Studying in the United States is a dream come true for many but the path to getting accepted to an American college, finding the perfect courses or applying for your visa can be confusing. On this page, we have are pulling all resources we have to help you with the right guides, stories from other Swedes who have been on the same journey, FAQs and much more.

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How do I apply to an American college?

There are two ways to apply to an American college:

  1. Apply through University’s website; online application. This is how American applicants apply, however, the majority does not have to deal with visa issues or housing from afar.
  2. Apply through a company like KAYAK, Blueberry or StudyInternational. We highly recommend this option when applying for college in the US. Not only is their service entirely free, but they will help you apply for college, help you find housing, walk you through the visa application process, and always be there as a support system for you once you are at the college.

How does the American University credit system work?

Diploma Lenght of Education Units required Level
Associate’s Degree 2 years Normally about 60 units which equals around 20 college courses Undergraduate
Bachelor’s Degree 4 years 120-130 semester units which equals around 40 college courses Undergraduate
Master’s Degree Usually 2 years after a Bachelor’s degree Graduate
Study Abroad 1-2 semesters with independent courses Undergraduate or Graduate


I want to know more about the experience studying at an American college!

If you want to read about the experiences of other Swedes who have studied at American colleges you can read our study stories further up on the page. Read about Amanda, who studies fashion in LA here >>>

or if you are eyeing New York instead, you can read about Elin’s adventure here >>>

You can also find more interviews, videos and information about studying in the US through Kilroy Education