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Top 7 Benefits of Studying in the US

By manuela florea

Updated May 24, 2021 Updated May 24, 2021

The United States is one of the world’s most popular destinations for international students. Between 2019 and 2020, over 1.1 million international students moved to the US to study.  

So, what is it about the US that attracts so many international students each year?  

Apart from being home to some of the world’s best universities, studying in the US can boost your employment prospects after graduation. It’s also a great place to explore, with so many exciting cities in each state - there’s a reason it claims 14 of the QS Best Student Cities globally. 

Here’s seven more reasons you should consider studying in the US: 

Study at some of the world’s best institutions 

The US’ prestigious universities are often a major factor in so many students choosing to study in the country.  

There are a total of 352 schools featuring in the recent QS World University Rankings: USA 2021 and US universities make up half of the top 10 of the QS World University Rankings 2021. 

Notable schools include the highest ranked school in the USA rankings, Harvard University; Stanford University (second in the US) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (third in the US). 

The huge number of US universities and colleges also means you have many options when it comes to choosing the kind of experience you want. Consider the university’s location, courses, accommodation, size, faculty, student body, tuition fees, sports programmes and facilities when making your decision. 

Each of the US’ prestigious schools offer hundreds of programmes in a variety of different topics. You’ll be able to study some of the most innovative subjects and be taught by respected scholars in that field. 

Students can combine various subjects as majors and minors, meaning it’s easy to tailor your degree to your interests and career aspirations. 

Experience a vibrant student lifestyle 

Whether you’re trying to live out your dream of being Elle Woods attending Harvard Law, or want to join an acapella club like Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect, US universities are widely known for their exciting student lifestyle.  

Make the most of your US university experience by joining sports teams, clubs, fraternities and sororities, live on campus and get to know the people on your course. Embrace US campus life and open yourself up to meeting new people and trying new things.  

Don’t just confine yourself to your campus – explore the wider area. Whether your university is in a town, city, or surrounded by countryside, find out what’s going on in your local area.  

Improve your English skills 

If you’re an international student learning English, studying to the US is a good way to brush up on your English language skills. What better way to acquire this skill than by immersing yourself in a culture where English is the primary language? 

Even if you're already good at English, you’ll gain a better understanding of the language and vocabulary by interacting with native speakers daily and by submitting your academic work in English.  

Make friends from around the world  

The US is the top choice for most international students. While studying there, you’ll meet a variety of people from many different countries.  

Besides getting to know more cultures and interacting with interesting people, during your time in the US you will make new connections and will return home knowing that you’ve made some lifelong friendships.  

You’ll also be able to easily travel to neighbouring cities and states in the US, to explore different areas, meet new people and have interesting experiences. 

Get international experience for your CV 

US universities are well known for the quality of their education. There are often plenty of chances to develop transferrable skills and complete work experience placements – particularly if your university is in a large city.  

The diversity in most US universities is great preparation for working in an international workplace, as you will be dealing with clients and colleagues from many different backgrounds and cultures.  

It’s therefore not surprising that companies are interested in hiring graduates with degrees from US universities.   

Enjoy a strong support network for international students  

There are plenty of ways US universities help international students feel at home when they move to the US. 

As well as Freshman orientation and being assigned a student mentor, international students can always visit their school's international student service office. Here, students will be assigned an international student advisor who can help with everything from visas, part-time jobs and student finance.

US universities can be very expensive and there is often financial aid available for international students. This may be in the form of loans, scholarships, bursaries or grants.

Studying in the US will expand your view of the world. You will not only grow professionally, but also personally. International students often say that studying in the US has helped them get out of their comfort zone, become more open-minded, and broaden their horizons.  

So, what are you waiting for?

This article was originally published in December 2015 . It was last updated in May 2021

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