Adult and Continuing Education, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Life in the USA
Education in America
Continuing Education

Adult and Continuing Education
Non-Credit Courses. Educational institutions of all types, from universities and local high schools to private companies, offer courses without credit, on hundreds of subjects. These course offerings are called either “adult education” or “continuing education.” Tuition is usually low and the only admission requirement is paying for the course. Adults take continuing education courses to acquire new skills, to learn about useful subjects such as taxation or foreign languages, or simply for the love of learning.

Targeted Learning. Adult education courses are excellent places for the newcomer to learn about American society without going through a complicated college admission process or paying a lot of money. Note, though, that since students are not actually enrolled (matriculated) in these programs, attending these courses will rarely allow a foreigner to qualify for a student visa.


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