Every year, more people choose to become international students in the United States to broaden their experience and continue their education.

In fact, the U.S. is now the most popular country for international students. Why do so many international students choose U.S. colleges and universities?

Before you pack your bags, you should learn what the U.S. has to offer you:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Variety of Educational Opportunities
  • Cutting-Edge Technology
  • Opportunity for Research
  • Flexibility
  • Support Services for International Students
  • Global Education and Long-Term Career Prospects
  • Campus Life Experience
  • Academic Excellence

The United States has one of the world’s finest university systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields. At the undergraduate level, choose programs in traditional and professional disciplines. At the graduate level, students work directly with some of the finest minds in each field of study to become involved in exclusive research and educational opportunities. U.S. degrees are recognized throughout the world for their excellence.

Variety of Educational Opportunities

The United States has several thousand colleges and universities, boasting at least ten times as many campuses as in any other country. As a result, the higher education system in the U.S. has something for everyone. Some U.S. colleges and universities stress broad educational principles; others emphasize practical, employment-related skills; and others specialize in the arts, social sciences and technical fields. This means that no matter what you plan to study, you will have a wide variety of programs from which to choose.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Universities in the U.S. pride themselves on being at the forefront of technology, research and techniques, and in making the best possible equipment and resources available to their students. Even if your field does not directly involve science or engineering, you will have opportunities to become skilled in using the latest technology to conduct research, as well as obtain and process information. You may stay connected with researchers, teachers and experts in your field all over the world.

Opportunity for Research, Teaching and Training

You may gain valuable experience through teaching and/or research while you help to finance your education in the U.S., particularly if you are a graduate student. Many graduate programs offer training and teaching opportunities that enable students to become teaching assistants to undergraduates and/or research assistants on special projects exploring different aspects of your field of study.

International students are some of the most valued teachers and researchers in U.S. universities because they bring new skills and ideas to the classroom and library or laboratory. This practical component of your education will prove useful in your future career and may give you insights into your field that would not be possible through course study alone.


Although many programs are highly structured and specific coursework requirements must be met, generally students have a wide variety of course choices to meet those requirements. For example, liberal arts coursework for an undergraduate program will include classes in languages and mathematics, and students are given a wide variety of classes which fit those requirements, and the freedom to decide which classes best match individual interests.

At the advanced stages of a degree, or if you are pursuing a graduate degree, students tailor coursework to fit specific academic goals, needs and interests. During independent study for a graduate thesis or dissertation, students may emphasize important individual ideas for their field and home country.

Support Services for International Students

Studying in the United States is a rewarding experience but navigating your way through day-to-day issues can be challenging. Many international students find that University of Reston’s international student office is a great resource when it comes to adapting to a culturally and academically different environment. The mission of the international student office is to assist students with a wide range of student services.

An orientation upon student arrival is an introduction to programs and benefits of the university international student office.  Throughout a student’s stay in the U.S., they will help answer questions regarding visa status, financial situations, housing, employment possibilities, health concerns and more. If a student completes their degree in the United States, this office provides resume and employment assistance as graduation nears. The international student office is an invaluable source of information and helps students make the transition into academic and cultural life in the United States.

Global Education and Long-Term Career Prospects

Experience in an international student setting is a marketable commodity. Many employers seek the wide range of knowledge, adaptability and experience that international students acquire studying in the United States. Companies in the U.S. are increasingly seeking to become a strong presence in the global marketplace. They often look to hire employees who not only have multi-cultural language skills, but those who can help communicate, negotiate and conduct business across different cultures.

In recent years, international companies have become more proactive in recruiting from the pool of strong international student graduates. Students’ long-term career prospects are enhanced by experiences which help develop self-confidence, independence and cross-cultural skills – attributes which are in high demand with employers worldwide.

Campus Life Experience

Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves by meeting new people and making new friends, through different organizations and associations within University of Reston. By continuing your studies in the U.S., students are making the choice to broaden educational opportunities and cultural experiences. Studying in the U.S. can be enriched by taking part in the social and cultural scene surrounding you, and the University of Reston provides a rich variety of academic and cultural activities that add new dimensions to student life. International students can find more information in the international student office.