The USA has the world’s largest international student population, with more than 1,000,000 students choosing to broaden their education and life experience in the United States. Nearly 5% of all students enrolled in higher-level education in the USA are international students, and the numbers are growing. From the mid-1950’s, when international student enrollment was only just reaching 35,000, international education in the USA has come a long way.

Every year, the number of international students in the US rises as more and more students choose the Unites States as the place they wanted to broaden their experience and continue their education. In fact, the US is now the most popular country for international students. Why do so many international students choose U.S. colleges and universities?
The United States is a complex and vast country made up of 50 states plus the city of Washington, D.C. – the nation’s capital – all of which have a distinct regional identity. If you are an international student planning to come to the US to study, our USA State Guide can help you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
Careful planning is one thing that you will have to do in order to make you time abroad a success. With so much to plan, you need to start early and use a timetable in which to do things. As with your application proces to select a school you need to make a list with everything you will need to make your time abroad easier.

As an international student coming to the United States, there are three different student visas that you could be issued: F1 Visa, J1 Visa or M1 Visa. The F1 and J1 visas allow for the possibility of employment in the US during your stay, while the M1 Visa does not. You need to be familiar with the types of visas, how they impact your financing while in the USA and how to go through the application and arrival processes.
Unlike many other countries, the United States does not provide socialized health care. It will be helpful for you to learn about the local health care system before it is actually needed. The American health care system is one of the best (and most expensive) in the world. Health care for a major accident or illness can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars; therefore, most Americans have health insurance to minimize the costs. Yet the U.S. health care system is difficult to understand, even for Americans. New and pending legislation within the federal government complicates matters even further. Quality health care is available everywhere in the country from a variety of sources. The key lies in knowing the proper procedures, and in knowing where to go for specific kinds of care. This knowledge can save an international student significant amounts of time and money. Most college and university campuses offer some type of general medical care; services vary from basic first-aid and treatment of minor ailments to sophisticated multi-doctor primary care centers offering x-rays, laboratory tests, prescription drugs and access to specialists. The cost of on-campus medical services is normally not very expensive. During your first week on campus, take a copy of your medical records (including immunization and vaccination records and prescriptions) to the school’s health care center or infirmary.

Going Off Campus for Health Care If you prefer to visit a medical practitioner off-campus, you have several choices (though the cost is generally higher). Private doctors treat non-emergency patients by appointment during regular office hours, typically 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Minor emergency clinics do not require appointments, and are usually open on weekends and holidays. In case of serious emergency, go to the nearest hospital emergency room — by ambulance if necessary.

Hospital emergency rooms are designed to treat life-threatening ailments; this is typically the most expensive place to receive care. If you need to use a medical facility, but are uncomfortable with your English skills, ask a friend to go with you. Proper communication is very important! Many colleges and universities have their own health insurance plans for their students. According to a recent independent study, larger U.S. schools tend to have better international student insurance programs than smaller schools. Participation in the plan is often mandatory, especially for non-U.S. students.


1Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge
2Stanford UniversityStanford
3Harvard UniversityCambridge
4University of California, BerkeleyBerkeley
5Cornell UniversityIthaca
6University of WashingtonSeattle
7University of California, Los AngelesLos Angeles
8University of MichiganAnn Arbor
9Purdue UniversityWest Lafayette
10University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison
11Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew York City
12Penn State UniversityUniversity Park
13University of MinnesotaMinneapolis
14The University of Texas at AustinAustin
15University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaign
16University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles
17University of California, IrvineIrvine
18New York UniversityNew York City
19University of California, San DiegoSan Diego
20University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
21Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh
22Princeton UniversityPrinceton
23University of California, DavisDavis
24Yale UniversityNew Haven
25University of ChicagoChicago
26University of FloridaGainesville
27University of MarylandCollege Park
28Arizona State UniversityTempe
29Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing
30University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill
31University of Colorado BoulderBoulder
32Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore
33Northwestern UniversityEvanston
34Texas A&M UniversityCollege Station
35Duke UniversityDurham
36Boston UniversityBoston …
37The University of ArizonaTucson
38Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyNew Brunswick …
39University of VirginiaCharlottesville …
40Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta
41University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara …
42The University of UtahSalt Lake City
43The Ohio State UniversityColumbus …
44North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh
45University of PittsburghPittsburgh …
46Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg
47Washington University in St. LouisSt. Louis
48Tufts UniversityMedford
49Oregon State UniversityCorvallis …
50Indiana University BloomingtonBloomington
51California Institute of TechnologyPasadena
52University of California, Santa CruzSanta Cruz …
53Iowa State University of Science and TechnologyAmes
54University of GeorgiaAthens
55Vanderbilt UniversityNashville
56Georgia State UniversityAtlanta
57University of OregonEugene …
58University of IowaIowa City …
59University of Massachusetts AmherstAmherst
60Georgetown UniversityWashington
61University of DelawareNewark
62University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln
63Brigham Young UniversityProvo
64Colorado State UniversityFort Collins
65Florida State UniversityTallahassee …
66University of South FloridaTampa …
67George Mason UniversityFairfax
68University of Central FloridaOrlando …
69University of Notre DameNotre Dame
70University of HoustonHouston
71University at Buffalo, State University of New YorkBuffalo …
72George Washington UniversityWashington …
73Washington State UniversityPullman
74University of California, RiversideRiverside …
75Dartmouth CollegeHanover
76University of RochesterRochester
77Brown UniversityProvidence
78Emory UniversityAtlanta
79University of California, San FranciscoSan Francisco …
80Rice UniversityHouston
81University of ConnecticutStorrs …
82University of KansasLawrence …
83University of Illinois at ChicagoChicago …
84University of KentuckyLexington
85University of MissouriColumbia
86The University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleKnoxville …
87University of CincinnatiCincinnati
88University of North TexasDenton …
89University of South CarolinaColumbia …
90San Diego State UniversitySan Diego …
91University of MiamiCoral Gables …
92Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond
93Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochester
94Temple UniversityPhiladelphia …
95University of New MexicoAlbuquerque
96Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia
97Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy …
98The University of OklahomaNorman …
99California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo
100Portland State UniversityPortland
101San José State UniversitySan José
102California State University, FullertonFullerton …
103University of VermontBurlington
104Boston CollegeChestnut Hill
105Florida International UniversityMiami
106Louisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge
107Case Western Reserve UniversityCleveland
108The University of AlabamaTuscaloosa …
109San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco
110Clemson UniversityClemson
111Oklahoma State UniversityStillwater …
112Kent State UniversityKent …
113Syracuse UniversitySyracuse
114Wayne State UniversityDetroit
115University of New HampshireDurham …
116Northeastern UniversityBoston …
117California State University, NorthridgeNorthridge
118DePaul UniversityChicago
119The University of Texas at DallasRichardson
120Auburn UniversityAuburn
121Loyola University ChicagoChicago
122The University of Tennessee at MartinMartin …
123Fordham UniversityThe Bronx …
124Utah State UniversityLogan …
125West Virginia UniversityMorgantown …
126Texas Tech UniversityLubbock
127Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook
128American UniversityWashington
129University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBaltimore
130Michigan Technological UniversityHoughton