Study in THE USA - Understanding Education System in the USA

Many international students, scholars, and visitors are surprised to learn that the United States has no national education system. The Federal government can influence education only by the funding it offers, but this is limited.

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By Jubin Patel

Many international students, scholars, and visitors are surprised to learn that the United States has no national education system. The Federal government can influence education only by the funding it offers, but this is limited. Unlike CBSE board examinations in India, there is no national high school graduation examination. There are, however, state graduation examinations, and students must pass these.

College Fit: At the higher education level, students have a wide range of options when they choose a college or university. Although there are agencies that attempt to rank American colleges and universities, the concept of “fit” is also important. The GPA* of admitted students are important, but majors offered, location, the number of students enrolled, and campus culture are all factors influencing a prospective student’s decision. Some colleges and universities are publicly funded, while others are privately supported.

*GPA means grade point average. It is the average of all grades received.

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Popular student destinations: The top universities in the US are Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University (in no particular order). The area of New England on the east coast of the US is the centre of all its renowned academic institutes. Most of the best colleges in the country are situated in cities like Boston, New York, Cambridge, Old Saybrook, New Haven. About 96,750 Indian students were studying in the US during the academic year 2012-13. Business Management, Computer Science, Finance and Accounting, Economics, Communications/Media are the popular courses Indian students pursue in the US.

Safety in the US: Being a diverse country, the United States is the safest place for students, particularly from India, and there is no need for any fear about racism. So in that sense, US is a safe country for Indian students.

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