Why Study in USA
American universities are becoming increasingly popular for UK and international students. Last year, over 9,400 UK students and over 700,000 total international students chose American universities for their studies. In 2008/2009, over 672,000 international students were enrolled in U.S universities and colleges – 8,701 of these were British. The number of students from the UK crossing the Atlantic to study is increasing every year.
The United States is known for its higher education opportunities, which explains why so many American students earn certificates, associate, bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees each year. USA Today recently reported on a U.S. News survey that shows the number of F and M students in the United States continues to grow. The United States has some of the top universities in the world. In fact, Quacquarelli Symonds World University ranking showed that of the top 20 universities in the world, 13 are in the United States. One student in the article wanted to experience the “American educational methodology.” These schools offer “worldwide recognition of school names, technology and hands-on training.”
There are numerous benefits for any student who chooses to study abroad:
- Different classroom experiences,
- New languages and
- Diverse cultures.
There are many benefits to studying in the US, but don't just take our word for it! Each summer we survey UK students before they go over. Here are the top reasons they tell us they've chosen to study in the US.
Choose from the wide range of universities on offer:
There are over 4,500 US universities offering undergraduate degrees. With such a wide range of universities and degrees on offer, there is bound to be one that is a great fit for you!
Experience American college life:
US universities are known for their vibrant campus life. Cheer your university's football (American that is) team to victory or play intramural sports yourself. Join a club - there are hundreds to choose from. Become a leader in student government, or write for the university newspaper. Act or sing in the campus arts programme or volunteer in the community. There are so many ways to get involved in American college life.
Have the flexibility to explore your academic interests before choosing your major:
Undergraduate degrees in the US are quite flexible. You can apply to US universities as "undecided" about your major (field of study). Under the "liberal arts philosophy", you will take classes from a variety of subjects during the first 1 - 2 years before specializing in your major field. Students who already know what they want to study can complete a "double major", degrees in two academic fields often completed within the normal four years of study. Students may also earn a minor qualification for completing 3-5 classes in one field.
Take advantage of funding opportunities:
Many students are able to fund their studies through scholarships from US universities and external funding bodies. In fact, about 10% of international undergraduate students report US universities as their primary source of funding. Scholarships are often offered to students based on merit, extracurricular achievement, financial need, talent and/or personal characteristics, such as country of origin, field, gender or ethnicity. If you look hard enough, there is a scholarship out there for you!
Internationalize and strengthen your CV:
Studying and working abroad can make you stand out in the job market when you return to the UK. According to a Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) survey of 230 UK companies, one in three employers valued job applicants with international study experience, while 65% of employers favored applicants with overseas work experience. International students in the US have the opportunity to gain work experience during their studies and to work in the US for up to one year after graduation on the Optional Practical Training scheme. Students in the sciences and engineering stay on for up to two years.
Travel in the US and learn about another culture:
The US spans six time zones and has a great diversity in geography and culture. Long university summer holidays and programmes organised by the international student’s office, such as holiday trips and host family schemes, offer students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the US and immerse themselves in another culture.