UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Intro

The United States of America (USA) is the world's third largest country in size and nearly the third largest in terms of population. Located in North America, the country is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Along the northern border is Canada and the southern border is Mexico. There are 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Weather

The USA is home to every climate imaginable. You have tropical beaches in Hawaii and Florida, arctic tundra in Alaska, arid deserts and prairies in the west, fertile plains in the heartland, humid forests in the east and everything in between.

What USA has to offer

For most of its history, especially from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries, the USA has been known as ‘land of opportunity’. It prided and promoted itself on providing individuals with the opportunity to escape from the context of their class and family backgrounds. USA in the 21st century is viewed as a world leader, economically and politically.

The playwright Arthur Miller once said that the essence of America was its promise and that promise takes on near mythic proportions. America is a land of dazzling cities, towering redwoods, alpine lakes, rolling vineyards, chiseled peaks, barren deserts and a dramatic coastline of unrivaled beauty: and that’s just California! In the other states lie an astounding collection of natural and cultural wonders. Countless experiences await you, from scenic coastlines and mountain ranges to vast prairies, deserts and canyons.

This is a country of road trips and great open skies, where four million miles of highways connect efficiently Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Boston and New York City – each a brimming metropolis whose name alone conjures a million different notions of culture, excitement and beauty and adventure. The big cities are matched by the charms of smaller communities; all of which showcase the heritage and culture of a great nation.

The Education

The United States of America has always been one of the most popular study destinations among international students. USA colleges and universities aim to provide a broad intellectual background to students in the various fields of study. During the Freshman Year and Sophomore Year (first two years of Undergraduate programme), a student is required to take courses in English, social sciences, humanities and natural sciences. By the end of the second year, the student chooses a "major" or “minor” for the area that he wants to specialise in. This is known as the ‘liberal arts’ education model which makes USA education appealing to many students all over the world, as it prepares them, not only for the field of their study, but also in other areas of personal development. Indeed, USA’s education system offers the widest choice of study options not only for the locals but also the international students. The students can pursue anything from nuclear science to arts and drama. The possibilities are endless.

Education in the USA is mainly provided by the public sector, with control and funding coming from three levels: federal, state, and local. In most public and private schools, education is divided into three levels: elementary school, middle school (sometimes called junior high school), and high school (sometimes referred to as secondary education).

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