Friday, February 27, 2015

4 Under-the-Radar Factors for International Students to Consider When Shortlisting Schools

By Naimeesha Murthy
World Education Services

With over 4,000 colleges and universities to choose from, finding an American school that’s right for you can be a daunting process. Most students look at rankings, tuition, and funding and scholarship opportunities. But it’s also important for international students to consider these four factors when shortlisting schools:

1. Academic flexibility: The U.S. has the world’s finest programs in virtually all fields, both at an undergraduate and graduate level. While many programs have highly structured coursework requirements, students should inquire more about the variety of course choices and flexibility options.

2. Campus infrastructure and student services: Steering your way through day-to-day issues in a new country can be a challenge. We get it! Most colleges and universities have a designated office to assist international students and provide them with a wide range of services. It’s a good idea to do some research on the existing student organizations to enhance your student life experience.

3. Career services and alumni networks: A degree from the U.S. is recognized across the globe. Many companies are increasingly looking to hire employees with the wide range of skills, knowledge, adaptability and experience that international students acquire by studying in the United States. It’s highly advisable for prospective students to spend time researching and understanding schools’ current class profiles and alumni networks. These elements can definitely impact your job placement after graduation.

4. International student community: It’s important to fit into a school socially and culturally and truly feel at home. International student communities are often dedicated to supporting students by providing both immigration advice and cultural support in a welcoming and friendly environment. To help you navigate the decision making process and learn more about your peers’ preferences, here’s a list of the 10 U.S. schools that host the most international students.

Do you have other tips one should consider while choosing a school? Leave us a comment below.

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