Any student can find an appropriate program within the rich
and diverse higher education system of the United States. This
is true whether you are seeking career-oriented vocational and
technical training from a community
college, a liberal arts education from a small private
college, an undergraduate science degree from a prestigious
research institution, or one of a variety of programs offered
by a multi-purpose university. High quality educational
programs are offered in all types of institutions at prices
that vary as much as the programs and institutions.
graduate level, U.S. colleges and universities offer both
research and professional degrees. Foreign students are
engaged in both types of programs and study a wide variety of
subjects. Engineering, business and management, physical and
life sciences and mathematics and computer science are the
most popular fields of study at both the undergraduate and
Research programs are offered in most academic fields,
including engineering, mathematics and computer science,
physical and life sciences, and the humanities. These programs
lead to either a master's degree or a doctorate and also can
include postdoctoral study and research. Professional programs
lead to master's (i.e. MBA or MPA) or other degrees such as
the JD or the MD that allow students to work in fields such as
law, medicine, social work, or business.
average tuition and fees per academic year at the four-year
undergraduate level can vary from less than $3,500 to over
$15,000 U.S. living expenses (called room and board) range
from $4,700 to $6,000 U.S. each academic year. Tuition and
fees at selective private institutions may cost considerably
more than these averages.
Why do foreign students pay the price to enroll in U.S.
institutions of higher education? We believe they do so
because they view the cost of higher education 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, Abu Dhabi, or Ontario. The English
proficiency can be gained as a result of U.S. study and that
is one reason that American higher education is a wise
institutions of higher education serve student populations
that are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of race,
ethnicity, and age. Today, over 27 percent of undergraduate
college students are members of minority groups. Such
enrolments enrich campus environments and the educational
experiences of all students. Studying at an American college
or university can truly be an international experience.
and professional programs and social activities on campuses
and at corporate headquarters of possible employers provide
additional enrichments. For example, cuisine, music, cinema
and other customs are commonly shared with others during the
semester or academic year. This sharing contributes to a
better understanding of each other's culture. The language,
skills and cross-culture environment can make the U.S.
learning experience a unique and rich one. With such a solid
and broad background, the foreign student who has completed
studies in the U.S. is better prepared for successfully
working in many locations around the world.
A number of other factors cause foreign students to choose
study in the U.S. Most American faculty members are tenured
and employed full-time by their institutions. While not as
diverse as the student population, some 13 percent of U.S.
colleges and university faculty are members of minority
groups. As well, U.S. colleges and universities have other
benefits, including a low student/faculty ratio of 15 students
for every two instructors.
Higher education in the U.S. has benefited from its healthy
economy. U.S. economy is the engine behind the rich
development of our program offerings. Developing various
services and products needed by American industries requires
highly skilled and qualified workers. The federal, state and
local governments have invested a great deal in policy
development, research, and training, all of which benefits the
entire economy. Corporations and private institutions also
play an important role, by needing more qualified workers and
by funding laboratories, research, and study. Faculty,
researchers and corporate CEOs have joined forces to become
leaders in fields such as technology, communications,
medicines, astronomy, and engineering.
summary, studying in the U.S. is an opportunity well worth