The United States boasts of some of the best universities, many of which consistently rank in the world university rankings. American institutions are also known to have high academic standards, follow rigorous practices to maintain quality, and have good support in providing excellent education to their students. Mara Ohorodnik, Research Associate, WES The vast majority of international alumni indicated that their. The title was a good investment, partly due to high returns both socially and culturally.
Alumni seem to be benefiting from increased internationalization in the U.S. UU. Most respondents indicated that their education broadened their global perspective and improved their ability to get along with people from different backgrounds, suggesting the development of intercultural and academic competencies. In addition to pointing to these social returns, respondents said their problem-solving skills improved as part of the comprehensive education they received in the U.S.
The top five countries of citizenship in this study are India, China, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. The vast majority of respondents from India, the Philippines and Nigeria currently reside in the U.S. Chinese alumni are more evenly divided, with large proportions residing in the U.S. Most of the respondents from these countries said that their.
The title is valuable in the country where they currently reside. Although the perceptions of alumni from the top five countries were generally positive, graduates from Saudi Arabia and India perceive the value of their degree in their current country of residence in slightly lower proportions (see Figure. Currently, 75 percent of international graduates say the full cost of their tuition plus living expenses paid off the purchase of their educational experience in the U.S. This may be surprising considering the high cost; however, the breakdown of the data shows a particularly high agreement that the cost paid off among alumni from the Philippines and Nigeria.
Graduates from India and China, however, agreed on much lower rates. Nearly a quarter disagreed that the cost of their U.S. This result is worrying, considering that Chinese and Indian students together account for more than half of the international student population in the U.S. Alumni are satisfied with their U.S.
Educational experience in many areas, regardless of your country of citizenship. Most perceive an increase in career-specific knowledge, job opportunities and employability, suggesting that a U. Degree Leads to Better Job Results. While graduates overall (85 percent) indicated that their U.S.
Education helped them form a global network, Chinese graduates fell slightly below this average (81 percent). Networking as Conceptualized in the U.S. It can be unknown and intimidating for international students, depending on their level of English. Existing research shows that Chinese international students, in particular, have difficulty communicating in English.
Language barrier could help explain why Chinese graduates are less likely to agree that studying in the U.S. It helped them develop a global network (see figure. For international alumni, getting a job and earning an income either in the U.S. Or abroad is it a key measure of success.
Compared to how they evaluate other measures of professional success, alumni are less likely to agree that they are earning higher salaries as a result of their U, S. Degree as if they had obtained the same degree in another country (see Figure. In addition, 60 percent of Saudi Arabia's graduates overwhelmingly disagree that they are earning a higher salary, and more than half saw no increase in job opportunities, indicating mixed results for alumni. These figures are supported by the higher unemployment rate among Saudi graduates (see figure.
Qualitative research data indicate that international graduates face many challenges, particularly with regard to visa requirements and the U.S. Employers' Attitudes Toward Hiring. For international students to maintain a high ROI, U.S. HEIs must take proactive steps, such as improving visa counseling and services, to offer greater support to international alumni who are navigating post-graduation job opportunities.
If international graduates are unable to gain professional experience as a result of cumbersome and disconcerting visa work processes, then U, S. HEIs may be at risk of achieving low numbers of international students in the future. Perhaps the greatest measure of international alumni's perceptions of the value of their education is whether or not they regret their decision to study in the U.S. Eighty-one percent of respondents indicated that, if given a second chance, they would continue to choose to study in a U.
However, when respondents were asked if they were going to attend the same HEI, a slightly different picture emerged. Alumni from the Philippines were more likely to say they would attend the same institution, while Chinese alumni were divided almost equally between choosing the same or a different HEI. Interestingly, more Indian and Saudi graduates said they would study at a different institution. These responses indicate a misalignment between international students and HEIs with respect to best fit, particularly for students from India and Saudi Arabia (see Figure.
Overall, alumni were successful in finding employment after graduation, and they look back on their U, S. Of recent and past graduates, 81 percent said they would still choose to attend an institution in the U.S. If they could start over, a clear indication that U, S. Higher education institutions offer high quality education to international students.
In addition to revealing these positive perceptions, the study shows that there are some areas related to cost, expectations and professional services that could be improved to improve the experience of international students and graduates. For example, Michigan State University hosts a weekly networking event, Coffee Hour, which provides an opportunity for international students to connect with other students, alumni, and professionals. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed several innovative networking programs for diverse student populations. One is the Diversity and Inclusion Network Exchange (DINE), which helps students interact with employers.
Other HEIs can develop similar programs and target them towards international students. Maintain and improve the ROI of a U, S. The degree talks about institutional and student outcomes. The increase in the number of international students depends on the quality of the educational experience U, S.
Other countries are strategically attracting international students with a proliferation of secondary education in English, proactive measures to internationalize their higher education systems, and more opportunities to integrate education into job opportunities. In this increasingly competitive environment, the U.S. HEIs must respond by continually evaluating and improving their offerings in order to maintain their status as one of the best options. Just under half of international students think so, according to a recent survey.
The Cost of an Education in the U.S. It has a high price, especially for foreign students. You can expect to pay at least double what domestic students pay for tuition and other academic fees. These students must also account for living expenses, transportation to and from their home countries, and health insurance expenses.
Considering the Cost of Studying in the U.S. As an international student, it's important for these students to get the best return on their investment. A recent survey conducted by Interstride asked more than 1,000 international students if the value of studying in the U.S. More than half of the respondents answered no or they don't know.
Forty-nine percent of survey participants said yes, that from a professional point of view, the value of a U, S. However, 29% said no and 22% weren't sure. International students' opinions also varied regarding their readiness to pursue a career. Of Interstride respondents, 46% said they were prepared to explore career options in the United States.
Thirty-four percent said they weren't prepared and 20% weren't sure. Of the students who did not feel prepared, the most commonly cited reasons were difficulties in obtaining work, internships, and lack of knowledge about work and training visas. A large majority of respondents (81%) reported that their universities' career centers were useful. Of those students, most said their career centers had job offers that were appropriate for international graduates.
Nearly 20% of Interstride survey participants did not use their professional centers or found the centers useful. More than a quarter of these students reported that their school's career centers had no connections to the U.S. Employers who would hire international graduates. Even with some obstacles in the way, the overwhelming majority of students surveyed (84%) said they would recommend studying in the U.S.
To your friends and colleagues at home. Only 5% of students said they wouldn't, and 11% weren't sure. When I left class the other day, my friend, who is an international student with an F1 visa, a student visa that allows a person to stay in the United States for educational purposes, asked me if I knew of any vacancies on campus. As a non-citizen of the United States, you cannot be employed off-campus.
Even though my family is quite well-off in India, paying tuition and expenses in United States dollars represents a significant proportion of earnings and savings each quarter. Theoretically, international students with F1 visas can get a paid internship off campus, but in reality, most companies and organizations are looking for interns who can be hired to work full time once they graduate. These organizations are not necessarily mistaken in their approach, since training interns involves investing time and resources. However, this approach hinders the development of potentially valuable human resources and violates the right to equal opportunities of competent candidates.
Despite the fact that the United States is associated with better opportunities and advances, this country has disappointed countless people who came to pursue the so-called “American dream.”. There is no doubt that universities in the United States, including Loyola, have a large number of opportunities available on campus, but most of them require or prefer that students have Federal Work Study, a program in which the student can get a certain amount of money from the government by working to part time in a job qualified position to study. Therefore, the only safe source of employment for international students does not work well either. On-campus opportunities generally involve administrative or front desk work, which often doesn't directly correlate with what would allow a student to hone academic skills or put it into practice.
On the other hand, internships not only benefit the company, but also allow students to acquire and refine skills specific to their field. The provision of optional practical training (OPT) for F1 visa holders allows international students to take a job in their field for 12 months during or after their degree program. This period of time does not do justice to the effort made by students throughout their academic program. Nor does it balance the expenses incurred for university education.
The federal government does not offer aid to non-citizen international students who come to study in the U.S. In addition, the Parent PLUS Loan, a federal loan given to the student's parents to finance education, is only waived if both parents are U.S. citizens. At the end of her graduation, my friend said that college education in the United States will prove to be a “wasted investment,” a waste of the money her parents saved and spent on a higher quality education.
You must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your feedback data is processed. It's not hard to understand why more than a million international students choose to study in the United States.
The United States is recognized worldwide for its level of education and the degrees obtained in the country have an excellent international reputation. By studying in the United States, you'll immerse yourself in culture, meet native English speakers, and expand your vocabulary. A degree from an American university is very impressive and that alone makes studying in the United States an excellent option. For example, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a member of ISEP and has partners in the U.S.
UU. and other countries. As one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, studying abroad in the U.S. offers you an exciting opportunity to discover a variety of cultures, learn different languages and meet people from diverse backgrounds.
Now that you've read some of the good reasons why you should study abroad in the U.S. You can learn more about studying at one of the best universities in the U.S. Read on to learn how to become a student in the United States, what requirements must be met, and the advantages of completing your studies in the U.S. The Fulbright Scholarship Program, for example, offers many scholarships to students who want to study in the U.S.
You can even take advantage of optional hands-on training (OPT), which allows you to work in the U.S. with your student visa up to 3 years after graduation. Currently 75 percent of international graduates say the full cost of their tuition plus living expenses was worth the purchase of their educational experience in the U. The F-1 nonimmigrant visa is the most common type for those who want to study in the U.S.
at an accredited college or university. Traveling in the United States is a dream for many people, and with so much to see and do, it's easy to understand why. The Academic Calendar in the U.S. is divided into two semesters; autumn (fall) runs from mid-August to December and spring runs from January to May.
Due to the changing nature of immigration laws, citizens of predominantly Muslim countries will need to closely monitor any rules or restrictions that may affect them when entering the U.S. Known as “the land of opportunity”, the United States is considered one of the best providers of education in the world and every year an increasing number of graduate students flock to its universities.