Online education has become an important trend for American students. That trend is extending to the international community to attract students who might not have the same opportunities as people living near established universities. After you know a little more about these four ways that online classes can appeal to international students, you might decide to pursue your degree online, too.
1. Attend a Top School from Any Location
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Everyone knows that some schools are better than others. It’s one of the reasons that over 819,000 students came to the United States in 2013. Those students want a quality education that they cannot get in their home countries.
Online programs make it possible for international students to get a stellar education without leaving their families for years. Instead of traveling to the United States for a social worker degree, students can get a good education from anywhere in the world.
2. Save Money with Online Classes
International students can also use online classes to save money. Paying for college is hard for everyone. American students already have massive debt thanks to college loans. International students have an even harder time.
Many international students who come to the U.S. discover that they don’t qualify for certain loans and grants. They may also have a hard time finding employment. In many cases, student visas only let international students work on campus. This makes it practically impossible for the average person to find a lucrative job that pays for tuition and living expenses.
By taking classes online, international students don’t have to worry about traveling and living expenses. Add those savings to the lower cost of online classes, and it’s obvious that international students should consider studying online.
3. Meet Other Students from All over the World
The Internet makes it possible for people all over the world to meet and develop relationships. Online classes, however, present unique opportunities to meet people with shared interests. A site like Facebook might help people connect based on interests in music, movies, and even social justice, but those sites aren’t good platforms for meeting people with shared academic interests.
Online classes give students a chance to meet each other and discuss relevant topics. Depending on the program, they may even work together on group projects. Meeting more people with your interests contributes to learning while helping you develop a larger network that could come in handy when you start looking for a job.
4. Avoid the Visa Application Process
Students who want to attend college in the U.S. must apply for visas that let them stay within the country for several years. A student visa can give you several opportunities, but it’s not a simple process.
Several factors can affect whether you qualify for a student visa (or how long it takes to get the visa), including:
- marital status
- whether you have enough money to support yourself
- how well you speak English
Online classes offer a simple, effective way for international students to get a great education. What subject would you like to study online?