Over the past few years, the US has dominated the world in being the most popular university destination for students. Despite the growth of options in other countries, students continue to choose the US.
What makes US universities so special?
To answer this question, here are the top five reasons students tend to choose American universities for their international education, and what sets these universities apart.
1. US degrees have an excellent international reputation
It’s hardly a secret that universities in the US continue to maintain a strong presence among the top-ranked in the world.
Partially this has to do with how well-funded and supported American universities are, but it also has to do with the high academic standards and rigorous requirements they instil in their students.
With their always-changing and evolving classrooms, these universities continue to attract students from all over the world and are courageously working every year to change the education they deliver so that students from all over the world are prepared to go back home and find wonderful careers.
2. US universities are bastions of cultural diversity
Nearly every university in the US takes diversity to be one of their defining pillars. Historically, there has been a strong effort within the structure of these institutions to make cultural diversity central to enrolment and admission efforts.
Students often remark that their classes and dormitories are full of students from every nationality, religion, or ethnicity, and having access to and contact with so many from diverse cultural backgrounds makes the experience that much more thrilling.
If you go to a university in the US, you will feel immediately comfortable around people who share a similar background as you, and who have new ideas and perspectives to share.
Studying abroad, in general, is one way to nurture tolerance and openness to other cultures; and studying in the US adds another dimension, exposing you not only American culture, but to the languages and beliefs of people from nationalities all over the world.
3. US universities offer excellent support facilities
In an effort to make your transition to a US university smoother, these institutions offer plenty of support to prepare international students for their classes.
Through various workshops, English-language practice courses, orientations, and trainings, international students are given plenty of help to get them ready for their classes.
There is also some effort to allow international students the ability to stay in the US after they graduate, so they can attempt to pursue a wonderful career at some of the world’s biggest companies.
In 2016, a massive effort was taken to allow graduates from STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to stay for 24 months to acquire work experience and extend their stay.
With this opportunity, you have the chance to look for work in fields that are always seeking ambitious and hard-working students; and with this extension, you can stay in the US to find your footing at some of the biggest companies.
4. US universities invest in optimised classroom experiences
As technology continues to innovate and change the way that information is delivered, university classrooms are trying to keep in step with the rapid acceleration of ideas.
By giving students more access to web-based classes, utilising computer-based tests, and allowing students to use different labs and resources, universities are able to give you the latest and most modern classroom experience that you can imagine.
With these advanced capabilities and access to all kinds of resources, American universities keep the education up-to-date, with all of the gadgets and engaging virtual experiences that this generation of students is already accustomed to.
If you go to a university in the US, you will find yourself immediately introduced to new ways of studying, learning, researching, and taking tests.
5. US universities offer a flexible environment for every student’s needs
Studying in American universities provides an ideal environment for students, characterised by flexible methods of education, and continuous development processes for students in various fields of studies.
Depending on your strengths, interests, and goals, US universities deliberately shift their classroom structures and instruction methods to make learning engaging and, at the same time, relevant to your own domain.
American universities are also notoriously casual and relaxed. Students are under no obligation to show up to every single class, or to stay for an entire lecture. Now, just because you can avoid or skip classes, doesn’t mean you should.
Article contributed by Inquota Education Services (IES) Sdn Bhd.