EB5 Affiliate Network (EB5AN) introduced an international student guidebook specifically for Namibian students: Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Namibia.
Our guidebook will help Namibian students through the difficult process of choosing universities, applying to those universities, and obtaining a student visa. Our detailed guide also gives invaluable advice on everything from U.S. medical care and banking to everyday conversations with Americans. It also has a checklist that covers every document required so you can be assured of always having the right paperwork for every situation. We’ve included a list of what you should pack for your new life as a college student in the United States. The guidebook even identifies key differences in American and Namibian cultures to help you acclimate to your new life in the United States.
The number of students coming from Namibia to study in the United States is only expected to increase. Our EB5AN guidebook will make the process more manageable and less complicated than ever before. Receiving a degree from a world-renowned American university is not just a dream; it is a reality for lots of students from Namibia every year. With this complimentary guidebook from EB5 Affiliate Network, it can be your reality too.
Some Background on International Students From Namibia
Namibia ranks toward the bottom of Southern African countries sending students to the United States for college or university education.
The number of students from Namibia enrolled in U.S. higher education is exceeded by the majority of other countries in Southern Africa including South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Angola. There were approximately 121 students from Namibia enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions during the 2019/2020 school year as reported by the Institute of International Education. Among all countries in Southern Africa, the number of students from Namibia was only higher than Lesotho, Comoros, and Reunion.
Namibia’s Presence in the Global Economy
As of 2021, Namibia has an estimated population of 2,678,191 of whom the majority live in the rural, better-watered north and northeast area of the country. Located on the South Atlantic Ocean between Angola and South Africa, Namibia’s economy depends mainly on extracting and processing minerals for export. Namibia is a primary source for gem-quality diamonds and is also one of the world’s largest producers of uranium. Twelve and a half percent of its GDP comes from mining but provides more than 50% of foreign exchange earnings.
Trend of Namibian Students Studying Abroad in the United States
With a population of over 2.6 million, an estimated 121 students are currently studying in the United States which accounts for 0.000045% of Namibians.
The number of students from Namibia enrolled in the United States has remained remarkably stable despite a significant expansion in higher education opportunities available in Namibia as well as online educational opportunities through higher learning platforms such as coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in Namibia’s capital of Windhoek are even attracting their own international students from all over Southern Africa.
However, there is still one stumbling block negatively impacting the growth of international students from Namibia receiving a U.S. education and that is the substantial tuition increase over the past 20 years. The cost to attain a four-year degree has increased 500% since 1987 according to the Wall Street Journal. The number of international students attending U.S. universities has also skyrocketed 85% from 2005 to 2015.
The average cost of a four-year undergraduate degree from a state college or university in the United States ranges from $22K per year for a public university to $50K for a private university. The tuition for international students is on average three times higher than for U.S. permanent residents and citizens at both public and private institutions.
The Path to Lower Tuition Costs for International Students from Namibia
Green card holder have permanent residency status, so they receive an EB-5 immigrant visa and see the cost of their U.S. education drastically decrease from the international tuition rates to the local “in-state” rates at public universities.
Permanent residency (Green Card) status also provides Namibians with substantially higher admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs as well as access to select scholarship awards and grants.
As a Namibian student, you should never give up on your dream. No matter what visa you choose, if your dream is to earn a world-class education in the United States, EB5 Affiliate Network has a way to help you achieve your dream with the EB-5 visa program.