USA, THE COUNTRY WHICH HAS EXPERIMENTED WITH DEMOCRACY FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS IS STRONG ECONOMICALLY AS WELL AS CULTURALLY TODAY WITH THE BASE BEING THE IMMIGRANTS.
The US has more than 4000 colleges and university institutions where nearly 6 million International students study in different courses for various programs. Because the US attracts talent, and the best brains from all over the world, people with a hunger to learn, enjoy the US as a study destination. Because there are no cultural boundaries, people are also fortunate enough to learn about different cultures of the world, as they find communities from different sections of the society within the campus.
WHY STUDY IN USA?
International students head to Britain for a quality education. Studying in an American University/College means not only confined to classes and attending lectures or doing experiments in the laboratories but also having real industry experience. The university colleges and institutions in America have collaborations with employers and researchers in different study fields where students can gain real work experience. This gives an edge over others when after college your work life begins.
It is believed that world’s finest higher education is available in the U.S., especially in the field of technology. U.S. degrees are accepted across the world and are considered to be among the most prestigious.
The education system in the US is very flexible. Classes are offered under the semester scheme, and course is divided into credits. A student can choose the number of credits he / she want to earn in a semester or quarter, and the electives and the optional classes he wishes to take.
Compared to other countries, admission procedures of US universities, Colleges and institutes are highly competitive for international students. The procedure is even more competitive in the top educational institutes. To earn admission in the top and high-ranking Universities/Colleges in USA you must have good grades, adequate financial support either by achieving scholarships or merit based financial aids, completed challenging coursework, and good command over the English language.
For undergraduate programs a student should have completed 10 + 2.
For Graduate programs the students must have completed 16 years of education i.e. 10+2+4.
Some institutes accept 15 years of formal education into their Bridge or Masters program.
The student must have good scores in entrance exams like SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc?.
The language proficiency test scores should be –TOEFL score of 90 and above for Postgraduate and 80 above for Undergraduate studies. IELTS score of 6 and above for Undergraduates and 6.5 and above for Postgraduates studies.
Strong recommendation letters and Certificate of achievement and extra-curricular activity participation proof.
The Statement of Purpose i.e. the personal essay should be such that it stands out amongst the lot of students’ letter.
These eligibility parameters are what institutes in USA consider before admitting a student in a course.
HOW MUCH FUNDS?
A) COST OF EDUCATION
Bachelor’s level education in USA is costlier than Master’s level. Students are expected to take more credits per semester, which leads to an increase in costs. Since Bachelor’s is a four-year program, the costs tend to be very high overall. This is one of the reasons why most students prefer studying from the Master’s level in USA or elsewhere. Of all the international students, only 19% of them went for the Bachelor’s level as against 79% for Master’s level!
Chart of Average Educational Costs in the U.S:(All amounts indicated are in USD $)
|TUITION FEES||LIVING EXPENSE|
|Undergraduate||10,000-30,000 US $/Year||7,200-12,000 US $/Year|
|Graduate||10,000-30,000 US $/Year||7,200-12,000 US $/Year|
|TUITION FEES||LIVING EXPENSE|
|Undergraduate||15,000-45,000 US $/Year||8,000-12,000 US $/Year|
|Graduate||15,000-45,000 US $/Year||8,000-12,000 US $/Year|
|Masters||00,000-00,000 US $/Year||0,000-00,000 US $/Year|
B) COST OF LIVING
For accommodation, students have a number of options available that can be on-campus or off-campus such as hostels, rented housing, homestay etc. The cost of living can vary depending on the city. Approximate living expenses are ?6,000 to ?8, 000 pounds sterling per annum depending upon your lifestyle and the city of residence; however, some universities include the cost of accommodation and food within the total fee payable to them.
C) FINANCIAL PROOF FOR VISA
For a student visa, a proof of funding is required ? 8,000 to 9000 pounds sterling. Scholarships and awards for international students are available at some UK institutions for students with exceptional results. The amount and type of award varies from one institution to another. Obtaining a scholarship is competitive.
WORKING IN USA
Most international students in the United States hold an F-1 visa, which is the U.S. non-immigrant student visa. F-1 students are allowed to work in the United States, but only under certain conditions and in accordance with complex guidelines and restrictions issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
Students are limited to work 20 hours a week, provided that you do not displace a U.S resident. You will not be able to get a job that pays well enough to cover all your expenses. The typical on-campus job will pay no more than $1,000 to $2,000 during the school year and a similar amount during the summer vacation.
After securing admission into the University/College one must start with the visa formalities.
Visa process for USA is relatively simpler, and yet, tough to obtain! For those who are fully prepared with the required documentation and interview preparation, the process becomes easy. However, professional guidance and careful planning of the whole process is very important for success!
A fee receipt for SEVIS I – 901 (At present SEVIS I – 901 fee is US $200).