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Why is the US the most preferred destination for studying abroad?

With globalization facilitating increased connectedness between the countries, the pursuit of higher education abroad has become a potent choice and a trend that has perpetuated among students across the globe. The esteemed universities and world class education provided, the US undoubtedly stands as the most preferred study abroad destination for students. Following China, India tops the list in terms of the number of students studying in the US. According to the Open Doors Report (ODR) released in November 2023, Indian students’ enrollment in the US soared by 35 percent, resulting in an all-time high of 268,923 students. Out of the total international students studying in the UK, Indian students make up around 25% of them. 

This increase in numbers can be attributed to the following factors: 

  • Epitome of top quality education- Receiving quality education is a key incentive that drives students to choose the US for higher studies. The US has the world's highest number of universities with over 5,500 institutions across the country. The country has some of the renowned institutions like Harvard, MIT, and Stanford which consistently rank at the top. The US education system focuses on critical thinking, and encourages practical learning with field experience, which motivates students in their pursuit of excellence and hence, provides a platform for them to blossom in their respective fields. 

  • Diverse Range of Programs - Another key factor that attracts the students to study in the US is the diverse range of academic programs available. This showcases the system's commitment to include various learning needs and offer programs to suit different interests. The most popular courses that lead to securing high paying jobs in the country are in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, Business Analytics and Data Science, and Finance and Healthcare. 

  • Cultural Experiences - Students in vast amounts, every year, go to the US for further studies. They come from different cultures and follow different lifestyles and norms. However, the US nurtures an amalgamation of a wide spectrum of cultures, values and beliefs, creating a very inclusive environment for international students.  Being exposed to a variety of cultures helps students better understand the world around them, and as they interact with people from varied backgrounds, they accommodate newer perspectives. This strengthens their skill to adapt well and reinforces their personal as well as academic growth to a greater extent. 

  • High Employment Opportunities

The US is one of the leading nations encompassing a strong economic structure and a land of opportunities. There are a plethora of job opportunities available for students across a diverse range of positions. Students can start with internship programs or part-time jobs that would help them gain deeper insights and understand their field better, while also helping to manage their own expenses while studying. Jobs in healthcare, information technology, management, finance, engineering, and law are some of the highest paying jobs in the US. Some specific courses that are in high demand in the US include data science, computer science, MBA, mechanical engineering, nursing, advertising, and more. The market is particularly appealing for students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Management) programs because it has numerous job positions. The institutions have solid technology for research and industry partnerships that help students get excellent placements in reputed firms. 

  • Financial Aid - Studying abroad often entails significant expenses. Although the cost of education in the US is perhaps concerning for many Indian students, there are numerous resources and opportunities available to fund your studies. According to merit based or need based, students are provided with grants or scholarships in their institutions. Other financial aid options include work-study programmes, federal loans and private loans. 


What are the benefits of studying in the US compared to other countries? 

The esteemed universities and various uniquely crafted programs make the US the most appealing study abroad option for students seeking quality education and excellence in their academic journey. The curriculum comprises hands-on learning and demands a critical thinking approach from the students, which would polish their skills, helping them stand out in this heavily competitive and globalised world. 

What are the challenges faced by Indian students in the US? 

Going abroad for studies brings with it a set of challenges that students have to face. They may take time to adapt to the new teaching methods and the new educational system altogether. Additionally, adjusting to new customs, societal norms, and cultural differences also poses a significant challenge for the newcomers in the US. 

Can Indian students work while studying in the US? 

Students studying in the US can work for up to 20 hours a week during the term. During breaks, including vacation, they can work full time. 

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