But aside from offering opportunities that South African universities might not have the capacity for, you might be wondering what would really be different about applying to study in the US? There are a couple of points to go over, so take a break from the books and have a read.
Choices, Choices, Choices!
Despite the options being some of the best in the world, there are relatively few universities in South Africa to choose from. Comparatively, the US offers thousands of universities, and each offers different specializations and experiences. With so many options to choose from, we firmly believe there is a perfect fit for everyone - we want to give you the opportunity to study what you want, where you want.
Emphasis on Diversity
While South African universities do have certain institutional systems in place that encourage diversity on campus, American universities value diversity because a higher percentage of foreign students actually makes the university more attractive for American students. Many universities in the US are located in areas where there is a large primary demographic, and so having diversity in the form of international students boosts the university’s reputation.
When applying to universities in South Africa, if you have good high school marks your chances of getting accepted to university are extremely high. South African admissions officials don’t really care who you are or what you’ve accomplished, as long as your grades are gold. In the US however, the more competitive universities require an essay to help distinguish between otherwise equally promising applicants. They really want to see who you are, so when writing your essay and other response questions for your application - let your personality shine!
To all of you writing exams - study hard and get plenty of sleep for the final stretch. We’re so proud of all of you and consider ourselves privileged to play a small part in your academic careers.
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