What a U.S. Liberal Arts Education Can Provide International Students

"GERMAN NATIONAL TIM Steinebach says he was interested in almost everything related to philosophy, but never really considered applying to a U.S. liberal arts college. That is, until an admissions officer from this type of college visited his school.

“I learned about St. John’s and immediately fell in love with the idea of reading 200 of the greatest books of the West and discussing them without the authoritative interpretations of secondary literature or lecturing professors,” says Steinebach, now a sophomore at St. John’s College in New Mexico, which along with its Maryland location, has a single academic program called the Great Books program.

Liberal arts colleges offer four-year degrees that are broad in breadth – providing the ability to explore other interests beyond an academic major – and are focused on the humanities, sciences and social sciences …

… Here are four things international students can receive through a liberal arts education in the U.S.:

  • Interdisciplinary approach to learning
  • More interaction with faculty
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Learning outside the classroom" ...