Originally Posted by Johnnytwoshoes
far as i know the visa waiver program is a holiday visa only so that means your not supposed to do anything other than be on holiday. So I would be guessing you cant use it to do any type of course while you're there either.
The visa wavier is not limited to holidays, you are allowed conduct limited business on it [by business I mean meet people about products etc for your company not work], you can also take college credits while on it but you are limited in the number of class hours you are allowed take within the 90 days. An F-1 visa is a full time student visa and on it you are limited to work within your field of study or on campus employment. Most US colleges run nearly full courses during the summer semesters so alot of people head over to take classes then as it's a hell of alot cheaper then paying for undergraduate or post graduate education.
OP you are aware of the cost of college in the states right? Eduction is expensive there compared to here so while there is more choice you pay for it. A full time course can run to $30,000 and more a year [two semesters] not counting housing. Summer semester/continuing ed courses can be cheaper [you pay per credit couple of 1000 for undergrad credits and anywhere from 300 to 800 for continuing ed credits, typical class is worth 3 credits] You will be asked when you arrive to prove you have the means to support yourself for the 90 days you are there.