Moving halfway across the world to study is a big deal, and it may be something you haven’t ever considered. However, nearly 4.3 million students worldwide enrol in university-level education outside their home country. So, should you be considering the move across the pond? Today we talk through a couple of the reasons why considering moving to America to study, train and play could be the best decision you ever make.
1. Immerse yourself in a culturally diverse environment
Living abroad and immersing yourself in a different culture can open you up to a range of experiences that you would never encounter whilst studying closer to home. You will study and play with people from across the globe, learning from their cultures, traditions and life experiences. An awareness of cultural diversity and adaptability to new environments can also prove very attractive to potential future employers in and out of football.
2. Study at a world leading academic institution
The USA offers some of the best universities in the world, from both an academic and sporting perspective. However, with such prestige comes intense competition for places, but on gaining a place you will be able to take advantage of some of the best sporting and academic opportunities anywhere in the world.
When taking up a football scholarship, a consideration of the academic requirements is equally as important. It is important that your academic studies are successful. The impact of a poor academic performance could be felt pitch side with a stint on the side-lines should you not perform in the classroom.
3. Take advantage of the US lifestyle
The USA is famed for its lifestyle, with the ‘American Dream’ a regular catchphrase used by many wanting to move to the USA. America offers some of the best beaches, mountains and cities in the world, and with fantastic internal transport links you can see more of America than you may have initially thought.
The university you attend determines the type of weather you will encounter, but it may be that you can take advantage of long summer evenings at the beach following your classes and training.
4. Play sport in amazing facilities with fantastic crowds
American universities not only boast some of the best academic credentials, they also house amazing sporting facilities with fantastic crowd numbers who follow their university teams like we would follow a professional football team in the UK.
In addition to the amazing facilities you will also be trained by some of the best coaches in the business. Your coach will work with you and the team to help you improve and excel within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) leagues.
5. Alternative pathway to a professional sporting career
You may have had dreams of playing in the Premier League that haven’t materialised yet, but don’t write off your football career just yet. A football scholarship in the USA offers you an alternative pathway to a career in football. Professional football is growing in the USA, and with more and more professional leagues forming in North America, so are the opportunities for talented young players – you should investigate the options available for your skillset rather than write-off your football dreams.
6. Live in some of the most sort after locations in the world
New York, Miami and Washington are world hotspots with millions of people flocking every year to sample the sights and sounds of these cities. Choosing a sports scholarship in one of the major USA cities may be right up your street, but if it’s not, don’t worry. There are extensive options across the USA in smaller towns which may be more suited to your needs and personality.
7. The world is such a small place
We understand that moving to America is literally moving halfway around the world, but with advancements in technology you are closer to home than you think. Regular direct flights link the UK and the USA meaning that family and friends can arrange to visit at any time of the year. And along with technology such as Facetime you are never more than a phone call away from catching up face-to-face.
So, as you can see there are a plethora of reasons to consider a switch to the USA. If you are considering a football scholarship in the USA, get in touch with us to find out more about the options available to you.