Top Courses in the USA for International Students Around the World

Top Courses in the USA for International Students Around the World

Top Courses in the USA for International Students Around the World

Nothing thrills a student more than the thought of studying abroad, especially in the country where education is diverse and flexible—the USA that is. But before we go on to the long list of reasons why an aspirant should consider studying in the US, here is a short guide on what courses are best and popular among international students and what are the best universities in the United States offering them.


The field of engineering is one of the most popular courses for international students in the United States. The country, tied with the United Kingdom, has the most universities landing in the top 10 of the QS World Rankings 2021 in the field of Engineering and Technology with three. This includes Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University in the top 1 and 2, respectively, which are consistent features on the list of top-ranking universities.

Applicants must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Maths in intermediate and must have a good overall standing which shall be impressive enough to meet the high standards of universities in the US. 

An aspirant should also have an English language test certification from either the IELTS or TOEFL and a subject test certification such as the SAT/ACT for the undergraduate programs (GRE for master’s level).

Business Administration/Management

Business Management accounts for over 20% of the international students studying in the US. Like engineering, it is considered one of the top courses for international aspirants and has the most number of universities landing on the top 10 of their respective rankings. 

The Financial Times (FT) Global MBA Rankings 2021 has placed seven US universities in the top 14, with Chicago Booth and Yales rounding up the third and fifth places, respectively.

In addition, 22 graduates of Harvard are among the FT500 leaders, which is enough of an inspiration for students who dream of becoming business leaders. The prerequisite is pretty similar to that of Engineering except that GMAT is the subject test certification for the master’s level.

Medicine/Surgery/Physical and Life Sciences 

The havoc wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic has revealed how the healthcare system of most countries is insubstantial during such a state. Thus, medical practitioners remain in demand, particularly in the US, UK, and the Philippines, which ranked as the top three countries with a scarcity of doctors. 

With education standards high in the USA, aspirants from foreign countries would have to earn their spot should they plan to pursue medicine in this country.

The country has six universities rounding up the Top 10 of the QS World Rankings 2021 in Life Sciences and Medicine, with Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins University placing 1st, 3rd, and 5th, respectively.

Liberal Arts and Humanities 

Liberal Arts and Humanities cover a wide range of disciplines in the US. Economics, Sociology, International Relations, Political Science, and Journalism are among the popular courses in this field because, other than MBA and Engineering, the field covers a huge scope of research in the United States.

In addition, the US ranked in almost all the places of the QS World Rankings 2021 in Arts and Humanities. Only the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in the UK are the non-US universities in the top 10, placing 1st and 3rd, respectively.

Applied Sciences 

Being the practical application of science, Applied Science accesses and utilizes accumulated and existing theories, research, methods, techniques, and knowledge. All these are done to provide solutions, solve mysteries, and manage the information available.  

This field includes forensics, criminology, communication, and computer science, with Boston University and University of California-Davis topping schools best in the said field.

Though it seems to be a tall order to enter these top-notch universities, the chance to be called 1 in a million, as in a million international students studying in the US, is enough of a reason to start processing your application and bravely beat the odds.

Start your study journey with us here at MSM Unify by reading through our resources for international students. Dive into our list of reasons why you must study in the USA to get you started.


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