If you are looking forward to make a bright career of yours with an international degree in hand and with a job in another then United States of America is calling you. Yes!!! Educating yourself qualitatively has become one of the strongest reasons for students going abroad for higher studies. Statistics also prove that same.
Around 18% of the total number of students studying abroad – study in the United States of America. The number one destination for international students seeking to get a top-notch career edge is currently the United States of America.
Some of the common reasons for students choosing US as their destination for going abroad is:
1) Quality education:
Quality Education is one of the best features of US Universities and obviously any qualitative input surely brings about quality output resulting into success of the student. The degrees that students attained in the US are not just widely recognized and accepted, but also widely respected around the world.
If you are one of the best in studies then best in class Universities with best in class faculties will train you and provide you with quality education.
2. Academic Flexibility:
US Education system offers a range of flexible programs wherein you can enroll in your choice of course which can give you flexibility to do part time jobs and earn while you learn.
You have the chance of selecting the course and the subject of your choice, that also at the time of your convenience.
That’s right!!! You also have the flexibility to choose a class at any time during the academic year, since the some courses are offered multiple times during the academic year.
As variety is the spice of life, in the same way US offering volume and variety of institutions in your preferred location also adds spice while pursuing your higher studies.
And if unfortunately you have landed up to US but didn’t get choice of institution right the first time, moving between universities is very common in the US.
3. Financial Support:
Availability of financial aid is another major factor for international students to opt for higher education in the US.
1) If you can prove your excellence in academics then University offers Scholarships, Grants or Stipends to its meritorious students to cover their daily expenses as well as tuition fees in some cases.
2) Assistantships are provided by Universities on the basis of merit.
3) Education Loan from Banks
Using some of the above mentioned common sources of finance US education can turn out to almost be free.
4. Lucrative Job Opportunities:
US offers a range of courses and with these courses do come the lucrative job opportunities that are available in US.
If you are a student in F1 visa, you can work after 9 months after entering US. It is called Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
After you graduate you are legally authorized to work in the US in your related field for about a year. That is called Optional Practical Training (OPT) after you apply for Optional Practical Training Employment Authorization (OPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT):
If you are a student in F1 visa, you can work after 9 months (one academic year i.e., Fall & Spring) after entering US. It is called Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
CPT is internship that is given to students after they have completed one full academic year after entering US. Through CPT students get credit for working as they have been employed to work for a potential employer. (Also called Co-op or Internship)
The duration students can work with a career services at you school is maximum for one year i.e. until you graduate after which you can apply for your OPT.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Based on the program curriculum you have chosen your DSO may authorize CPT during first semester.
If you are specialized in the following areas of your studies in US such as:
Then you may be hired by the company during your OPT period granting you the H1-B work visa.
The H1-B work visa is usually granted by employers to international students in the above mentioned specialty areas.
On-campus work programs are also available for students who qualify for a specific kind of job. For instance, if you have humanities major, you can seek employment at the library. If you are certified lifeguard, you can work at the Aquatic Center.
5. Value Addition and Cultural Enhancement:
United States of America (USA) famous for its rich and diverse culture in terms of dialect, arts, music, cuisine etc. As around 30 percent of all international students in the world study in the US , studying in US will give you the opportunity to meet people with diverse culture, interact with them, share your view points with them and even get to know theirs.
This exciting cultural exchange and international diversity will certainly enrich your life both personally and academically. Your new friends will be your new family.
You will be an independent person and start understanding and learning a lot more about the world.
6. Brilliant Scope for Research:
The US is your perfect choice for higher education if you are inclined towards academic research. Once you enroll into an MS/PhD program you can get the opportunity to earn while you learn. Your research grant that could be obtained from either the federal government or reputed multinational corporations in the industry will help support your financial needs by waiving your tuition and providing you with a stipend. Helping you to elevate you personally as well as professionally.