We have created a FREE guidebook for international students from Barbados: Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Barbados.
This one-of-a-kind guidebook shows how students from Barbados can navigate the college process. Among other areas, the guide covers finding the right institution, applying to U.S. universities, and the student visa process itself. The guide also provides invaluable advice on life in the United States, ranging from medical care to everyday conversation with Americans. The guidebook also provides document checklists and packing checklists for every step of the journey, so an international student always carries the right paperwork. The guide even breaks down the key differences between the cultures of America and Barbados.
The number of students from Barbados studying in the U.S. is expected to continue to grow. This guidebook makes the process more streamlined and more straightforward than ever before. With this free guide from EB5 Affiliate Network, you can receive a degree from a world-renowned American university like many students from Barbados do every year.
Background on International Students From Barbados
Barbados is one of the top Caribbean nations for the number of students receiving a university or college education in the United States.
According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), there were roughly 300 students from Barbados enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions in 2019. The number of students from Barbados was only surpassed by a few countries, among all Caribbean nations.
Barbados’s Presence in the Global Economy
As of 2019, Barbados has an estimated population of 300,000 people. Barbados is a hub for tourism and light industry in the Caribbean, with GDP growth averaging close to 2% from 2015 to 2017. Barbados is one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean, although it has high levels of public debt.
Trend of Barbados Students Studying Abroad in the U.S.
Out of its population of 300,000, it is estimated that approximately 300 students are studying abroad in the U.S. This implies that about 0.001% of the population of Barbados is studying abroad in the United States.
The number of students from Barbados enrolled in U.S. institutions has remained high despite a significant expansion of higher education opportunities in Barbados and online educational opportunities available through higher learning platforms that include Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in Bridgetown also draw their own international students from all over the Caribbean.
However, the rising cost of tuition at U.S. universities in the past 20 years, has negatively impacted the growth of international students from Barbados. The Wall Street Journal explains that U.S. university tuition has increased 500% since 1987. At the same time, the number of international students attending U.S. universities skyrocketed 85% from 2005 to 2015.
The cost of a four-year undergraduate degree from a state college or university in the United States also ranges from $22K per year for a public university to $50K for a private university for international students. Public and private institutions charge between 3-4 times tuition on average for international students against U.S. green cardholders and citizens.
Pathway to Decreased Tuition Costs for International Students from Barbados
International students from Barbados who receive a green card with an EB-5 immigrant visa can see the cost of their U.S. education drop from the high international tuition rates to the more reasonable local “in-state” rates at both public and private universities.
Permanent residency status also increases the admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs for students from Barbados and allows them to access select scholarship awards and grants.
Barbados students interested in receiving a world-class education in the United States should not give up hope. The EB5 Affiliate Network has a way to help no matter what visa they choose.