I am an international student, applying to Ph.D. programs for Fall 23 in the US. My background is in STEM and I am changing my career path to Psychology or Public Health. Many of these programs are Non-STEM, which I don't understand how could Psych or Pub-Health Biostatistics be non-STEM.
- What could be advantage/disadvantages of switching from STEM to non-STEM?
- Is there any way to change the non-STEM program to a STEM program? i.e., taking STEM-related courses and getting the STEM degree instead?
after an international student finishes his/her program:
- STEM international students get 2 years of OPT time, it's called "STEM OPT", while non-STEM international students get only 1 year of approval to be in the US.