The USA(United States of America) is the most popular destination for Nepalese students because of the numerous opportunities they can have as international students.
As a matter of fact, the number of Nepalese students in the USA is increasing every year as the trend of studying abroad is rapidly taking momentum in Nepal.
Most Nepalese students consider the USA as their preferred destination for study mostly because the USA has different universities for all kinds of students regardless of their major, affordability, and level of education, and so on.
The most preferred states in the USA for Nepalese students have always been Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, and New York mainly because of the presence of Nepalese communities around, choice of universities, and vibrant lives in the major cities like New York, Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington DC.
Other different preferred states for Nepalese include Missouri, Minnesota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Ohio, and Kentucky mainly because of the wide range of universities in these states and lower cost of living.
Nepalese students apply to all levels of education but the majority of them apply to the undergraduate level. However, there is an increasing number of graduate applicants in recent years mostly from Engineering, Business, and IT backgrounds.
Though Nepalese students in the USA are studying all different kinds of majors, the number is increasing in the STEM-designated programs because of the obvious benefits of Curricular Practical Training.
The most common majors Nepalese students in the USA pursue include Business, Finance, Accountancy, Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Business Analytics, Nursing, and so on.
Nepalese students are spread across the USA, but we cannot ignore the fact that there are some universities that are the most popular amongst Nepalese students.
Universities such as Howard University, the University of Texas located at Arlington, Arkansas State University, Brigham Young University, St. Cloud State University, University of Central Oklahoma, East Central University, McNeese state university, the University of Louisiana at Monroe just to name some are amongst the most popular Universities.
With the number of Nepalese students in the USA increasing, different Community Colleges have also been benefited as a huge number of Nepalese students transfer to Community Colleges from universities as a cheaper route to their higher education.
Some of the students try to take benefit of it and move on to different good universities to graduate but there is a good number of students who fail to make the transition and pay the price for trying to save money by moving to the Community Colleges.
In general, most of the students after completing their undergraduate either try to land a job during their CPT and OPT and also try to change their visa status from F1 to H1 or they try to continue their education at the Masters or Ph.D.
However, the trend of returning to their own Nepal after completing their higher-level education in the USA is also increasing in recent years.
Most of the Nepalese students in the USA generally join the community organizations like Nepalese Associations and also are seen celebrating different festivals in a group making sure they do not miss home.
Association of Nepalese in the Americas (ANA) is the largest Nepali Community Organization situated in the USA that has been actively organizing and managing different cultural programs across the United States.
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Every year, a large number of Nepali students study in the United States. We all know that the United States boasts some of the best colleges in the world and is one of the top student destinations. Many Nepalis are given the opportunity to live in the United States through the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery.
According to a survey published by the Institute of International Education, 11,607 Nepalese students came to the United States to study in 2016/17. International Education and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State are the sources for this information.
The USA has been a dream country for most Nepalese students who are willing to study abroad. The reason behind this is to take different sorts of benefits of outstanding opportunities for both educational and professional development. For achieving the dream of studying in the USA, one should try their best in both academic and professional life.