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America is still a land of opportunity for International students

05 November 2020

Study Group's Vice President of Higher Education for North America Operations, Josh Rubin, reflects on America’s ongoing importance as a study destination for international students.

As citizens across the United States cast their ballots to decide who would be the next President of America in one of the most vigorously contested elections in recent memory, people across the world waited for the results of who would be charged with leading the nation.

Yet through both Republican and Democrat administrations, one thing has remained constant - America’s reputation as a leader in global Higher Education. 50% of the leading 50 world universities are from the US, with 8 in the top 10, according to the Times Higher Education Global University Rankings. The strength of American Higher Education is evident with 62 current serving world leaders having studied in the US.

America has long been admired as a magnet for talented students and academics, and for pioneering research. For decades, the United States has been a first choice for students from around the world attracted to its high-quality teaching, diversity, and welcoming culture.

According to the Association of International Educators NAFSA:

“International education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals.”

For these reasons, American universities are keen to make sure that their student bodies are drawn from talented people across the world.

Most policy makers also recognize the importance of international students to America. International education is the fifth-largest US service sector export, contributing nearly $41 billion to the economy in 2019. Over that time, international students also supported more than 458,000 jobs. In short, international students are critical to America.

For many international students, their studies in America begin with specialist support in English language training and study skills, which will allow them to thrive. At Study Group, our 25 years of expertise in supporting international students as they begin their studies overseas allows us to offer an all-round experience in collaboration with a broad network of university partners.

Happily, our students’ success speaks for itself. Study Group’s US pathway programs, in which students can earn credits towards their degree, achieved an exceptional student satisfaction rate of 95%, a completion rate of 94% and 93% of students were eligible to progress to the second year of study at their chosen university.

International students tell us how much they enjoy studying at our partner universities and we are proud of their academic success and cultural integration. It highlights our ability to deliver an exceptional academic and student experience, which results in sector-leading student progression rates in our International Study Centers. We are already seeing an increased demand for places on our programs for the 2021/2022 academic year and as one of our students explained, America is still a place where talented people pursue their dreams.

“I came to the US to study because they had a great education system. The US is well known as a land of opportunity. I wanted to challenge myself to see what chances I would get.”

Josh Rubin is the Vice President of Higher-Education in North America for Study Group.

Study Group delivers both undergraduate and postgraduate pathway programs and offers direct admission into a number of US universities. To learn more, visit our website:

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