A FREE international student guidebook designed specifically for students from Cameroon: Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Cameroon is now available from EB5 Affiliate Network.
Our guidebook will help Cameroonian students traverse the arduous process of finding the right institution, applying to universities, and the student visa process. Our comprehensive guide also gives invaluable advice on everything from U.S. medical care and banking to how to have an 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 also points out key differences found between the cultures of America and Cameroon.
The number of students coming from Cameroon to study in the United States is only expected to increase. Our guidebook will help simplify the process in a more straightforward format 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 Cameroon every year. With this free guide from EB5 Affiliate Network, it can be your reality too.
Some Background on International Students From Cameroon
Cameroon is one of the top Central African countries for the number of students receiving a college or university education in the United States.
The number of students from Cameroon enrolled in U.S. higher education is more than every other country in Central Africa including Gabon, the Republic of Congo, and Equatorial Guinea. There were approximately 1,027 students from Cameroon enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions during the 2019/2020 school year as reported by the Institute of International Education. Among all Central African nations, the number of students from Cameroon was only exceeded by the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Cameroon’s Presence in the Global Economy
As of 2021, the estimated population of Cameroon is 28,524,175. English and French are the two official languages though there are also 24 major African language groups. Cameroon has had many years of strong economic performance, with GDP growing at an average of 4% per year over the last 10 years. Cameroon’s diversified economy features oil and gas, timber, aluminum, agriculture, mining, and the service sector. The labor force is estimated at 9.912 million with 70% working in agriculture, 17% in services and 13% in industry. Unemployment was estimated at 3.38% in 2019, and 23.8% of the population was living below the international poverty threshold of $1.90 (U.S. dollars) a day in 2014.
The Trend of Cameroonian Students Studying Abroad in the United States
With a population of over 28.5 million, an estimated 1,027 students are currently studying in the United States which accounts for about 0.000036% of the Cameroonian population.
The number of students enrolled from Cameroon has remained relatively strong despite a significant expansion in higher education opportunities available in Cameroon as well as online educational opportunities through higher learning platforms including Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, are even pulling their own international students from all over Central Africa.
There is still one problem negatively impacting the growth of international students from Cameroon receiving a U.S. education and that is the substantial increase in the cost of a U.S. education over the past 20 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. university tuition has increased 500% since 1987. 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 for international students 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.
A Path to Lower Tuition Costs for International Students from Cameroon
With permanent residency (Green Card) status that comes with an EB-5 immigrant visa, international students from Cameroon can see 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 Cameroonian students with much higher admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs as well as better access to select scholarship awards and grants.
Cameroonian students should not give up on their dream. No matter what visa you choose to apply for, if your dream is to receive a world-class higher education in the United States, EB5 Affiliate Network has a way to help bring your dream to fruition.