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USA Education System

The most important part we can see in the USA Education System is “Credit”. The credits are the unit of study, which jointly, in particular make up a course. The number of credits requisite for the completion of a course, vary depending on the type of the course and the university which offers it.

Generally, international students need to achieve 12 credits per semester to continue his/her studies, but can take more in due course

Working on the basis of 12 credits per semester, three semesters per year and four years per degree, and considering exam periods, an undergraduate degree would require the student to gain around 130 credits in total, similarly a graduate program would require approximately between 45-60 credits.


As we have discussed before, the workload, depends upon the total number of credits. These credits play an important role in the flexibility that a student gets during pursuing his/her graduation or post-graduation. There are always two criteria in which the student should fall to get the graduation done, GPA (Grade Point Average) and Credits. If a student is not being able to make it into either of these categories, he/she won’t be able to complete the graduation or the course.

When a student is perfect on credits but short on GPA, flexibility chiefly comes into play. In order to shoot up their GPA, they can then either take a subject ‘out-of-course’. These subjects have to forcibly be relevant to the course which is been taken by the student. A student can make his course flexible if he/she gets a choice to cross out the subject which he/she has already studied.

How are degrees in USA graded?

The faculties of the universities judge the students based on diverse criteria such as essays, written exams, participation in discussions within the class, oral presentations, and group work. All assessment criteria are used to lastly grade a student at the end of the year, which fall between A (Highest) and F (Fail).

Then grade point average (GPA) is calculated, with a 4.00 being awarded for every A grade, 3.00 for every B grade, and so on down to 0.00 for an F.

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