By Mia Ballan
You may have heard of the many benefits of studying in the U.S. - a strong economy, endless opportunities to practice English, the prestige of earning a degree from a top study destination. We will go into these and many other reasons why studying in the U.S. will be one of the best decisions you ever make.
1. World-class education
The U.S. has one of the highest concentrations of world-class academic institutions. Earning a degree from a U.S. university, not matter its ranking, will impress employers from all over the world.
2. Meet people from all over the world
Because the U.S. is known to be one of the best countries to study in, it attracts some of the brightest minds in the world. Being surrounded by smart and motivated peers will push you to excel in your studies. As an added benefit, meeting people from other places will help you see things in a different perspective, expanding your global mindset.
3. Leave the comforts of home
Studying in a different country can be uncomfortable- you're exposed to a new language and culture that you have to adjust to quickly. However, those uncomfortable situations are what help you to learn and grow as a person. Once you break out of the comfort zone, you will be better prepared to take on any challenge that comes your way.
4. Career Services
U.S. universities often offer something called career services. This is a department of the school that can assist you in gaining real-world experience, such as an internship or job. They provide services such as resume and cover letter writing, and also hold events such as career and internship fairs. These tools will help you to secure an internship or job, building your experience and increasing your chances of getting a full-time job upon graduating.
5. Perfect your English
Of course, living and studying in America will present you with endless opportunities to practice English. If you’re not at the English level to study at university, many universities also offer English pathway programs in which you can study English for a semester or two and gain admittance into a degree program, often without having to take the TOEFL.
6. After graduation opportunities
After earning your degree you will be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), a visa that will allow you to work in the U.S. for 12 months. You will have three months to apply to a job, and have the chance to have a company sponsor you so that you can stay past the 12 months. If you choose to return to your home country after graduating, you will stand out in the job market for reasons #1- 5.
7. Diverse population
The U.S. has a diverse population of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Because Americans are so accustomed to being around people of diverse backgrounds, it will be easier for you as an international student to integrate yourself.
8. Diversity of study locations
The U.S. is a big country with a wide range of environments, climates, and cultures. If you enjoy skiing you will have the availability of universities in colder climates of the Midwest and Northeast; if you enjoy warm weather you can study in southern parts of the country. Wherever you go you will be exposed to different cultures, cuisines, and ways of thinking.
9. Flexibility of programs
It is common for students to enroll in a community college for 1-3 years and then transfer their credits to a full degree program. This is an affordable way to explore an area of study before committing to a full degree program.
10. Availability of scholarships
You may like the idea of studying in the U.S. based on the above-mentioned benefits, but are held back because of the costs. It’s true that a degree from a U.S. university can cost up to $60,000 per year. Luckily, many universities see the benefits of having an international student population, and offer scholarships to minimize the financial burden. At Epro 360, we will help to match you with a university that offers scholarships to international students, and provide support from the beginning stages of applying and getting the visa to helping you adjust once you arrive to your university. Epro 360 has already helped dozens of international students realize their dream of studying in the U.S. To hear their stories and to learn more about our process, visit our website www.epro360.com.
written by Mia Ballan