Why Study in the USA?

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Stereotypically known as the “Land of Opportunity”, the United States doesn’t fall far from its nickname. With highly-acclaimed institutions, world-leading research and optimized learning environments, it’s no wonder the USA is the number one study destination for international students across the globe1. Below are 4 solid reasons as to why you should consider studying in the USA.

Academic Prestige

According to the QS World University Rankings 2022, 28 of the world’s top 100 universities are located in the United States, including the famous “Ivy League” institutions. The USA places priority in optimizing learning environments and experiences, which is crucial in producing well-rounded and proficient graduates. Additionally, thanks to its unwavering international recognition, holding a degree from the USA invites high prestige from employers and companies worldwide.

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Diverse and Flexible Study Options

American academic institutions offer one of the largest varieties of courses and programs for students to choose from. To sweeten the deal, apart from choosing your course content, you can also decide on its structure. Generally, American universities and colleges allow undergraduate students to explore different courses before deciding on a major at the end of the second year. Similarly for postgraduate studies, students can choose to focus on ideas and topics that interest them, with the capability to change the course structure according to their academic interests, goals and needs.

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World-Leading Tech and Research

As we all know, the US is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world2. Hence, its academic institutions will undoubtedly possess the same technological edge over others. Many US universities have top-tier research laboratories, manufacturing workshops and other cutting-edge facilities. Students who want to engage in ground-breaking and innovative research will find the United States to be the best study destination for them.

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Excellent Support System

There are a myriad of facilities and services to help international students adapt to their new environment, such as training programs, on-campus counsellors, orientations and their school’s international student office’s services. Monetary-wise, most American universities offer financial support in the form of grants, loans or scholarships. International students also have the opportunity to work on or off campus, gain internships and even research positions (for graduate students). Additionally, STEM students can reside in the USA to gain work experience for up to 24 months after they graduate.

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1. Project Atlas, 2020 (Accessed in August 2022 from: https://yocket.com/blog/why-study-in-the-usa)

2. US News, 2021 (Accessed in August 2022 from: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/slideshows/top-10-countries-for-technological-expertise-ranked-by-perception)

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