The moment you think of studying abroad, the first country that comes to your mind is the United States of America (USA). This is the case not just with you but almost half the study abroad aspirants in India and many parts of the world have the USA as their top priority.
So why is this a trend? Let us check out a few reasons.
It can be said that beyond recognition, US degrees, in fact, are regarded in high esteem in many parts of the world. This can be attributed to the high standards of education and the continually evolving curriculum to match the respective industry standards. To add on, the universities are well-funded and always find a place among the top universities in any list of rankings.
As already mentioned, the universities in the US are well-funded and these funds are well-utilized to modernise the classrooms and labs. The technology available for use for students and researchers is the latest and in line with the developments. To add on, even the classes are no longer confined as web-based classes and computer-based tests are gaining prerogative.
While the infrastructure is avant-garde, the curriculum is futuristic and up-to-date as well. You will have to accustom yourself to such innovative ways of learning, researching, and taking tests.
The cutting edge infrastructure will unquestionably foster cutting-edge research. So this makes the universities in the US, a natural hub for top researchers and latest projects. Being endowed with ample funds, the universities in the US have more than 100 projects going on. As a student, you will enjoy the advantage of becoming part of the projects and get invaluable hands-on experience.
Ever heard of the H1B Visa? Did you say ‘All the time’? Yes! One of the most coveted visas in the world, the H1B allows you to work in the USA for 6 years. And what better way to get this visa than get an engineering degree from a university in the USA. Believe me, it is much faster to find an employer if you have a degree from a US university, especially an engineering degree. Engineering jobs are plenty and even an undergrad degree will suffice to get a decent job.
Some of the top-paying industries in the US are Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Engineering.
So when the degrees from US universities are globally recognised and venerated, where do you think this will place you in the international job market? — Obviously among the crème-de-la-crème! Speaking in more specific terms, the average salary for an engineer who graduated from a university in the US is USD 76,061 as compared to USD 42,000 in the UK and USD 64,000 in Germany. Now it is up to you to decide.
Why stop with 5 when there are more reasons…!!!
The universities have been in this ‘global admissions’ business for too long now. So they know what inhibitions and fears pervade the minds of international students, especially the ones who come to the US for the first time and have no idea about the education system in the US.
So, the universities kind of hand-hold them before the commencement of the classes through workshops, orientations, pieces of training, and English-language practice courses. Such kind of support system is not found everywhere in the world.
Speaking of adapting yourself, you will also have to get used to the freedom that the universities give to their students. Bid goodbye to the strict university regulations as American universities flex their course structures and teaching methods to suit the requirements of the students.
The universities are known for their laid-back atmosphere and keep students engrossed in learning through their engaging teaching methods and interesting course structure instead of setting up rigid rules. So as a student, you may or may not attend all classes and sit through an entire lecture. However, you must understand that the ‘ball is now in your court’ and you should be adult enough to realize your priorities.
The USA as we all know has been the refuge, the dream destination, and the preferred country for migrants for centuries now. This has over the years made the country a multi-ethnic, culturally diverse nation with a reasonably strong population of every race.
While this is about the country, the universities in the US are no less. Having given considerable importance to cultural diversity, the admissions and enrolment have been focused on achieving the same. They believe that diversity leads to a coalition of ideas that pop up in the minds of people who tend to think differently.
If you are wondering how cultural diversity is good for you, then consider this. You will benefit from the diversified thinking and your learning will be wholesome. Moreover, there is a great chance that you will meet many people from your country and thus you can feel somewhat ‘at home’.
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