Why Immigrants Prefer To Study In America?

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Immigrants especially those living in developing countries commonly understand that life in America is easy. They know that people there can easily have their homes and vehicles while lots of jobs are always ready to be taken. Thanks to the American movies and TV shows, the American dream is always alive which made people from other countries be aware that it is really grand living in America. However, in reality, living in America is not really that simple but in fact can be struggling especially for those who are not used to hard work and immigrant students are not spared in this.

Immigrants’ Common Way of Life in the U.S.

Basically, living in U.S.A. can indeed offer you many pleasures in life as long as you come there as a legal immigrant and can afford to pay and buy all that you wanted. However, simple as it may seem to other people, sometimes living in this country is far from having a trouble-free life. Everything you consume and use must be paid through your hard work and yet working hard seems to be an endless effort. If you are a lazy bone, you just can’t afford to survive there and the government would not help you if you won’t help yourself.

Especially if you are an illegal immigrant and your main goal is to find work to send money to your loved ones, it would really be a hard life living on meager wages as you are not officially allowed to earn the wage rates the Americans are earning. Good thing that the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill is now on the go, those illegal immigrants who have stayed in the U.S. years ago might have their chances of becoming legal immigrants.

In views of living as an immigrant to a nation that started to reform its immigration policies to give way to those who wanted to become part of the American system and contribute to the growth of the American economy, even immigrant students must do their part in helping America. But why do foreign students still prefer to study in America when they already have great colleges and universities back home? Is the hardship of living as an immigrant not enough to abandon the plans of earning higher education in the U.S.?

Aside from these, earning a degree in America is really an expensive venture which makes it really hard for immigrant students to support themselves. Still, the question is why. To get plausible answers we checked different websites to find student forums and identify why the U.S. is the favorite education provider of international students among the developed countries in the world.

Why Foreign Students Choose American Schools – Their answers 

    • Some of the best rated schools in the world are in the U.S.
    • The professors are world-class educators.
    • Graduates of American schools are more exposed to challenges and better skilled.
    • American schools are built for more comfortable study and the facilities are generally up-to-date.
    • English is the medium of instruction which makes no language barrier among students.
    • For students who are into specialized training, great choices on specializations and college and Masteral majors are a lot.
    • Education is strict but there’s a lot of help that the academes can provide.
    • Graduating from a recognized American university is an automatic sell off among employers.
    • Transportation is not a problem.
    • The standard of living in the U.S. makes a great challenge for international students to study and work harder while enjoying the privilege of living in a free country that offers a lot of amenities.
    • Foreign students regardless of their countries of origin can learn how to be independent.
    • A lot of American companies, foundations and organizations provide scholarships to many authorized immigrant students.
    • General concept that local and international companies prioritize applicants who have earned their degrees from American schools.

living and educating in America

living and educating in America

There are still a lot of answers that we got from international students even those who wish to go to the U.S. and study there but we only noted the very common answers.

In conclusion, living in America as a student immigrant is a merit which every one of them understood but clearly knows is not easy. But for those who are already studying in the U.S., living and educating in America becomes a way of life for them but enjoying it.

As of 2010, it is estimated that around 684,807 international students are enrolled in many different American colleges and universities taking up college degrees to doctoral degree programs. These international students make up to 3.5 percent of the overall American tertiary education enrollment that has remained constant over the past six decades.   Compared to U.K. which also has a very strong economy and high standards of living, the international students in 2010 only account to 389,958.

Immigration in the U.S. involved many processes and lots of time waiting. But if you can meet the requirements and highly qualified to study and work on legal basis, you can basically see the advantages. However, the U.S. government now prioritizes immigrants who want to obtain higher degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and this is included among the recommended policies that are within Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. In relation to this, immigrants who wish to take their education in the U.S. must visit government sites that explain the requirements and the required process in getting Student Visas to know if they can be qualified.