5. Time consuming. Studying in the U.S. may consume a lot more of your time than anywhere else. For example, in the U.K. you may be able to obtain a graduate degree in a year, while in the United States you may have to study for two or more years before obtaining a similar degree. Also the amount of coursework given may be greater in the United States. For example to obtain a PhD degree somewhere else you may only be required to write a doctoral thesis while in the U.S. you may still be asked to take traditional classes and exams and hand in projects on top of writing the thesis, sometimes for as long as 2 years worth of courses. It is generally hard to work while studying in the US - it is an all consuming experience.
To Sum things up, graduate school in the US is different, but it is exciting and engaging and may lead you to interesting directions for your career in academia or in the private sector. Be aware of these differences so you will adapt quickly and make the most of your study abroad experience.
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