It is tho, but there are also people who wish to escape the Chinese education system.
Same. Essentially it is easier for me to go to Berkeley than to go to Tsinghua.
Right for sure
Pretty sure for the most of them, the answer will be "because I live here", and it is self-explanatory: they live there.
As for me, an international student: Their colleges are top level to put it simply. And I wouldn't "apply" to schools in my country(China) because ironically getting into one of the good ones there(such as 985 & 211) are MUCH harder than getting into a t30 school in the US or G5 in the UK.
I wouldn't just write a "why us" or "why school" essay here because I haven't started on any of those yet, but it is just a balance between difficulty and academic excellence: That is what I am doing with UK colleges, such as Imperial College, UCL, Cambridge, etc.
A notable thing is that the US has both well-rounded universities and those that do well in one or a few specific fields or categories(with the latter being easier to get in generally but not worse off in any way if you are in one of their good majors, such as Purdue Physics or Engineering). And guess what, I will be one of many to apply to a wide spectrum to balance, from LACs to Ivies to Harvey Mudd(/j).
Huh, so that is how it feels writing while chewing 5 gums. Not recommended and I promise to never to that again. Sorry!