Study Abroad in the US - Why should you choose the USA as your dream study abroad destination?

Studying in the US is always the top destination for studying oversea. What is the reason why the US always holds the top position in a country worth studying abroad? What are the strengths and differences? Let’s find the answer with Globalway in this article.

1. Why choose to study in the US?



Interesting facts about studying abroad in the US

- American education system

American education, especially at the undergraduate and graduate levels - is considered the No. 1 in the world for quality of training, research as well as reputation.

On all rankings of the most prestigious universities in the world, the US always contributes the largest number of universities; Normally, 7-8 schools in the Top 10 in these rankings will belong to the United States with monuments such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, UCLA ... (and two positions of which will be for Oxford and Cambridge in the UK).

In the school year 2018/2019, there are a total of 1,095,299 international students in the US - the highest number ever helping the US maintain its No. 1 position in the world; Asian students from China, India, and South Korea accounted for the highest proportion.

51.6% of international students study in one of the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineer & Mathematics - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

With a multicultural, multi-ethnic training environment and the ability to optimize studying methods for all students - plus the most modern and attractive scientific research projects - the US is the destination of global talent who wants to learn, rub, gain experience, and make breakthrough achievements.

- International success

Many major discoveries and inventions up to this time have originated from the United States. It will take a lot of time to look up, however, what you use right now can also originate from the US: computers, the Internet, social networks; or inventions and innovations like telephones to cell phones, and now smartphones touch.

If interested, take the time to learn about the applications you love or be curious about, since across the sciences: medicine, chemistry, physics, biology, art, technology, engineering, aviation, and space ... all have American contribution.

Competitive living, studying & working environment, multicultural

The Federal Republic Government and the Democratic regime are parliamentary with three levels of government: federal, state / state, region / province / city. In the US, there are 2 main parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The president is elected by popular vote and 2-party voter. The election takes place every 4 years, attracting global attention.

The US economy ranked first with $ 16.8 trillion, or 24% of the world GDP. The US ranks first in imports and second in exports. 86.4% of the US economy is a private sector that concentrates 67.8% of GDP in the service sector, although it is still an industrial power. Consumption in the US accounted for 68% of the economy in 2015. However, income inequality, racial discrimination, and social welfare have become more prominent in the US.

The United States has led the way in technological innovation since the late 19th century and scientific research in the mid-20th century. In the 21st century, about two-thirds of research funding in the United States comes from the private sector. The United States also leads the way in the number of scientific research and the impact of scientific research.

As a multi-ethnic, multicultural nation, "American culture" and popular culture in the US have a great influence on the world through many channels of information, social networks, and in various forms of audiovisual, entertainment, and arts.

The climate in the United States varies from region to region with the humid northern continental climate, the humid subtropical climate in the south, the Mediterranean climate in coastal California, tropical in Hawaii and Florida, the climate High mountains in the western mountains ...

The United States is also one of the countries with many natural and historical wonders, and many of the world's most attractive tourist destinations

Career opportunities

Job opportunities before graduation

Due to complex conditions and restrictions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, F-1 visas are only allowed to work part-time on campus, such as librarians, clerks, and admissions officers. birth, research assistant, experiment ...

Advice for students who want to work and prepare to familiarize themselves with the hiring process, employment, environment and career prospects: internships during vacations, especially summer vacations, or training programs school. If you are an F-1 visa, you can apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) in the curriculum, along with completing a project or essay.

Student associations, clubs, student networks, job fairs, and, depending on the field of study, competencies and recommendations from professors, students can search and post internships - including Extremely prestigious internship programs from famous global companies.

Jobs opportunities after graduation

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

If you have studied in the US for at least 1 academic year, students can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) at the time of graduation will be extended for an additional 12 months for F-1 visa.

With OPT, you can find a job that suits your studies in the US. OPT is different from a work visa, it does not depend on the job offer, which is entirely personal.

H1B visa

After 12 months, OPT expires, you must have an employer sponsored visa. The H1B visa is the most common work visa in the United States. Employers must submit your application to the US government in April each year and can only apply once a year.

The H1B visa is limited to 85,000 visas per year. About 30-50% of applications will receive a visa 4-5 months after the lottery. You will not be allowed to work, even during the time you wait to dial, without a visa; unless working during the grace period of OPT.

H1B visas are generally awarded by dialing depending on skills, "special jobs" such as in science, accounting, data analysis, pharmacy, computer science, and engineering. Non-dial H1B visas for nonprofit industries (non-profit companies, training, and research units, hospitals, or government agencies). There are currently no numbers available for H1B for non-profit groups.

Note, this is not an immigrant visa.

The EB Visa Group

A type of immigrant visa for workers, in which:

EB1 visa: priority workers include those with special skills and experience in science, arts, education, commerce or sports; Senior professors and researchers with international recognition; managers or executives for multinational companies.

EB2 Visa: in the category of skilled professionals, have a high degree and must have a labor certificate from the US Department of Labor

EB3 Visa: skilled, professionals, unskilled workers

Please refer to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services homepage.

2. The United State education system

a. Overall

In 2016-2017, the US set aside $ 1.3 trillion or 7.2% of GDP for education including all public and private institutions, at all levels.

The state government will determine educational standards. Private schools usually have the right to decide on a curriculum and recruitment policies based on local government regulations.

Under current law, compulsory education starts from 5-8 years old and ends at 16-18 years depending on the state, including elementary, middle school, junior high school, and high school.

After that is college, university, and undergraduate education. At the undergraduate and graduate levels including bachelor's, master, and doctoral levels.

An overview of the education system and ladder in the US is as follows:



School grade level


Preschool education


3 - 5

Compulsory education

Elementary school


5 - 6

1 - 5/6

7/6 - 10/12

Middle school: Grade 6/7 - 8
Junior high school: Grade 7 - 9

6/7 - 8/9

11/12 - 13/15

High school

9 (Freshman)

10 (Sophomore)

11 (Junior)

12 (Senior)

14/15 - 17/18

Higher education


Undergraduate school

First year (Freshman)

Second year (Sophomore)

Third year (Junior)

Last year (Senior)

18/19 - 21/22

Graduate school

(with various degrees and curricular partitions thereof)

22 and up

Continuing education

Vocational school

18 and up

Adult education



English is the official language in the US. There are a number of schools with special linguistics programs (including Indigenous language preservation programs).

Spanish is a fairly common language in the second language curriculum.

Enrollment period

Typically, the academic year in the US is divided into 2 semesters starting from August or September, ending in May, early June; and summer vacation.

However, there are also schools that divide 3 terms (trimester) or 4 terms (quarter) in a year. Therefore, it is necessary to thoroughly understand the educational system of your aspiring school.

Rating - Ranking

Although the United States does not rank high (but also not low) in the Programme for International Student Assessment  (PISA), the United Nations education index, but it cannot be denied that the US is the country investing the most into education and research.

At the high school level, the United States has a number of prestigious high schools and pre-university institutions to place students in the most prestigious universities. Besides, there are specialized schools, for students who excel in certain subjects to practice and scrutinize nationally and internationally.

Towards optimal development, there are countless disciplines, subjects, and even self-designed study programs at both bachelor and master levels. This can be considered a paradise for academics, researchers, and students towards these directions.

The competitive American capitalist economy is also the place to attract talents from all the world to contribute and compete; help talented people turn designs, cherished reality into a high - extremely high income.

Many non-governmental and non-profit organizations operate in the United States. These are also places for young people who are passionate about social activities to have meaningful experiences.

Moreover, the global network of companies and multinational organizations, bringing important factors to the world.

All make the attraction of American education.

b. Higher education

  • What major when studying in the US?

In the United States, there are thousands of programs available to students. In recent years, the US has always called on domestic students and especially international students to study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). These are also fields that have a high opportunity of getting a job and immigration.

However, the competition is extremely harsh, whether you study banking, marketing, public health, or hospitality, then if you are competitive enough, you can work and live in the U.S.

  • Where to study when choosing America to study abroad?

At the university level, the US is the cradle of prestigious private schools such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Caltech ... Besides the state-owned schools such as the University of California system, University of Michigan, University of Texas, Georgia Institute of Technology; liberal arts colleges such as Williams College, Amherst College, Wellesley College, Mount Holyoke College; schools with histories for people of color; community colleges; and under-profit schools like the University of Phoenix.

There are really a lot of options for students to accompany certain conditions.

School location is also an important factor in choosing a school. Commonly chosen points include New York, Boston, Southern California, San Francisco or Florida - each city, each with its own unique characteristics. New York is bustling with busy shopping districts and Wall Street; California or Florida would be more open, a coastal city; San Francisco is a green city with many technology companies focused; Boston is in the fields of research, science, law ... There are also schools in the countryside but still very prestigious and focused on academics and research.

3. Summer school in America

The United States offers a wide range of summer school programs including cultural exchange, summer camps, and summer courses for the best students from prestigious universities.

4. American study abroad scholarship

There are many types of short-term and long-term scholarships for Vietnamese students to come to the US, including:

a. Fulbright Scholarship

This is one of the most prestigious scholarship brands in the world for higher education, on par with the British Chevening Scholarship and Australia's Australia Awards.

To find out more about the requirements and approval process, please visit the US consulate website in Vietnam.

b. Scholarships and Financial support from the school

This is the largest and most diverse scholarship fund in the United States and worldwide, coming from the school's fund and often converted directly into the amount of money over many years of study.

For students who study well, or excellent, the scholarship can be up to a hundred thousand dollars, covering for 4 years of college.

Find out more about scholarships from Globalway's partners here!


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