Published on 01 December 2014, by M. Tomazy.
My university is based on the British curricula, besides that I was reading American books as the language is more simplified and further directed.
My impression is that, generally speaking, the American educational institutions don't give much attention to the shape and appearance, but they care about the content very well. Whereas, the UK's institutions give special attention to the shape and "recommendation letters" for example.
I think this is one of the advantages of the American educational system, in comparison with the British and commonwealth's institutions, other than America's relatively easier naturalization laws, which attracted many think-tanks and scientists. For example, many German Jewish scientists headed to the U.S. during the NAZI's era and Einstein was just one of them.