Frequently asked questions

Studying in the USA

How long does a study program in the USA typically last?

A bachelor's degree program in the USA typically lasts for 4 years, and a master's degree program lasts for 2 years.

How long does a master's degree program typically last in the USA?

A master's degree program in the USA typically lasts for one to two years, depending on the chosen field of study and program.

What are the differences between studying in the USA and studying in Europe?

Some differences between studying in the USA and Europe include: flexibility in course selection, a broader general education curriculum in the USA, varying tuition fees, and the role of sports programs.

What degree programs can one pursue in the USA?

Due to the flexibility and more interest-driven nature of education in the USA compared to Europe, you have the opportunity to pursue almost any degree program.

Where can I study in the United States?

Our network of universities spans across the entire United States. Every state has universities affiliated with sports associations such as NCAA/NJCAA/NAIA, so there are opportunities to find a study placement in all parts of the USA.

Do universities in the USA have a good reputation?

Yes, many universities in the USA have an excellent reputation and are internationally recognized.

Can I pursue my master's degree in the USA?

Yes, you can pursue your master's degree in the USA, provided you meet the admission requirements (completion of a bachelor's degree).

How is the bachelor's degree structured?

Bachelor's degree programs in the USA are typically divided into two phases: General Education (core curriculum) and Major (specialized studies).

What are the requirements to study in the USA?

Requirements for studying in the USA can include: proof of English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO), academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and sometimes standardized tests like the SAT or ACT.

Can you balance sports and studies?

Yes, sports and studies can typically be well-balanced at a U.S. college. The reason for this is that university sports teams are fully integrated into the university's operations.

What is the difference between a college and a university?

The difference between a college and a university mainly lies in size and the programs offered. Universities are typically larger and offer postgraduate programs, while colleges are often smaller and focus on undergraduate programs.

Is studying in the USA difficult?

Whether a bachelor's degree program in the USA is difficult depends on individual abilities and the chosen field of study. It may be challenging for some and easier for others. Due to the different approach to studying abroad compared to studying in one's home country, it is often considered more challenging. Additionally, in the USA, most bachelor's degree courses have mandatory attendance.

"Is it difficult to study in English as an Austrian citizen?"

As an Austrian citizen, studying in English can be challenging at first. However, with proper preparation and regular practice, it becomes easier. After the first semester in the USA, it's noticeably more challenging for most of our athletes to study in German than in English.

From when to when does the academic year last?

The academic year in the USA typically consists of two semesters: the fall semester usually starts in August/September and ends in December, while the spring semester lasts from January to May.

How long do semester breaks last?

Semester breaks in the USA typically last 3-4 weeks in winter and about 2-3 months in summer.

What does accommodation at a university look like?

Accommodations at universities in the USA vary, with many students living in on-campus dormitories. There are also options for off-campus apartments or shared housing.

Where do students eat at the university?

At US universities, there are typically dining halls or cafeterias where students can eat.

Sports in the USA.

How is the college league system structured in the USA?

In the USA, there are three different sports associations: NAIA, NCAA, and NJCAA. Within the NCAA, there are three divisions, which are not divided based on athletic level but primarily on administrative regulations. There is no promotion or relegation between the divisions. The NAIA comprises approximately 250 universities, which are not divided into divisions except in basketball, where there are two divisions. The NJCAA is the Junior College sports association.

How is the college league system structured in the USA?

In der NCAA sind es 26 Sportarten Basketball

What happens if I get injured?

If a sports scholarship recipient at a U.S. college gets injured, the course of action depends on the severity of the injury and the individual agreements with the university. In many cases, the scholarship remains in place during the recovery period, ensuring that the student continues to receive financial support and can pursue their education. The university's sports department and medical team typically work closely together to support the healing process and facilitate the athlete's return to competition. However, in cases of severe or long-term injuries, the scholarship may be subject to reevaluation or, in some instances, revoked.

Am I insured in the USA?

You are insured at the university; however, you should clarify in advance whether the insurance also covers accidents that occur during private activities. We generally recommend taking out supplementary insurance in Austria. Here is a link to our long-time partner. „Care Concept“ der eine umfassende Deckung für Ausslandsstudenten in den USA garantiert.

How much training will I have?

Typically, during the season, training is conducted on at least 5 out of 7 days. Sports associations require that one day per week is mandatory for each university to be designated as a rest day. In the off-season, there are periods when training is completely prohibited, but this depends on the sport.


What is a scholarship?

A scholarship at a university in the USA is a financial support that enables students to continue their academic education. It is a form of financial aid that can be based on various criteria such as academic performance, financial need, or special talents. Unlike student loans, scholarships typically do not need to be repaid.

What factors determine the amount of a scholarship?

When awarding an athletic scholarship, various factors come into play. Some key factors include:

Athletic Performance: An athlete's achievements and performance in their respective sport are crucial. Successful participation in competitions, championships, or tournaments increases the chances of receiving a scholarship.

Academic Performance: Good school and academic performance are also important, as student-athletes must fulfill their academic obligations in addition to sports.

Potential and Commitment: Coaches and universities look for athletes who have great potential and are willing to continuously improve. High motivation and passion for the sport are important criteria in this regard.

Personality and Teamwork: Effective teamwork and a positive attitude are also crucial for obtaining an athletic scholarship

Financial Need: In some cases, financial aspects also play a role in the allocation of athletic scholarships. Students who require assistance due to their financial situation may be given preferential treatment. Timing: Effective time management also plays a crucial role, as each coaching team has to assemble a roster for the upcoming season within a limited budget. The earlier you capture the interest of a coaching team, the more budget that team will have available for a scholarship.

Wer entscheidet über den Erhalt eines Sportstipendiums?

Die Entscheidung, ob ein Sportstipendium an einer Universität vergeben wird, trifft in der Regel der Trainer des jeweiligen Sportteams in Zusammenarbeit mit der Sportabteilung der Universität. Sie beurteilen die sportlichen Leistungen, das Potential und den Bedarf der Bewerber, um die Stipendien entsprechend zu vergeben.

Why does a scholarship exist?

Sports scholarships at universities in the USA are widespread for several reasons. Firstly, they support talented athletes who receive financial aid for their studies based on their performance. This enables them to obtain higher education while further developing their athletic abilities. Secondly, universities benefit from the sporting achievements of their students, as they enhance the university's reputation and often generate financial income through media exposure and sponsorship deals. Therefore, sports scholarships are highly beneficial for both the students and the universities.

Why do coaches seek athletes from Europe?

College coaches seek athletes from Europe for several reasons:

Talent Pool: Europe has a diverse range of talented athletes in various sports. Coaches look for promising athletes who can strengthen their teams and increase their chances of success.

Diversity: European athletes bring cultural diversity and different perspectives to the team. This can lead to better team spirit, enhanced collaboration, and enriching experiences for everyone involved.

Different Training Approaches: European athletes often have different training methods and philosophies that they bring with them. Coaches can benefit from these varied approaches and incorporate them into the team's training program to develop a balanced and effective strategy.

High Motivation: Many European athletes are highly motivated to excel both in sports and academics. Coaches value this dedication and know they can rely on committed European athletes.

Enhancing Reputation: International athletes, especially those from Europe, can boost the reputation of a college sports team and the university as a whole. Success at the international level often attracts more talented athletes and students and enhances the university's prestige.

Networking and Recruitment: Coaches can expand their networks and strengthen their presence in the international market by recruiting athletes from Europe. This can facilitate future recruitment efforts and provide access to even more talented athletes.

What does a scholarship cover?

A scholarship at a university in the USA can cover various expenses. These may include tuition fees, accommodation and meals, books and materials, training equipment, as well as other costs related to education and sports. The exact amount and type of support vary depending on the scholarship and the individual needs of the students.

What responsibilities come with a scholarship?

Receiving an athletic scholarship comes with various obligations for the athlete, which can be of both sporting and academic nature. The key responsibilities include:

Sporting Commitment: Athletes should fully dedicate themselves to their sport, regularly attend training sessions, remain loyal to their coaches and teammates, and participate in competitions and tournaments. They must always strive to improve their athletic performance.

Academic Performance: Sports scholarship recipients should achieve good academic performance and meet the minimum requirements of the university and the sports organization (e.g., NCAA). This includes attending classes, passing exams, and adhering to academic progress guidelines.

Time Management: Athletes must be able to effectively manage their time to meet both their athletic and academic commitments. This may involve setting priorities, meeting deadlines, and seeking support when necessary.

Behavior and Discipline: Sports scholarship recipients are representatives of their university and their sports team. Therefore, they must conduct themselves appropriately, follow the rules and guidelines of the university and the sports organization, and adhere to ethical principles in sports

Teamwork and Communication: Athletes should communicate effectively with their coaches, teammates, and other members of the university community, and work well as a team. They should be willing to assist others and offer support when needed.

Ambassador Role: As scholarship recipients, athletes often serve as ambassadors of their university and their home country. They should take this role seriously and strive to build positive relationships, bridge cultural differences, and set a good example for other students.

Adherence to Scholarship Terms: Sports scholarship recipients must adhere to all the conditions of their scholarship, as established by the university and the sports organization. This may also include participation in additional events or activities related to the scholarship.

Are flight costs to the USA covered by the scholarship?

No, the flight costs to and from the university must be covered by the athlete themselves.

How are outstanding amounts not covered by the scholarship paid?

If there are remaining expenses for university costs after receiving an athletic scholarship, there are typically 'payment plans.' These are often individually customizable. Usually, the remaining costs for the entire year are divided into per-semester payments: €5,000 total amount = €2,500 for the fall semester + €2,500 for the spring semester.


Do you need an American cell phone or SIM card?

No, acquiring a cell phone or an American SIM card is not mandatory. Typically, the campus Wi-Fi covers the entire area, and restaurants or popular off-campus locations usually have Wi-Fi as well.

Do I need a bank account?

No, opening a bank account in the USA is not strictly necessary, but it can reduce transaction costs. Ideally, one should seek advice from their home bank in this regard.

Is it possible to make visits back home during the holidays?

Yes, flights back to Austria or to one's home country are possible during the holidays.

How much pocket money is needed?

The amount of pocket money required for a sports scholarship recipient at a U.S. college depends on various factors, such as lifestyle, personal expenses, the university's location, and the extent of the scholarship. In many cases, the sports scholarship already covers a significant portion of the expenses, including tuition, accommodation, meals, and materials.

However, additional personal expenses may arise, which the sports scholarship recipient will need to cover themselves. These can include leisure activities, clothing, and possibly travel costs to visit friends and family.

In general, one can expect a monthly allowance of around 200 to 400 US dollars to cover personal expenses. However, it's important to emphasize that this estimate can vary depending on individual needs and circumstances. It is advisable to create a personal budget plan in advance to better assess and control your expenses.

What happens if I don't like the university?

This scenario is best avoided as much as possible beforehand. In the rarest cases, an actual university transfer occurs. If it does come to a point where there are untenable conditions at the current university, transferring to another university is possible. In this case, the...


Is it possible to fly back to Europe during an injury?

In most cases, the university prefers the physical presence of the athlete at the university, as the medical departments are in close communication with the sports teams, ensuring optimal recovery. Additionally, you should continue your studies to complete your degree in four years.

Can the scholarship be revoked due to an injury?

Scholarships are typically valid for one year and are then renewed annually. The scholarship will definitely continue to be paid as long as the athlete fulfills their academic obligations and continues to participate to some extent in the sports program, such as attending games and team meetings.

University and Coaching Team Support: Some universities and coaches also stand behind their athletes in challenging times and support them during injury and rehabilitation. They can encourage the athletes to focus on their recovery and academic performance while still receiving the scholarship.