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10 Most Popular College Majors in USA


The USA has always been a top choice destination for study abroad students from around the world. With the number of international students in America being recorded as over 1 million for the first time in the 2015/2016 academic year, we look at what the most popular majors are for international students enrolling in the USA.

PLEASE NOTE: All country percentage figures listed below are based on the number of students studying that subject divided by the number of students from that country studying abroad in the USA.

10. Health Professionals

Number of international students: 33,947 (1.2% increase)

Courses like Medicine and Nursing have long been popular with international students studying abroad in the USA, allowing them to utilise the advanced facilities that many colleges have to offer their students. By percentage, Canada and Nigeria send the most students to study Health Professional courses in the USA, at 14.9% and 12.6% respectively.

Reasons Why Nursing-Flexible Schedules

9. Mathematics

Number of international students: 33,969 (14.3% increase)

Last year saw a healthy growth in international students studying Mathematics in the USA. Mathematics graduates can go on to work in many different areas including accountancy, finance, statistics, engineering, computer science and beyond.

8. Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Number of international students: 40,184 (2.3% increase)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences are popular majors for international students who want to work in the Biology field without being patient-facing. Majors of Biological/Biomedical Science students are most popular with students from Nepal (22.3%), Nigeria (13.1%), Iran (11.6%), Taiwan (11.1%) and Malaysia (10.9%).

7. Intensive English

Number of international students: 40,887 (17% decrease)

Last year saw a big reduction, just over 1/6th, in international students studying Intensive English courses in America. Perhaps students are looking at studying English in other locations, or maybe the availability of free language learning tools, such as the DuoLingo App, are reducing the numbers. However, the courses are still popular with international students from Kuwait (19.5%), Saudi Arabia (18.6%), Japan (15.4%) and Vietnam (9.8%).

6. Liberal Arts & Sciences

Number of international students: 50,360 (10% increase)

Liberal arts majors vary from college to college and cover anything from Psychology, History, Philosophy, Languages, Literature, Art History and more. The main benefit of studying a Liberal Arts degree is that you can tailor the course as you go, taking different modules in a number of subjects to give you a broad understanding of ‘the arts’. If you’re looking to develop your language skills, love literature and the arts and want a varied and engaging course, liberal arts may just be the course for you.

5. Social Sciences

Number of international students: 52,568 (6.5% increase)

Like Liberal Arts, Social Sciences also covers a number of different subjects including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science and Sociology. Social Sciences are focused on looking at how society works from a scientific perspective. Social Sciences courses are popular with students from the UK (16%), Hong Kong (15.1%), Turkey (14.1%) Germany (12.8%) and South Korea (12.8%).

4. Visual & Applied Arts

Number of international students: 59,736 (5.2% increase)

Visual and Applied Arts include Music, Theatre, Media, Architecture & Design, Art & Film. Generally very hands-on and creative, Visual and Applied Arts will typically by assessed via a mix of exams and practical assessments, portfolios and project work. Courses in these subjects are very popular as they can help graduates get into satisfying careers in the arts, as well as a wide range of other jobs with the transferable skills that they offer. Studies in the Fine Arts & Applied Arts are popular with students from Taiwan (13.1%), South Korea (12.6%), Hong Kong (11.3%), Colombia (10.2%) and Mexico (9.5%).

3. Computer Science

Number of international students: 107,682 (29.4% increase)

Last year saw a monumental growth in the area of Computer Science in the USA, the highest in any sector. Graduates working in IT have consistently high rates of pay, as well as lots of job opportunities, both in the USA and worldwide. Courses in Computer Science are particularly popular with students from India, Nepal, China, Iran & Turkey.

2. Business Administration

Number of international students: 200,312 (1.5% increase)

Unsurprisingly Business Administration & Management is still one of the most popular majors amongst international students, although for the first time in recent history it has been knocked off the top position over the last academic year (2015/2016). The Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) is seen by many as a requirement for a career in business and is particularly popular with international students, as well as the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). During the 2015/2016 academic year, over 80,000 Chinese students studied a degree in Business Administration in the USA. Other countries with a high percentage of their international students studying Business Administration in the US include Indonesia (31.1%), Vietnam (29.8%), Venezuela (28.6%), Germany (25.8%) and France (24.8%).

1. Engineering

Number of international students: 201,145 (9% increase)

Engineering has consistently been the second most popular course for international students in the USA, but last year saw it soar to the top spot with a massive 9% year-on-year growth. Engineering is a very practical degree, and there is a wide range of Engineering jobs available for graduates including Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Top countries for international students studying Engineering are Iran (54.4%), Kuwait (50.4%), India (36%), Malaysia (28.9%) & Saudi Arabia (25.7%).

Institute of International Education. (2016). “Fields of Study of Students from Selected Places of Origin, 2015/16.” Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors

5 Ways School Projects Can Help Foster Leadership

In a world of tests, quizzes, essays and homework assignments, school projects can be the most difficult of them all. The good news is that you’re working hard for a reason. Apart from the rest of school work, that often seems just like busy-work, projects have the capability to help develop some of the most practical skills. Here are just a few skills that you’ll build with every project that is assigned to you.

Problem Solving

Researchers have discovered that the greatest ideas and epiphanies come from alpha brain wave patterns. These are generated by relaxed, open-minded thinking, the kind that creative projects generate far more than rote memorization for midterms. The next time that you’re “stuck” on a project, just remind yourself that you’re exercising your brain waves in a meaningful way.

Time Management

Whether you’re building a robot or just putting together a slideshow, all projects require a certain amount of planning. They aren’t as cut-and-dried as “the test is on the 17th” or “the assignment is due Friday.” To finish your project by the deadline, you’ll need to gather your supplies, allocate your resources, plan your steps, delegate your tasks and ultimately manage your own time. These are all skills that you’ll be utilizing in your career, too.


Speaking of delegation, it’s something that you’ll need to get used to doing if you plan on climbing the corporate ladder someday. Group projects can be your training ground. It doesn’t matter if you’re leading a discussion in study hall or exchanging emails with fellow students earning an online business administration degree; the most important thing is that you’re collaborating on what needs to be done and who’s going to do it.

5 Ways School Projects Can Help Foster Leadership
Working together on a group project


Communication is the cornerstone of group projects, and multiple studies have proven the benefits of giving, receiving and refining ideas in a group setting. Every time you have to justify an opinion, you’re learning how to articulate your thoughts and open yourself up to feedback. Every time you have to argue a point, you’re learning how to disagree with people in a meaningful, productive way. Group projects will make you a better leader on multiple levels.

Responsibility and Accountability

At the end of the day, you’re the one who has to answer for the quality of your project. If it’s flawed, erroneous or incomplete, that’s a failing on your part, and that’s something that you’ll need to take to heart for next time. Every successful CEO has failed at something. What makes them successful is the fact that they keep going afterwards.

These are just a few ways that you cultivate leadership qualities with every school project. They may be tough to get through, but they’re worth it in the end.

Article submitted by Dixie Somers. Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for family, home, and business niches. Dixie is the proud mother to three girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

Felix Scholarship 2017


If you are looking to study abroad for a postgraduate degree in the UK but are worried about the finances, the Felix Scholarship might be the way to make it happen.

There are a number of Felix Scholarships available for the 2017/2018 entry at three UK universities: University of Oxford, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) University of Reading.

The deadline for the applications is January 30th 2017.

The scholarships are typically awarded to Indian nationals, however, a number of scholarships are also available to students who are not Indian nationals or from an EEA country. Since its inception, 40 recipients have not been from India.



The Felix Scholarship is an award based on both merit and financial need.

It covers full international tuition fees and provides an annual maintenance grant of around £15,000 (2016-17 figure) per year to cover living costs such as accommodation and travel, as well as extra allowances for things like equipment and books.

The award can be available for up to 3 years, depending on the course.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for the Felix Scholarship must:

  • Hold a first class bachelor’s degree from a reputable university
  • Not be applying to study Medicine
  • Must already hold an offer from a participating university
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have not studied outside of their home country for more than 1 year

Please note: Recipients are expected to return to their home country after completing their studies.

How To Apply?

University of Oxford

Candidates applying for the scholarship at the University of Oxford do not need to complete a separate application form, they just need to select the ‘Felix Scholarship’ box on their application to the institution.

University of Reading

Candidates must apply online and will need to be nominated by their academic school or department.


Candidates must apply for a Felix Scholarship online via this Google Form.

Previous Recipients

The Felix Scholarship was first awarded in 1991 with 6 students receiving the scholarship. Now, the number of awards given annually is 20. To date, 428 Felix Scholarships have been awarded. You can find out more about previous recipients of the scholarship in the alumni profiles on www.felixscholarship.org/past-students.aspx.

Find out more about applying for the Felix Scholarship on http://www.felixscholarship.org/how-to-apply.aspx

5 Smart Ways to Make the Most of a Humanities Degree

How to make the most of a humanities degree

Humanities, or liberal arts, majors get a bad rep. Many people believe that a degree in English, art, music, history or other such subjects is worthless and won’t lead to a high paying job. This can be the case if you fail to plan and simply choose a major because it interests you. But with some research, planning and strategic action, you can use your liberal arts major to your advantage. Keep reading to learn five smart ways to make the most of a humanities degree.

1. Do Your Research

First and foremost, you will want to research your area of interest. Start with your careers advisors, and get a counsellor to provide you with the types of jobs available in your desired field. You should also look at demographics, such as the geographic areas with high demand for professionals with that academic background. Websites such as Prospects are very good at explaining the types of careers that are out there. You could also consider taking a major aptitude test like Find Your Context to help you see if there’s a major that would work better for your interests.

2. Gain Practical Experience

In any competitive job market, you want to find ways to stand out from the crowd. Luckily, Arts and Humanities courses give you a wide range of skills that will be useful for a range of careers. Gaining practical experience through an internship or volunteer position can help to show your dedication and that you have hands-on knowledge. This type of experience is even more important in a humanities field, that may have fewer openings.

3. Add Another Major or Minor

Sometimes it may benefit you to add a second major or to choose a minor concentration in order to have a more practical skill to offer employers. A journalism major, for example, may wish to also pursue a technical area of study such as graphic design or computer science in order to gain a competitive advantage.

4. Market Yourself Well

A big advantage a humanities degree offers is soft skills such as writing, critical thought and interpersonal competence. These are abilities that employers crave, so be sure to include them in your resume, and be on the lookout for publishing opportunities where you can showcase your work and start building a portfolio. Keep a record of your work as you progress through your degree, it will make the job hunt much less daunting.

5. Have a Plan

Make a plan early on when choosing a liberal studies major. Map out the types of classes and electives you may wish to take in order to gain valuable skills. Begin to look for volunteer experiences early so that you’re not scrambling to add experiences to your portfolio at graduation. Learn all you can from mentors and faculty regarding the inside scoop of your intended career. These gems can prove useful when job hunting. Finally, be sure to nurture those valuable connections in order to begin growing your network. Networking plays a huge role in obtaining a career in your desired field.

These five tips should help you on your way toward the steps needed to get the most out of your humanities degree. This type of degree produces well-rounded students with marketable skills. With planning and effort, you’ll do great things.

Article submitted by Dixie Somers. Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for family, home, and business niches. Dixie is the proud mother of three girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

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