Emigrating to The United States: What’s important to know once I’m there?

Need to know

Before arriving in The United States, there are still some things you should know.
The time difference varies by location. In New York, it’s about 6 o’clock time difference and in Houston at seven o’clock. The capital of the United States is Washington DC and one speaks mainly English in this country. The United States has 318.9 million inhabitants
Facts about The United Sates:
  • In The United States everyone drives right
  • 78 percent of the population is Christian
  • Each state in the United States has its own laws

The official currency in the United States is the US dollar. Prices are denoted by USD. The credit card is a very common payment method in The United States. You will find out that you can settle your payment via this method. Always make sure you have a good alternative, by having cash on your pocket. We recommend that you do not take more foreign currency from the Netherlands as needed.

The official language in the United States is English: it is the native language of about 82 percent of the population. Spanish is the second language in the country. Over 28 million inhabitants have this as mother language, and about half say that they speak English well.

The most common religion in the United States is Christianity. 78 percent of Americans are Christian. About 54 percent of them are Protestants and 24 percent Roman Catholic. Especially in the Southern states, mostly inland,  inhabitants of The United States are very religious.

The education system in the United States is in many ways different from the Netherlands. People often talk about the scholarships.  It is expensive to follow education in The United States and approx ten thousands of euros must be paid when you want to join the education system.

The United States have no national education system, but this is regulated by each state separately. Below you will find some American education in a row:

  • Kindergarten: groups 1 and 2
  • Elementary school: group 3 to 8
  • Middle School (Junior High School) :classes 1 and 2
  • High School: classes 3 to 6

Education in The United States are arranged that children have compulsory education until the age of 16 or 18 years. Unlike in the Netherlands, this may vary by state, although most US citizens continue to study until they are at least 18 years old. However, the language for all states is the same: one speaks almost everywhere in English. For primary and secondary schools in America, you can register your children in the area where you live. Cities regularly drive school buses that can pick up and bring children.