Research About Studying Abroad in the Usa

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1. Introduction

Studying overseas is one of the most rewarding educational opportunities students can experience and enjoy in their lives. Students are not only broadened their horizon to different cultures, languages and education system, but also can be brought significant benefits for their personal growth, for example self-confidence and independence. Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of foreign students selecting to study abroad because of the rapid pace of globalization, especially students choosing to learn in America. A report in the Institute of International Education (12 November 2012) revealed that “the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 6 percent to a record high of 764,495 in the 2011/2012 academic year”. In fact, there are a variety of valid reasons to consider America as a place they can follow to learn and develop themselves. However, many students are not aware of some real challenges they have to overcome when they study overseas. Therefore, this paper, with the purpose to help students have the best choice, will discuss the basic information, the positive and negative aspects of studying abroad.

2. Discussion of findings

2.1 General information

2.1.1 The United States of America

Le (n.d., p.188) recommends that the United States is a wide country which is surrounded by Canada, Atlantic Ocean, Mexico and Pacific Ocean. America has fifty states with 9,629,047 square kilometers in area which is considered one of the most developed countries in the world in all aspects: economy, education and technology. In the process of building and developing, America specially takes interest in investing in education. According to Myrdal (n.d.), during the history of the United States, education is always great hope for changing individual and society.

2.1.2 America is Open to the World

As President Obama (2011) said, “We are home to the world’s best colleges and...