There are many reasons that you should consider going to a college or university in the United States if you live somewhere else. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular reasons that international students decide to go to the United States for their university educations.
You Can Improve Your English
Even if you’re fairly good at English, there is no better way to learn than immersing yourself in a culture where English is the primary language spoken. Using English on a regular basis can help you to speak and understand the language better. English is the language of business around the world, so if you’re planning on stepping into that realm, the United States is a great place to go.
Make sure that you know English relatively well before you attend university in the United States, however. Many universities require that you take a competency test (like the TOEFL) before you go there to study. It will help you to avoid anxiety and frustration, as well. Try to avoid speaking in your natural tongue as much as you can to get the best experience.
You Can Extend Your Reach and Network
This applies to wherever you may study, as long as that place is out of your home country. Networking is a huge part of our everyday lives and is the way that most people find the right connections that lead them to a career. Studying abroad is a great way for you to meet people who are in your field of study that can help you get a job. You may also find friends that can help you with information if you land a job in your home country.
Those who work in Human Resources look for people who have international experience and are able to speak multiple languages (including English), which means that you will have a huge advantage over other people in the job market. The United States has a number of well-known universities that will also give you that same advantage. You may also be able to get work experience while in the United States as well.
You Can Live a New Life
Some people study abroad in the United States because it pushes them out of their comfort zone. The culture and customs which are common in the United States can take some time to get adjusted to, but you can live there for awhile and learn a lot. You can get a lot of memorable experiences that you cannot find anywhere else in the country. There are a lot of activities that you can do (including those that we list on the “Ten Places You Should See ” page) while you are in the United States. You will also appreciate your home country a lot more when you return.
Another reason that international students go to the United States to study is in order to learn independence. You have to sink or swim, and you get to learn a lot about who you are,what you think, and what you believe. The university experience in the United States is a lot different than it is in other countries (which we explore in our “Student Life” page), and you can get a lot out of it.
You Can Learn More About the United States and Change your Point of View
The American culture has a lot of stereotypes associated with it. Your time in the United States will put you in a new situation and you will start to have your mind and eyes opened to new experiences. There are many solutions that you can get to, and you will learn to appreciate the diversity that the United States offers. Even though the United States is a “Melting Pot,” each of the components of the individual cultures work together in order to help achieve a pretty amazing culture to live in.
The diversity of the United States can also help you to learn about different cultures. You will be immersed in and surrounded by the American culture, which has a number of perspectives, values, traditions, and customs that you will have to get used to. You can learn to adapt to situations quickly and you will be more culturally aware. Cultural awareness and adaptability will be a major asset for you and for anyone that you work for in this globalized world.
These are not the only reasons for you to consider going to the United States to study, but it’s an excellent start. Look around the rest of this website to learn more about the reasons that you should study in the United States, and good luck on your college search!