A FREE international student guidebook specifically for students from Rwanda: Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Rwanda is now available from EB5 Affiliate Network.
Our guidebook will help Rwandan students circumvent the difficult process of finding the right institution, applying to universities, and the student visa process. Our detailed guide also gives invaluable advice on everything from U.S. medical care and banking to everyday conversation with an American. You will find a checklist that covers every document required so you can be assured of always having the right paperwork for every situation. We’ve even included a list of what you should pack for your new life as a college student in the United States. It even identifies key differences in American and Rwandan cultures to help you acclimate to life in the United States.
The number of students coming from Rwanda to study in the United States is only expected to increase. The 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 thousands of students from Rwanda every year. With this free guide from EB5 Affiliate Network, it can be your reality too.
Background on International Students From Rwanda
Rwanda is one of the top East African countries for the number of students receiving a college or university education in the United States.
The number of students from Rwanda enrolled in U.S. higher education is higher than almost every other country in East Africa including Uganda, Tanzania, and Sudan. There were approximately 1,444 students from Rwanda 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 East Africa, the number of students from Rwanda was only topped by Kenya and Ethiopia.
Rwanda’s Presence in the Global Economy
Rwanda, a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge, has an estimated population of 12,952,218. With the exception of the capital Kigali, Rwandans are spread out across the small country which is less than the size of Maryland. Agriculture accounts for about 63% of export earnings, along with some mineral and agro-processing. Rwanda’s main sources of foreign exchange include tourism, minerals, coffee, and tea. After the 1994 genocide destroyed Rwanda’s tenuous economy, the GDP has fortunately rebounded with an average annual growth of 6%-8% since 2003 and inflation has been reduced to single digits.
Trend of Rwandan Students Studying Abroad in the United States
With a population of just under 13 million, an estimated 1,444 students are currently studying in the United States which accounts for 0.011149% of Rwandans. Rwanda has multiple official languages including Kinyarwanda, spoken by 93% of the population and English which is used by less than .1%.
The number of students from Rwanda enrolled in the United States has remained relatively high despite a significant expansion in higher education opportunities available in Rwanda as well as online educational opportunities through higher learning platforms including Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali are even attracting their own international students from all over East Africa.
However, there is still one stumbling block negatively impacting the growth of international students from Rwanda 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. And the number of international students attending U.S. universities 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 (Green Card holders) and citizens at both public and private institutions.
Pathway to Lower Tuition Costs for International Students from Rwanda
With their permanent residency (Green Card) status received with an EB-5 immigrant visa, international students from Rwanda can watch the cost of their U.S. education drastically decrease from the international tuition rates to the local “in-state” rates at both public and private universities.
Permanent residency (Green Card) status also provides Rwandans with substantially higher admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs as well as access to select scholarship awards and grants.
As a Rwandan 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 realize your dream.