International Study Center

5 benefits of studying abroad in the USA

Starting a degree is a big, exciting step, and deciding to study abroad in America is even more so. According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), a huge number of international students choose to study in the United States. Some of the key reasons include academic excellence, cultural diversity and a wealth of career opportunities. Read on for our top benefits of studying abroad in the USA.

Why study abroad in the USA?

Academic excellence

The American higher education system has a world-class reputation for top-quality degree programs that offer students plenty of choice. Wherever your interests lie, you’ll be able to find the perfect course, many of which are not available in many other countries. US degrees are also recognized and respected around the world – a popular reason for students choosing to study abroad in America.

Cultural diversity

The USA is known for its diversity – the population is comprised of many different nationalities, languages and cultures. When you study abroad in the US, you’ll meet people from all over the world. You’ll learn alongside both American students and other international students like you. Mixing with people from different backgrounds is a great way to develop your communication skills, tolerance and cultural awareness. For many students studying abroad, it’s the first time they’ve lived outside their home nations. While every country has its own distinct culture, the USA is made up of a variety of cultures. America celebrates difference, making it one of the most exciting, friendly countries in the world.

Support systems for international students

Many international students choose to study in the USA. Consequently, American universities tend to have strong support systems in place, to help you settle into the country and its style of education. You can speak to a member of Baylor University’s international support staff whenever you need to. They will help you not only with academic queries but also day-to-day tasks such as using the public transport system, buying groceries for the first time, or budgeting for your time at university.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities are one of the biggest benefits of studying in the USA for international students. Whether you plan to immigrate or to return home after graduation, studying in the United States will enhance your career options. International students at American universities can take advantage of internships and experiential learning to provide them with real-world experience in their fields. This will also give you the opportunity to build relationships with potential employers.

Unique campus life

Unlike institutions in many countries, American universities offer on-campus accommodation. Living on campus is a great opportunity to mix with other students; communities are formed and friendships made. College towns offer a variety of activities to enjoy when you're not studying, including restaurants and coffee shops, shopping, and live music and theater performances. You’ll also find plenty of on-campus extracurricular activities and clubs and organizations to pursue your interests including sports, dance, chess and many more.

5 benefits of studying in Texas

Southern hospitality

The Lone Star State of Texas is a popular part of America, where you’ll find southern hospitality both in rural areas and in the lively metropolitan cities. Waco's location makes it easy to take a weekend trip to Dallas, Austin, San Antonio or Houston to experience each city's own unique feel.

Food and entertainment

Foodies will feel at home in Texas – you’ll find a range of culinary delights, from local Texas BBQ and Tex-Mex fare to menus from all around the world. The state is also an international music hub and nearby Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” – there’s something for everyone.

Leading state for technology

The country’s second largest state, Texas is home to 50 of the top Fortune 500 companies in the United States, and is the top exporter and leader in many industrial sectors including agriculture, computers, biomedical, petrochemicals, and aerospace. Due to the growing costs of living in Silicon Valley, hundreds of major tech companies – for example, Oracle, Dropbox, and Tesla – have migrated their enterprises to Texas.

Warm weather

Texas is known for its diverse climate. It ranges from semi-arid to arid in the west and subtropical in the east. The clearest skies can be seen in this part of America, with mild winters and hot summers. The warm weather means that students at Baylor University can enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle all year long.

Start your study abroad journey with Baylor

Your pathway to a degree at Baylor University

Our International Study Center offers pathways to many degree programs at Baylor University. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate, and whatever your interests, we can help you achieve your American degree.

Our programs are designed for you to progress to degree study at Baylor. At the International Study Center, you’ll gain the study skills, English language level, and subject knowledge to study a range of degrees. Our dedicated staff will help you settle into life and studies in the US, so you can focus on enjoying campus life and achieving your goals.

The International Study Center

Moving abroad and starting higher education is a big step, which is why many students choose to begin their transition at the International Study Center. Our experienced team will make sure you are happy, safe and have access to an excellent education at the International Study Center.


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