Colleges in the United States are considered
to be the best in the world, especially in Graduate
Education. If you still do not believe this, consider
the number of Nobel Prizes awarded to US educated individuals.
Private institutions as well as reputable public institutions
all offer outstanding learning opportunities. Here are
some of the reasons people consider the United States
for higher education.
1. It can be done mindset
For serious people, a chance to study in the USA or just living in the USA, you suddenly get
this "I can do this" mindset. Despite the many problems,
there is no other place on earth where people are receptive to new ideas and there is ready venture capital.
You realise that in most cases only "you" limits "you".
2. What's in a Name?
A degree from a reputable college in the United States
is very valuable investment. It provides recognition and employment
opportunities in almost every country.
3. Abundant Financial Aid, especially for graduate education
No other country matches the amount of financial Aid( scholarships,
assistantships, grants, work study) available for
many areas of study and graduate education.
4. The quality education
US education systems offer excellent resources for
students. Most colleges have well equipped
libraries, computer and science labs as well as grants
available for research projects.
5. The variety fields of study
The variety of the subjects and the fields that you
can study at colleges in the United States are unbeatable and students have a great deal of flexibility.
6. The post school networks
As a student,it is likely that you will meet people from all over the world at your college
(in 2006, about 700,000 international students; over 7000 other Kenyan students). As a graduate student,
you will get to do research with other colleagues in your
field in the United States. This may lead to collaboration
with international researchers if you return to East Africa.
The Small print
Do not forget the negative aspects of a USA education.
See the COST and
SOME PROBLEMS KENYANS
EXPERIENCE . More importantly, see our
word of advice below.
Word of advice
Weigh the good and the downsides(See comparison matrix). Consider other alternatives,
especially for undergraduate education outside
of the USA. We at Mwalimu.com, having studied and
lived in North America for a long time, strongly
advice that Kenyans come to the USA to pursue Graduate
studies, and only consider undergraduate education
in the USA if and only if you attend one of the top universities,
are well funded and/or have a full scholarship. It
is extremely difficult (in fact virtually impossible
to many students) to work and pay your way through undergraduate
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