There is much more to lure foreign students to study abroad in the US than just famous sites like Times Square.
Upon returning from a study abroad trip, many American students spin tales of foreign countries and positive experiences. Eating baguettes in France, snapping pictures in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and drinking Sangria in Spain seem to come along with the territory.
But, what do international students studying in America find when they study here? Do they regale their friends with anecdotes about eating Big Macs, soaking up Times Square and watching reality television? Or, are they disappointed with our culture?
A 2012 U.S. News & World Report survey reported 764,495 students came to study in America that year, a 6% increase from year’s prior. As this number increases, some wonder about the benefits of studying in the USA.
One reason students pick America to study is the country’s strong reputation when it comes to higher education. Thirteen of the 20 best world universities are located on American soil, according to Quacquarelli Symonds World University ranking.
Anthony Bailey, the vice provost for global initiatives at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, says this is true for many of his school’s international students.
“The U.S. has a lot of top universities and that is a big draw,” he says. “There are so many education options here.”
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