Study in USA

STUDY IN USA

About USA

 

  • Capital : Washington
  • Area : 9,857,306 km2 – 3,805,927 sq mi
  • National Language : English
  • Population : 322,014,853[6] (3rd)
  • Currency : United States dollar ($) (USD)
  • Largest City : New York
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Types of Programs

 

Undergraduate programs (Bachelor degree) : This is the first level of post-secondary education that begins after 12 years of primary and secondary schooling. It includes at least 4 years of education and earns a bachelor’s degree (Most Indian graduation courses are of 3 years duration). There are also two-year programs which earn an Associate degree. A student who has an associate degree has to study further for a minimum of 2 years to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Graduate Programs (Master’s & Doctorate degree) : This is the same as post-graduate education in India. It usually involves one year or more of education depending on the subject or course, and earns a master’s or doctoral degree like MBA, MS or PhD. Admission to a graduate program usually requires a minimum of 16 years of formal education. That is, 12 years of primary and secondary schooling and further 4 years of college education.

 

Types of Institutions

 

There is no central ministry of education in the U.S. and each institution can determine its own programs and admission standards. There are private as well as state funded colleges.

Universities are academic institutions that include one or more undergraduate colleges, as well as any number of graduate and professional schools, i.e. schools offering study for a single profession such as law.

Four year colleges are undergraduate institutions offering academic programs leading to a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges or junior colleges are undergraduate institutions offering upto two years of academic instruction beyond secondary school at a relatively low cost. These offer certificate programs that last for a few months to a year as well as associate degrees.

Institutes of technology or polytechnic institutes offer specialized programs in sciences and engineering, in addition to basic sciences, humanities and the social sciences, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels

 

Accreditation

 

Accreditation is a process by which universities and their programs are recognized for maintaining a certain level of performance and quality. Accreditation is usually done by non-governmental agencies called accreditation bodies. There are two types of accreditation : regional & professional.

Regional bodies ascertain whether colleges and universities as a whole meet certain standards of educational quality.

In addition, certain professional accrediting bodies evaluate the quality of education in specific fields like Business, Law etc.

 

Importance of Accreditation

Ensures that universities meet minimum standards.

Only national and international form of evaluation for US universities.

Increases the recognition of degree by employers and schools.

Helps in case the student wishes a transfer to another university.

To check out the list of accredited US universities, go to www.chea.org

NOTE : Government of India recognizes only accredited U.S. universities

It is advisable to apply to only accredited universities.

 

Semesters

US universities offer two main semester intakes :

Fall Semester (September/October):

This is the main intake and almost all programs are offered at this times. More financial aid is also available for this semester and as funds are allocated for the entire year during this time.

Spring Semester (January/February)

This is the mid-year intake. There is limited financial assistance available for this semester as most universities allocate funds to projects in the Fall semester.

Some universities also have a summer intake around July.

Why Study in USA

American colleges are still the number one choice for international students and have the highest number of world ranked universities. Studying in the USA gives you the chance to expand your career options, explore a huge and diverse nation, and learn from internationally-renowned teachers and researchers at US colleges and Graduate schools.

The choice of universities in the USA is the largest in the world. An American college is usually smaller and offers only undergraduate degrees, while a university also offers graduate degrees. In each US university or college you will find schools (or faculties) that specialise in a subject area like Business. No matter what and where you want to study, there is a course that is right for you.

For many of the 500,000 international students who study in USA 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.

Universities and Colleges in USA

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Education System

The U.S. educational system is very different from its Indian counterpart. U.S.A. has more than 3,300 accredited colleges and universities, which offer a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs.

Types of Programs

Undergraduate programs (Bachelor degree) : This is the first level of post-secondary education that begins after 12 years of primary and secondary schooling. It includes at least 4 years of education and earns a bachelor’s degree (Most Indian graduation courses are of 3 years duration). There are also two-year programs which earn an Associate degree. A student who has an associate degree has to study further for a minimum of 2 years to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Graduate Programs (Master’s & Doctorate degree) : This is the same as post-graduate education in India. It usually involves one year or more of education depending on the subject or course, and earns a master’s or doctoral degree like MBA, MS or PhD. Admission to a graduate program usually requires a minimum of 16 years of formal education. That is, 12 years of primary and secondary schooling and further 4 years of college education.

Types of Institutions

There is no central ministry of education in the U.S. and each institution can determine its own programs and admission standards. There are private as well as state funded colleges.

Universities are academic institutions that include one or more undergraduate colleges, as well as any number of graduate and professional schools, i.e. schools offering study for a single profession such as law.

Four year colleges are undergraduate institutions offering academic programs leading to a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges or junior colleges are undergraduate institutions offering upto two years of academic instruction beyond secondary school at a relatively low cost. These offer certificate programs that last for a few months to a year as well as associate degrees.

Institutes of technology or polytechnic institutes offer specialized programs in sciences and engineering, in addition to basic sciences, humanities and the social sciences, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels

Accreditation

Accreditation is a process by which universities and their programs are recognized for maintaining a certain level of performance and quality. Accreditation is usually done by non-governmental agencies called accreditation bodies. There are two types of accreditation : regional & professional.

Regional bodies ascertain whether colleges and universities as a whole meet certain standards of educational quality.

In addition, certain professional accrediting bodies evaluate the quality of education in specific fields like Business, Law etc.

Importance of Accreditation

Ensures that universities meet minimum standards.

Only national and international form of evaluation for US universities.

Increases the recognition of degree by employers and schools.

Helps in case the student wishes a transfer to another university.

To check out the list of accredited US universities, go to www.chea.org

NOTE : Government of India recognizes only accredited U.S. universities

It is advisable to apply to only accredited universities.

Semesters

US universities offer two main semester intakes :

Fall Semester (September/October):

This is the main intake and almost all programs are offered at this times. More financial aid is also available for this semester and as funds are allocated for the entire year during this time.

Spring Semester (January/February)

This is the mid-year intake. There is limited financial assistance available for this semester as most universities allocate funds to projects in the Fall semester.

Some universities also have a summer intake around July.

Education Cost

US Universities fall under two major categories: public (state supported), and private (independent) institutions. International students’ tuition expenses at state schools are based on non-resident costs, which are still usually less expensive than those of private universities. It’s important to note that the cost of a program in a US school does not necessarily affect its quality. A brief idea can be got from the following table.

University Type Average Tuition Fees (annual in U.S. Dollars)
Private Institutions (High Cost) $ 35,000
Private Institutions (Low Cost) $ 18,000
State Institutions (High Cost) $ 25,000
State Institutions (Low Cost) $ 12,000

The tuition fee is different for different universities and varies widely with courses. It can vary from as low as $ 10000 a year for state universities to as much as $ 35000 per annum for some private universities. For more specific details, please contact the universities.

Living Expenses

The approximate annual living expenses are about $10,000, which includes accommodation as well as other daily expenses. However, the expenses are different for different people depending on the lifestyles and this is just a rough idea. The main expenses can be split up as.

Rent $ 400 per month
(you can live alone with that amount in a place like Auburn or share an apartment with 6 people in NY)
Groceries $ 100 per month
Utilities $ 100 per month
Phone $ 100 per month
Sundry $ 200 per month

So, about $1000 per month is a good estimation. Most people can survive with $700-$1000 a month. The key here is to share apartments/houses so that you save on the utilities, fixed charge portion of phone and to some extent on groceries.

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TOP 10 Sought-After courses in USA

Engineering

MBA

PhD

IT and allied fields

Sports, Sports Management

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Biotechnology

Physiotherapy

Hospitality

Skill Shortage

America has a deficit of workers. Willing workers. Capable workers. Skilled, or at least semi-skilled workers, who can do a job and do it well. There are at least one million jobs that go begging day after day if only employers could find workers to fill them.

What kind of jobs are going unfilled?

* Manufacturing

* Trucking

* Energy

*Engineers – Mechanical, Civil, Architecture, Computer Science, Automotive, Electrical and Robotics, Aeronautical, IT

Accountants

Retail Managers

Average Income

The median household income in the US is $50,502. This is some extremely useful data given that it is exploring over 114 million US households. If you want to know how most Americans are living this is a good figure to base your assumptions. $50,000 does not go a long way in our
economy today
given the cost of food, energy, housing, education, and healthcare.

The average US income is a less useful measure because it is skewed by high income households and mega income earners. According to Social Security tax records for 2011 you have 93 Americans making more than $50,000,000 with average earnings of $79,000,000+. Clearly this pushes the average much higher and that is why you see the average household income at $69,821.

Admission Process

Step1 : Prepare well and take the GRE and TOEFL exam If you plan to get into the top universities of the USA and try to score 305+ in GRE and 90+ TOEFL. These are the minimum score required for admission in most of the Universities whose rank lies between 150-200.

After getting the required score in the standardised tests, prepare for other supporting documents required for the admission such as your transcripts and recommendation letters, then apply well in advance.

Step 2 : If you are an international student then you would be required to submit the affidavit of financial support, showing that you have the money required for your studies in USA. Most public universities would cost you between 30000$-40000$ per year and private universities would cost you 40000$-50000$ per year. This amount is for international students including tuition fees and living expenses.However some public universities may cost you more than 40000$ per year and some private universities can cost you more than 50000$ per year. Of course you can reduce that expenses by doing side jobs or applying for teaching assistanceship and scholarships.

Step 3 : Once you have been admission to a university , the next step is to let the college know that you will take admission and pay the required admission fee. Then college will send you the I-20 form which is required for applying for a VISA. Once you get your visa (F-1/J-1) then just get ready to have an amazing college experience.

Document Required

Passport

IELTS Result

Recommendation Letters

Photographs

10th, 12th and all College Mark sheets

Transcript

School Leaving Certificate

Degree Certificate

Bank Statement Certificate

Resume

Statement of Purpose

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NOTE :

A Separate Set of Documents is required for each University as mentioned above.

The Name of the student should be written in the same manner on all the above documents as mentioned in the passport.

The Passport should be valid for minimum Six months at the time of applying for Visa.

The sponsor at the time of Application should be the same as the one who will Show the required funds at the time of Visa because the I-20 will clearly mention the details of the sponsor and this cannot be changed at the time of Visa. Preferably, Parents should be the sponsors.

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