The United States is a developed country and has the world’s largest economy by GDP, benefiting from an abundance of natural resources and high worker productivity. USA offers the perfect blend of educational quality and cultural experience. Presence of world class universities makes USA one of the best destination for higher education.
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Higher placements and job opportunities after study
Freedom to select the course and decide the structure of curriculum
Liberty to pursue different courses before and declare your major at the end of the second year
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There are two types of institutions for higher education as follows:-
College: They are smaller than universities and provide undergraduate degrees. Community college offers associate degree after which you can continue your studies in the university for another two years to gain an undergraduate degree.
University: Offer research-based masters, doctoral and post-doctoral degrees. There are mainly two types of universities in the US:
Public universities: Mostly state universities, established and run by the state government
Private universities: A mix of profit and not-for-profit supported by tuition fee and donations; approximately 20% of students attend private universities
Tuition fee depends on the course and university you choose. Courses in medicine and engineering are more expensive. On the other hand humanities courses are comparatively cheaper. The indicative tuition fees for community college ranges from $6000 to $20000 per year. The indicative tuition fees for Graduate program ranges from $20,000 to $45,000 per year (An MBA degree can cost significantly more, as can professional programs such as law, medicine, dentistry, some design programs, etc). The indicative tuition fee for Doctoral degree ranges from $28,000 to $55,000 per year.
Unlike a single intake in Indian universities, American colleges and universities offer three intakes. Intakes may also be referred to as term in some institutions. The three intakes available in the US are:
Fall: A popular intake among Indian students. It starts in the month of August
Spring: Starts in the January. It is best if you miss the September intake
Summer: Available for limited programs and colleges. It usually starts around May
Firstly, you must apply and get accepted by a US school or university that is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). F1 visa is issued to international students who are attending an academic program or English Language Program at a US college or university. Most students who wish to pursue their studies overseas opt for the F-1 Student Visa. There are three major steps to its procedure, being:
Step 1: SEVIS fee and I-20 form collection
Once you pay the SEVIS fee, you are given an I-20 form from your new school or college. Duly fill the form and bring along for your F-1 interview.
Step 2: VISA fee and form collection
Pay your visa fee at the designated bank and collect the visa form. Duly fill the form and bring along for your interview.
Step 3: VISA interview
Schedule a visa interview with the US embassy in your country. The waiting time may vary depending on the visa type. Once you complete the interview successfully, you’ll receive your visa 120 days in advance.