Austin - Today, I want to talk about higher education in America. But instead of listing the rules and regulations, I have chosen to illustrate them through the experience of a PhD candidate in Arabic studies at the University of Texas in Austin. His name is Philip. I hope that by writing about Philip’s experience, I will not only exemplify some aspects of the American university system but also provide a glimpse of the academic atmosphere that paves the way for the making of a scholar in America.

Ahmed Echcharfi is a University professor of English.