Today’s college students may have never used a postage stamp or bought a weighty pile of textbooks. They don’t consult spiral-bound address books before writing to old friends. For them, American tax forms have always been available in Spanish, Amazon means something in addition to the great river in South America, and cursive writing is just not used.

While you might argue they are missing out on some skills and traditions of a bygone campus life, you will likely also admit that today’s students enjoy some great advantages. Technology has made college-based learning and living easier. Here are some changes that have happened over the last 30 years:

(State Dept./Julia Maruszewski)

The number of Latin American and Caribbean students studying abroad in the United States increased by nearly 26 percent between 1985 and today. The spike in international students coming to the U.S. from all over has brought many points of view into classrooms. And technology makes it easy for friends from around the world to stay in touch after graduation.

Get helpful information on how to study in the U.S. from EducationUSA and other tips on studying abroad from ShareAmerica.