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Study Business at Berkeley College New York

The US education system is one of the most highly advanced in the world, and as such has an excellent reputation with regard to both its institutions and the subjects that are on offer. In respect to Business education, the States are famous for pioneering the MBA, and so to choose to study Business in the US at undergraduate level would be an excellent decision for an international student to make.

By the end of the Second World War in 1945, the economic infrastructures of all the major industrialized countries of the world were destroyed. The only major power to survive intact was the United States of America.

As a consequence, for nearly thirty years following the war, the  United States was the world s sole leader in the area of economic activity, and also in the development of 'business' as an academic discipline. Most of the research, the literature and the teaching methods needed to support this new venture were developed in the United States, and  that s why, even today, most of the textbooks and teaching materials used in business schools everywhere in the world are American in origin. Largely by an accident of political history, the United States is the world s leader in business education, and this is one reason why there are so many students from allover the world in the us.

An American Philosophy 

Higher education in America differs in important wants from higher education in other countries, and this can be confusing for a foreign student. Perhaps the greatest difference is that the guiding principle in the mainstream of American higher education is the philosophy that undergraduate programs should be broad-based and generalist in nature. It is unusual for more than a third of all undergraduate programs in American colleges to be in the field of the 'major' specialisation; the other two thirds are more or less equally divided between supporting course work in other fields and in unrelated 'liberal arts' disciplines. The aim is to produce a 'generalist' student - a person with a well-rounded education.


In addition to the four-year colleges and universities, there are a large number of local, often municipally-funded, two- year colleges called 'community colleges', and privately- funded junior colleges that offer programs leading to the Associate degree.

Students who graduate from these colleges often transfer into the third year of a four year college or university. In fact, transferability is one of the more attractive features of American education. Credits earned at one accredited college can usually be transferred to another college.

Once a student has accumulated the necessary number of credits and the specific course- work required for a particular degree, that student will graduate. It is not unusual for students in America to change their degree program (major) several times, and to attend more than one college. The system allows for great flexibility, and consequently provides the student  with a much broader range of opportunity and choices than do courses of study in many other countries.

The Alternative Option

As an alternative, alongside the generalist mainstream in American higher education, there is another stream that consists of vocational, technical or professional colleges. The aim of these schools is to prepare the student in an immediate and practical way for entry into the job market.

This is the category in which one finds the undergraduate business college, which is likely to offer students Associate degrees (two year) and Bachelors degrees (four year) in various areas of business, such as management, marketing, international business, or accounting. Coursework at these colleges focuses more on applied rather than theoretical knowledge, and on the acquisition of computing and communication skills that relate directly to the needs of the workplace. There are typically a greater number of business and supporting courses and fewer liberal arts courses, and it is not unusual for work experience (called 'internship') to be part of the program of studies.

A Strong Future 

Given the economic strength and importance of North America, the dominance of English as the language of business worldwide, and the past and current success of America s colleges and universities, it is probable that the United States will continue to be the leader in business education for many years to come. .

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