International students study in the USA more than any other country, and for good reason. Whilst the world’s top institutions all reside in the USA, there are also more than 4,000 other world-class universities offering a top-notch education that can lead to career success. The US remains the source of most of the world’s ground-breaking developments in technology, business, arts, and beyond.
Below are just some of the reasons that students choose the USA
Quality Unique Curriculum One of the reasons students at US universities are so successful upon graduation is because they were educated in the “liberal arts”. This means a focus not just on a specific major, but on other subjects such as various maths and sciences, philosophy, history, literature and many other seemingly unrelated fields. Because of this, US undergraduate programs tend to be four years in length. The benefit of liberal arts is that it prepares you for more than just your immediate career plan. It helps make you a smarter, more thoughtful, more successful person, able to succeed in a job in your major or thrive in some other field. You might become a manager, start your own business, or accomplish anything else that interests you. It provides limitless possibilities upon graduation.
International Recognition and Reputation
US universities rate well on international rankings, but the highest placed or most well-known institutions aren’t always the best for all students. It’s the US system that is so high quality, not individual institutions – that means enrolling in any university, even one you may not have previously heard of, will deliver successful results and carry great prestige. For example, the College of Wooster has an independent research program ranked second only to Princeton University. When evaluating universities, think about the few you may have heard of, and then consider that the United States Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes more than 19,500 US higher education programs as accredited and of a high quality. Within that large number is a program perfect for any student’s abilities and goals.
US universities place great significance on diversity, meaning classes will consist of students of all ages, religions and countries of origin. This provides a stimulating and rich learning environment which encourages cross-cultural understanding and networking. Most classes will contain no more than 20 students and the professors will take the time to get to know students and their strengths and will usually be willing to spend time outside of class to help improve any weaknesses or work on any difficulties.
There is also always a very active social life on US campuses, with many clubs and organisations students can join that will help further career opportunities and allow interaction with students who have similar tastes and interests.
More information about study in the USA is available at the IDP Study Abroad Resource Centre in Phnom Penh free of charge.