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United States of America has been the hottest destination for a lot of International students since the early 70’s. Especially the Indian students hoping to study abroad always inspired the idea of study in USA and looked up to it as a dream. USA has to offer quality education with practical implementation which helps students move forward in their life by using their theoretical education into practical work. United States of America has more than 4000 universities and colleges which educate the students and over 2000 such institutions accept International students. Some of the most known universities to Indian students to study in USA are University of Chicago, New York Institute of Technology, University of Troy, Gannon University, University of Illionois, Concordia University, and DePaul University.

Study abroad in the United States

Studying abroad is the act of a student pursuing educational opportunities in a country other than one's own. This can include primary, secondary and post-secondary students. The number of students studying abroad represents only about 1% of all students enrolled at institutions of higher education in the United States.

While the majority of foreign students who study in the United States are pursuing a full degree, most outgoing U.S. students study abroad for one or two academic terms. The majority of US students now choose short-term study abroad programs according to the most recent Institute of International Education Open Doors Report. In the 2008-09 academic year, the five countries US students chose to study abroad in most were the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and China. The total number of US students studying abroad during 2008-09 was 260,327, compared to 262,416 the previous year, a modest decline of 0.8%. The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education with funding from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. However, the report found that there were notable increases in the number of U.S. students going to study in less traditional destinations. Fifteen of the top 25 destinations were outside of Western Europe and nineteen were countries where English is not a primary language.


The University of Delaware is typically credited with creating the first study abroad program designed for U.S. undergraduate students in the 1920s. Professor Raymond W. Kirkbride, a French professor and World War I veteran, won support from university president Walter S. Hullihen to send students to France to study during their junior year. UD initially refused to fund Kirkbride's travels, and he and Hullihen appealed to prominent public and private figures for support including then-Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover and businessman Pierre S. du Pont. Kirkbride set sail for on July 7, 1923 with eight students for six weeks of intensive language courses in Nancy, France before moving on to Paris to study at The Sorbonne. The Delaware Foreign Study Plan, which came to be known as the Junior Year Abroad (JYA), was considered a success and was replicated by other U.S. institutions, such as Smith College. In 1948, the Delaware Foreign Study Plan was discontinued due to post-war conditions in Europe and shifting priorities under a new university president.[4]It has since been re-instated in the form of their current study abroad program.


Despite flat overall study abroad numbers, there were notable increases in the numbers of U.S. students going to some of the less traditional destinations for study abroad in 2008/09. Double digit increases to host countries among the top 25 destinations include Argentina, Chile, Denmark, the Netherlands, Peru, South Africa and South Korea. Double-digit decreases among the top 25 host countries include Mexico (which experienced H1N1 virus outbreak that year), Austria and India.[5]

Researched Benefits

It has been shown that through study abroad, students can gain a better understanding of themselves, and of their culture. They improve their ability to determine the good and the bad in their own culture in an unbiased manner. In addition, multicultural interactions become smoother and more natural for the students for the rest of their lives.<"The Effects of an Internationalized University Experience on Domestic Students in the United States and Australia."Journal of Studies in International Education 14.4 (2010): 313,313-334. Sociological Abstracts. Web. 27 Oct. 2011>. It has been shown that 96% have increased self-confidence, 97% feel more mature and 98% understand their own values more clearly. <http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publications/magazine/0403/benefits_study_abroad.shtml>

Types of programs

Despite the slight decline in U.S. students studying abroad for credit in 2008-2009, study abroad is likely to continue to grow. The number of outgoing U.S. students pursuing overseas study has increased over fivefold since the late 1980s, from less than 50,000 students to more than 260,000 in 2008-09. Behind the numbers, though, has been the proliferation in the type study abroad programs. According to Lilli Engel of the American University Center of Provence, there are fundamental differences in the academic and cultural experience offered by study abroad programs today that suggest the need to create a level-based classification system for program types. In an influential Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad article, she compares "a one-month summer term, requiring little or no host language proficiency, with subject-matter classes in English, collective housing and American roommates" with "a full-year program for students of advanced linguistic proficiency housed individually in a host family and directly enrolled in local university courses or engaged in a professional internship or service-learning project."

Yet, within international education a universally-accepted method of classifying study abroad programs has proven elusive. U.S. students can choose from a wide range of study abroad opportunities differentiated by program sponsor, curriculum, cost, program model, language and degree of integration, to name a few. While study abroad in the U.S. is by no means uniform, study abroad programs can reasonably be grouped according to (a) duration, (b) program model (c) program sponsor.


Study abroad programs are available to students throughout the year. However, the majority enroll in Semester or Summer programs (37.3% and 35.8%). Even though the total number of outbound U.S. students grew by over 100,000 from 2000/01 to 2008/09, the percentages of students studying abroad during a given term remained largely stable. However, the long-term trends of steadily relatively fewer students signing up for Academic Year programs in favor of growing enrollments in programs less than 8 weeks during the Academic Year. Duration of U.S. Study Abroad (% of Total), 1999/00 - 2008/09[9]
Term Abroad     2000/01                2001/02                2002/03                2003/04                2004/05                2005/06                2006/07                2007/08                2008/09
Summer Term   33.7        34.4        32.7        37.0        37.2        37.2        38.7        38.1        35.8
One Semester   38.5        39.0        40.3        38.1        37.5        36.9        36.3        35.5        37.3
8 Weeks or Less During Academic year   7.4          7.3          9.4          8.9          8.0          9.5          9.8          11.0        11.7
January Term     7.0          6.0          5.6          5.7          6.0          5.4          6.8          7.2          7.0
Academic Year  7.3          7.8          6.7          6.0          6.0          5.3          4.3          4.1          4.1
One Quarter      4.1          3.9          3.8          3.3          3.3          3.3          3.4          3.4          3.3
Two Quarters    0.6          0.5          0.4          0.5          1.3          0.9          0.5          0.6          0.5
Total      154,168 160,920 174,629 191,321 205,983 223,534 241,791 262,416 260,327

Four basic program models

Four basic models have been identified to refer to a study abroad program's structure. They consist of (a) Island, (b) Integrated, (c) Hybrid, and (d) Field-study programs.[10]
Island - Students participating in island programs study alongside other American students in a study center. Island programs are typically sponsored U.S. universities and/or third-party providers, who develop a curriculum specifically with American students in mind.
Integrated Students who participate on an integrated program enroll directly in courses alongside local students at a host university. Program sponsors may provide additional services such as assistance with course registration and language tutoring.
Hybrid - Hybrid programs include elements of both island and integrated program. Typically students take a selection of their coursework at a host university and the remainder at a study center. Hybrid programs are common in countries where the primary language of instruction is not English, such as China and Morocco.
Field-based - Field-based study abroad programs for academic credit are structured much more liberally than traditional island, integrated or hybrid programs. Generally these programs involve a thematic focus, field study training and finally an independent study project. SIT Study Abroad programs are for the most part field-based.

Program sponsor

Programs can also be grouped and classified by identifying a program's sponsor. Sponsors are the institutions and/or circumstances that led to a program's creation, as well as what the goal of a program is. The main study abroad program sponsors are (a) host university (direct exchange and direct enroll), (c) U.S. college or university (study centers and international branch campuses), and (c) study abroad organizations known as third-party providers.

Host University Sponsor: direct exchange and direct enroll

Many U.S. institutions have long-standing direct exchange partnerships with foreign institutions that allow their students to enroll in classes as a visiting student while still paying standard tuition at their home university. Direct exchanges are facilitated by agreements governing academic credit transfer and financial aid between the home university and host university. While individual agreements may vary, direct exchange typically involves a 1:1 where the number of inbound exchange must be equivalent to the number of outgoing study abroad students. Typically, students enroll in standard courses at the host institution and are fully integrated with host country students and are responsible for their own housing, airport transfer, etc. Programs are administered on-site by the host university, with pre-departure advising and assistance from a U.S. university study abroad office.

Like direct exchange, direct enrollment programs are generally geared toward the more independent student, as participants enroll in courses directly alongside local students. Students are responsible for their housing and coordinating other logistics. Unlike direct exchanges, direct enrollment does not necessarily require an agreement between the U.S. institution and the foreign university. As such, credit transfer is not automatic and participants pay tuition and fees directly to the host university.

Sponsored by U.S. College and Universities: study centers and international branch campuses

Some of the most popular study abroad programs include those sponsored by a student's home institution, by another U.S. college or university, or by a consortium of U.S. colleges or universities. These programs are designed to allow students to study in a foreign environment while remaining within a U.S. academic framework. Credit transfer is arranged by the sponsoring and programs typically align with traditional U.S. academic calendars. The U.S. sponsor institution will typically assist with housing arrangements, and may arrange cultural activities and excursions for participating students. Study center are known as "island programs" because create separate classes and spaces for U.S. and foreign students.
Participants may take classes at a study center or international branch campus run by the U.S. college or university sponsor. The curriculum of study centers are specifically designed for study abroad students. For example, students at Texas Tech University's Seville, Spain program study with TTU faculty, take TTU courses with other TTU students and earn TTU credit. International branch campuses, however, are distinct in that U.S. study abroad students enroll in classes alongside full degree-seeking students. As an example, Florida State University Panama Canal Branch offers a broad curriculum and the majority of its students are Panamanian or are from other countries in Latin America, notably Colombia and Costa Rica. Today, U.S. colleges and universities operate at least 80 international branch campuses worldwide.

Sponsored by third-party providers

Third-party providers are private companies and organizations that sponsor study abroad programs. Both for-profit and non-profit third-party providers assist program participants with logistics like course registration and housing arrangements. While models differ, academic and social guidance is generally included throughout the duration of a program, as are built-in excursions and community service opportunities.
Third-party providers of all stripes pursue relationships with U.S. universities in the form of affiliation agreements or membership consortia agreements. There are many third-party providers in operation in the United States. Program models vary; please find a partial list below:
American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), based in Stamford, Connecticut
Academic Programs International (API), based in Austin, Texas
Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad, based in Glenside, Pennsylvania
Boston University International Programs, based in Boston, Massachusetts
CERGE-EI's UPCES Study Abroad, based in Prague, Czech Republic
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), based in Portland, Maine
DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad , based in Copenhagen, Denmark
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), based in Chicago, Illinois
IFSA|Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA), affiliated with Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana
Interstudy, based in Medford, Massachusetts
International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), based in Washington, D.C.
Panrimo Customized Study & Intern Abroad Programs, based in Birmingham, Michigan
School for International Training (SIT Study Abroad), based in Brattleboro, Vermont

Funding study abroad

Costs for a study abroad program include, but are not limited to tuition and fees, room and board, medical insurance, passport and visa fees and transportation costs. While U.S. universities vary in terms of policies related to financing study abroad, financial aid for U.S. students who wish to study abroad may include a combination of scholarships, grants from the home university, government student loans, and private student loans.
Student loans in the U.S.
Regulatory framework
Higher Education Act of 1965
U.S. Dept. of Education
FAFSA · Cost of attendance
Distribution channels
Federal Direct Student Loan Program
Federal Family Education Loan Program
Loan products
Perkins · Stafford
PLUS · Consolidation Loans
Private student loan

An amendments made in 1992 to the Higher Education Act of 1965, TITLE VI, SEC. 601-604[20] in the U.S. ruled that students can receive financial aid for study abroad if they are enrolled in a program that is approved by their home institution and would be eligible to receive government funding without regard to whether the study abroad program is required as a part of the student's degree.

Federal grants

The Pell Grant - The Pell Grant is a need-based grant. To qualify, you must be a full-time undergraduate student with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below the limit determined each year

The Federal Supplemental Education Opportunities Grant - This need-based grant is awarded to those students demonstrating the greatest financial need. Students typically must qualify for the federal Pell Grant to receive an SEOG Grant

Federal loans

Federal Stafford Loan - The Stafford Loan is in your name and is available to all students, regardless of financial need. If the loan is subsidized, the government will pay the interest while you are in school. If the loan is unsubsidized, you have the option of capitalizing the interest or of paying the interest quarterly during the in-school period. Payment of the principle itself (for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans) does not begin until six months after graduation, provided you remain enrolled on at least a half-time (six credits) basis.

Federal Perkins Loan - The Perkins Loan is a low-interest loan (5 percent) awarded to those students demonstrating the greatest financial need.
Parent PLUS Loans for Undergraduate Students - Parents may borrow up to the full cost of a student's education, less the amount of any other financial aid received. There is a minimal credit check required for the PLUS loan, so a good credit history is required.

Federal scholarships

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad - The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides scholarships to undergraduate students who wish to study languages and cultures considered to be important to U.S. national security. Students are not eligible to receive the Boren scholarship if they are studying in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - If you receive a federal Pell Grant, you are eligible to apply for a Gilman Scholarship.


In mid-2007, New York's attorney general opened an inquiry into the relationships between universities and providers of study abroad. According to the lawyer, Benjamin Lawsky, deputy counselor in the office of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, the inquiry was to focus on whether cash incentives and other perks that study abroad providers give universities influence their decisions about where students may study. Critics contend that the practices, rarely disclosed and largely unknown, limit study abroad options and drive up the price that is ultimately passed onto students. The investigation follows disclosures in The New York Times that providers of study abroad are offering colleges rebates, free and subsidized travel, unpaid seats on advisory boards, help with back-office services and marketing stipends. In some cases, perks are tied to the number of students universities send to a given provider’s program. When asked, Lawsky said that the inquiry grew out of his office's inquiries into similar practices in the student loan industry.

As part of the investigation, Cuomo's office issued subpoenas for five of the major study abroad providers in August 2007. The first batch of providers were the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University, the American Institute For Foreign Study, the Institute for the International Education of Students; the Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University, and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Six months later, he issued subpoenas or requests for documents top 15 colleges in and out of New York State. In light of the unprecedented attention on the industry, NAFSA: Association of International Educators drafted a report in early 2008 calling on U.S. university study abroad offices to be more open in their decision making and to demonstrate that their policies directly benefit students.

Also in response to Cuomo's investigation, the Forum on Education Abroad released a code of ethics in March 2008 that sought to be a "compass" for U.S. universities, study abroad providers and foreign host institutions. Unlike the NAFSA report, the forum document offers a broad set of ethical principles and detailed guidance. It recommends, amongst other things, that U.S. institutions have specific procedures for reporting payments, like honoraria and consulting fees, for work done on behalf of providers; that agreements and criteria for selecting study abroad programs be disclosed fully; and that the goals and parameters for visits by campus officials to overseas program sites be clearly established in advance of the trips. The forum is a consortium of American and overseas colleges and outside providers founded in 2001 to create standards of good practices for education abroad.

Problem on job search after the study: The international study is not a one-reason activity. Actually “more foreign students are choosing where to study based not just on where they can get the best education, but also on where their post graduation job prospects are brightest.”(Aisha) But there is a large group of people is facing this problem in America. After the finical crisis, United State is stay in a high unemployment period. Even this problem seems to be solved; the unemployment in America is still in a high place. “The unemployment rate edged down to 9% from 9.1% in September and is the lowest since April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report.”(Allen) This bad employment context in America brings the international student job problems to a worse place. An important element makes the job search hard for international student is the visa problem. The visa for study is different to the one for work and it take a long times for changing them. This time wasted on visa avoid international student find a job after they graduated. Even now the government change the visa policy that reduce some resistant, the visa problem still the main reason of international student feel hard to find a job.

See also

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Student exchange program
International students
ERASMUS programme (European Union)
Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
AFS Intercultural Programs
Fulbright Fellowship
Harkness Fellowship
ITT International Fellowship Program
Monbukagakusho Scholarship
Goodwill Scholarships
International Council of Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas


Study in USA is an asset that requires one to invest time and money. It is fact that like any other business, overseas education is also a tough business where you invest today and receive high dividends in the future.

MIT, Yale, Harvard and Stanford are but a few examples of the quality of education in the USA. The United States of America tops with the most higher education institutions in the world with flexible curriculum and advanced technology. Institutions in the USA are known for their cutting edge research and journals which are produced by both the students and the professors. A bunch of regional communities, like the Indian community, keeps you in sync with the cultural dimensions back home.

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Study in USA – The Education System

The United States has many competitive private and public institutions of higher education, as well as local community colleges with open admission policies. Universities in the USA are larger institutions that include several undergraduate colleges, graduate schools, and professional schools. Graduate school involves 1 or 2 years of study and offers advanced programs in arts and sciences which awards master’s degrees like M.A or M.S, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) etc. While different institutions offer varying levels of degrees, U.S. accreditation policies result in degrees at any given level adhering to certain minimum standards regardless of the institution that grants them.

The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. Spread at 3.79 million square miles and with over 308 million people, the USA is the third largest country by total area and the third largest both by land area and population. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The United States is home to many scientists and it has been a leader in scientific research and technological innovation since the late 19th century.

Study in USA – Some Facts about USA:

Capital: Washington, D.C.
Independence Day: July 4, 1776
Motto:  In God We Trust
National Bird: Bald Eagle
National Flower: Rose
National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner
Area (50 states and District of Columbia only): 9,631,418 sq km
Comparative Size: About one-half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about one-half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; about two and one-half times the size of Western Europe.
Largest State: Alaska
Smallest State: Rhode Island
Largest Cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix, San Antonio
Border Countries and Oceans: Canada, Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Ocean
*Note: World’s third-largest country by size (after Russia and Canada) and by population (after China and India); Mt. McKinley is highest point in North America and Death Valley the lowest point on the continent.
Population: 295,734,134 (July 2005 est.)
Languages: English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7% (2000 census)
Religions: Protestant 52%, Roman Catholic 24%, Mormon 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 1%, other 10%, none 10% (2002 est.)

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