Why study in the US

Why USA?

Did you know that half of the world’s Top 20 universities are in the USA? That’s just the Top 20.

Many universities in the US are also ranked in the Top 100, according to the QS World University Rankings 2021. The QS World University Rankings 2021 listed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), University of Chicago, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Cornell University, and Columbia University in the Top 20 universities of the world.

In 2019, pre-pandemic numbers by the Institute of International Education showed that the US has the highest number of international students in the whole world at 1,095,299 students. From undergraduate studies to PhD-level programs, universities in the US offer top-ranked academic opportunities across all disciplines.

The US is no stranger to being the gold standard of global education with its high university rankings and large international student population, but what is it that makes students rush to the US? As experienced education specialists, we have frequently maintained that university ranking is an important factor to consider, but it isn’t everything.

In this article, we want to highlight what makes the US an ideal study destination that is uniquely American. As education specialists, we want to be honest and affirm that each country’s education system has its pros and cons, so weigh our advice for yourself and see what works best for you.

In fact, if you’re interested in Australia, the UK, Switzerland and New Zealand as potential study destinations, select the links above to find out more.

This article is useful for those who might be encountering the US as a study destination for the first time, or who just need that extra assurance that the US could be an ideal destination for them. So here are five reasons why we think that the US is a good choice for tertiary education. If there is a word to describe the US as a study destination, it would be opportunities. Read on to discover why we say so!

1. Experience academic freedom

In MABECS Global’s recent research with Malaysian students who were studying in the US (at the time of the research), a student shared that she was amazed at her US professors’ quality of teaching, which in her personal opinion is not found in Malaysia. Others were thrilled to be treated as adults who can discern between right and wrong, compared to being spoon-fed and being dictated about the right thing to do. The reality is, academic freedom is “one of the hallmarks of a US university”, according to StudyUSA.com. You will be expected to challenge your classmates’ and professors’ points of view by observation and analysis – which is totally fine and acceptable. The goal is holistic learning with an academic rigour that is almost unmatched in many parts of the world.

2. Enjoy flexibility and variety in programme structure and content

Another popular reason why Malaysian students further their studies in the US is when they are unsure about their major or career path. The structure of a US university programme allows you to declare your major as late as the end of your second year! Most students feel a lot of pressure from parents, teachers and friends to choose a major that fits societal expectations. When you choose the US as a study destination, having an undecided major is an advantage to discover a broad array of courses and understand your own personal interests before deciding the right one for you.

3. Learn from industry leaders

Whether it is Business Management, Computer Science, Agriculture, Marine Biology, Human-Computer Interaction, or even User Experience Design, the United States is known to be the leader in many areas of cutting-edge technology, innovation and research. Studying in the US will expose you to advanced technology and research. If you’re fortunate enough, you might even meet and study with leading scholars in your field!

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4. Be part of a global campus life and cultural diversity

If you grow up watching American TV series or films, then you would be familiar with the celebrated American campus life. The hype is true – a fulfilling student social life is a significant aspect of your American university experience.

That said, we’re not saying that everyone is guaranteed a good campus life because the human factor is real and changing. Treat others kindly, just the way you would want to be treated, and you can be sure that kindness will likely be returned. You would meet students from all around the world, especially since the US is home to the most international students in the world! These friends can turn into your lifelong friends. Build your social circle by participating in on-campus activities (this is why we strongly encourage you to stay on-campus during your first year ) such as clubs, societies, athletics, or academic groups.

5. Open yourself to tremendous opportunities

Living and learning in the US will change your life permanently, as many Malaysian students in the US have shared with us from their real-life experiences. From a timid person to a confident public speaker who can “debate with people until the end of the world”, anecdotes from students convinced us that the US experience is quite life-changing.

Since its beginning, the US has always been known as the land of opportunities. Your US experience is what you make it out to be.

Are you ready for the US opportunity?

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