International Students are Welcome at US Colleges and Universities
U.S. colleges and universities are welcoming to international students.
Colleges and universities are open to all people because they understand the value of diversity. A vibrant international student community benefits everyone, including domestic and international students, because it leads to a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and increases understanding of other cultures.
More than 1 million international students pursue postsecondary education in the U.S.A. and more than 300,000 American students study abroad each year. International students contribute more than $35 billion to the U.S. economy each year.
U.S. colleges and universities offer international students the best quality education in the world. Seventeen U.S. tertiary institutions are ranked in the top 25 colleges and universities in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings. International students can choose a college or university that matches their needs, from small liberal arts colleges to large research universities.
U.S. colleges and universities support international students by having a dedicated international student advisor. They greet international students at the airport, helping them navigate the complexities of arriving in a foreign country. They provide international student orientation programs, where international students can meet their fellow international students and learn about living and studying in the U.S.A. They offer cultural fairs to expand cultural awareness for all students. They are responsive to the needs of international students and introduce them to U.S. culture and college life.
U.S. colleges and universities appreciate the importance of international students and encourage them to apply and enroll. According to a report from the National Foundation for American Policy, “Maintaining a welcoming policy on international students is essential to preserving America’s role as a center of technological innovation.” Some U.S. colleges and universities would not be able to offer certain majors without international student enrollment.
This is especially true for STEM fields. Almost half of full-time graduate students in science and engineering at U.S. colleges and universities are international students, according to the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering. International students represent more than two-thirds of full-time graduate students in some fields, including statistics, computer science and electrical engineering.
U.S. companies want international students too. Many offer internships and practical training opportunities to international students. International students can continue working in the U.S.A. for a few years after graduation, through Optional Practical Training (OPT). This enhances their education by providing real-world work experience.