4 Top Reasons Why You Should Study in the USA
Government Scholarship Opportunities for International Students:
Foreign Fulbright Student Program: The Fulbright Foreign Student Program offers international graduate students, young professionals and artists the opportunity to study and conduct research in the United States. Uk tudents can also take advantage of the Fulbright Commission’s comprehensive website — the country’s official source of information about studying abroad in the United States.
Humphrey Fellowship Program: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this program offers young and mid-career professionals from designated countries the chance to study in the U.S. for one year of non-degree graduate-level study.
Scholarships from U.S. Colleges and Universities for International Students:
American University Scholarships:The American University (AU) awards a number of partial merit-based scholarships for international first-year students, as well as full tuition Merit Awards for international master’s and doctoral graduate students. Besides, The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship Program covers all expenses for one exceptional international student to study in the U.S.
Cornell University Scholarships: Cornell offers full and partial need-based funding for 30-40 international students in each entering class. Decisions are made at the time of enrollment and are not subject to change for the duration of undergraduate study.
East Tennessee State University: Open to new international students seeking both graduate and undergraduate degrees, the International Students Academic Merit Scholarship covers 50 percent of the total tuition and maintenance fees for undergrads, master’s and doctoral students. Read more about ETSU here.
Iowa State University Scholarships: Awarded to students with outstanding leadership qualities and the goal to positively represent both their home country and Iowa State University are eligible for the International Student Ambassador Scholarships. These renewable awards range between $4,000 and $7,000 per academic year. Read more about Iowa State University College of Business here.
Institutional Funding Opportunities for International Students:
Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarships: Now in its 27th year, the JJ/WBGSP provides full financial support for graduate students from developing member countries to pursue development-related studies at one of eight participating universities including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, Cornell, Brandeis, Duke, Williams and Columbia.
AAUW International Fellowships: This program, which has awarded financial support to more than 3,300 women from more than 130 nations since its 1917 inception, awards up to five renewable fellowships every academic year to exceptional international students.
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme: Exceptional postgraduate students from developing countries are awarded a limited number of scholarships every year with priority is given to Master’s level students. Funds are awarded on a 50 percent grant/50 percent loan basis.
2) It’s one of the most fantastic countries to study in:
More than 700,000 international students can’t be wrong. Here are 10 great reasons why students come from near and far to take advantage of American academic opportunities. A hint: It’s about much more than Hollywood and hot dogs.
1. Choices, Choices, Choices
The United States offers thousands of higher educational options celebrated around the world for their top quality, broad range of programs and flexibility. Throw in regional diversity and varying tuition and living costs, and aspiring international students are certain to find the right fit.
2. Sporting Goods
The ballparks alone — a classic symbol of American life — are reason enough for sports fans to love studying in America. In addition to baseball, sports enthusiasts enjoy watching and playing everything from football to foosball. Not to mention hockey, basketball, golf, NASCAR…the list goes on and on. And then there’s Quidditch, which co-eds can be found playing on campuses across the country.
3. Movie Madness
If you’re more silver screen than defensive screen, there’s no place like the U.S. for film buffs. While Hollywood and movies have been inextricably tied in the collective mindset since the days of the talkies, the options expand well beyond the birthplace of modern movie making. Want to see or learn about the latest Blockbuster before anyone else? The U.S. is the place to do so.
4. Money Talks
It’s a fact: Higher education in the U.S. is expensive. The plus side is that there’s plenty of financial assistance, and the vast majority of universities support their own international students through teaching and research assistantships. Additionally, government support and funding opportunities abound if you know where to look.
5. Work It Out
Most higher ed institutions have work/study programs on campus which pay a fair hourly rate and help cover the cost of living. The universities place students in these positions — which can range from part time to full time — based on financial need and personal background. Students are also encouraged to work as interns during the summer months, for which many universities award academic credits.
6. Get a Job
While visa requirements in the U.S. are rigorous, recent grads are allowed to work for one year in a related field after completing their degree through Optional Practical Training Employment Authorization (OPT). After this initial year, permanent work is possible when employers sign on for an H1B work visa sponsorship.
7. Eating, American-Style
American cuisine may have gotten a bad rap thanks to the whole super-sizing thing, but massive portions aside, the U.S. is also a biggie when it comes to being on the gastronomic forefront. Extreme foodies will enjoy everything from deep-fried Oreos to Korean tacos everywhere from food trucks to fine dining establishments.
8. Road Trip!
One of the best ways to get a taste of all that America has to offer is through another typical American pastime. Hit the open highway and take advantage of everything from America’s national parks — 84 million acres of extraordinary tradition — to the world’s largest ball of twine. From roadside oddities to mountain majesty, it’s all just a drive away.
9. Help, American-Style
If you’re looking for a little handholding after crossing the pond, U.S. universities offer a designated office just for assisting international students from application through employment assistance as you approach graduation.
10. Diversity University
From climate to culture the U.S. has evolved into a vibrant microcosm of the world at large. Immigration rigors aside, the country is still built upon the premise of welcoming “the huddled masses yearning to be free,” and everyone else for that matter.