Top five reasons to study in the US


  • Experience the world’s top ranked universities, with the US higher education organisations consistently ranked #1 in the world
  • Choose from the widest variety of courses and program in the world that give you flexibility to try out subjects before you specialise
  • Join the largest population of international students in the world, and enjoy first class support provided to international students
  • Gain access to world-leading companies and organisations, and the financial hub of the world
  • Enjoy a diverse, multicultural society that accepts everyone from all backgrounds

People and culture

Known as a hub for innovation, US entrepreneurs have been a major driver of the country’s cultural and economic growth. It is a land of opportunity and confidence, and it is also one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world.

World-ranked universities


The US ranked 1st in the Universitas 2020 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, in front of Switzerland, Denmark and Singapore. In QS’s 2022 university rankings, 27 US universities featured in the top 100, the most of any country.

Top universities include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania.

Top student cities


In QS Best Student Cities 2022 rankings, 11 US cities appeared in the top 100. They included Boston, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

Cost of living

Cost of living will depend on where you are located in the US and which university you attend. Average costs per year include:

  • Cost of living for students – USD$10,000 to USD$25,000
  • Vocational education and training – USD$6,000 to USD$20,000
  • Undergraduate Bachelor degree – USD$18,000 to USD$40,000
  • Postgraduate Master degree – USD$18,000 to USD$45,000

Post study work options


It is possible to stay and work in the US after graduating. You can explore the following options:

  • OPT extension: get a temporary work visa for 12 months after graduating, provided you are in full time work and the work is related to your study major
  • STEM OPT extension: get a temporary work visa for 36 months after graduating, provided your work is related to your degree and your degree was in actuarial sciences, computer science, engineering, life science, mathematics, military technology, or the physical sciences
  • H-1B visa: get a temporary visa for 36 months provided you possess at least a bachelors degree and your job relates to your degree. Common recipients of this visa include architects, accountants, doctors, IT specialists, and lawyers
  • Green card: permanent residency can be offered as a result of employer sponsorship, the granting of asylum, and participation in the military

Chat to one of our Dream Makers about your options.

Skills shortages


The US is currently experiencing a shortage of workers in the following areas:

  • Healthcare
  • Skilled manufacturing and trades
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Finance and accounting
  • IT and systems analysis
  • Science
  • Psychology
  • Teaching

Job opportunities


When you have graduated from your US degree, you can search for work on job sites. The most popular job sites in the US are: