Pros for getting into college in the USA
According to the Institute of International Education, almost 1.1 million international students from more than 200 countries studied in the USA in the 2017-2018 school year. Why is the USA so popular? Because people around the world know that an education in the USA can add considerable value to your professional development, enhance your career, and prepare you for leadership. Plus, universities and technical training schools offer the latest technology and state-of-the-art research and training so you’ll be prepared no matter where your career takes you.
But getting an American education isn’t just about technical skills and facts to learn. You’ll also be able to fill your social calendar with diverse people and will learn more about the world around you, and about yourself, by being exposed to a variety of perspectives.
Another benefit to being an international student in the USA? You’ll be making new contacts left and right, from local American students and professors to other international students, and of course professional colleagues if your visa allows you to work. These contacts can serve as an additional support system while you’re still in school and may even lead to collaborations or job opportunities in the future.
…But also a major con
Being an international student in the USA comes at a price, though. Literally. Higher education is extremely expensive for both American and international students – in fact, according to the College Board, the average cost for tuition alone in the 2018-2019 school year was $35,830 at a private four-year university and $10,230 at a public four-year university. And those costs don’t include room and board, which can be an additional several thousand dollars per year.
Though it’s possible to cover those costs with the help of a university’s international student center and select companies, getting scholarships, financial aid, or student loans with no cosigner can be really tough if you’re an international student. So before you make any decisions, compare your costs with the quality of education you’d receive and the potential opportunities available to you after graduation. And if you do decide to study in the USA, we hope you’ll make the most of it!