Why Study in the USA
You have read about the U.S.A. every day in the news, watched Hollywood films, listened to U.S. songs and music videos and talked to people from the U.S.A. Only by living in the U.S.A. can gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of U.S. culture.
Life in the U.S.A. will probably be different from what you expect. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that the images from films and television programs are not always true. That is, Americans come in a variety of sizes, colours and shapes. Americans in general are very friendly and will be interested in learning about you and your country.
Nearly 500,000 students from all over the world came to the United States last year to study at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Without a doubt, America offers very high quality postsecondary education. There are more than 4,000 public and private colleges, universities, and community colleges in the United States, including over 600 public four-year colleges and universities and over 1,650 private four-year colleges and universities. These traditional institutions enrol nearly 15 million students. In addition, more than 6,250 other non-collegiate postsecondary institutions offer specialised vocational and technical training.
For any international student, the U.S.A. has a lot to offer: the most prestigious, top ranked education anywhere in the world, eclectic cities and beautiful natural parks, artistic, cultural, political and athletic events, and a very multicultural population.
The land and people of the U.S.A. are incredibly varied. Wherever you choose to study, you will encounter a regional culture rich in history, local traditions and customs. The U.S.A. is a multi-cultural society that is still absorbing new immigrants, which makes it a very dynamic and exciting place to experience. While students must exercise caution in a few locations, in much of the U.S.A., streets and university campuses are clean and safe.
Price and Return
The average tuition and fees per academic year at four-year undergraduate level can vary from less than $5,000 to over $30,000. Living expenses (called room and board) range from $3,000 to $7,000 each academic year. However, tuition and fees at selective private institutions may cost considerably more than these averages.
Why do foreign students pay the price to enrol in US institutions of higher education? We believe it is because they view the cost as an investment. They have determined that the necessary skills and experience they will gain by studying in the United States will reap a high return for their money, and a better paying job when they return home.
In addition, the vast majority of foreign students will return home as fluent English speakers. English proficiency is a tremendous asset and indeed, in some cases, a necessary skill if one is to work successfully in places such as Luxembourg, Tokyo, Pretoria, or Abu Dhabi. The English proficiency can be gained as a result of US study, and that is one reason that American higher education is a wise investment.
U.S. universities may differ from those in your own country in several ways. For one thing, classes are generally small. There may be as few as ten to twenty students in a class; an education in the U.S. A. gives you the personal attention you need in order to succeed. While in class, students are encouraged and expected to contribute to the discussion. Studying in the U.S.A. gives you the opportunity to gain a mentor in your given career field, an invaluable resource.
You may be surprised at your professors’ willingness to challenge authority. Academic freedom is one of the hallmarks of a U.S. university. You will notice different perspectives on instruction. In the U.S.A., students are trained to observe and analyse a problem, then solve it. You will be expected to listen to your classmates and challenge their points of view. The goal is pragmatic, so that you will gain confidence and the ability to organize and present an argument.
Most U.S. university students live on or near the school campus. When you are studying in the U.S.A., you will have many opportunities to join planned and informal activities with other students, such as hiking, skiing, museum visits, excursions to new cities, and U.S.A. tourist attractions. Imagine visiting New York and taking a ferry to the Statue of Liberty! This interaction with other students will enhance your language skills. Your fellow students will also teach you about U.S. culture and about the diverse cultures represented on any U.S. campus.
The Leading Edge
While studying in the U.S.A., you will be exposed to some of the most up-to-date developments in technology. The U.S.A. is the leader in many areas of technology. You may be fortunate enough to meet, and even study, with the leading scholars in your chosen field. Why not study with the best?
Studying in the U.S.A. will exhilarate you. It will change the landscape of your life permanently. We guarantee that you will return home changed: more confident, more open and knowledgeable, a citizen of the world with a much broader perspective!
Blue Water Study can help you to embark on this exciting academic voyage, and to make the next decision—where to study.