According to a recent report from the U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement, the number of international students who study STEM degrees (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in the U.S. has jumped 10% in the past year.
Below we will go through a list of 5 popular universities for international students enrolling in STEM degree programmes. Read the descriptions of each university and decide whether any of these places are the right study option for you.
1. New York University
New York University (NYU) is home to the Tandon School of Engineering – one of the premier spots for finding the best, most innovative degree programmes in the country. Having a long history, dating back to the middle of the 19th century, the school came to be affiliated with NYU back in 2008. Since then, this institute has been committed to building a strong technology community within New York City.
Through its long history, the technology institute at NYU (which was only renamed Tandon School of Engineering in 2015) has been home to major pioneers in technological invention and innovation. Today, students can enjoy world-class education in NYU’s Computer Engineering, Biotechnology, and Integrated Digital Media degree programmes.
2. University of Southern California
At University of Southern California (USC), the Viterbi School of Engineering enjoys a national and global reputation for producing some of the most esteemed names in Engineering and Computer Science. In 2015 alone, three Viterbi alumni were elected to the National Academy of Engineering - the most prestigious academy of technology research in the U.S., whose large community of researchers and scientists provide vital insight and advice to the U.S. government and military.
The institute itself has maintained a heightened reputation among universities and colleges around the world. In fact, in 2016, departments within the Viterbi School of Engineering have enjoyed top national rankings according to U.S. News. So, international students who want to know the best places to study Computer Science or Civil and Environmental Engineering will be delighted to know that both of these programmes are among the highest ranked departments in the country.
3. Columbia University
One of the eight Ivy League universities, Columbia University is one of the best universities in the world, and among the most prestigious in the U.S. The Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and, in particular, its Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics has a strong presence in the realm of technological development and scientific research.
Founded in 1978, this department has been at the forefront of introducing vital research within the realm of material science and physics. The department faculty has continued to receive prestigious awards for their teaching and research, including the coveted Alfred P. Sloan Award, the Nobel Prize, and the Macarthur “Genius” Fellowship. Students who find themselves eager to learn and study Applied Physics or Applied Mathematics with the top names in those fields would be wise to consider a degree at Columbia University.
4. University of California, Los Angeles
Going to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will open up several doors and avenues that will allow you to work in some of the most prominent STEM fields and companies. Located in beautiful Los Angeles, UCLA is also home to a robust and diverse student population, as well as an exciting community of scientists and engineers. The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has historically played a key role in discovering and researching important technological advances over the past 50 years.
Associated with early discoveries in things such as artificial limbs, air pollution, and human heat tolerance, UCLA faculty members have been key figures in technology and development that we still apply today. Furthermore, faculty members at UCLA today are continuing to research and discover ideas that impact social life in the U.S. and around the world. Considering the ideal environment for Aerospace Engineering or Chemical Engineering, UCLA would be the perfect place to pursue these subjects.
5. University of Texas, Dallas
Located near Texas’s own technology center, known as the Telecom Corridor, University of Texas, Dallas (UT Dallas) provides students close association with some of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world. The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas is one of the fastest-growing institutes in the U.S., having doubled in size – four new departments, and nine new degree programmes – since 2008.
Continuing to serve students and graduates with high-quality degree programmes, many students find themselves easily equipped to pursue top careers in technology and engineering at many of the neighboring companies.
Moreover, according to the American Society for Engineering Education rankings, UT Dallas’s Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Master’s programmes are among the highest-ranking study programmes in the U.S. No wonder UT Dallas is such a popular destination for young international students from all over the world who are looking for STEM degree options in the U.S.!