Studying in the U.S.A
Why Study in the U.S.A
The US offers students the opportunity to get a world-renowned education from some of the highest ranked universities and colleges globally. More than 1,000,000 international students make the US their destination of choice to further their education. The majority of international students shared that receiving a degree from the US was a good investment, because of the returns both socially and culturally.
Get Globally Recognized Education
One of the biggest reasons students choose to study in the United States is the country’s reputation for renowned higher-education programs. Year after year, US universities continue to dominate university rankings. More than half of the top 20 universities are in the US according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, and the QS World University Rankings. Harvard, MIT, and Stanford University consistently take the top three spots in all university rankings. Besides these well-known names, the US is home to many other prestigious universities and colleges that offer superior education and cutting-edge learning and research opportunities.
Choose from a Wide Range of Subjects
With over 4,500 US universities offering undergraduate degrees, students have a lot of study options to suit their interests and aspirations. Students at American colleges and universities can explore numerous different subject matters. In fact, they are expected to take different courses and explore their interests in their first two years of study before declaring their choice of major at the end of the second year.
Double Major : In a double major students combine two areas of study. They are expected to take the same number of courses in each respected major to qualify.
Major-Minor : In a major-minor students have a similar combination. The program with the lesser number of courses is considered the minor program.
Experience the American Living
Covering 10 million square kilometers, the US is the third largest country in the world. There are a number of different climate regions to explore making the US appealing to many international students. Some of the most popular states people choose to live in are California, New York, Texas, and Florida. The US is home to four distinct regions so students have the option to pick from a variety of climates. Whether they want to experience the east coast charm, southern hospitality, or the bright lights of hollywood, international students can find an area to live that suits them.
Get Exposure to Cultures from Around the World
The US is a culturally diverse country. According to the Census Bureau, every 33 seconds an individual immigrated to the US. Americans speak over 300 languages throughout the country. The US has often been referred to as a ‘melting pot’ because of the vast cultural influences from Native Americans, Latin Americans, Africans, Europeans, and Asians.
Improve Job Prospects after Graduation
American degrees are recognized and respected globally. Students can choose to apply for work in the US with a Practical Training F1 visa, which they are eligible for 12 months of work post graduation, 36 months if studying a STEM designated program, or they can return to their home country. An American education will open many doors for them for job opportunities and employability.
Admission into a study course depends on the student’s past academic performance. Each institution specifies the minimum grades/marks or cumulative averages (GPAs) it will accept. In some cases, students also need to have completed one or more required subjects previously, known as prerequisite subjects.
Language Proficiency Requirements
Since English is the primary language of instruction in the US, students applying from a non-English speaking country need to demonstrate English proficiency through an English language test as part of the admission process. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most common language test for universities and colleges in the US. English Language Testing System (IELTS), is also accepted. Some institutions only look at the overall scores, while others have cut-offs for scores in each of the four skills sections. Typically, students applying to an undergraduate course need one of the below:
TOEFL (internet-based test, iBT) scores between 60.0 and 100.0 overall
IELTS scores between 6.0 and 7.5 with no band less than 6.0