Study, Work, Live in United States
The United States of America is the world’s third largest country in size and nearly the third largest in terms of population. Located in North America, the US is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and the Pacific Ocean on the west side of the country. It shares its northern border with Canada and its southern border with Mexico. Due to the large size of the US, its geography is extremely diverse including forests, deserts, beaches, mountains, and large bodies of water in and around the country.
The US consists of 50 states, a federal district (Washington, D.C.), five major territories, and various minor islands.
Washington, D.C., formally known as the District of Columbia, is the capital of the United States. Each state and territory also have their own capital cities.
More than 10 US cities are listed amongst the top 100 QS Best Student Cities (2019). The top student cities (and the state they are in) in America are: Boston (MA), New York (NY), Los Angeles (CA), San Francisco (CA); Chicago (IL), Atlanta (GA), Philadelphia (PA), Washington (DC), Pittsburg (PA), San Diego (CA), Baltimore (MD), Houston (TX), and Miami (FL).
Climate and Weather
Due to the large size of the US, it has a wide variety of weather conditions across the country at any given time. In general, the US has a continental climate, with cold winters (often frigid) and hot summers (sometimes very hot), with a different season duration depending on a region’s proximity from the equator and from the sea. However, there are some exceptions. The weather on the west coast, bordered by the Pacific Ocean, and in its southmost regions, have mediterranean and tropical climates respectively. The mountainous areas, on the other hand are cold in winter and remain cool in summer, whereas its desserts are mild in winter and extremely hot in the summer. The deserts are mostly found in the southwestern regions of the US.
Demographics and Culture
According to the US Census Bureau’s Population Clock, there are nearly 330 million people living in the US. This makes the US the third most populated country in the world, following China and India respectively.
California is the most populous state with 39.5 million citizens, followed by Texas with a population of 28.7 million. Their most populous city is New York City with a population of 8.4 million. To put it in perspective, if California were a country, it would be the 36th most populous country in the world, slightly larger than Iraq and Poland
Benefits of Studying in the United States
he United States of America offers students the opportunity to get a world-renowned education from some of the highest ranked universities and colleges globally. More than 1,000,000 international students make the US their destination of choice to further their education. The majority of international students shared that receiving a degree from the US was a good investment, because of the returns both socially and culturally.
One of the biggest reasons students choose to study in the United States is the country’s reputation for renowned higher-education programs. Year after year, universities in the United States continue to dominate university rankings. More than half of the top 20 universities are in the US according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, and the QS World University Rankings. Harvard, MIT, and Stanford University consistently take the top three spots in all university rankings.
Besides these well-known names, the US is home to many other prestigious universities and colleges that offer superior education and cutting-edge learning and research opportunities.