A FREE international student guidebook designed specifically for students from Liberia: Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Liberia is now available from EB5 Affiliate Network.
Our guidebook will help Liberian 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 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 in the cultures of America and Liberia.
The number of students coming from Liberia to study in the United States is only expected to increase. Our guidebook will help streamline 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 Liberia every year. With this free guide from EB5 Affiliate Network, it can be your reality too.
Some Background on International Students From Liberia
Liberia is one of the top West African countries for the number of students receiving a college or university education in the United States.
More students from Liberia are enrolled in U.S. higher education than most other countries in West Africa including Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Togo. There were approximately 260 students from Liberia enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions during the 2019/2020 school year as reported by the Institute of International Education. Among all West African nations, the number of students from Liberia was only exceeded by a few countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast.
Liberia’s Presence in the Global Economy
Located on the North Atlantic Ocean between the Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, Liberia is a presidential republic with an estimated population of 5,214,030. Civil war and government mismanagement destroyed much of Liberia’s economy in the 1990s and early 2000s. Liberia later achieved high growth during 2010-2013 due to favorable world prices for its commodities. However, during the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis, the economy declined and many foreign-owned businesses left the country. With a labor force of 1.67 million and a low employment rate of 2.8%, Liberia is looking towards revitalizing their economy in the future through economic diversification, increasing investment, and foreign trade.
Trend of Liberian Students Studying Abroad in the United States
With a population of over 5 million, an estimated 260 students are currently studying in the United States which accounts for about 0.000049% of the Liberian population. English is the official language spoken by 20% of the population and is used for instruction in Liberian secondary schools and universities.
The number of students from Liberia enrolled has remained relatively strong despite a significant expansion in higher education opportunities available in Liberia as well as online educational opportunities through higher learning platforms including Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in Monrovia, the capital, are even pulling their own international students from all over West Africa.
There is still one problem negatively impacting the growth of international students from Liberia 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.
The Best Path to Lower Tuition Costs for International Students from Liberia
With permanent residency (Green Card) status that comes with an EB-5 immigrant visa, international students from Liberia 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 Liberian students with much higher admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs as well as access to select scholarship awards and grants.
Liberian 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.