Is Studying in the USA Better Than India? An Expert's Perspective

The United States is a great option for Indian students who are looking to study abroad. Not only does the country offer an excellent quality of education, but it also provides much better career prospects for many students. Many Indians choose to study in the United States to avoid the intense competition in India for the best universities. Universities in the United States are primarily research-oriented.

Each professor has their own area of expertise and is highly dedicated to it. As long as you maintain a good profile, you can pursue undergraduate research opportunities and work on high-level research projects. What's more, you will receive a stipend for it! This post is really useful for all those young students who are confused about their career. I would be very grateful if you could publish an article that sheds light on the amount of money that is awarded as scholarships in the US to complete undergraduate courses. Could you also tell me if it is better to go abroad to study just after our tenth grade, grades 11 and 12, or is it better to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies? Companies, big and small, are not looking for international students, even with a GPA of more than 3.75, with multiple awards, including in electrical or mechanical engineering, for work or internships.

Applying to the best universities in the US can be frustrating for students who come all the way and do their best. No university in the United States ever reveals how many international students are recruited after completing a degree in any discipline. The result is a multifold increase in the number of good students moving from the US. In India, if you are from IIT, NIT, IIIT or Delhi Engg., you have an on-campus job selection. For me, it's still that path of graduating in India and then doing MS in the United States that is a better path. The United States is one of the preferred options among international students for higher education.

The quality of education, high research results and excellent teaching staff are some of the main reasons why the United States is one of the top destinations for studying abroad. In addition to this, the range of choices at universities and courses offered by the US is unparalleled. Other cases, however, are more complicated. To begin with, if you don't have financial aid and you manage to get admitted to a good US university. In the US, your decision will depend entirely on your future plans and on how you prioritize the different aspects of graduate school, such as the quality of research, the development of social skills, etc.

Therefore, an in-depth comparison of postgraduate education in India and the US can help you make that decision. My view of how graduate schools in India compare to those in the US is given above. My opinion is based, of course, on my limited exposure to graduate schools in India (where I did a summer internship at the Indian Institute of Science and obtained an honorable degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras) and the United States (where I obtained a master's degree). However, here I supplement my own experience with what I have learned from my friends who did their MS in other schools, both in India and in the US. However, when research is done correctly, it usually has a more immediate impact on India due to the abundance of problems we have related to infrastructure, health care, public services, etc. In fact, concerns about affordability push some students to save expenses at all levels. I know students who share their 2-bedroom house with 7 other students.

Some devote their weekends almost exclusively to cooking. Some even look for jobs such as ordering books at the library to pay off their debts. These measures, while likely to be effective in keeping debts low, undoubtedly jeopardize the main purpose of your visit to the United States: education. At extreme levels, this can also lead to mental anxiety. This is also a subject of much debate at my current university. Business culture in the US is largely based on meritocracy.

In general, people don't care if you're an Indian as long as you're qualified and ready for a job. Yes, employers are hesitant to hire international students but that's because of visa restrictions not systematic prejudice against foreigners. In short, if you have great skills you shouldn't fear too much about job prospects in the US. As an Indian it hurts to confess that most of us lack ethics. It's just for coursework; latter doesn't matter much since your interaction with them is minimal (approval of course plan etc.).

Thanks to research relationship between advisor and advisee can have major impact on your graduate school experience. Although they are rare I have heard cases of advisors acting unethically by making their advisees run errands such as postal mails standing in line on their behalf etc. Behavior that is a little less unethical but still unprofessional such as asking students to work on professor's consulting projects is more common. These incidents are much more frequent in India than in US but I must confess that I have never experienced this either in US or India. Many education counselors will tell you that American schools are preferred because of their diversity. If you think diversity will help you learn course content better be prepared to be disappointed.

I experienced diversity in US (my class had 25 students from 8 nationalities) finished my MS surprisingly engineers around world have similar approaches towards solving problems (trial & fail stop & think step by step etc.) and as expected there is very little room for diversity to provide value when there is only one right answer.

Arlene Divincenzo
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