EB5 Affiliate Network has created a FREE guidebook for international students from Saint Kitts and Nevis called Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Saint Kitts and Nevis.
This unique guidebook shows students from Saint Kitts and Nevis how to navigate the process of attending a college or university in the United States: from looking for the right institution, to actually applying to universities, to the student visa process. This guide gives valuable and practical advice on everything from U.S. banking to everyday conversation with an American. The guide also contains document checklists and packing checklists for each step in an international student’s journey. It additionally breaks down key differences between the cultures of America and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The rise in students from Saint Kitts and Nevis studying in the U.S. is expected to grow. With this free guidebook from EB5 Affiliate Network, receiving a degree from a world-renowned American university can be your dream along with the many students from Saint Kitts and Nevis already taking advantage of this opportunity.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
As of 2019, Saint Kitts and Nevis has an estimated population of 54,000 people. The Saint Kitts and Nevis economy is dominated by tourism, and due to strong growth in tourism in the 2010s, Saint Kitts and Nevis’s GDP growth was above 2% from 2015 to 2017. The government of Saint Kitts and Nevis has also made tremendous strides in reducing their public debt in recent decades although it remains high.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is one of the top Caribbean nations for the number of students receiving a college or university education in the United States.
According to the Institute of International Education, there were approximately 216 students from Saint Kitts and Nevis enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions in 2019. Among all Caribbean nations, the number of students from Saint Kitts and Nevis was only surpassed by a few countries.
Trend of Nevisian Students Studying Abroad in the U.S.
Out of its population of 54,000, it is estimated that approximately 200 students are studying abroad in the U.S. This implies that about 0.004% of the population of Saint Kitts and Nevis is enrolled in United States higher education.
The number of students from Saint Kitts and Nevis enrolled in U.S. universities has remained high despite the development of higher education opportunities through online educational opportunities through higher learning platforms including Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in Basseterre are even drawing their own international students from all over the Caribbean.
However, one significant problem that is negatively impacting the growth of international students from Saint Kitts and Nevis receiving a U.S. education is that a U.S. education has gotten substantially more expensive in the past 20 years. According to an article from the Wall Street Journal, U.S. university tuition has increased 500% since 1987. The number of international students attending U.S. universities has also skyrocketed by 85% from 2005 to 2015.
Pathway to Lower Tuition Costs for International Students from Saint Kitts and Nevis
For international students, the average cost of a four-year U.S. undergraduate degree can be prohibitive as it can range from $22K per year for public universities to $50K for private universities. Both public and private institutions charge between 3-4 times more tuition on average for international students compared to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
With the green card conferred by an EB-5 immigrant visa, international students from Saint Kitts and Nevis can have the cost of their U.S. education drastically reduced from the international tuition rates to the more reasonable local “in-state” rates at both public and private universities.
Permanent residency status also provides students from Saint Kitts and Nevis with significantly higher admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs as well as legibility for select scholarship awards and grants.
Nevisian students should not give up hope. EB5 Affiliate Network is here to help, no matter what visa they choose.