Being An International Student In The U.S.A. – The Pros and Cons

Posted on May 31, 2014 by Akshay Study Abroad in Applications, Study Abroad

It goes without saying that when it comes to education abroad, the first choice of most of the Indian students is the U.S.A.. And it’s not for nothing!!
This is what one of our alumni who pursued M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Power Systems from Michigan Technological University has to say:


1. Opportunity to find friends for a lifetime

While studying abroad, you will not only meet a new culture, but also other international students who are far from home and looking for friends from abroad, like you are. This situation creates an excellent opportunity to build new and long-lasting friendships.

2. Opportunity to learn a language

There is no better and more effective way to learn a language than to study in a country in which the language you would like to acquire is spoken. You will probably find learning the language very easy if you are surrounded by it.

3. Opportunity to widen your horizon

When you are studying abroad, you will learn things about the world that you could not have learned at home. Some months after you have returned home, you will understand the world in a much wider perspective and see it in a different way from what you thought to be possible.

4. Opportunity to get to know other cultures

Cultural differences are more than just differences in language, food or habits. The real differences come from somewhere beyond the immediately visible, and influence the way of understanding the world. You cannot understand it from reading a book or watching a TV show. Only if you have been in a foreign country for a longer period of time you can truly understand another culture.

5. Opportunity to learn about yourself

When you have studied abroad, you will return home with new ideas and perspectives about yourself and your own culture. The experience of studying abroad challenges you to reconsider your current beliefs and values, alter or strengthen them.

6. Opportunity to travel

Study breaks and weekends let you travel and get to know the country you are studying in. Since the studies can take place in a country completely different from your homeland, you are much closer to places you might otherwise not have had the opportunity to visit. You can organize a journey with your friends or find that somebody else, for example the students union or the university itself that organizes an interesting trip. By working on campus for about 20 hours which is the maximum allowable by F-1 student visa laws, I saved enough money to travel all of the east and west coast of the US on my own exploring as many cities as I could. After having spent 3 years in the US, and now successfully employed at a full time engineering position, there isn’t any major cities in the country where I haven’t been. I love travelling and just couldn’t get enough.

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