Why Study in the U.S.A?
According to the annual Open Doors report published by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the number of international students in the U.S.A. in the 2014-2015 academic year has increased to 974,926. Turkey is number thirteen in the world and number two in Europe with 10,724 students studying in the U.S.A.
There are both private and state universities in the U.S.A. There are small differences between private and state universities in terms of the quality of education and the recognition of earned diplomas. The important point about selecting an institution of learning is that the university be accredited. There are more than 4.500 universities in the U.S.A.
Many of these universities are renowned worldwide for their academic resources, facilities and the quality of their faculty members. In the U.S.A. there are regional accreditation institutions that inspect the curricula of the universities in different regions and independent accreditation institution. These institutions inspect the educational standards of U.S. universities and make sure they meet the established criteria. The U.S.A. is a world leader in research, technology, and in many scientific fields. While studying in the U.S.A. students will be able to follow recent developments in technology and the most current research. The U.S. universities enable Turkish students to meet and work with renowned professors and researchers in their fields.
The U.S. universities and institutes offer a variety of options to students with their lively academic and social environments, admissions requirements, curricula, etc. Tuition fees and living expenses vary from university to university and city to city. Financial aid offered by many universities help international students to benefit from this unique educational experience.
One of the most important characteristics of U.S. universities is to offer flexibility to students when choosing their courses. Students who receive their associate degrees at Community or Junior Colleges can transfer to universities or four-year colleges. This is a popular trend in recent years. The U.S. universities also allow students to take selected courses from neighboring universities.
Many students prefer living on campus or in apartments near campus. Living on or near campus allows students to enjoy tours, seminars, student clubs, sports and art programs offered by the university. These types of activities help students to meet new people from different cultures and countries as well as contributing to personal development.
Students often have a chance to introduce their own culture, values and country to other international students on campus. By learning about different cultures, students develop a global vision which broadens their personal and professional life. Plus, students can earn a diploma that is recognized worldwide. In addition to all these, English language skills will improve immensely as a result of living and studying in a country where the majority of people speak English as their first language.