Emma Watson Applies to U.S. Colleges

09/23/2008 at 08:00 AM EDT

Emma Watson Applies to U.S. Colleges
Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Harry Potter star Emma Watson is ready to trade acting for academia – and the brainy beauty is even considering some American colleges.

"There are excellent universities over there [in the U.S.] and I'm applying at the moment," she told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. "If I go to America, I would do a liberal arts program."

Watson, now 18, has made more than $17 million from the nine years she has spent playing the hardest-working girl at Hogwarts. The final Potter film is set to wrap in fall 2009.

She recently scored straight A's in her high school finishing exams.

"I would like to go to university and complete a degree and so that will mean a break from acting," she told the newspaper. "I've always tried to balance my education with my acting career, but I just don't think it will be possible to juggle it with a degree course."

The hiatus is only temporary, said the actress. "I have a need now to study."

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