Colleges and universities in the United States vary considerably in their admissions standards and requirements. To be considered for membership into EducationUSA’s Competitive College Club, a student must have a minimum of a Division 1 with 7 points in their A-levels. Most four year colleges and universities also require Tanzanians to take either the SAT I or ACT standardized tests. Highly selective schools and applications for scholarships require excellent grades and sometimes SAT II exams as well.
To be considered for membership into EducationUSA’s Graduate Advising Club, an applicant must be in possession of a Bachelor’s Degree high upper second classification (i.e. 4.0/5.0) from a recognized local or overseas university. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) are required for admission to a graduate program, as are letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose and research interests.
Most institutions require students whose native language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in order to prove that their academic, spoken and written English is proficient to succeed at the university level in America.
Financing Your Education
The average cost of an academic year in the USA including tuition, fees and living expenses varies from US$22,000 to US$75,000 per year. International students should initiate planning for U.S. study at least 12-18 months in advance of their intended enrollment. Advanced planning is more critical when financial assistance is required. This figure does not include air transportation from Tanzania to the U.S. institution. Substantial financial assistance for undergraduates is very difficult to obtain. Students without their own finances must have excellent academic records in order to compete for the few available scholarships from colleges and universities.
The U.S. Embassy does not provide scholarships. Additionally membership into the EducationUSA advising program is no guarantee of university admission or a scholarship/financial assistance to study in the United States. Instead we offer comprehensive information to enable you access to scholarships from American colleges and universities.