As a prospective student planning to study in the United States, it is but natural to have many doubts.
- Should I study in the USA or any other country?
- Why have so many of my seniors went to US and not other countries?
- What and where should I study?
- Will it be more expensive than studying elsewhere?
- Will I get employment after studies?
- Can I stay back permanently in USA?
We will clarify all your doubts in this section. First, US is the best destination in the whole world, for higher education in the fields of science, technology and management. No other country extends its arms as widely as the US, to welcome international students. This is reflected in the fact that US hosts more international students than any other country in the world. A total of 6, 71,616 students went to the US to study there in 2008-09, which is an increase of 8% over the previous year. And USA attracts 23% of all International students, whereas Australia is attracts approx. 5.44 lakhs and UK next with 3.42 lakh international students. Germany and France are the other countries that attract 11% and 10% international students.
These international students from every continent in the world choose to study in the US because they believe that a US education would afford them the best preparation for their future. They leave homes, families and friends in order to pursue their dreams of an education in the US. In fact, International students who study in the US contribute more than $17.8 billion to the US economy!
US universities, US colleges and US schools consistently rank very high in world rankings, just one of the reasons to study in the US. Schools such as Harvard University, Stanford University, MIT, etc are all world famous and welcome international students. The US offers international students the most exciting, rewarding and comprehensive array of study options in the world. International students who choose to study in the US have almost unlimited study choices.
Furthermore, international students who successfully complete their US study are highly sought-after by employers worldwide. While the reasons international students choose to study in the US vary from student to student, some of the main reasons why students choose USA education are summed up below .
Academic Excellence – Best Universities:
The United States has one of the world’s finest university systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields. At the undergraduate level, excellent programs exist in traditional disciplines, as well as in professional fields. At the graduate level, students have the opportunity to work directly with some of the finest minds in their field of study, with the chance to become involved with exclusive research and educational opportunities. U.S. degrees are recognized throughout the world for their excellence. Around 80% of the research all over the world is being conducted & funded in USA by various universities & companies in USA. The no of noble laureates from USA is a testimony to it.
Variety of Educational Opportunities
USA has several thousand colleges and universities, boasting at least ten times as many campuses as in any other country. As a result, the higher education system in the U.S. has something for everyone. Some U.S. colleges and universities stress broad educational principles; others emphasize practical, employment-related skills; and still others specialize in the arts, social sciences or technical fields. As a result, students have a variety of options and educational opportunities if they are looking for a particular field.
Universities in the U.S. pride themselves on being at the forefront of technology, research and techniques, and in making the best possible equipment and resources available to their students. Even in other fields apart from science or engineering, student’s have opportunities to become skilled in using the latest technology to conduct research, as well as obtain and process information. Students get an opportunity to be connected with researchers, teachers and experts in their fields from all over the world.
Opportunity for Research
Students have an opportunity to gain valuable experience through teaching and/or research while pursuing their education in the U.S., especially for students pursuing their masters. Many graduate programs offer training and teaching opportunities that enable students to become teaching assistants to undergraduates and/or research assistants on special projects exploring different aspects of your field of study.
International students are some of the most valued teachers and researchers in U.S.universities because they bring new skills and ideas to the classroom and library or laboratory. This practical component of USA education proves very useful for students for future career, and gives insights into areas or spheres of their field that would not be possible through course study alone.
Although most programs are highly structured in that specific coursework requirements must be met, students will generally be able to find a wide variety of course choices to meet those requirements. For example, liberal arts coursework for an undergraduate program will include (among others) classes in languages and mathematics, but you will often have several options from which to choose insofar as which language class you take, or which area of mathematics appeals most to your interests and skills.
At the advanced stages of a degree, or if you are pursuing a graduate degree, you will be able to tailor your coursework to fit your specific academic goals, needs and interests. When you choose topics for independent study for a graduate thesis or dissertation, you can emphasize ideas that are important to you, your field and your country.
Financial assistance is normally available for international students, because pursuing higher education in the U.S. is expensive. Most of the universities financially support the international students either in the form of providing teaching or research assistantships. These assistantships are based on academic merit, rather than financial need. Awarded students will receive stipends, or either partial or complete tuition waivers. U.S. education could turn out to be completely free if the student exhibits exceptional skills in his or her field of study.
Support Services for International Students
Studying in the United States is a rewarding experience and international student office is a great help in helping students adapt to a culturally and academically different environment. The mission of the international student office is to assist students, and there is often a wide range of student services that they provide an orientation program upon arrival is just the start of the many programs and benefits of the university international student office. They help answer questions students have regarding visa status, financial situation, housing, employment possibilities, health concerns and more. It provides resume and employment assistance as graduation nears.
Global Education and Long-Term Prospects
Experience in an international setting is a marketable commodity. Many employers seek the wide range of knowledge, adaptability and experience that international students acquire by studying in the United States. Companies in the U.S. are increasingly seeking to become a strong presence in the global marketplace. They often look to hire employees who not only have multi-cultural language skills, but those who can also help communicate, negotiate and conduct business across different cultures.
In recent years, international companies have become much more proactive in recruiting from the pool of strong international student graduates. Long-term career prospects can be enhanced by experiences gained which results in development of self-confidence, independence and cross-cultural skills – attributes which are in high demand with employers worldwide.
Campus Life Experience
Study in USA not only broadens student’s educational experience, but Cultural opportunities as well. Whether it’s a small, private college in a small town or a university situated in the middle of a large urban area, most universities offer a variety of student clubs and organizations to match the wide array of student interests. Student’s have the opportunity to experience American culture, meeting new people and making new friends, through different organizations and associations.