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The United States of America lies in the North American continent, including Alaska, Hawaii and a few other territories scattered in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. The major portion of the USA is bordered by Canada in the North and Mexico in the South, and is the third largest country in the world with respect to total area. The USA is a superpower and a world leader with the largest national economy by nominal and real GDP. This is mainly attributed to the abundance of natural resources found across the country and its high worker productivity. The USA has considerable sway over the rest of the modern world with its political and cultural influence. The country is also well renowned for being a pioneer in scientific research, and encouraging modern technological innovations.

Why Study in USA ?

American education has formed a niche for itself that has sustained years of trying and testing. Some of the salient features of USA as the study destination are:

  • Highest international acceptability and reputation
  • As an investment in your future, a U.S. degree offers excellent value for the money. A wide range of tuition fees and living costs, plus some financial help from universities, make study in the United States affordable for thousands of students
  • Students have the freedom to choose from various courses within their university and have a choice of migrating from one institute to the other. Beyond the classroom walls, countless extra-curricular activities give students a chance to develop leadership skills and community spirit. U.S. universities promote outside-class learning through varied social, cultural, and sports activities
  • Jobs and stay back options
  • Top Ranking Institutions – almost half of the top 100 Universities in the world are in USA
  • Opportunity of practical training during or after study
  • Financial Assistance – available for meritorious students
  • International students are allowed to work 20 hours per week during their course and 40 hours per week during their vacations
  • They can make up to 9 to 15 $ per hour
  • An F-1 student is generally entitled up to one year of post-completion practical training. Authorization  for this type of practical training may be granted for a maximum of 12 months and starts once you have graduated or completed your course of study

COURSES OFFERED

The US has some of the finest colleges in the world that utilize traditional methods and cutting edge technology to impart knowledge to students. Universities in the USA offer countless options when it comes to quality higher education. Some of the courses available are:

  • Associate Degree (2 years)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (4 years)
  • Graduate Degree
  • Master’s Degree (2 years)
  • Doctorate Degree (3 to 6 years)

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Each university would have its own general eligibility criteria, as well as specific academic qualifications that applicants must possess. Students must also provide proof of their proficiency in the English by providing their IELTS or TOEFL scores.

Other test scores that may be required for specialized courses are listed below:

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) for graduate degrees
  • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) for bachelor’s degrees
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) for MBA and other management courses
  • LSAT (Law School Admission Test) for law degrees
  • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) for medical courses

Application Process and Deadlines in the USA

When it comes to university-level education, North America (including USA & Canada) inspires the academic respect and imagination of the world. Names such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Toronto and McGill have become global education brands.

In the two most influential global university ranking indices (The Times Higher Education Guide and US News), North American universities have a near monopoly on the top 100 places. In addition to the more well-known institutions, the USA & Canada have a plethora of other high quality public and private colleges and universities.

You will find that a US / Canadian higher education adds considerable value to your professional development. It can enhance your career and prepare you for leadership in India or abroad. It will broaden your horizons and expose you to a variety of perspectives, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art research and training. A degree from a US or Canadian institution is a stamp of excellence that is of lifetime value.

There are a number of components in an application for higher studies in USA / Canada – applications forms, test scores, essays, university transcripts and recommendations.  You need to know how to create a compelling application and represent yourself well on paper in order to win an interview and acceptance.

Maximize your chances of admission to the Universities of your choice with Study Overseas Admissions Guidance Service. Our admission guidance team will review your application to ensure you make the best possible impression on admissions committees. Consulting is available as a stand alone product or as part of a package with classroom coaching.

INTAKES

There are mainly two intakes- Fall (August) and Spring (January)

  • Fall is the major intake as all the university options are open for admission  unlike Spring when certain choices are not available.
  •  Application Deadline- The deadline for submitting the application varies from university to university and course to course. However, it is generally from October to March for Fall intake and for spring intake the deadline is 15 October.

The basic requirements for the application are the LOR, TRANSCRIPT, and FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS when you apply

Application documents-

Students have to apply online both for Bachelors as well as Masters and each University has a different fee.

For Undergraduate:

  • Sealed & stamped 10th, 11th and 12th Official Transcripts from school
  • 2 letter of Recommendations from school teachers.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Certificate of extra-curricular activities & other achievements, if available

For Masters:

  • Official Transcripts from University
  • 2 Academic recommendation and 1 from the employer(if the candidate has any work experience)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Essays,  if required by the University
  • Detailed CV
  • Certificate of extra-curricular activities & other achievements, if available

 

Cost of Studying in USA

The cost of education in the USA varies between the states and the institutions.

Average tuition fees per year range from $15,000 to $60,000 (Private Institutions) and $10,000 to $20,000 (State Institutions)

Living expenses per year – $10,000-$16,000

USP of USA as a place to live

The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising of 50 states, a multicultural nation with variety of ethnic groups, traditions and values. It’s one of the most favored study destinations for millions of students around the globe. To top it all, US universities offer extensive opportunities for education and internship.

Estimated expenses for Undergraduate and Graduate Courses comprises of two things:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Living Expenses

Scholarships

Scholarships, Grants, Fellowships are based on the student’s academic performance of international students. Tution Fee waivers are provided but are strictly merit based so students don’t have to fill any separate form like federal students can do so for availing need based scholarships.

Further, Financial Aid funding is also granted at PG level but again this strictly depends on the students’ credentials.

There are various types of scholarships offered.

Fellowship scholarship – This scholarship is awarded on the student’s ability, competence and performance.

Graduate Assistantship Scholarship – Is awarded for the students who involve in teaching or research assistantship. It can be given as cash, stipend or fee waiver. This is normally called RA or TA

Sports Scholarship – Is offered to outstanding athletes students.

 

Studying and Living in USA

Students find help at hand

US universities have special staff assigned for guiding foreign students called International Student Advisers. Students can seek their help as and when if they face any problems. US universities hold arrival orientations for international students to familiarize them with the campus and it facilities and also to help them adjust to their new life in the United States. Students are assigned Counselors with whom they can discuss any issues regarding changing of majors and also to appoint a coach for themselves.

Accommodation

It is always best to stay on campus. Not only are the basic amenities easily accessible but also on-campus life allows students to gradually integrate into the student community under the guidance of peers and staff. If on campus option is not available then one should look for the home-stays or rented accommodation. Home-stays provide family life and are usually cheaper than on campus accommodation. Depending on your location, home-stays usually cost 800-1000USD a month on single occupancy room basis, including meals. Students who decide to rent an apartment can also get valuable help from the university student association.

Money

Some universities have their own credit union or other banking services. Before opening an account, find out which banks are near where you would live and study. It may be difficult to open an account from overseas, so take enough money with you to live on until you can open a US account and arrange for funds to be transferred from home.

Basic Essentials

Getting ready for different destination and living alone should be prepared with basic necessities. As a student you plan accordingly, prepare a list of things which you will need initially. Make sure your baggage should include seasonally and appropriate clothing, insurance documents, medical prescription back up supply and letter from doctor

Home Comforts

It is a good idea to take a few small mementos of home with you – photos of friends and family will brighten your room and remind you of what you’re temporarily leaving behind. Ensure that you have the right clothes to battle the change of seasons.

Mobile Phones

When you first arrive, it is expected that you will be calling home frequently. It is essential to check your phone’s compatibility with US mobile operators, as some phones don’t work in the US. With diverse choices of handsets and monthly plans, you can enjoy variety in handsets, operators and competitive costs. Since most prepaid connections require a Social Security card, a prepaid connection is cost effective and a convenient alternative.

Internet & Email Access

Usually college campus is fully equipped with Wi-Fi. Students do get access in the college campus. But it’s better to have a personal laptop. You can check out the details at your university’s book store.