The United States of America, more commonly referred to as the USA or the US, is the most popular destination for international students and therefore has the largest international student population comprising of over 800,000 international students. From Hollywood, to major fast food chains and the emergence of some of the world’s most prominent technology companies, the country’s influence is felt globally and it’s no surprise that it is still the number one choice for international students.
The United States is a leader in the Western world in innovation and education. With a population approaching 325 million, the US is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and has thousands of higher education institutions spanning it’s 50 states.
Many of the universities in the US are leaders in the numerous ranking tables meaning that a qualification earned from a US institution will be highly regarded by employers worldwide. The US has 5 institutions in the top 10 of the QS World University Rankings, with the Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT) making the number one spot. In fact the US has over 100 of it’s institutions featuring in this ranking.
The US is a very large country; the third largest country in the world for both population and land area.
With 50 states, and one federal district (The District of Columbia or D.C.), the US has lots to offer. From the sunny coasts of California to the bustling streets of New York City, the US is a very popular destination for people from around the world. Bordered by both Canada and Mexico, the United States is an important part of the world’s fabric and is one of the most culturally and religiously diverse nations on the planet.
The US is the most popular study destination and qualifications obtained at US institutions are held in high regard, which means that studying in the US can be very expensive. Depending on the program, students can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 USD – $50,000, with the average annual tuition fees around $30,000 USD. As for cost of living, it is wholly dependent on the area in the country you are interested in studying. For instance, an apartment in a smaller town may be a lot more affordable than an apartment in New York City or Los Angeles. Students can expect to budget anywhere from $1,000-$3,000 per month for their living expenses, depending on where they study.
In order to study in the United States students must have a student visa. Depending on the course you have chosen to study and the type of school you plan to attend you will require either a F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.
If planning to study at a university or college, high school, private elementary school or another academic institution such as on a language training program then the F type student visa will be required. If planning to study at a vocational or other nonacademic institution then the M type student visa will be required.
In order to apply for a visa you are advised to get in touch with the US Embassy or Consulate in your country.
English is the language that is spoken at all universities and colleges in the United States. Due to the great deal of cultural and language diversity, many universities and colleges in the US will offer specialized programs and instructional courses for learning English.