is the dream destination for most Indian students. Aptly described as the technological
paradise USA is known for its cutting edge courses in Engineering, Biotechnology,
Bio-informatics, Information Technology, Nuclear science, space technology. The
American Education System offers International students with a wide plethora of
courses and boundless educational possibilities at undergraduate, graduate and
research levels. Home to some of the world famous universities like Harvard, Yale,
Stanford, MIT, California Berkley, Princeton, Southern California, and Cornell,
US offers the most exciting, rewarding and lucrative careers.
US Education System comprises
of State funded universities/colleges, private Colleges/universities, Professional
Schools and Institutes of Technology. Universities further consist of Undergraduate
schools, Graduate schools, Business schools and research schools. The undergraduate
schools offer two years associate degrees and four years bachelorís degree in
varied disciplines. The graduate schools offer highly specialized masters programs
in specific fields usually of two years duration. Business schools offer MBA and
other masters in management programs with specialization in the sub fields of
management. Research schools offer PhD programs, which take around 3-6 years for
completion depending on the course of study, the ability of the student and the
thesis he has chosen.
Admission to US universities
is highly competitive and requires you to have attained good grades and completed
challenging coursework besides fulfilling course specific requirements such as
test scores, work experience and command over English. Much, however, depends
on the school in question and the chosen program of study.
to undergraduate programs require a student to complete 12 years of primary and
secondary studies, possess good academic records and satisfy the SAT (Scholastic
Aptitude Test) score requirement of the concerned university.
applying to graduate programs the candidate must have completed 16 years of education
and needs to qualify GRE (Graduate Record Examination) which focuses on measuring
the verbal and quantitative reasoning skills, critical thinking and analytical
writing ability of the candidate.
programs require the student to possess at least 2-4 years of industrial experience
and satisfy the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score requirement of
the said B School. Besides, you are required to submit essays and take a telephonic
to the above academic requirements, the admission committees take into consideration
the studentís entire profile viz his aptitude for the subject, his overall personality
traits, interest in co curricular and community development activities.
Natives of non-English
speaking countries are required to qualify English proficiency test either IELTS
(International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test Of English as a
Foreign Language) and satisfy the course specific requirements. For majority of
the courses, the English language requirement is 90 in TOEFL iBT or 6.5 in IELTS,
though some may require the candidate to obtain 110 in TOEFL iBT or 7.0 in IELTS.
US Universities and colleges offer major intakes in September and January known
as the Fall and Spring intakes respectively. Application process takes around
16-18 months and involves filling up of online/ paper based application forms,
rigorous documentation work like transcripts, Statement of purpose, letters of
recommendation, financial forms, essays. Once the university receives all the
documents, the admissions committee takes around 3-4 months to review the application
and if the application is successful the student receives his I 20, which is the
confirmation of his enrollment.
& Living costs:
Tuition costs vary
widely between different schools though state run and public funded universities
charge lesser than private institutions. As a very rough estimate, the tuition
costs may vary from 8000 to 25000 US$ per year depending on the course and college.
The estimated living costs is 10000 US$ per year which includes room and board,
books and supplies, commutation and personal expenses.
US academic institutions
offer financial assistance by way of tuition waivers, scholarships, fellowships
and assistantships. However, the competition to avail them is intensely fierce
and they are awarded to academically bright students. Tuition waivers exempt the
student from paying tuition fees and the student has to bear his living costs
and general fees like library fee, sports fee, etc. Scholarship and Fellowship
awards waive off a part of the tuition fees. Assistantships allow the student
to work on campus thereby earning a fixed stipend.
US student visa process starts once the student receives I 20 from the academic
institution. Thereafter, the students are required to complete the online nonimmigrant
visa form DS 160 which also provides photo upload by following the link https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/.
The candidate is then required to take a print out of the confirmation page and
deposit the visa fee and VFS charges at the designated branches of HDFC Bank.
Using bar code on the fee receipt and the confirmation page, the student can schedule
his appointment for interview on the VFS website and print the appointment letter.
The student is required to carry his valid passport, VFS Appointment letter and
all other supporting documents for the visa interview.
USA offers good
job prospects and career growth opportunities. US Citizenship and Immigration
Service allows F-1 Visa students to apply for Optional Practical Training for
a period of one year after successful completion of one academic year of their
course or after the completion of their course wherein the student gets an opportunity
to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience off
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