Foreign Students in the United States

Essay by vitmagCollege, UndergraduateA+, April 2006

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Many foreign students come to the United States for an education. They might think that American education is better, or perhaps, has advantages that are not found in their own country. I am from Ukraine and I am currently studying at Utah Valley State College. What conclusions can be drawn about an American education compared to a Ukrainian education? There are many advantages and fewer disadvantages of receiving an education in the United States. This essay will compare an American University education with a Ukrainian education.

First, we will look at the advantages of an education in Ukraine and in the United States.

There are some great advantages of a Ukrainian Education. In the commentary on Ukrainian education, Kuropas (2001) suggests that in reality a Ukrainian education requires more work than an American education, which gives richer knowledge in different fields of study rather than only in their own specific field of study.

"...Ukrainian graduate degrees need to be reviewed and tightened so that they are more in line with international standards. The idea that the "aspirantura" degree is equivalent to the Ph. D. is misleading, particularly since it requires no additional course work (the Ph. D. degree demands a minimum of three years of study after the bachelor's degree plus a dissertation) and can often be obtained with bribes and pay-offs, especially in the social sciences. During Communist times higher degrees in the social sciences were obtained under questionable, quasi-political circumstances contributing to the perception in the West that they are academically worthless."

There are many advantages in an American Education. Reading comments by Vera Ternivskaya Educational Adviser in Kiev one could conclude that American education has many pluses compared to a Ukrainian education: it not only gives multicultural world view but specifically focuses on your major...