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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 …