The USA is the largest consumer market in the world and a multicultural country. You’ll get numerous options to drive your life towards a new direction. Over 4000 institutions throughout the USA give you an opportunity to broaden your horizon through practical and career-related courses.
Reasons to study in the USA
- Most of the top-ranked universities in the world are located in the USA.
- Local community colleges have relaxed admission policy. Their academic programs are relatively short and affordable.
- The quality of education is regulated by U.S. Department of Education and the achieved degrees are widely recognized and accepted around the world.
- Have an opportunity to earn while you learn. Usually, students are allowed to work 20 hours per week, but in vacations, they have freedom to work up to 40 hours in each week.
- PhD students get waived tuition fee and stipend support from research grants. And full-bright scholarships are available for talented students.
- Opportunity to work after finishing study by getting approval from Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment authority.
- Flexible education system allows students to select a course from a variety of subjects. Become specialized in selected course.
The educational expense in US universities depends on institution type and course. The institutions fall under two main categories – Private and Public. Public universities are supported by states and their tuition fees are relatively low from the fees of Private universities. However, the usual range starts from $12,000 (in state institutions) and ends in $35,000 (in private institutions) per year. And the average living cost is $1000 that includes house rent, groceries, utilities, phone etc.
Generally, US universities have two intakes –
- Fall semester (September/October)
- Spring semester (January/February)
These are the major intakes. However, some universities have summer intake (July) also.Universities and colleges offer various levels of courses and education programs –
- Undergraduate Programs (Bachelor degree) – Community or junior colleges and upper-division colleges offer degrees, diplomas and certificate programs of six months to four years.
- Graduate Programs (Master and Doctorate degree) – MBA, MS, PhD are some programs for graduate level students.
- Technical Institutes – Polytechnic institutes offer specialized programs (like Engineering) for both graduate and undergraduate students.
How to apply
- Understand your eligibility of your desired program – year of education and language skill
- Understand its tuition-free structure and document requirements.
- Collect admission form from university website or via Airmail or email
- Gather your academic papers and transcripts.
- Scorecard of language test and other standard tests – TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, GMAT, GRE etc.
- Get for recommendation letters from 2/3 professors
- Write a statement of Purpose.
- Submit your papers to the institution and wait for I-20 request paper from them.
After you get clearance (I-20 request paper) from the institute, apply for a visa to enter the United States. Here are the steps to follow:
- Get a valid passport
- Passport-sized photographs as per US embassy specifications.
- Fill up a Non-immigrant Visa Application Form (DS-160).
- Gather documents according to instruction of visa form
- Get evidence of financial ability.
- Deposit visa fee and lodge the visa application.
Usually, immigration authority issues the visa within a few days, but it delays in some cases. Therefore, it is advised to start admission procedure and lodge application for a visa as early as possible.