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Top courses to study in the US

Here are the top three fields of study most popular with international students 

The US has always been at the top of the charts when international students decide to study abroad. Well, flexible education system, globally acclaimed academic institutions, research excellence, and great career prospects are just some of the reasons why. Besides, the country also provides international students has a number of top-notch public and private institutions where the students can choose variety of courses and programs.

Before you finalise any course, it’s equally important to evaluate its scope in line with your goals, interests, and abilities. To help you make a sound decision, here’s the list of courses that are most popular among international students: 

1.  Engineering and computer science courses

The American universities offer you to choose from a broad range of potential specialisations in engineering such as Petroleum Engineering, Electrical Engineering,Software Engineering, Business Analytics, Health informatics Technology, Computer Engineering, Data Sciences, Robotics, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Material Engineering. Also, their IT courses include numerous options of disciplines and subdisciplines such as ethical hacking, virtual and augmented reality. In fact, separate computing or standalone specialist degrees such as artificial intelligence or cybersecurity are also available, in which you’ll have the opportunity to learn computer science, cognitive psychology and engineering techniques, which is necessary to be an expert.

Scope:  The American universities have tie-ups with local companies from the tech sector, which ensures that you are completely equipped with the skills and knowledge required to excel in the industry. As per the Bureau of Labour Statistics for the United States Department of Labour, approximately 140,000 new engineering jobs are expected to be created between 2016–26.

As per the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, the top 5 universities for the Engineering and Technology subject sector in the US are: 



Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


The University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

San Francisco(CA)

Harvard University

Boston (MA)

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)



2.  Business management courses

The universities work in collaboration with the American firms, to instil the right management techniques in the students so that they reach beyond the textbook. In fact, the MBA was initially designed in the US, and the first MBA program was offered by the University of Pennsylvania in 1881. Management programs in the US not only include key subjects such as Accounting, Computing, Organizational Theory and Behaviour, Law, Marketing and Psychology; but, also general education subjects, which lead to the all-round development of a student. Management students in the US can choose from a range of electives as per their interests, which also deal with the niche areas of management such as sports management, international, foreign exchange management etc.

Scope: The pre-MBA recruitment events are arranged by banks and consulting firms at the campus before the beginning of the classes in summer, which helps students learn about the working of an organisation and secure a pre-placement offer. According to the annual survey of US News, where 129 ranked full-time MBA programs were reported, it was noted that the overall average salary and bonus drawn by 2019 graduates was $106,757.

As per the QS Global MBA Rankings 2020, 4 of the top 5 global universities are based in the US to pursue an MBA program:



The Wharton School


Stanford University

San Francisco(CA)



Sloan School of Management (MIT)


Harvard University

Boston (MA)

Source: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/mba-rankings/global/2020

3.  Life sciences courses

The advancement of technology in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology lead to an addition of specialisations and interdisciplinary fields. Since the US is a technologically advanced country, the universities work towards introducing revolutionary developments in the field of medicine, agriculture, food industry and waste management through an extensive study and application of biotechnological processes. Your degree in the life sciences sector can be practically applied in several fields, such as research, government, private, and education sector which implies that opportunities are not limited. Many US institutions offer specialised biology and healthcare programmes and you can choose anything which suits your needs, lifestyle and budget.Most popular choices include the Health Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, etc. 

Scope: Numerous employment opportunities will be available once you complete your life science degree such as being a biochemist, biomedical scientist, clinical research associate, and industrial pharmacist, etc. In fact, you can work as an educational resource policy expert or as a non-profit administrator, advocate for environmental change, and you can also act as a consultant for government corporations for better opportunities.

As per Times Higher Education (THE) 2020, 3 of the top 5 global universities are based in the US to pursue the life sciences degree:



University of Cambridge


Harvard University


University of Oxford


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Stanford University


Source: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-life-sciences-degrees

The US is home to several multinational companies, which includes many Fortune 500 and Fortune 1,000 corporations and industries. The existence of such companies aids employment opportunities in the US to continuously evolve and attract more than 1 million international students every year. 

Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/21 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates.

Updated on August 6, 2020

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