For many students studying in the United States, adapting to the American culture can be quite difficult and sometimes even embarrassing. Because American customs and spiritual values are very different from those of other countries, especially those in the East, you should study and familiarize yourself with American culture before you leave in order to avoid confusion and shorten your adjustment time.
Independence
Americans generally have a strong belief in the concept of individualism. They see themselves as independent individuals who can control their own lives. Therefore, they rarely rely on being a member of a family, religious group, tribe, nation, or other social group.
Equality
The American Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal” and this belief is deeply rooted in their cultural values. Americans believe that all people have equal rights and responsibilities. Therefore, they would feel uncomfortable bowing in front of others as a sign of respect.
Naturally
This belief in equality makes Americans less formal in their behavior toward others. As a result, many foreigners would be surprised by the generosity of Americans. Even in some presentations, speakers can still dress comfortably and use informal language. Do not confuse the above with vulgarity or disrespect; for it is really just part of American culture
Bluntness

Americans tend to be outspoken and open in their dealings with others. They believe that all conflicts and disagreements are best resolved through frank discussions between the people involved. Americans believe that if they have a problem with someone, they should speak clearly and directly with that person to come up with a specific solution.
American Holidays and Festivals
A fun way to learn about American culture is to participate in its traditional holidays. Here are some of the important holidays celebrated by families in all 50 U.S. states.
Time of day Holiday name Meaning
January 1 New Year’s Day Celebrate the New Year with a party that starts the night before (December 31 is New Year’s Eve).
First Tuesday in January Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrate the birthday of African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. who won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
February 14 Valentine’s Day Celebrate love by exchanging romantic gifts (usually cards, flowers and chocolate candies).
Third Monday in February U.S. Presidents’ Day Honoring former U.S. presidents such as George Washington (the nation’s first leader) and Abraham Lincoln (a Civil War hero who helped eliminate the abolition of slavery).
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland with a parade and party decorated in Irish green.
April 1 International Day of Lying Bring humor to others with a clever (but harmless) trick or by telling a joke.

Last Monday in May Martyrs’ Day Honors those who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
June 4, Independence Day, Common Sense Day, has a fireworks ceremony to celebrate the milestone of 13 U.S. states declaring independence from British rule in 1776.
The first Monday in September, International Labor Day, honors everyone from office workers, to workers who perform manual labor. They are all given equal respect and rest.
First Monday in October Commemoration of Columbus’ discovery of America Commemoration of Christopher Columbus, who is considered the discoverer of America in 1492.
Last Friday of November Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving to God for bringing a full and peaceful life.
December 25 Christmas Day
Celebrate the birth of Jesus, the leader of the Christian faith, by exchanging gifts with family and friends.

The United States is home to the world’s most prestigious system of higher education. While tuition can be expensive, millions of students still agree to invest heavily to enjoy the quality education this country has to offer. In addition, they have many financial aid programs available, including loans, grants and scholarships from the government and schools. The majority of international students in the U.S. are looking for higher education options. This number has reached 1,044,000 students in 2016 (according to Open Doors data).
When it comes to American education, many people only know about some of the most prestigious universities in the world, such as Harvard, MIT, Yale and Stanford. However, there are many other high-quality universities in this country in every state that offer a wide range and specialized fields of study. For example, UCLA in Los Angeles is known for its excellent film program, but the birthplace of two stars, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, is California State University. This proves that attending an Ivy League school doesn’t always mean you’ll get the right program. In fact, there are now more than 4,000 public and private universities in the United States, located in all 50 states.
The academic year in the United States usually begins in the fall, usually at the end of August, but some special academic programs may start earlier. Some academic years are divided into two semesters, some into four quarters (each quarter lasts three months), and some into three quarters. It is important for international students to prepare adequate luggage before coming to the United States. Make sure you are familiar with your university’s academic applications for the start date.

Tuition and study time

The cost of college in the United States varies depending on the list of universities, so it is important to know the exact cost of studying in the United States at the school you will be attending and the location. In addition, tuition costs will vary for different programs of study depending on the level you intend to pursue. For example, most professional bachelor’s degree programs in the U.S. last about three to four years, while law and medicine take longer.
Study Opportunities for International Students
International students can choose from a range of sequential programs to increase the depth of their expertise. A diploma from a U.S. university allows students to continue their studies in graduate programs in their home or foreign education systems. This will give them more opportunities to advance in their future careers, whether they choose to stay in the U.S., return home, or any other job market in the world.
A student visa, also more commonly known as a U.S. student visa, is a prerequisite for international students to study in the United States. You must usually apply for a U.S. student visa prior to entering the country. Depending on the specific program, students will need either an F-1 or M-1 visa. The U.S. Embassy is the best contact for students to get this information. In addition, this information is usually explained in detail on the school’s website. You can also contact your institution’s admissions office or international student office for more information.
Studying in the U.S. provides international students with a rich social and cultural experience, as well as a well-rounded approach to education that you won’t easily find elsewhere. In particular, U.S. higher education programs are guaranteed to provide you with sufficient knowledge to pursue a long-term career and solid preparation to continue on to graduate studies. Students can choose to stay in the U.S. or return home after completing their desired academic degree.