People from outside the US often don’t realize that Americans actually have two basic types of higher education institutions:
- Liberal arts colleges, which specialize in teaching, rather than research
It is not necessary to move in order to study. There are many types of distance learning, online programmes. However, mostly they offer dubious quality and aren’t even accredited, sometimes even when they are linked to a particular university. However, you can find good quality online courses as well.
US education generally enjoys very high reputation around the world. In addition, many Americans want to be able to spend a semester abroad but still be able to transfer their credits back home.