What US-bound students should know about America?

By Vidhya

Are you considering going to the United States of America for higher studies? Are you prepared to handle the transition? Being familiar with the country can help you ensure that you are academically and socially prepared before entering a college in US.

Here are a few important things that you would want to know about the country.

Know about the country's geography:

Know about the country's geography:

The United States of America (USA) is a vast and complex country which is made up of 50 states with Washington D.C. as the nation's capital. All states of the country have distinct regional identities. The population of the US is over 310 million and it offers an unique experience to international students.

After independence:

On the 4th of July, 1776, US secured independence from the British. Since then, the US has evolved to be a land of opportunities and the country has something to offer everyone. With a wide and exciting range of learning opportunities, it offers a diverse range of higher education options.

Here's what your neighbours will converse in:

Historically, many languages have been used in the United States. The most commonly used language is English and is known as American English. There is no official language of the United States at the federal level. Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the country and is used by approximately 35 million people.

Democratic Nation? Know more:

Democratic Nation? Know more:

The United states is a federal nation. The President of the country is elected indirectly by the people, through an Electoral College, every 4 years. The federation of US has elected officials at the national, state and local levels.

The modern political system in the US, is dominated by the two-party system, the Democratic party and the Republican Party, followed by the Libertarian Party which is the third largest party. The President of the United States, Barack Obama is the 44th and current President. He is elected from the Democratic Party.

More International students

The USA has the world's largest population of international students. Over 800,000 students choose United States for their education and life experience. About 4% of all students, enrolled in the higher education in the USA are international students.

According to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and International Graduate Admissions survey, there has been a surge in the number of applications to the US graduate schools. In 2014, the number of applicants from India has witnessed about 32% increase. This accounts to 18%(approximately) of all international students at US institutions.

Education? You are in for the best!

Educational system in the US is one of the world's finest, with a variety of programs in all fields. The country boasts of having at least ten times as many college campuses as in any other country. The country hosts thousands of universities and colleges. These institutions have been accredited and are known for their excellent quality and numerous programs of study; and also they provide flexibility of change in fields of study and schools. The country seems to be affordable to hundreds and thousands of students as it offers a wide range of tuition and living costs.

Buddies from home?

Since Indian independence from the British, students from India have been considering US as one of the top study destinations for higher education. According to sources in 2014, more than 80,000 students have chosen US as their academic destination. The US receives more international students from India, than any other country. This is a trend in higher education that continues to shape and influence economic, cultural and diplomatic dialogue between the two nations.

Need help? Go to the ISO

Many colleges and universities have International Student Office (ISO), that offers great help for adaptation to the culturally and academically new environment. Also, they can help you regarding your visa status, finances, stay, employment possibilities, health issues and more. They are an invaluable source of information and support, along your transition into academic and cultural life in the States.

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