About the Academic Environment in the U.S.

Academic and research institutions in the United States differ in many respects from those in other countries. If you will be working with faculty or researchers at universities in the United States, you will need to be aware of the constraints and pressures on academics as well as the underlying structure of the faculty system.

Faculty
This section contains information on the organization of faculty within an institution of higher learning including: the ranking of faculty, teaching and research responsibilities of faculty members, tenure, and monetary compensation.

Students
In the university setting, faculty interactions with students tend to be informal. Often graduate students and faculty become close friends and work together on an almost equal basis. This section elaborates on the relationships between students and faculty at institutions of higher learning.

Research Institutions
Visiting scholars may find they have fewer distractions from their projects in institutions dedicated entirely to research as compared with academic institutions.