US, UK, China, Japan, Australia and more abroad countries are well known for higher education for foreign students. Well, here are few foreign students who share their experience and benefits of studying in US.
Upon returning from a study abroad trip, many American students say stories of foreign countries and positive experiences. But, what do international students studying in America find when they study here? Do they regale their friends with anecdotes about eating Big Macs, checking out Times Square and watching reality television? Or, are they disappointed with our culture?
A 2012 U.S. News survey reported 764,495 students came to study in America that year, a 6% increase from year's prior. As this number increases, some wonder about the benefits of studying in the USA.
One reason students pick America to study is the country's strong reputation when it comes to higher education. Thirteen of the 20 best world universities are located on American soil, according to Quacquarelli Symonds World University ranking.
José Saldaña, a rising senior at the Santa Maria La Antigua University in Panama City, Panama, came to study American University in Washington D.C., last fall. He says he came for the education and culture. "I wanted to experience the American educational methodology, and besides this, the college lifestyle which has a lot of different things that my university does not have, such as dorms and fraternities," says the law and political science major.
He says the experience helped him embrace diversity and grow personally and academically. Saldaña says he would recommend studying in the United States. "I got to see so many different historic places and government offices and even got to know actual lawyers," he says.
Vessela Velinova, a senior international business major at University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, also studied at AU last year. She won this opportunity through a scholarship. She describes the year as the time of her life - she says she learned a lot and had fun.
"I learned how to adapt to a different society and how to communicate more effectively," she says. "I had an internship during the second semester, and that helped me to learn more about the American working culture and how fast-paced it is."