Antigua and Barbudan students are invited to download our 100% free guidebook tailored specifically for students from the Caribbean island country seeking an education in the United States. It’s called Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Antigua and Barbuda.
Using the guidebook, students from Antigua and Barbuda can zero in on precise information about the search for a U.S. university, the U.S. college application process, and the bureaucratic procedure of attaining a U.S. student visa. It doesn’t stop there: the guide can help Antigua and Barbudan students navigate day-to-day life in the United States by helping them set up medical and banking services as well as overcome key cultural differences between the United States and Antigua and Barbuda. The guidebook includes checklists for documents and packing to help ensure the application and moving process goes smoothly.
An increasing number of Antigua and Barbudan students are making the decision to study in the United States. Considering the opportunities that a degree from a world-renowned American university can create, it’s no wonder many students from Antigua and Barbuda dream of a U.S. education. EB5 Affiliate Network has created this free guidebook precisely to help these students achieve their noble goal.
What Is the Background on Students from Antigua and Barbuda?
Antigua and Barbuda is a leading source of international students in the US. The Caribbean nation ranks as one of the top home countries of international students from Central America.
In numbers, approximately 200 Antigua and Barbudan students were enrolled in U.S. higher education as of 2019. As more and more students from this island nation apply to U.S. colleges, this figure is expected to increase.
Details about the Economy of Antigua and Barbuda
In 2019, Antigua and Barbuda’s population was almost 100,000, with the vast majority residing on the island of Antigua. Its economy has been growing, at a rate of 2.8% in 2017 and 5.3% in 2016. In the same period, the inflation rate rose from -0.5% in 2016 to 2.5% in 2017. The labor force of roughly 30,000 generates a per-capita income of almost $22,000 per year, with the majority operating in the services sector thanks to the strong tourism industry present on the islands. About 11% of the working-age population is out of work.
Will More Antigua and Barbudan Students Pursue a U.S. Degree?
Roughly 200 Antigua and Barbudan students are pressing through on their journey toward a U.S. education. Calculated against the country’s population of approximately 100,000, it can be said that the per-capita rate of Antigua and Barbudan international students in the US is around 0.2%.
The upward trend of students from Antigua and Barbuda choosing to study in the US is impressive given the expansion of higher education opportunities available domestically. In St. John’s and elsewhere, Antigua and Barbudan universities are even bringing in their own international students from other Caribbean nations. Additionally, despite online opportunities to learn, like Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com, students from Antigua and Barbuda are still choosing to study in the US.
The issue is the skyrocketing tuition costs. International students from Antigua and Barbuda and elsewhere can expect hefty tuition fees of $22K per year for a public university to $50K for a private university if they study in the United States. The Wall Street Journal has tracked the 500% increase in U.S. tuition rates since 1987, but still, international students have come flocking—the figure shot up 85% from 2005 to 2015. It’s worth noting, however, that foreign nationals who hold a U.S. green card may be eligible for tuition rates three to four times lower than those of international students.
Here’s How International Students from Antigua and Barbuda Can Save on Their U.S. Tuition
Obtaining a U.S. green card is the number one way to reduce U.S. tuition fees. With permanent resident status, a foreign national is essentially equal to a U.S. citizen, and that can sink the cost of their U.S. education drastically, whether they attend a public or private university. What’s more, Antigua and Barbuda students with a green card may be able to obtain financial assistance through scholarships, grants, bursaries, and more.
Antigua and Barbudan students should push forward with their dream to study in the United States. EB5 Affiliate Network has published this comprehensive guidebook as a way to help, whether you decide to study on an EB-5 green card or a conventional F-1 student visa.