The USA has the world’s largest international student population, with nearly 600,000 students choosing to broaden their education and life experience in the United States. International students make up around 4% of all those enrolled in higher education, and the numbers are growing.


Strong research and funding have helped make American colleges and universities among the world’s most prestigious making them particularly attractive to international students, as well as professors and researchers, in the pursuit of academic excellence. According to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, more than 30 of the highest-ranked 45 institutionsin the world are in the United States.


The states cannot afford to rest on its laurels though. With increased competition from quality educational facilities in China, Australia and the UK, America’s position as the global seat of learning is under threat.  In an effort to address this during his visit to China last year, US President Barack Obama said he expects to ‘intensify co-operation in student exchange’ and hopes the number of US students in China will rise to 100,000. Obama is seeking to match the amount of Chinese students currently studying in the US and is surely hoping to boost international student numbers even further during the next decade. 


The States certainly has the infrastructure to deliver. UNESCO lists the US has having the second largest number of higher education institutions in the world, an average of 115 per st ate. T he US also has the largest number of higher education students in the world.


As a result U.S. universities have som ething for everyone. Some colleges stress broad educational principles; others emphasise practical, employment-related skills; many specialise in the arts, social sciences or techn ical fields. Consequently, students have a vast array of options and educational opportunities lying before them.


As a setting the U.S is as geographically diverse as anywhere on the planet. America provides a bewildering array of geographical wonders, from scenic coastlines and mountain ranges to vast prairies, deserts and canyons. Ex citing big cities are matched by the charms of smaller communities, all showcasing their particular heritage and culture.


Studying in the U.S allows you to not only broaden your educational experience, but your cultural opportunities. Whether you attend a modest, private college in a small town or a big city university, most universities offer a variety  of student clubs and organizations to match the wide array of student interests. Although the choice can be daunting, the following institutions should be given serious consideration when  loooking to study in the US.


Columbia University 

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private university and a member of the Ivy League. Columbia’s main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. It was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain, and is one of only two United States universities to have been founded under such authority. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, and is the 5th oldest in the United States making it one of the country’s nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. More Nobel Prize winners (alumni and faculty combined) have been affiliated with Columbia than with any other institution in the world.


Cornell University

 Cornell was founded in 1865 as a coeducational, non-sectarian institution where admission was offered irrespective of religion or race. Cornell is arguably the most educationally diverserse member of the Ivy League.  On the Ithaca campus alone nearly 20,000 students representing every state and 120 countries choose from among 4,000 courses. Cornell offers curricula in traditional liberal arts studies as well as in fields like engineering, agriculture, hotel administration, and city and regional planning.


New York University (NYU) 

 Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the 3,000 colleges and universities in America (approx), New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities. More than 40,000 students attend 18 schools and colleges at five major centers in Manhattan and in sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Today students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries. With more than 2,500 courses offered, the University awards more than 25 different degrees. 


Purdue University 

 Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana and is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University System. Purdue was founded in 1869 and enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana and has one of the largest international student populations of any public university in the United States. Six percent of the full-time student body are international students, representing 123 countries. The university’s Discovery Park and Purdue Research Park are home to nearly 200 medical, biotechnology, and nanotechnology laboratories and companies. Purdue was the first university globally to have ever offered an aeronautics program.



University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public research university in the state of Illinois and is the oldest and largest campus in the University of Illinois system. The university comprises 18 colleges that offer more than 150 programs of study. The University of Illinois is the state’s best and most comprehensive public university. The three distinct campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield serve the people of Illinois through a shared commitment to their missions of excellence in teaching, research, public service and economic development.

University of Iowa

 The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City in southeast Iowa. More than 30,000 students enrol each year and international students from 104 countries make up 8 percent of the University’s enrolment. International students are supported by the university’s Office of International Students and Scholars and there are also some scholarships available to those coming from overseas. The huge array of students attending makes for an exciting and multicultural student life.  The University both provides and attracts a wide variety of cultural opportunities such as weekly jazz and pop concerts.


University of Michigan 

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a public research university located in the state of Michigan in the United States. It is the state’s oldest university, the flagship campus of the University of Michigan, and one of the top public universities in the world. The university was founded in 1817 in Detroit as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, about 20 years before the Michigan Territory officially became a state. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres of what is now known as Central Campus. Today, the university is considered one of the original eight Public Ivies.


University of Southern California

 USC was founded in 1880, making it California’s oldest private research university. Located in Los Angeles, a global centre for arts, technology and international trade, the University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. USC enrols more international students (on average 6,600) than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.



University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina or USC is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, rising from a single building in 1805 on what would later become the heart of the campus, the Horseshoe. The 11 buildings that now make up the Horseshoe frame a lush lawn that is an irresistible gathering place. Recent additions to the campus are the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, the Greek Village, the Green Quad, the Public Health Research Center, the Inn at USC, the Colonial Life Arena and Carolina Stadium. Over 28,000 students attend the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina, coming from all 46 South Carolina counties. In addition, students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries are represented.


University of Texas

Founded in 1883, the University of Texas, or UT, is one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 16,500 faculty and staff. UT provides a diverse learning community, with students from more than 100 countries and a student body that reflects the face of our society, with 9 percent of students coming from overseas, most notably from Korea, India, China and Mexico. The University of Texas at Austin was named one of the original eight Public Ivy institutions and was inducted into the American Association of Universities in 1929.