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Common Misconceptions About Studying in the US

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"Every year, the number of international students attending US universities keeps increasing. International students make up almost 5% of all the students enrolled in US universities and colleges. The United States is a dream destination for many international students."
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Published on:  Oct 17, 2021
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Every year, the number of international students attending US universities keeps increasing. International students make up almost 5% of all the students enrolled in US universities and colleges. The United States is a dream destination for many international students. The opportunity of studying at a world renowned university and the benefits of a free market and advanced employment options is what makes studying in the US so exciting. 

However, many common misconceptions about studying in the US discourage international students from enrolling in US universities. It is important to know what is true and what is not to make the right decision for your future. 

Common Misconceptions About International Study in the US

Absurdly Expensive: 

While it is true that studying at world-renowned US institutions is a little expensive, it is not an absurd or unachievable standard. Also, you do not have to pay the whole tuition alone. There are many need-based and merit-based scholarships available for international students who want to study in the US. 

There is a huge difference between college tuition at private and public universities. It is often affordable to attend a public university or a community college. Having a good academic and extracurricular profile can help you get admissions and financial aid at US universities to accomplish your dream of studying in the US. 

Impossible to Get a Student Visa: 

While the pandemic and consulate closures around the world have surely slowed down the process of obtaining a Student Visa, it is nowhere near impossible. Many US universities and colleges have special offices that only exist to help international students navigate the visa process once they have been accepted into the college.

After you get an acceptance letter from a US university, the process of getting a Student Visa becomes fairly straightforward. You’ll have to ensure that you have been accepted by a university accredited by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Once you have been accepted, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) will get you all the required documents for a Student Visa.

No Need to Take the TOEFL Exam: 

While there is no one way of applying for US universities, every university will have certain criteria for a TOEFL exam. This exam must be taken by international students from a country where English is not the national language. While both the TOEFL and the IELTS exam are accepted, TOEFL is recommended and is more widely accepted.

No Option to Stay in the US After Graduation: 

It is another common misconception among international students that they will be required to leave the US once they have finished their study programs. It is not true. International students can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) which allows them to work in the field related to their study program to obtain work experience and build their skills. There is also an option to pursue an advanced degree by extending their current Student Visa. There are also many ways to obtain nonimmigrant and immigrant employment-based visas to continue their stay in the US.

It is always best to do your research on where and what you want to study in the US. You can find scholarships and financial aid to help you study at world-class universities and experience life in the US. US universities place equal emphasis on classroom learning and practical experience outside of school in the form of volunteer work, sports, internships, etc. Do not let such misconceptions discourage you from your dream of studying in the United States. 

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