8 Myths About Education in the US

1. American education is too expensive

This cannot be said for American education in general. Of course, even by world standards, education at Harvard and Yale is expensive. But, in addition to the most prestigious and expensive universities, there are many other educational institutions in the United States which are a lot more accessible. Among them, for example, are state universities and small colleges. America is a huge country in which almost any student will be able to find an educational institution that is going to suit their finances.

2. In the US, it is worth studying only STEM disciplines.

America is known for its excellence in science and technology. Therefore, many students come here to study STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). However, at the international level, courses in many US universities in the humanities, arts, social sciences, medicine, and sports are highly praised as well. In addition, there are many potential employers in the country for graduates with these specialties.

3. All US universities are located in major cities.

Indeed, many universities are located in major cities such as New York, Chicago, and Boston. At the same time, a wide range of educational institutions is located in small towns and even in rural areas.

4. The level of education in the US is rather low; people don't come here to acquire knowledge.

If this were the case, American universities would not occupy such high places in international rankings, while America would not remain as the most attractive country to foreign students. US universities maintain a high academic and research level, which is controlled at the state level, and students must comply with this level. In addition, it is not easy to enroll in the majority of US educational institutions; students go through a large introductory competition, during which their level of knowledge is meticulously evaluated.

5. Foreign students in the United States do not receive the necessary support.

In the US, you can be sure that educational institutions will respect your rights and interests. In each US institution that accepts foreign students, there are special staff members dedicated exclusively to foreign students. You will be able to rely on comprehensive counseling and support in matters of study, employment, accommodation, finance, health, and much more. In addition, specialized psychological assistance is provided to foreigners.

7. American universities are located in unsafe areas and cities.

As we have already noted, not all US universities are located in major cities. Many universities are located in very calm and quiet places, the peaceful atmosphere of which contributes to learning and recreation. Student safety and security is a priority for US universities, so you can be sure of your security. Campuses and dormitories of educational institutions are under constant protection.

8. Students in the US spend more time having parties than on education.

Western TV shows greatly exaggerate the fun of student leisure in America. Of course, students lead an active lifestyle, communicate with a large number of people, attend parties and night clubs, but all this takes only a small part of their time. Most students focus on their studies and extracurricular activities. In addition, students spend a lot of time attending various student clubs, social events, and sports clubs. This is not surprising - the opportunity to continue studying at an American university and, moreover, to receive a scholarship directly depends on the student’s academic and social success.