Pursuing a four-year Bachelor's degree in the United States just got cheaper and easier

The programme has been created to broaden opportunities for the students who want to study in the U.S. but lack resources or knowledge, said David Finegold.

Pursuing a four-year Bachelor's degree in the United States just got cheaper and easier. American Honours launched a unique programme which promises to cut down under graduate costs of a student by anywhere between 40 per cent and 90 per cent.

Students selected for the programme will study the initial two years in community colleges run by the U.S. Government after which they can study in any established University or College by transferring the credits.

According to the programme coordinators, they have tied up with more than 55 colleges and universities, including Ivy League institutions like Standford, to felicitate the transfer of students.

The programme has been created to broaden opportunities for the students who want to study in the U.S. but lack resources or knowledge; said David Finegold, Chief Academic Officer, American Honors.

“Unlike in India, an honours degree in the U.S. context is about soft skills, ability to learn in cross cultural teams and small classes. This way a strong education foundation is laid for the students. In the U.S. or India, there is a widening gap in higher education between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. This programme will help reduce that inequality for the talented or motivated students who lack the resources.”

The initial two years will not just hone the skills and prepare the students for their upcoming transition, but also give them a fair chance in obtaining scholarships, said Mr. David.

The programme, which was started three years ago for the U.S. and international students, covers various Bachelors courses in Pre-engineering, sciences, humanities, health related fields and others. About 1,400 students from across the globe are enrolled for this programme for this academic year’s fall admission.

The American Honors is also trying to tie up with institutions in the sub-continent so that the selected students can pursue their first year of Bachelors degree programme locally before continuing with the programme in the U.S. from second year.

Interested students can look up for more information or admission process at www.americanhonors.org

Source :The Hindu, June 11, 2015