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Advantages of Studying in the United States

World class learning institutions

Supporting industries, training & research

People and culture

Technology

Flexibility

Admission Tests

Cost

Life in America

The United States is the premiere destination for international students from all over the world. The main advantages of higher education in the USA are as follows:
World class learning institutions
The United States has more institutions of higher learning than any other country in the world. More importantly than that, however, is the quality of these academic bodies. Most American colleges and universities offer top-notch education programs with highly qualified teaching staff. The research at many of these universities is cutting-edge and often published in journals worldwide. Many of the professors at these schools are leading authorities in their field. The list of world-class learning institutions in the USA is endless and include, but are not limited to: Stanford University, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, California Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, John Hopkins, Northwestern University, etc. Most universities provide hands on training and a variety of academic programs and specializations along with the flexibility and freedom to suit your needs and interests. A large number of scholarships, fellowships and assistantships are also available to international students. They are also eligible to work for 10 to 20 hours a week to partially meet their expenses.

Supporting industries, training & research
Because of the vast wealth of resources in America, the opportunities for practical training related to your field of study are vast. Most college and universities have established affiliations with employers and researchers in different fields of study, thereby creating an avenue for students to obtain hands-on and invaluable experience. Many universities even require that students obtain practical training in order to graduate. In many cases, these opportunities are not available any where else in the world.

People and culture
America is a melting pot of people from all over the world. One will find most Americans to be very hospitable, friendly, kind, generous and accepting of foreigners. Of course, there are a few exceptions, as in any country, but these are not the norm. In general, the people are funny, gregarious, innovative, and eager to learn. These are traits that many international students adopt and take home with them.

Technology
Regardless of what degree a student chooses to pursue in school, he or she will have to use computers and other technologies in order to succeed. Many universities incorporate the latest technology into their curriculum, encouraging students to obtain proficiency before they go out into the workplace. Specialized technology, such as the newest medical equipment in medical schools, allows each student to maximize their true potential and gain experience that is marketable in the real world.

Flexibility
Since the USA school system utilizes credit units and often accommodates working students, most schools offer academic programs that are flexible in nature. This means that, very often, one can choose when to attend classes, how many classes to enroll in each semester or quarter, what elective or optional classes to take, etc. An American education is very conforming to each student's needs.

Admission Tests
Most colleges and universities in the US require scores from one or more of the standardized admission tests. Students should visit individual college websites for information on admission requirements.
All international students whose native language is not English are required to take a test to establish their proficiency. Students can choose between TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic).

Costs
The estimated average of tuition and living expenses is around $20,000 per academic year. Begin searching and applying for scholarships, assistantships and education loans at least a year before the commencement of the academic course

Life in America
What Americans generally believe
Americans offers an equal opportunity in life to all. They treat everyone fairly and with the same level of respect. This is the basic principle of American philosophy. Self entity and freedom to express are encouraged. Competition brings out the best talent in people and in businesses. Competition is another basic principle of American culture. It is believed that you are responsible for your future and determining your future. Believe in luck or fate is not encouraged. They pride their individual achievements. They are open to change which they believe is necessary for development. Tradition is less valued in America compared to other cultures. They prefer to be honest and straightforward. In several cultures, it is termed as impolite to speak too directly. Americans prefer to speak openly, even when delivering bad news. Rationality is more important for them than emotion in decision making.

What Americans love
They love their country and are very patriotic. They also offer great respect to those who serve or have served in the armed forces. Americans are mostly busy compared to people in some countries, but they aptly value what they have. Their high class life style is evidence to their work culture. Whenever free they will prefer to spend time doing something for themselves, family, or community. Weekends and vacations bring lot of activities.
The US government preserves large chunks of land and utilizes it for the enjoyment of all. They enjoy outdoor activities the year round. Depending on the region, famous activities include hiking, mountaineering, sailing, skiing, and camping.
The United States has given more professional athletes participating in a larger number of international levels of sports than any other nation. They love to watch sports. They also enjoy participating in sports, and there is plethora of leagues for players of all ages and skill sets.