Sports are very important in the American educational system. Universities allocate many resources to sports and grant scholarships to international athletes in order to have very competitive teams. The academic level and sports results determine the prestige of a university.
Scholarships can be obtained in two different ways. Sports Scholarships or Academic Scholarships.
The universities of the United States grant thousands of sports scholarships to finance your studies. Regardless of the resources of the university, the rules of the university leagues in the USA determine a maximum number of scholarships per year that each team can offer. Your level of competition and sports results are essential to get a scholarship. The scholarships are reviewed and signed each year.
It can be complete, that is, it may cover 100% of university expenses, or partial (percentage is established by the coach according to each sports profile).
The expenses include:
-enrolment and fees
-on campus / off campus residence
-meals in the university cafeteria
-training and competitions
-sportswear (training and outing)
-travel, accommodation and meals on the go
-sports medical insurance
The scholarships do not cover the cost of plane tickets (two per year, round trip), personal expenses or private medical insurance.
An academic scholarship is assigned according to the academic results of the last four years of secondary education (3rd and 4th ESO and High School), which correspond to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the American educational system. It is necessary to have a good TOEFL and SAT score. They are partial scholarships that can cover 50% of the annual costs.
NAIA National Athletic Intercollegiate Association
The organization that consists of fewer universities than the NCAA, it is smaller, but more specialized academically and has a duration of 4 years.
The advantage it has over the NCAA is that there are less regulations, so there are greater opportunities for foreign athletes to obtain sports scholarships in the USA.
There is only one division, but the level of competitiveness is very important.
NJCAA National Junior College Athletic Association
Organization formed by universities with two-year
degrees, with more flexible academic requirements. It is possible to start the studies with an athletic scholarship to transfer to an NCAA or NAIA university in the third year.
They offer very good sports scholarships to foreign athletes.
It has three divisions somewhat less differentiated at the competitive level than in the NCAA.
NCAA National Collegiate Athletic Association
The most prestigious organization, which concentrates the largest number of 4-year universities. It consists of three divisions:
NCAA Division I: The largest public and private universities with the largest number of students. They are the most competitive and have the largest number of sports scholarships and the largest budget for their sports programs.
NCAA Division II: Public and private colleges, they are generally smaller and offer fewer athletic scholarships. They are more accessible to foreigners.
NCAA Division III: It is the division with the most private universities. They do not offer athletic scholarships, only academic scholarships.
There are numerous universities in the United States. There are more than 3,700 American universities spread across the country. The most important thing is to find the one that best suits your tastes and needs, considering geographical location, studies to be carried out, sports level, level of English and, of course, obtaining a scholarship.
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How to validate an American degree in Spain
1- Obtain the Apostille of The Hague (Hague Apostille) in the university
degree. It is a method to legalize public documents. In most American
universities, it is done through a public notary upon request by the
international student and the payment of a fee.
2-You must request the academic record where all the subjects taken during the university studies and the grade obtained in each of them are specified. Request a paper copy with the Hague apostille.
3-Once you have both documents with the apostille (the degree and the
academic record), you will have to request a sworn translation by
professionals accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
4-Once you have obtained the apostilled originals and the sworn
translations, you will have to make certified copies of all the documents.
5-Fill out a form from the Ministry of Education and pay a fee (form 790).
All these documents must be delivered to an education delegation in the
Spanish territory or you can send all the documentation by post to the
ministry headquarters in Madrid.
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