Fail4424 March 7, 2013, 11:56 am
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    It would help to know what your major is and what college you want to attend?

    I wouldn't really recommend it though unless you have outside financial help as there's really no way to live on your own here and go to college with only a minimum wage part time job.

    which college, i don't even know what part of America to visit

    it's business/business management/anything else business related
    - Fail4424 March 6, 2013, 3:46 pm
    If you plan on business the school I go to is well known for business. I mean its not too well known but it is really nice. But then there are schools in California or Florida which could be nice also.
    - buddyfoeva March 6, 2013, 6:53 pm
    Judging from this list:

    You'll probably want either UCLA or UT - Austin (best price for well known college name). Of course if you're budget is lower then you'll probably want to try a smaller state school such as UTSA or Sac State(~$10,000 per year). All big cities in all states usually have a public college though if you aren't thinking of California or Texas. I would avoid private colleges unless you have the $.
    - casper667 March 7, 2013, 6:32 am
    cheers man, i'll check that out more when i get home and have more time
    are there any areas you recommend i don't go to?
    - Fail4424 March 7, 2013, 11:49 am
    cheers man, yea public sounds right because of the lack of money, but i don't know yet
    also it depends on the level needed to get in, i'll look that up later
    i'm in one of the top schools in the country right now, but near the bottom of it, so i don't know where that would put me in the national rankings, and then converting that to international could be completely different
    - Fail4424 March 7, 2013, 11:51 am
    Not really I mean I wouldn't personally go to a school that's in the middle of a big city. I almost went to SLU which is in the middle of st.louis but the traffic and stuff going other places wouldn't have been fun. It really just depends on what kind of school you want to go to. A party school? A mix or a large campus. There are quite a few different options that I could say which might help you out.
    - buddyfoeva March 10, 2013, 9:17 pm
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    i'm going to a community college since i'm only going for a welding and diesel mechanics course. relatively cheap, with books and everything 14cr hours is roughly $2500

    14 cr hours?
    - Fail4424 March 6, 2013, 3:47 pm
    14 credit hours. Here you have to have so many credit hours to graduate. My major I have to have 124 credit hours. Depending on where you go and what your major is you may have more credit hours. Each class is usually 3-4 credit hours. Although some are more and some are less. It all depends really.
    - buddyfoeva March 6, 2013, 6:45 pm
    as far as the people paying for my college(post 9/11 GI bill) are concerned 12 credit hours is considered full time even though i go to school roughly 4-5 hours a day, 4 days a week. i think a business degree should run about 120-140 hours... my welding takes 114.
    - MIKYTEY March 6, 2013, 7:41 pm
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    I have a buddy that moved here from England and he seems to love it here.

    • Kodi93
    • March 6, 2013, 6:16 pm
    sounds promising
    how did he afford it, some of the guys above were saying about money problems
    and where in America did he go?
    - Fail4424 March 6, 2013, 6:42 pm
    I'm almost certain he received a full ride to a college down in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Soccer (Football). But how he paid for living expensive I have no idea.
    - Kodi93 March 6, 2013, 8:05 pm
    yea, i won't be getting any kind of schollarship anytime soon, so that plan's out the window :P
    but thanks anyway :D
    - Fail4424 March 7, 2013, 11:52 am
    You're welcome sorry I wasn't that great of a help :P
    - Kodi93 March 7, 2013, 5:05 pm
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