The team at EB5 Affiliate Network has created a FREE guidebook for international students from Dominica: Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Dominica.
This unique guidebook shows students from Dominica how to approach each step of the college process. The guidebook covers finding the right school, applying to universities, and the process of getting a student visa, among other things. This guide also provides invaluable advice on life in the U.S., from banking and medical care to American conversation. The guide also provides detailed documents and packing checklists for every step of the way. It even breaks down the differences between American and Dominican cultures.
The increase in students from Dominica choosing to study in the U.S. is only expected to grow in coming years. Receiving a degree from a world-renowned U.S. university can become more than just a dream; you can join the many international students from Dominica every year.
As of 2019, Dominica has an estimated population of 74,000 people. Dominica is a center for tourism and agriculture in the Caribbean. Since Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017, GDP growth has fluctuated as the island works to recover.
Background on Dominican Students Studying in the United States
Dominica 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, there were roughly 576 students from Dominica enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities in 2019. Among all Caribbean nations, the number of Dominican international students was only surpassed by a few countries.
Trend of Dominican Students Studying Abroad in the U.S.
Out of its population of 74,000, approximately 600 students are studying abroad in the U.S. This implies that roughly 0.008% of the population of Dominica is studying in the United States.
The number of students from Dominica enrolled has remained relatively strong despite an expansion in higher education opportunities available in Dominica as well as online educational opportunities through platforms like udemy.com, Coursera.com, and edx.org. Universities in Santo Domingo are also drawing their own international students from nations all over the Caribbean.
The growth of U.S. international students from Dominica has been hindered in the past twenty years by the rising cost of a U.S. education. According to the Wall Street Journal, the cost of tuition at U.S. universities has increased approximately 500% since 1987. At the same time, the number of international students studying at U.S. universities has skyrocketed 85% from 2005 to 2015.
The cost of a four-year undergraduate degree from a state college or university in the United States is not trivial and ranges from $50K for a private university to $22K per year for a public university. Both private and public institutions often charge between 3-4 times higher tuition for international students when compared to U.S. permanent residents (Green Cardholders) and citizens.
How can International Students from Dominica Lower Tuition Costs?
Through the EB-5 immigrant investor program, international students from Dominica can have the cost of their U.S. education drastically decrease. Instead of paying international tuition rates, they can just pay local “in-state” rates at both private and public universities.
Green Card status also increases admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs and allows international students from Dominica to be selected for many scholarship awards and grants.
Dominican students should not give up hope. If their dream is to receive a world-class education in the United States, EB5 Affiliate Network has a way to help no matter what visa they choose.