The 15 reasons to study in the U.S. listed below reflect a higher education system that is characterized by quality, opportunity, and flexibility in a country that is known for its diversity, creativity and innovation and modern technology. 

1. Quality

U.S. colleges are known worldwide for the outstanding quality of their faculty,  resources, and facilities. Rigorous accreditation procedures ensure that institutions maintain these standards.

2. Quantity

The U.S. has more institutions of higher learning than any other country in the world. That means more choices for you.  You are sure to find the right match between your qualifications, interests and career goals and a short list of schools.

3. Diversity

The U.S. higher education system features many types of institutions, academic and social environments, admission requirements, degree programs, and majors.  In addition, you can choose from among different living environments, including urban, suburban and rural.

4. Value

While not inexpensive, a U.S. degree offers excellent value for the money. A wide range of tuition, fees and living costs, plus merit-based scholarships offered by many schools, make study in the United States affordable for many international students.

5. Flexibility

In addition to flexibility in choice of majors and courses, there is the option for students to transfer from one institution to another.  Completing the first two years of a degree at one institution, usually a community college, and then moving to another, is very common both for U.S. and international, including Vietnamese, students.

6. Liberal Education

When you graduate with a U.S. degree, you will not only have knowledge in your field of study, but also in other fields well.  All students are required to take classes in general education areas not related to their major in order to graduate.  For example, engineering students may have to take a few classes in business or humanities, while a business student may have to enroll in some basic science classes.

7. Worldwide Recognition

A degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university is universally valued, admired and recognized by employers, other institutions and governments the world over.

8. Practical Experience

Your Study USA experience offers you the chance to obtain valuable practical experience working in a job related to your major after graduation through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.  You are also permitted to work up to 20 hours per week on campus while school is in session and full-time during the semester break and summer vacation.

9. People and Culture

The U.S. is one of the most diverse societies in the world.  A country of immigrants, the U.S. is home to people who immigrated, or whose ancestors immigrated, from all four corners of the globe.  Most U.S. Americans are very hospitable, friendly, and accepting of foreigners.  Wherever you choose to study, you will encounter a regional culture rich in history, local traditions and customs.

10. Cutting-Edge Technology

Regardless of what degree you choose to pursue, you will have to use computers and other types of technology in order to succeed.  Many universities incorporate the latest technology into their curriculum, encouraging students to become computer literate before they enter the world of work.

11. Beyond the Classroom:  Campus and Community Experience

Study USA offers not only a superior educational experience, but also many cultural opportunities on-campus.  Whether they're located in a small town, a suburban area, or a big city,  most schools sponsor a variety of student clubs and organizations to match the wide array of student interests.  Many people you meet, including U.S. and other international students, will become lifelong friends and members of an international network that will serve you well in your future career and personal life.

12. Support Services for International Students

Most U.S. colleges and universities have international student offices that provide a wide range of  services to help students adjust to a different cultural and academic environment.  This includes an in-depth orientation program upon arrival.  Staff enjoy working with students from around the world.  They can help answer questions about visa status, finances, housing, employment possibilities, health issues, etc. 

13. Opportunities for Research

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students have an opportunity to gain valuable experience through research and/or teaching while studying.  Many graduate programs offer opportunities to become teaching assistants to undergraduates and/or research assistants on special projects related to their field of study.

14. Financial Aid

Many U.S. colleges and universities offer financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships for academically outstanding international undergraduate students.  This type of assistance is intended to defray the overall cost of study.  A number of schools, especially private liberal arts colleges, offer full scholarships to a select group of top-notch international students.

Graduate students tend to have more financial aid opportunities in the form of a tuition scholarship and an assistantship (e.g., graduate/administrative, research, teaching). 

15. Globalization

U.S. colleges and universities are becoming increasingly internationalized in terms of their student body, faculty, curriculum, programs and services and on-campus activities.  As a result, graduates have a more global view of their area of study and are more globally competent than in the past.  Some of the reasons mentioned above are why the USA is the world’s leading host of international students.