A FREE international student guidebook designed specifically for students from Eswatini: Studying in the U.S.A. — A Guidebook for Students from Eswatini is now available from EB5 Affiliate Network.
Our guidebook will help emaSwati students traverse the arduous process of finding the right institution, applying to universities, and the student visa process. Our extensive 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 document checklist so you can be assured of always having the right paperwork. We’ve even included a list of what you should pack for your new life as a college student in the United States. The guidebook also points out key differences found between the cultures of America and Eswatini.
The number of students coming from Eswatini 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 many students from Eswatini each year. With this complimentary guide from EB5 Affiliate Network, it can become your reality too.
Background on International Students From Eswatini
Eswatini is ranked 9th out of 14 South African countries for the number of students getting a college or university education in the United States.
The number of students from Eswatini enrolled in U.S. higher education is greater than just five other countries in Southern Africa including Mozambique, Namibia, and Lesotho. Approximately 174 students from Eswatini were enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions during the 2019/2020 school year, as reported by the Institute of International Education. Among all Southern African nations, the number of students from Eswatini was exceeded by the majority of countries including the top four: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Zambia.
Eswatini’s Presence in the Global Economy
Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, has an estimated population of 1,113,276 (2021) and is located between Mozambique and South Africa. Dependent on South Africa for a majority of its exports and imports, the majority of the country’s employment is provided by its agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Real GDP growth since 2001 has averaged 2.8%, nearly two points lower than growth in other Southern African Customs Union (SACU) member countries.
Despite being considered a lower-middle-income country, Eswatini suffers from severe poverty and high unemployment. Eswatini also has the world’s highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate but has recently shown a marked decline in new infections.
The Trend of emaSwati Students Studying Abroad in the United States
With a population of just over 1.1 million, an estimated 174 students are currently studying in the United States which accounts for about 0.000156% of the emaSwati population.
The number of students enrolled from Eswatini has remained relatively strong despite a significant expansion in higher education opportunities available in Eswatini as well as online educational opportunities through higher learning platforms including Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in Mbabane and Lobamba, the capitals of Eswatini, are even pulling their own international students from all over Southern Africa.
There is still one problem negatively impacting the growth of international students from Eswatini 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 Eswatini
An EB-5 visa allows the green card holder and their dependents to establish permanent residency. International students from Eswatini who became permanent residents of the United States can see the cost of their U.S. education drastically decrease from the international tuition rates to the local “in-state” rates at public universities.
EmaSwati students with permanent residency status also have much higher admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs as well as better access to select scholarship awards and grants.
EmaSwati 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.