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Will higher education from the CIS countries come in handy in the USA: the experience of an immigrant

The author of the blog "Russian American" on YandexDenz talked about whether she regrets that she decided to first get an education in her homeland and only then move to the United States.

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Next - from the first person.

When I first came to America, I was still at university. I had the opportunity to stay in the states, but I firmly decided that I should first graduate from the university, and then plan my life in another country. You know, and I never regretted my decision.

I often hear the opinion of other emigrants that in the USA, the formation of other countries does not mean anything and that, they say, you can not even take a diploma with you here. I completely disagree with this opinion, and that's why.

Firstly, education from Russia and other countries of the former USSR is not just knowledge, it is most often the ability to think, find answers to questions, and learn how to learn. In America there are a lot of narrow specialists, and each of them knows a lot about a small problem and not a letter anymore. First of all, I owe my Russian higher education the ability to easily understand everything new, to reason logically and analyze.

Education from the CIS countries is not officially recognized in the United States. To my educated at least something in this country, I sent my diploma to a special translation. The organization that deals with this checks a lot of information - from general information about the institution to counting hours of study in each subject and then compares it with American standards. As a result, my diploma was equated to a bachelor's and master's degree in my specialty in the USA. Of course, employers look askance at non-American education, but at least when I was looking for work, I could honestly answer the question in the questionnaire that I have a university degree, and this is a mandatory requirement for many professional positions.

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The third and perhaps the most important reason why I need my diploma here is to continue my studies. Having at least some degree of education from another country, here you can enter the next degree. Roughly speaking, if a person did not finish his studies in Russia and left the university after the 3rd year, then in the USA he will simply have to start all over again. And this means a minimum of 4 years and 150 thousand dollars. To translate the individual subjects that you studied is almost impossible. But with a bachelor's degree from the CIS, you can safely enter a master's degree in America.

At some point in America, I realized that I had grown to the “ceiling”. Therefore, to qualify for higher positions, I need a local crust. Since I already had a bachelor's and master's degree, I easily entered one of the best universities in our state for a two-year MBA. A local university diploma helped me a lot in building a career.

In general, the answer to the question posed in the title of the article is obvious, very useful!

As ForumDaily wrote earlier:

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