How to enroll or transfer to a US university

It all depends on the level of English and academic training. There are three options: Pathway, Direct and Transfer Admission. Let’s consider the methods in more detail.


Pathway is a program of preparation for admission to universities and colleges. We talked about the Pathway in detail in the article “The Pathway Program: How to Enter the United States Without Exams”.. The pathway is suitable for students who do not have a very good level of English. After studying at the program, students enter universities with results from 6.5 points for IELTS or from 80 points for TOEFL. The Pathway program usually lasts a year. Most often, the university, to which the student then enters, counts all the subjects that were studied during the preparation. An additional plus of the program is the openness of the results. A student’s parents can quickly get an assessment of their academic performance.

Direct admission 

To enter a US university directly, you need to pass the TOEFL, IELTS or GMAT language exam. You can enter the magistracy without a language exam. To do this, you need to pass an internal university test and request a GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS waiver (exemption from the exam). GMAT/TOEFL waiver can be obtained by a student whose average score of a certificate or diploma (GPA) is 3.2 points or higher. If the score is lower, you can enroll in the GMAT track program. There, the student will be prepared for the exam.

Transfer inflow 

If a student is already studying at a university and wants to transfer to a US university, a transfer program will suit him. The main requirement is that the main credits (subjects) of specialties must coincide. For example: The student studied economics for two years and now wants to move on to the specialty “Finance and Accounting”. When translating, the list of subjects studied by the student is compared with the list of root subjects in the specialty “Finance and Accounting”. Related specialties have many coincidences, so the student can transfer. If you switch from journalism to an engineer, there will be very few coincidences. The university will not confirm such a transfer. If a student studied by correspondence, you can transfer only from a university that has no problems with accreditation. In this case, each US university has its own requirements for subjects. Usually it is about 32 credits, that is, about a year of study. It depends on the specialty.

Which internship to choose

At the universities with which we cooperate, there are two types of internships: Co-op and advanced training programs. To work after training, you need to get a permit – OPT.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) 

To work in the United States after graduation, you need to obtain Optional Practical Training (OPT) – a work permit. Any student can get OPT for one year. And then there’s STEM OPT, a three-year permit. It can be obtained by students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Items need to be checked. For example, psychology or architecture is a science, but these specialties are not taken into account in all universities. This is a good opportunity to find a job in the United States by specialty.


Co-op is a practice of the profile direction. On an F1 student visa, you can work up to 40 hours a week on campus and receive a salary. This practice is not suitable for everyone, because there are few options. You can get a job as an assistant librarian, an assistant professor or an administrator. If a student is studying to become an engineer, he has nowhere to work on campus. And under the Co-op program, he can do an internship in his specialty. After the end of the internship, the student will receive recommendations from the employer.

Certificate Programs

For those who have a job and need to improve their skills. The training lasts from four to eight months. To enroll, you do not need to pass the GMAT and GRE. After completing the course, you can enter the magistracy, credits are transferred. Such an internship is suitable for students who want to get a diploma or enter an MBA, but cannot yet pass the GMAT. On the course, you can prepare for exams and get an OTP for a year. And now we will talk about our partners: Northeastern University, Pace University, Tulsa University and Arizona State University.

Northeastern University, Boston, Seattle and Silicon Valley

The research university has been admitting students since 1898. The main campus is located in Boston, additional – in Seattle and Silicon Valley.
US universities: how to enroll, which program to choose, where is the best practice and how much it all costs
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Northeastern University Colleges and Schools:
  • College of Informatics and Information;
  • College of Engineering;
  • D’Amore-McKim Business School;
  • College of Professional Studies;
  • College of Science;
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities;
  • School of Law.
Students receive grants from the government because research helps the country.


This is the most rated university among our partners:
  • first place in the nomination “Best Cooperatives / Internships”, 2020;
  • third place in the nomination “Best Employment Services”, 2016–2018;
  • sixth place in the “Most Innovative Schools”, 2018;
  • ninth place in the nomination “Best International Business Programs for Students”, 2018;
  • 40th place among US universities, 2019;
  • 173 among the world’s universities, 2020.


  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Master’s degree;
  • preparation for master’s degree;
  • transfer programs from one loan;
  • co-op;
  • certificate programs.

Advantage – co-op

A large selection of specialized internship programs for all specialties. A master’s student can undergo one internship, transfer students – two. Northeastern University’s co-op programs are:
  • internship 6–8 months,
  • 92% of internships are paid by employers,
  • you can intern during the summer holidays,
  • more than 3,100 employers.
Northeastern University students are often hired by Silicon Valley companies.

Certificate Programs 

  • Accounting and financial solutions;
  • Business administration;
  • Corporate update;
  • International business;
  • Innovation management;
  • Leadership and human capital;
  • Marketing;
  • Supply chain management;
  • Technological entrepreneurship.
There are only 15 credits in the programs, which are taken into account when entering the magistracy or MBA. Training from four to eight months. After training, you can get OPT for a year.

STEM OPT, Master’s Degree

Northeastern University students have the opportunity to stay for three years after graduation, even if their major does not quite fit the requirements of STEM OPT. For example, Digital Media – specialties that are related to the media, creative, creative, they are not related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Alternative to MBA – Project Manager

For those students who want to stay in the U.S. but don’t have the right experience, money, or GMAT or GRE to enter an MBA. Northeastern University has a specialty “Project Manager”. You can enroll in it if the student studied the subjects “Technology”, “Engineering”, “Construction” and made successful steps in his career, that is, moved into management. The specialty is taught to manage people in different projects: in construction, engineering, finance and others. This helps to improve your skills and get STEM OPT.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree: TOEFL – from 79, the average score of the certificate or diploma (GPA) – from 2.25. Magistracy: TOEFL – from 79, the average score of the certificate or diploma (GPA) – from 2.5.


  • Undergraduate studies do not have a fixed cost because it depends on loans.
If a student has studied for a year, it is usually 32 credits, then for the three remaining years – $ 48,000. And if two years (62 credits), then for two years the price will be $ 33,000.
  • Master’s degree – from $ 34,200 per year.
Training is 1.5–2 years. It all depends on the credits that the student earns. Semester – 10 to 15 credits. If 10 credits are two years of study, 15 credits are a year and a half.
  • Preparation for the magistracy – $ 24,000.
  • MBA program – 95 000 $.
If a student has a good portfolio and a high score for the GMAT, discounts of up to $ 70,000 are given.
  • Certificate programs — from $ 24,000.


The university responds to the request for a long time. The process cannot be accelerated.

Pace University, New York and West Chester

Pace University was founded in 1906. The campus is located in the heart of New York City. The hostel is also close – 10 minutes walk from the main building.
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The university quickly processes documents. If there are doubts about the student, additional information is requested.


  • 172nd place in the ranking of research universities, 2019;
  • 202nd place in the ranking of US universities, 2020;
  • 409th place in the ranking of world universities, 2019;
  • first place in campus safety in the United States, 2017.


  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • training programs,
  • transfer programs.
One loan is enough for a student to be taken as a transfer. Feature: No engineering.

Advantage – Business School

The university is most often chosen because of the business school. There are three accreditations: AACSB – quality level assessment from the Association for the Development of University Business Schools, CFA – a certificate of international standard in the field of financial analysis and investment, GARP – qualification in the field of financial risk management.

STEAM OPT, Bachelor’s Degree

  • Business intelligence;
  • Information systems.

STEAM OPT, Master’s Degree

All master’s programs relate to business, but they can be used for three years in the United States. This is a rarity among universities. Program:
  • customer analytics;
  • Financial Risk Manager;
  • information systems;
  • social media and mobile marketing.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree: TOEFL – from 61, the average score of the certificate or diploma (GPA) – from 2.5. Magistracy: GMAT or GMAT waiver, if GPA – 3.2 points or higher. The university has a GMAT track program, where students are prepared for the exam.


  • Bachelor’s degree — 44 000 $.
If a student has an SAT (equivalent of the Unified State Exam in the United States) for 1100-1200 points, he can get a discount of $ 20,000 for the first and each subsequent year of study. Sat (new sample only) can be applied after admission to the university.
  • All transfer students receive a discount of $10,000 to $20,000 for each year.
  • Magistracy – from 38 000 $.

Tulsa University

Tulsa University is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Oklahoma is one of the oil states of America, so most of the city’s infrastructure is associated with its production and processing. Including the university. The School of Petroleum Engineering was opened in 1928.
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The university has drilling machines, so students are trained to work on them. Cars are very expensive – from $ 3 million. The experience of operating a drilling machine is highly appreciated by employers, so students of Tulsa University rarely have problems with employment.


  • Seventh place among Petroleum Engineering training programs in the United States;
  • 121st place in the ranking of national universities.


  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • training programs,
  • transfer programs.
If a student has an International Baccalaureate diploma, the university considers it for a year of academic study. And the student goes straight to the second year.


Bachelor — 40 500 $. They can give a discount for the first year up to $ 15,000.

Arizona State University

The largest public university in America, consists of five campuses. Located in Arizona, in the city of Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States.
US universities: how to enroll, which program to choose, where is the best practice and how much it all costs
Arizona State University.
The main direction of the university is innovation in biology and chemistry. They are studying alternative ways to obtain electricity, save energy and purify water and resources. And Arizona State University has the most popular school of journalism.


  • 53rd place among public universities, 2019;
  • 117th place among national universities, 2019;
  • 145th place in the top 1250 world universities in the world, 2019;
  • the School of Journalism is in the top 10 best American schools of journalism, 2019;
  • first place in the ranking of the “most innovative” universities in the United States, 2019.


The Tempe, West, Polytechnic and Thunderbird campuses are close to each other.
US universities: how to enroll, which program to choose, where is the best practice and how much it all costs
Campuses Tempe (left) and Polytechnic (top), School of Journalism (right). Photo: wikipedia
The fifth campus, Lake Havasu College, is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the first four. It is the most inexpensive and small (only 150 students). Therefore, many save: they enter Lake, study for several years and then transfer. Importantly, a lot of people go to community college to save money, but that’s the school level, so it’s hard to transfer to another school.


  • Bachelor’s degree – from $ 40,500 per year
Discount up to $ 15,000 with high academic performance.
  • Bachelor’s degree at Lake Havasu is $10,000 per year.
  • MBA – from $ 57,900 per year.
  • Master’s degree – from $ 46,000 per year.

If you want more articles on the topic, read our column about higher education abroad.

U.S. universities that willingly accept international students

We have made a selection of 10 UNIVERSITIES in the United States, in which many foreign students study. These are not top universities, but educational institutions where everyone can enroll.
University Percentage of international students Position in the international ranking
Florida Institute of Technology 32.9% 161
New School (NY) 31.7% 127
Illinois Institute of Technology 29.8% 108
University of Tulsa (OK) 26.7% 86
Lynn University (FL) 23%
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) 20.9% 23
University of California—San Diego 19.9% 39
Andrews University (MI) 19.6% 175
Northeastern University (MA) 19.1% 47
University of San Francisco 19% 108