VolleyUSA

General Information

Why should I study and play volleyball in the USA?

  • Nowhere else it is possible to combine education and sports on such a high level.
  • An international accredited Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, fluent English skills and experience in a foreign country are always a big plus for future job applications.
  • The courage to adjust to a new culture is often rewarded with more self-confidence and personal development, which will be valuable throughout your entire life.
  • Studying in the USA is more fun! You will travel across the USA with your volleyball team, meet people from all over the world, celebrate cool parties, and experience the American way of life.

What is college sport like in the USA?

Sport plays a huge part in American colleges. In the special for the colleges-created College Leagues (NCAA/NAIA), teams from different colleges and at different levels play against each other. The big advantage is that coaches and professors work very close together, creating a perfect supporting environment for the student/athletes. Talented players have a chance to develop on and off the court under very professional conditions. Despite the endless amount of large and modern facilities, there is always an experienced staff of Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Athletic Coaches, Physiotherapists, Team Managers and Statistic Assistants making sure that everything is organized and taken care of.

The atmosphere at a college volleyball competition is a unique experience. The sport gyms are usually packed with enthusiastic fellow students and fans. Many teams have their own cheerleaders, a marching band, fan-club, dance group, and much more which creates fantastic vibes. College matches are mostly broadcast via television, radio and the Internet, thus reaching a high number of viewers and citizens.

Why do colleges give away sports scholarships?

The volleyball teams of these colleges are a crucial marketing and advertising instrument in order to promote and attract new students. If a team succeeds in their region or even nationwide, high media attention can be granted and consequently the college or university wins publicity and good reputation. In order to play successfully, American coaches often strengthen their teams with foreign players and therefore offer scholarships.

What type of scholarship can I expect and what does it include?

A full scholarship covers all expenses, such as tuition fees, board and lodging, training equipment as well as travel costs, hotels, and full board at away games. The average value ranges between 20,000 and 65,000 US dollars PER YEAR and will be usually renewed until you obtain your Bachelor’s degree. In some cases, the costs for a Master’s degree are covered as well.

With a partial scholarship you might pay a portion of the costs for board and/or lodging and/or books.

While female players have a very high chance of being granted a full scholarship, male players should only expect being offered a partial scholarship.

Which fields of study are available?

As your volleyball scholarship is absolutely independent from the choice of your major, you can basically choose any field of study/combination of subjects offered by a particular college/university.

The range of diverse fields of study and subject emphasis is wider than in Europe. Furthermore, there’s no “Numerus Clausus” (minimum GPA) for particular branches of study in the USA. The only precondition is that you enroll as a fulltime student.

How much does an American degree count in Europe or worldwide?

Due to the “Bologna Agreement,” an American Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree is internationally acknowledged. The quality of the American institution is evaluated through an officially selected advisory board. It is very important that the chosen institution is officially accredited.

What types of leagues/sports levels are there in the US?

American colleges/universities play in different leagues and divisions, however, they mostly differ according to the size of the institution and the amount of scholarships granted rather than the level of play. However, the level of the best and worst college-team within a division might differ enormously. The top teams of the NCAA league (National College Athletic Association) can easily reach top level European club teams, whereas the lower level teams can be compared with 3rd/4th/5th highest leagues.

Additional Information: see FAQ

Kim - Honolulu, Hawaii
Kim - Honolulu, Hawaii
Lara - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Lara - Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Hannah - New York City, New York
Hannah - New York City, New York
Elisa - Las Vegas, Nevada
Elisa - Las Vegas, Nevada
Vanessa and Katharina - Garden City, Kansas
Vanessa and Katharina - Garden City, Kansas
Luca - South Carolina
Luca - South Carolina
Anna-Lena - Columbia, Kentucky
Anna-Lena - Columbia, Kentucky
Muara - West Plains, Missouri
Muara - West Plains, Missouri
Tim - Provo, Utah
Tim - Provo, Utah
Katja - Casper, Wyoming
Katja - Casper, Wyoming
Victoria - Lubbock, Texas
Victoria - Lubbock, Texas
Lena - Florida
Lena - Florida
Lena - Wyoming
Lena - Wyoming
Jana - Cedar Falls, Iowa
Jana - Cedar Falls, Iowa
Johannes - South Carolina
Johannes - South Carolina
Nele - Odessa, Texas
Nele - Odessa, Texas
Hannah - Florida/Oklahoma
Hannah - Florida/Oklahoma
Iris - Tampa, Florida
Iris - Tampa, Florida
Katharina - New York
Katharina - New York
Carolin - Paris, Texas
Carolin - Paris, Texas
Helena - Texas, Louisiana
Helena - Texas, Louisiana
Anna - New York
Anna - New York
Lea - Utah
Lea - Utah
Marco - California
Marco - California
Kristina - Casper, Wyoming
Kristina - Casper, Wyoming
Vera - Wyoming
Vera - Wyoming
Anita - Florida
Anita - Florida
Susanne - Texas
Susanne - Texas
Anna - Indiana
Anna - Indiana
Valentina - Hawaii
Valentina - Hawaii
Alexandra - California
Alexandra - California
Lisa - Florida
Lisa - Florida
Tessa - Florida
Tessa - Florida
Julia - Florida
Julia - Florida
Linda - Florida
Linda - Florida
Kirstin - Texas
Kirstin - Texas
Alexandra - Kansas
Alexandra - Kansas
Annemarie - Pennsylvania
Annemarie - Pennsylvania
Lisa - Georgia
Lisa - Georgia
Tanja - Indiana
Tanja - Indiana
Oliver - Indiana
Oliver - Indiana
Karo - Virginia
Karo - Virginia
Robert - Florida
Robert - Florida
Ulrike - Kansas
Ulrike - Kansas
Belinda - Virginia
Belinda - Virginia
Judith - Texas
Judith - Texas
Andreas - Florida
Andreas - Florida
Nicole - Illinois
Nicole - Illinois
Corinna -Texas
Corinna -Texas
Christiane - North Carolina
Christiane - North Carolina
Ann-Kathrin -Tennessee
Ann-Kathrin -Tennessee
Marie - Alaska
Marie - Alaska
Alexandra - Utah
Alexandra - Utah
Ulrike - Georgia
Ulrike - Georgia
Christin - West Virginia
Christin - West Virginia
Antje - Hawaii
Antje - Hawaii
Annika - Texas
Annika - Texas
Felix - Missouri
Felix - Missouri