Apart from being the leading destination of choice for international students, USA offers a wide range of attractions and opportunities.
For many of the international students who study in the US each year, the freedom to choose and change subjects and schools is also big advantage. You can begin your studies in a smaller US college, complete a two-year associate degree, and then transfer to a larger USA university for further study.
The United States has thousands of accredited colleges and universities renowned for quality, numerous programs of study, and flexibility to change fields of study and schools. The wide range of tuition and living costs makes the United States affordable for hundreds of thousands of international students each year. Whichever region you choose, you’re sure to find the right campus for you. Your journey to study in the United States begins today.
- Average tuition fees per year range from $15,000 to $25,000 (Private Institutions) and $10,000 to $20,000 (State Institutions)
- Requirements for an undergraduate degree are a High School / 12th standard passing certificate, TOEFL examination and SAT – 1 entrance examination. Ivy League/top schools require an additional entrance examination called the SAT – 2.
- An undergraduate / Bachelors degree in the United States is for a 4 year duration (unlike 3 years in India and the UK).
The requirements for a graduate / Masters Degree are 4 years of undergraduate study. However, few selected colleges do admit Indian students with a 12 + 3 years of study (mostly for MBA programs and very few MS programs). Therefore, in general a master’s course in the U.S. would require a BCOM (or related Bachelors degree) plus at least 1 year of the MCOM/equivalent. A science student would require at least the first year of the MSc., while an Arts student will require at least the first year of the M.A. degree. GMAT is required for business studies whereas GRE is required for sciences, engineering and top arts programs. TOEFL is again a must for all students.
There are three main semester intakes per year in the United States. These vary from university to university. Fall (September) is the most popular with 70% of the student traffic opting for this semester. Then comes spring (January) and the last is summer (May – June). Summer is rarely chosen by Indian students.
There are two broad categories of colleges/universities in the United States. The first is state-managed or public/national universities. The fees here are lower and the admissions more competitive. Private run universities are equally well – reputed with the fees being relatively higher and admissions criteria varying as per the major and location.
Application deadline for September intake is Jan- March earlier for more competitive courses.
Minimum visa requirements – Acceptance form from your chosen university, application fee and evidence of financial ability to cover costs (tuition and living expenses).
Study in USA not only broadens student’s educational experience, but Cultural opportunities as well. Whether it’s a small, private college in a small town or a university situated in the middle of a large urban area, most universities offer a variety of student clubs and organizations to match the wide array of student interests. Student’s have the opportunity to experience American culture, meeting new people and making new friends, through different organizations and associations.