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The world’s leading study destination for international students, the US boasts over 150 leading universities in the QS World University Rankings®. The latest figures show that more than 1.18 million international students were studying in the US as of 2017, 77 percent of whom come from Asia. According to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, the most popular states for international students were CaliforniaNew York and Texas, while the most popular subjects were engineeringbusiness and managementmathematics and computer science.

Of course, it’s not just the high standard of US universities that attracts students from far and wide. Whether you’re attracted to the bright lights and fast pace of the big city or to miles of unspoiled wilderness; sun-kissed beaches or vast mountain ranges; the rustic and traditional or the sleek and modern, this huge and incredibly varied country has something for everyone.

Know you want to study in the US but can't decide on where to apply? Use our new Course Matching Tool to find the perfect undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD program for you. Or, read on for more information on top universities in the US, popular student cities, applications, visas and more.

Fast Facts

  • Federal presidential republic with bicameral legislature
  • The president is both head of state and head of government
  • Capital city: Washington DC
  • Largest cities by population (according to 2010 census): New York, Los Angeles and Chicago
  • 50 states, plus the federal District of Columbia (the DC in Washington DC)
  • Five inhabited overseas territories (residents are US citizens but cannot vote in US elections)
  • World’s largest economy, with a GDP of over US$18 trillion
  • The US dollar is the world’s primary reserve currency
  • World’s number one destination for international students
  • Biggest spender on defense in the world, at around US$569bn a year
  • Either the third or the fourth biggest country in the world, depending on how you measure
  • National sports include: American football, basketball and baseball, with ice hockey popular in northern states
  • Formerly part of the British empire, until gaining independence in the late 18th century
  • Currency: United States dollar ($)
  • Time zones: from UTC-5 (-4 in summer) to UTC -10
  • International dialing code: +1