Since the competition in the education industry is increasing day-by-day, the top HEIs are struggling to encompass more students with the facilities. The basic necessity of the top HEIs has become providing a high return on investment to the students’ family for them to find the institute reliable for their child. With increasing competition, the students have more options to choose from the study abroad programs. The HEI intent to lure the students into finding them reliable for providing them the value for money education. But, as per recent events, the international countries, as compared with the U.S., provide more streamline postgrad work opportunities and other benefits at a legit tuition rate. Mores, the cost of education in the U.S. is not the same now – it became nearly twice the sum a decade ago.
According to HSBC’s 2018 report, The Value of Education, the U.S. emerged among the top choices for international parents considering their child’s education abroad. But to their disadvantage, the average annual spending of US$99,417 throughout their degree is too high to meet. This blog will give you an insight into the need for HEIs to improve in areas such as international student expectations, career support, and visa services.
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Interpretation of U.S. Education Experience
After instigating many alumni from the top HEIs, most of them thought that U.S. education is valuable because of high ROI both socially and culturally. Most students admit that the primary draw towards HEIs in the U.S. was the wide spectrum of students’ internationalization. They confessed that the diverse environment helped them in expanding their intercultural and academic competencies. Mores, well-rounded education focuses on the student’s overall development. The top countries that the alumni came from were India, China, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines. All of them were of the common opinion that the value of the same degree in their current country of residence is at slightly lower proportions than in the U.S.
Advantages of Studying in the U.S. HEIs
Although the money spent on education in the U.S. increased multifold, there are certain values that it brings along with it for the student.
High Education Cost And Affordability
Despite the higher tuition fees and other charges, almost 75% of international graduates the overall cost of their expenses were worth the purchase of their educational experience in the U.S. Moreso, the high agreement cost of the education in the U.S. was highly satisfactory for the students from the Philippines and Nigeria. Perhaps, the students from India and China agreed at much lower rates, thus seeking for more affordability. The ratio of students with disagreement was a quarter of the total population. So, this uncertainty is the topic of worry for the U.S. HEIs.
The overall agreement of the different countries for studying and earning a degree in the U.S. was worth the cost are as follows:-
Saudi Arabia: 78%
Career Outcomes for International Alumni
Many alumni put forward their opinion that their U.S. education experience generated better employment outcomes. Why so? The HEI in the U.S. tends to provide better career-driven knowledge, job opportunities, and employability. Though the ratio of students happy with the costing spent is unequal. While the ratio of satisfied students is 85%, the Chinese graduates fell slightly below this average. Also, the failure of most international students to develop a global network for the Chinese students fails them to have a better hold on the English language, leading to lesser chances of placement as well.
Employment Outcomes of International Students in the U.S.
After the debatable views of international students on the value of money spent in the U.S., more than half of the alumni who graduated stayed in the U.S. for their jobs. Out of the students who stayed back in the U.S., almost 75% are seeking full-time employment while the other 11% got part-time employment. The employment ratios for international students from different countries are the following:-
Philippines: 85% full-time and 10% part-time
India: 84% full-time and part-times
Saudi Arabia: 83% full-time and part-time
That is, on disintegration, just 50% of the employees are in a full-time position. However, in the face of increasing structural and social barriers, most of the international employees fail to convert their educational experience into meaningful employment in the U.S. Moreso, the changes in the visa, restrictions, and other evident changes make matters worse for them. Also, the behavior of the employers towards international students provides them stagnant chances of seeking employment.
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Recommendations For the U.S. HEIs
To improve the situations and belittle the students’ dissatisfaction with their HEIs, there are certain recommendations that the HEIs must follow to improve their ROI.
- Expansion of Networking Opportunities
- Enhancing Visa Advising
- Expanding Career Support Services