More than one million international students studied in the US last year. Here we look at why and how you can study in USA and answer all common questions about studying there.
For this article we invited the American student Michaela Lord as a guest writer. About half the text below is written by her based on her own experience. We have then added some additional facts and topics to give a complete guide for international students.
So, are you interested in learning in the world’s most diverse country? Are you curious about the American educational system? While the United States is popular for its entertainment, culture and overall global persona, it is an ideal place for a foreigner to go to if they want to study abroad. Learn more here:
Why Study in the US?
The United States is arguably the place to go to if you want to study abroad and go to the Americas. While its power standing has been questioned numerous times in the past decade, it is known as the land of the free. Built on a revolution against Great Britain for independence in 1776, the United States has grown considerably for a young country, despite its history of being in wars. Having their own Civil War and then being players in the two World Wars, the United States earned its reputation from international involvement in these tragedies. It was post World War II when the country was able to experience a boom, and earned its title as a superpower.
The United States has its own unique culture and depending on the region you go to, one can have varying experiences, and their reactions will depend on the given area. In general, the United States are divided into the following regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, West and Southwest. When studying, it is smart to research the area you will be living in. Due to the country being the fourth largest in the world, the climate is drastically different, and one can experience different climates by going a few states away. With different temperate zones, this also leads to various landscapes to view while studying abroad, making for interesting vacation ideas.
Cultural and geographical diversity
The United States has been experiencing many different movements and political changes. One of the best qualities about the US is the right to freedom of speech and assembly. Because of the ability to protest, the Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Movement, along with LGBT rights, have successfully passed through their highest law-making body, Congress. Due to this, the United States is a popular destination for immigrants, especially those who were exiled by their communities due to politics, religion or even race/ethnicity.
Overall, the United States is a melting pot of different waves of immigration and migration, making it an ideal place for the international student. In cities like Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Boston, the immigrant population is high enough that one can feel at home. Depending on your interests, you might find yourself in a large city, small city, the country or even in a college town (we’ll explain this later). You could be in an area that is dense with forests, hills, deserts, lakes, etc.
Science and technology advances
Since World War Ⅱ, the US has become the global leader in Science and Technology. It has attracted top talented scholars and scientists from all over the world to realize their scientific pursuit. Since 1950, approximately half of the Nobel Prizes laureates have been from the US. Today it is the home of technology giants like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Intel among many other leading companies in the industry.
Being the world’s largest economy, the US is the driving force for industry development in computers, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, military equipment, etc. US dollars is a global currency, accepted for trade throughout the world. Nearly ¼ of the world’s 500 largest companies have their headquarters in the US and the largest stock exchanges and transactions take place every day in Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange.
All the above truly makes the US a land full of opportunities. On top of that, it is home to many of the best universities in the world. Below you can read more about the American Education system.