International Students are Welcome at US Colleges and Universities

U.S. colleges and universities are welcoming to international students.
Colleges and universities are open to all people because they understand the value of diversity. A vibrant international student community benefits everyone, including domestic and international students, because it leads to a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and increases understanding of other cultures.
More than 1 million international students pursue postsecondary education in the U.S.A. and more than 300,000 American students study abroad each year. International students contribute more than $35 billion to the U.S. economy each year.
U.S. colleges and universities offer international students the best quality education in the world.  Seventeen U.S. tertiary institutions are ranked in the top 25 colleges and universities in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings. International students can choose a college or university that matches their needs, from small liberal arts colle…

One Million International Students Go to College in the USA

The number of international students in the United States of America exceeded one million for the first time in 2015-16, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE). At 1,043,839, the number of international students represents 5.2% of the total U.S. student population. Of the total, 40.9% are undergraduate students, 36.8% are graduate students, 14.1% participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT) and 8.2% are in non-degree programs.
Except for a slight decrease in 2003-04 and 2004-05, the number of international students in the U.S.A. has increased every year from 1948-49 to the present, as shown in this chart.

The most popular destination states for international students are California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, the same as for domestic students.
China remains the top country of origin, representing almost a third of international students in the U.S.A., followed by India at one-si…

How Things Work in the USA

The way things work in the U.S.A. can be quite different than what you are used to. But with a little knowledge of the basic differences, you can get accustomed to it quickly.
American English involves many idiomatic expressions and archaic spelling rules. This presents challenges for international students who are trying to understand American students.
Idiomatic expressions are phrases where the actual meaning differs from the literal meaning. Examples include “barking up the wrong tree” (looking in the wrong location), “cost an arm and a leg” (very expensive), “letting the cat out of the bag” (revealing a secret), “loose cannon” (unpredictable person), “once in a blue moon” (rarely), “piece of cake” (easy), “put up with” (tolerate), “raining cats and dogs” (heavy rain) and “see eye to eye” (agree). They permeate the language.
The spelling of American English words is often odd, in part because many words are imported from other languages. For example, a …
6 Ways Studying Abroad Impacts Your Life
Studying abroad may be that defining moment in your education that impacts you for life. Leaving your home university for a semester, summer or even a full year is a huge, but well worth-it, risk. Before you depart, you’ll need to mentally prepare yourself for the exciting, yet life-changing, experiences that you’ll encounter while living in a completely foreign country — nothing in your life presently will be quite the same after studying abroad, because:
Your perspectives will be global.Your attitudes will be international.In some cases, your language proficiency will be advanced.Your resume will be more attractive.You will have new lifelong friendships.You will make memories that you will carry forever. The largest misconception that prevents students from participating in study abroad is its perceived inaccessibility. Yet, students who do study abroad are often amazed at how easy it was to put the whole thing together! Financial ai…
Your Status While studying in the United States, it is important to maintain your F or M student status. Your status relates to the purpose, or reason for why you want to come to the United States. The U.S. department of state issues you your visa based on your intended purpose.  If the Department of State issues you an F or M student visa, this means that you are coming to the United States to study. You should not take any action that detracts from that purpose. Maintaining your status means:
Fulfilling the purpose for why the Department of State issued you your visa.Following the regulations associated with that purpose. F-1 and M-1 students share the same primary purpose for coming to the United States however, F-1 students enroll in more traditional academic programs, while M-1 students enroll in vocational programs. Because these two types of programs are different in nature, the types of benefits an international student may be eligible for and how long they may rema…
Qualifications that I Need in Order to Attend University in the United States The United States does not have a single group that recognizes the foreign degrees and other qualifications that you may bring in order to obtain a degree in the United States. International agreements and practice recognizes the admitting school or higher education institution for those who are looking to attend a university in the United States.
What Qualifications Do I Need? In order to be accepted to a university in the United States, you must have a secondary school diploma or the equivalent at the very least. Then, there are a variety of factors that they look at, including the grades that you had and any relevant test scores. In many cases, the university will have to figure out your home country’s equivalent to those standard requirements.
Because every country’s educational system is so different, some universities may have a hard time making this determination. Many times, the admitti…
International Scholarships to Study in the US It is little secret that the US is one of the most expensive nations in which to pursue higher education. But don't let that put you off, as there are hundreds of opportunities to gain funding for your studies.
As an international student you won’t be eligible for funding intended specifically for US nationals. However, as US universities prioritize internationalization, the number of international scholarships to study in the US has grown.
Below is a selection of US scholarships for international students, some funded by the US government, some funded by private organizations and some funded by specific institutions. Good luck with your applications!
Government-funded US scholarships for international studentsFulbright Foreign Student Program – Perhaps the most popular of government-funded US scholarships for international students, Fulbright offers scholarships for graduate students, young professionals and artists to st…