Today, many countries are competing against each other for attracting international students to their universities. As a student, it is very important that you take a very careful decision in choosing the country and the university for your education.

The following sections will give you a complete picture about the educational system in the US and will help you judge whether studying in USA will be the best choice for you:


Advantages of studying in USA

Drawbacks of studying in USA

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Advantages of Studying in USA

Quality of Education

U.S. has a pool of academic institutions that are among the best in the world. The quality of education is periodically reviewed by various organizations. Hence colleges and universities in the US have to constantly work hard to maintain their quality of education.
One example of organizations that review academic institutions is the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business ( AACSB), which accredits business schools worldwide including the US. AACSB is generally regarded as being the most prestigious accreditations for business schools. In order to be AACSB accredited the universities have to meet certain criteria such as the quality of faculty and students, the infrastructure, the research being performed, etc. Last year only 531 colleges and universities worldwide have the AACSB accreditation, and more than 400 of those are US colleges and universities
In addition, many independent rating agencies, such as Princeton review or US news, keep updating its college / university ranking yearly. US colleges and universities are working hard to maintain or improve their ranking in the list.

Infrastructure

Most US academic institutions have well furnished research as well as computer labs along with libraries with huge collections of books. Many libraries (especially libraries of the same state) are linked with libraries of other universities. This enables the students to order a book that is not available in their university from other university. The academic buildings are also well furnished. They have good heating, cooling and safety systems.

Scholarships

Most US colleges and Universities offer academic scholarships and assistantships. This means that if you get a full time scholarship or assistantship, you won’t have to pay anything out of your pocket and you will also get a monthly stipend to cover your living expenses.

Emphasis on Research and Development

Many US Universities are global leaders in terms of research. They hire world class professors as faculties. Many Professors are leaders and innovators in their field of study, from nano-technology to econometrics to food sciences. Many universities have joint research programs or work in tandem with world renowned organizations such as NASA. Obvious fact that shows US universities support research more than that of any other country in the world is that most Nobel prize winners had done their research in US universities.

Industries

U.S. is home to many well-known industries, factories, hospitals, financial institutions, etc, and it has the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies. US is among the biggest economy in the world. Every year there is a need of thousands of skilled workers in the manufacturing as well as service sector. As a result, many international students have an opportunity to work in the U.S. after the completion of their studies.

People & Culture

The U.S. culture is very open, i.e., U.S. values freedom of individuals and everyone’s view to the fullest sense. However, laws are in place to safeguard the freedom of the people. U.S. is a country of diversity. Most Americans are aware of the fact that their ancestors were also immigrants. Therefore, they are generally very open to welcome legal visitors, including international students. The U.S. also welcomes skilled immigrants into its workforce. In any U.S. company, you will find people from different backgrounds and races working together. Studying in USA will expose you to this wonderful culture and its people and will enrich your life. Unlike many people think, most Americans are friendly, hospitable and eager to learn new cultures.

Global Recognition

Education from an academic institution in the U.S. is valued and recognized all over the world. As a result, you will have more chance to get a good job in any part of the world after you finish your education here. Many international students get very good jobs in their home country when they go back. Many also have been paid higher salaries and offered better perks and have better opportunities for professional growth as compared to others who have similar education but from academic institutions in their home country. Many political as well as industry leaders around the world have had their education in the U.S.

Limitless study options

You may recall any academic discipline or field of study. Chances are, there is an educational institution in the U.S. that offers education in that particular field of study. You can study almost anything here, be it the ancient Indian civilization or be it the Milky Way galaxy. There are hundreds of colleges and universities that specialize in thousands of fields and will be happy to accept you as a student provided you meet their admission criteria.

Academic Life Flexibility

You can determine what courses you want to study and when. In some countries, you are required to take a certain course in a certain semester. Of course, in certain cases, you will have to follow the sequence of courses, but in general you have the option of taking a course in any semester you want. For some classes, you can also have the option of taking the course during the day or in the evening. In addition, the grades are not just based on your final exams. It is based on your performance in the entire course of study through assignments, team projects, class room discussions, mid terms and final exams. So, if you do not perform well in the finals, you can still get good grades depending on your over all performance.

College Life

In the U.S., along with studies, equal importance is given to enjoy the college life. Typically, Friday and Saturday nights are considered party nights! While studying in U.S., you will find many students from different countries studying along with you. Studying and learning with them will expose you to their culture and traditions. The different student organizations on campus will organize cultural and social festivals and fairs. You will be able to make life long friends who come from different countries and backgrounds. All these experiences will enrich your life.

Work while study

International students are allowed to work on-campus 20 hours per week in the Fall and Spring semesters. In the summer semester they are allowed to work on-campus 40 hours per week. Students can work in the libraries or computer labs as assistants or can even work at the food joints on campus. Thus students are able to earn some money and a bit of experience while studying. International students can also do internships while studying using the Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optical Practical Training (OPT), or Academic Training (AT).

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Drawbacks of Studying in USA

Even though not many, there are some drawbacks of studying in USA, such as:

Cost of Education

Education in USA is costly. So, if you do not get any scholarships or assistantships, it will be hard for you to pay for your tuition. If you or your family do not have enough saving, you may have to take Student Loans to pay for your tuition.

No Guarantee of Job Offer from US Companies

There is no guarantee that you will get a job after your graduation. Getting a job in the US depends on various factors such as the current performance of the economy, your field of education, the reputation of your University, your skill in searching jobs, your personality, your knowledge, experiences and above all, your Lady Luck!

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