The shimmering glow of a distant light, resting on top of the torch of the Statue of Liberty has become an iconic image of a new beginning to millions of immigrants who first set sail across the world’s largest oceans, in hopes of starting a new life. The United States of America remains dubbed as ‘the land of opportunity’, a land where any person could achieve his dreams if he is willing to persevere. It is not surprising that United States has grown to be the go-to destination in the world for the attainment of higher education. The rich cultural melting pot coupled with the astonishing biological diversity makes United States a premier destination for hands-on education across a multitude of fields.
Even though the United States is a relatively young nation, compared to the rest of the world, with the collaborative effort of its citizens and immigrants it grew to be a world superpower during the 20th century. The United States soon grew to be one of the world’s most visited destinations, due to the natural beauty of its landscape (Yellowstone National Park, the Great Lakes) and the emergence of theme parks such as Disneyland and other world renowned attractions. Stretching from the historic Boston Harbor to the sun bathed beaches of California, the United States stretches across a wide variety of ecosystems and time zones; what is even more amazing is the amazing diversity of the nation’s people, who have origins across the entire spectrum of the human genome, and yet come together as one, converging into a singular sense of identity.
When to Go
The best time to visit the United States of America really depends on where you choose to study. If you are not a fan of cold weather, studying in the East Coast during winter may not be your best option. Spring Break, which usually occurs in the months of March or April, is a period of great festivities for college students across the United States.
Student life in the United States of America, when not studying, is full of entertainment. Virtually every city or college town has a wide variety of entertainment options: bars, nightclubs, discos, and theaters – if you’ve got the time and/or money, they’ve got the party.
From the start of the 20th century, United States was quickly making a name for itself as the premiere destination for higher education. The Ivy League Universities are considered by many to be the most elite in the world; however, United States offers options to fit the educational needs of almost any student. The state of California has one of the best public education systems in the world: the University of California/California State University.
There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:
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Emily Talbot - Oct 07, 2015
Prior to studying abroad in Mérida, I would never have expected to be able to fully to develop, challenge, and expand a potentially controversial part of my identity—being queer.
Avni Singh - Sep 01, 2017
When I first decided to study abroad for the summer, I was looking forward to learning about the public health systems in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Ashley Beteta - Sep 15, 2017
One of the things about me that tends to surprise my fellow study abroad friends is how fast I was able to adjust to Korean culture.
Darius Carey - Jan 07, 2018
While disconnecting and enjoying every experience to the fullest is widely suggested, it is also important to make sure you don’t make the mistake of not documenting your time abroad.
Chi Chi Chang - Nov 26, 2017
So much of my growth during my study abroad experience has occurred outside of the classroom, or in “alternative” classrooms traveling around Xalapa, and other cities and villages in Mexico. I have found that the classes I am taking have provided an additional critical perspective of Mexico and US-Mexico relations.
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White, 72.4%, Hispanic/Latino 16.3%, Black/African American 12.6%, Asian, 4.8%, Native American 0.9%, Pacific Islander 0.2%, Other 6.2%
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