by Lette Berhe
STEM is a term that you may see if researching U.S. universities and scholarships. But what do those four letters actually mean: science, technology, engineering, and math.
So, now that you know, why should you care.
As an international student, knowing that your possible major is within a STEM field can open up a lot more doors. When deciding between universities or specific programs, for example, you can compare the number of international students accepted into STEM fields or the different STEM majors offered at each university.
But the benefits continue beyond just choosing where you want to study. Once you are studying in the U.S., you can look for:
Your options are endless.
According to the 2017 Open Doors Report, there were more than 1 million international students studying in the U.S. during the 2016-17 school year. Of this more than 1 million students, 48% were studying STEM degrees. So, almost half of all international students studying at U.S. universities were studying a degree related to science, technology, engineering, or math.
This high number of international students in STEM, however, it not a coincidence. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields”. This gap has made it necessary for universities to have international students in their STEM degrees.
If you have any doubts about applying – don’t. We know that deciding to study internationally is not an easy one, but you are not alone. These numbers show that there are many programs that may fit your interests.
Not sure the exact major you would like to study? Check out the official list of STEM degrees currently approved by U.S. Immigration.
If you are interested in studying science, technology, engineering, or math in the U.S., contact us today to get started on your application!