WHY STUDY IN USA?
You’ll be surprised to know that USA receives the most number of international students in the world. Outstanding courses, leading edge technology, academic excellence, multi-cultural environment, many opportunities, good financial assistance system and excellent support system for international students are some of the reasons that make America much preferred destination for international students.
America has some of the absolute best educational institutions which on a regular basis rank among the top 10, 50 and 100 of the world’s best institutes. American universities also have a flexible education system when it comes to selecting the major at undergraduate level, students have to declare their major at the end of 2nd year till then students have the flexibility to explore different subjects and pursue courses in various fields before selecting their major.
The best thing about studying in US is that it gives international students an opportunity to be and function in multi-cultural environment which provides them with various traits, skills widen their horizon, gives them the opportunity to make new friends, explore variety of festivals, customs or may be learn a completely new language.
USA also provides some of the best educational and career opportunities in the word, hence international students all around the world choose US as their study destination to create a bright future for themselves.
COSTS AND SCHOLORSHIPS
Private Universities charge higher fees as compared to the public colleges and the cost charged by private universities is justified by the quality of education, the infrastructure, and the abundance of opportunities which they provide to their students.
The cost depends upon the level of degree i.e. Bachelors, Masters, PhD and the kind of institution i.e. public or private.
For bachelor’s degree the fees can range from $15,000 to $55,000 annually
For Master’s degree the fees can range from $15,000 to $30,000 on yearly basis
For doctoral degrees the fees would range somewhere between $28,000 to $55,000
Apart from the basic tuition fees students also need to incur various other expenses which completely depend on the kind of accommodation, city, the average accommodation cost in US is somewhere around $6,000 to $14,000 per annum. Students have choice to stay on-campus as well as off-campus in a shared accommodation like apartments or hostel. We always advise our students to stay on-campus at least for the initial days as it would save them travelling time and also meet new students. Students also need to keep aside some money for miscellaneous expenses like food, travelling, clothes, books which would be around $5000.
It is also mandatory for all Indian students travelling to US for further studies to have a medical insurance before the commencement of their program. The typical price of medical insurance can range from $1500 to $2500. We at Dhruv Consultancy make sure that all our students are well aware of all the costs which they might need to incur for studying in US.
There are many private, public institutions and government establishments that offer various scholarships especially to international students, before applying to these scholarships make sure you carefully check the eligibility criteria and also the opening and closing date. Here is the list of a number of the favoured scholarships options for Indian students:
- Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships (Government-funded
- #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship
- IEFA (Non- Government)
- Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program (Government-funded)
- AAUW International Fellowships (Non-Government)
ELIGIBLITY FOR ADMISSION</strong
For Bachelor’s (undergraduate) the minimum requirements are 10+2 with at least 50%, SAT score should be 1400 and IELTS with 5.5 bands
For Masters (graduates) the minimum requirements are 10+2+4 with at least 50% and IELTS with 6.0 to 6.5 bands and GRE score of 280
For MBA the minimum requirements are 10+2+3 with at least 50% and GMAT score between 500 (work experience preferred but not mandatory)
POPULAR COURSES IN USA
- Computer science engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Business administration
- Healthcare and medicine
- Mass communication
- Fashion and design
- Accounting and economics
- Social science and humanities
International student can only work for 20 hours a week during their semester and may be allowed to work full-time during the official breaks or vacations. International Students are not allowed to work for the first year in the country. The On-campus jobs (student unions, cafeterias, computer center’s etc.) are still the simplest and best alternative for international students as theses are easily available.
Most of the good universities have a really strong placement cell which will take care and help students to get placed once they have successfully completed the course but it’s also the duty of student to be proactive and actively seek for jobs in and around their field of study it might take a bit longer especially for international students to seek out jobs that would sponsor students who needs work visas. The earlier students start the better it is from them.
F-1 visa holders are eligible for a period of 12 months of OPT (optional practical training) once they are done with their course. This basically allows students to have the practical experience of working in their selected field, after this student will be required to apply for a work visa if they want to further stay in US and work. There’s no compulsion to apply for OPT, in case student choose not to apply they will still be allowed to stay in US for 60 days starting from the date when they completed the degree.
M-1 visa is basically for international students or no-immigrants who wish to travel to USA for vocational studies or some non-academic work. Under M-1 visa students get the option to work in US for a minimum period of 6 months starting from the day you complete your course. M-1 visa holder only gets 30 days to move out of US after the completion of the course.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR USA
- A valid passport with a validity date at least six months beyond your period of stay
- A printed copy of DS-160, the online application form
- Interview appointment letter (copy and original both)
- Form I-20 sent by the college (the place where you are going to study)
- Visa fees payment confirmation receipt
- Bank statement for at least three years showing that you have minimum or enough funds to pay for the first year (could be of parent or guardian)
- Original mark sheets/provisional certificates
- Score sheet of various mandatory exams such as TOEFL, IELTS