United States of America (USA)

The United States, the nation of opportunity and dreams, provides students from all over the world with top-notch educational options. The majority of people who want to study abroad focus exclusively on the United States, whether it be for the level of education or the employment opportunities following graduation. Let's take a closer look at the nation that students from around the world choose to study in.

The land of dreams and opportunities, the U.S. offers high-quality educational options for students from around the globe. Be it for the quality of education or the career prospects after graduation, the U.S. has monopolized the attention of almost all study abroad aspirants. Let’s take a closer look at the world’s most preferred country for higher education.

10 reasons for choosing the USA:

Colleges and universities in the United States are attractive to international students for a variety of reasons. Nearly 600,000 international students are currently pursuing their higher education degrees in the U.S. Nepalese students choose U.S. colleges and universities for the following reasons:

1. Academic excellence

 In the field of technology, U.S. higher education is regarded as the world's best. U.S. degrees are accepted across the world and are considered to be among the most prestigious.

2. Investing in high-quality research

 If research is your passion, the U.S. is the right choice. Numerous research opportunities in every field allow students to gain practical experience during their studies. In addition, due to funding from the U.S. government and public and private corporations, students who work as research assistants often receive a waiver of tuition fees and are provided with a stipend to help with their living expenses.

3. Curriculum Flexibility

 In addition to their major field of study and courses, students often have the option to take courses (called “electives”) in other subject areas, based on their interests. In addition, the selection of course offerings at most colleges and universities is very large and diverse. Sometimes students may even be able to “cross-register” or take courses at other nearby universities as part of their degree program.

4. Financial Assistance 

International students may receive financial aid in certain circumstances. Most institutions provide teaching or research assistantships as a means of financially supporting international students. These assistantships are awarded based on academic ability rather than necessity. Stipends and/or full or partial tuition exemptions may be given to selected students. If a student shows remarkable talent in his or her field of study, in some situations, the education may end up being free. Students can also apply for grants, loans, and scholarships from other organizations.

5. On-Campus Work Opportunities

 The majority of schools and universities allow international students to work part-time jobs on their campuses. Students with F-1 student visas are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week on campus during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during the summer or breaks. The hourly wages of the students, which typically range from US$ 8.00 to US$ 15.00 per hour, go toward paying for their living expenses. Based on their financial needs, as well as their abilities and expertise, students are assigned to occupations. One with a lifeguard certification might be sent to the campus Aquatic Center, whilst an English major might be assigned to the university library.

6. Internships

 Students are allowed to work as interns in their respective academic fields outside of the campus during summer vacation. There are internship programs during the academic year as well. Internships are a valuable part of education as they help students gain practical experience while taking classes. Most universities also offer academic credit for internship experience.

7. Job Opportunities / Professional Training

 Once students complete their degrees, they are authorized to work full-time for one year in a related field to gain practical experience. (As of 2008, students in certain fields can extend this to 17 months.) This program is called the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Many talented students are hired as permanent employees after they complete their OPT period by securing sponsorship from their employers for an H-1 visa. The H-1B visa is a temporary work permit for foreign nationals to work in specialty occupations like Software, Engineering, Teaching, Accounting, or Marketing. Students may continue their work without leaving the U.S. after the status change approval.

8. International Student Affairs Offices

All U.S. colleges and universities have an international student affairs office with advisors who provide extraordinary support to international students to help them navigate the sometimes confusing university and immigration bureaucracy and get the most out of their educational experience. In addition to immigration and academic advising, these offices also often host events and workshops to help international students meet other students and get involved in campus life.

9. Cultural Exchange 

Apart from what is taught in the classroom, international students also get to interact with and learn from other students from many different countries and diverse religions, cultures, and economic and ethnic backgrounds. This experience can be eye-opening for many international students and helps them to become true global citizens.

10. Value

 Any student's level of commitment and effort will directly correlate with how well they do in school. Unquestionably, education in the United States is of the highest caliber. Learning in American institutions can be a rich and distinctive experience due to the diversity of talents and cross-cultural settings. With such a wide range of academic and cultural backgrounds, foreign students are better equipped to work anywhere in the world without any difficulty.