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What do students say about the value of education in the US
There was a time when the experience of education in the US spoke for itself. But times have changed. Today’s international student has more options than ever when it comes to studying overseas. In addition, with the knowledge economy, employers often value skills over a diploma’s pedigree. And students are also becoming more aware of those changes. When it came to “value,” some students might think the US comes up short, especially when it comes to jobs and career pathways, Interstride’s latest survey-based research report suggests.
The survey about how international students are feeling about studying in the US, which was conducted by Education Rethink for Interstride in January, found that most international students in the US want to stay after graduation but worry about getting a job.
The survey participants were 1,087 students from more than 100 countries studying at more than 125 institutions in the US.
Higher education in the US is generally much more expensive than in most other destinations, and students who choose the US accept that cost in the expectation that the return on investment in terms of career and income targets will be worth it. However, the research found that only about half of surveyed students currently studying in the US thought that the value of a US education justified the cost.
Some of the key findings of the research:
- The main draw of studying in the US is the reputation of the country’s colleges and universities.
- Students are overall satisfied with their experience and would recommend it to other students.
- More than 4 in 10 students wanted to stay in the US after graduation to work for a few years and another 3 in 10 wanted to work in the US for a longer period of time.
- Only 13% of students wanted to go home or to another country after graduation.
Students are less sure of the “value” of studying in the US, in some cases because they are not certain that once they graduate, they will be able to find a job in the US. This sense of how difficult it might be to achieve career goals in the US seems to be affecting many students’ estimation of whether studying in the US offers sufficient value for money.
The report offers a number of recommendations for US educators, with perhaps the main one being that educators need to develop closer relationships with US employers that could potentially hire international graduates.
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