What is STEM?

imagesThe term STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Popular STEM programs include Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Forensic Science, Health Sciences, Nursing, Psychology and many others.

These programs are considered a priority to the U.S. because they contribute to job creation and innovation. Graduates with STEM degrees are in very high demand and often find work soon after graduation and also receive some of the highest salaries.

A qualification from a US university enables not only employment but also extended training opportunities such as internships, research opportunities as well as participation in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.

electrical-progWhat is the OPT program? This is a program run by the US government that offers international graduates with a degree from any of the STEM subjects the opportunity to remain and work in the US for up to three years. Participating in this program gives graduates a significant advantage in the job market both in the USA and abroad.

For instance, many STEM courses require students to participate in laboratory work like data and specimen collection, observation or experimentation. This way, they can maintain their immigration status while working.

images-1Many international students are eligible for up to 12 months of optional practical training upon completion of a STEM -designated degree. This means they get hands-on training at a USA research-based  institute and may also qualify to participate in an OPT STEM extension beyond the initial 12 months of OPT for up to 29 months after graduation!

Register now to study a STEM subject in the USA, and enjoy the tremendous opportunities that come with it!