Students Leaving the US for College


The value of education is instilled upon children from the moment they enter this life, and expands as they grow and become adult who contribute to society. Education, to an extent, it what fuels our society. It categorizes people in very strict generalized ways (no diploma, high school diploma, bachelors degree, masters degree, pH D) which often contributes to class and status. This puts a lot of pressure on ambitious students looking to make their way in society and attain a position in which they can retain the status and respect to pursue out their goals. Consequently, choosing an institution to commit time and money to, is of tremendous importance when considering what value it holds for the future.

You could assume that this would mean exploring all possible options, but for US students, their options almost always exclude institutions outside the country. This greatly limits the extent to which further education can be achieved. It is almost even reverse of what would be expected when solely considering education. Education is simply expanding your knowledge, and what better what to do that then learning new ways of thinking, new customs, new techniques, not found in the US while also receiving academic education. Students that have grown up in the US and know the school systems and teaching techniques would become more experience by receiving their college education in a place that does things differently. This experience translates to a greater understanding of learning styles, ways of thinking, and philosophies which in turn translates to a more extensive educational experience.

So why do we not see more students taking advantage of this opportunity? It is mostly because of the sheer lack of information there is for Students looking to research these opportunities. However, this is beginning to change. Before there were only country specific websites available to obtain information about receiving a degree in English, in countries outside the US. Now, there is the Beyond the States database that list 350 institutions in 30 countries c0-founded by Jennifer Vermont, who established the database in response to her sons struggles to find information about such opportunities (Grant 2016).

There are also many other reasons students easily dismiss pursuing their education in another country. Most revolve around myths such that the value of a degree obtained from an institution outside the US is not as credible, nor useful in achieving prestige. This is partially because of the value placed on a reputable name. There is no concrete was to disprove that Institutions outside the US administer any smaller degree of rigor, nor is there a way to prove it. However, there are different ways in which the education is achieved, and all are of equal value for different purposes.


The greatest contributing factor to the idea that colleges in the US provide greater rigor and prestige is that they are substantially more expensive. It is unfortunate, but the way our society and economy works has forced a monetary value on education which is invaluable in the sense of what you achieve from it. Because of the way we see money and cost as expressions of value we have created a perception that things of higher cost are of higher value. Therefore when students see the lower cost of attending institutions outside of the US, they automatically assume the education must be of lesser value if it has a lower monetary cost associated with it.

Fortunately, this trend is beginning to change as the value of college is becoming categorized by the experiences, as well as the different styles of learning and thinking a college provides, instead of the arbitrary cost associated with it.




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