The United States of America (USA) is a leader in the Western world in innovation and education. With a population approaching 325 million, the United States of America, or commonly referred to as “the US” is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
USA has the world’s most flexible education system, students can study their area of interest as specialization. As the education system of USA is not centralized each institute can determine its program and admission standards. Lateral movement in the education system is possible at any time.
The GPA system is followed throughout the United States to judge student’s performance. It is graded on the scale of 0 to 4. Following is the evaluation of GPA
Arts & Design
Finance & Economics
Fashion & Textile
Hotel Management, Culinary/Pastry/Cookery
Management & Commerce
Physical Education and Sports
Psychology, Counseling and Social Sciences
Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy & Health
Advertising & Communication
Finance & Commerce
Informatics and Business Systems
Dentistry & Health
Politics and Policy
Science & Technology
When calculating the cost of education and living expenses play a critical role. On an average, a student spends Approx $10000 – 12000/year. But the expenses also depend on the place where a student stays i.e. if a student stays in a metropolitan city like New York, San Francisco, Manhattan, etc the expenses could go up to $15000 in comparison to a student studying in a suburban area where the expenses around $8000 to $10000 / year.
Most of the educational institutions in USA will assist you in finding accommodation while studying in USA. Accommodation are of two types i.e. a student can stay on campus (Halls of Residence/Students hostel) or Off Campus (Home stay, Apartments/Flats). Staying Off Campus is much more cheaper than staying On Campus but it is always advisable that the student should stay on campus for the first six months.
Insurance Policy for international students is a mandatory, as students have to stay abroad for a long period of time. Insurance costs generally between $500-$1000/year. It is advisable to take insurance from an Indian Insurance Company but make sure that it covers medical expenses, personal accident, dental, treatment ,study interruption, passport loss etc. Insurance is basically cashless so a student does not need to pay money at the time of hospitalization.
Scholarships & financial aids – fee waivers are awarded to international students on the criteria of merit & need of it. Candidate with strong academics, good performance on standardized exams & extra curricular achievements would be eligible for scholarship awards & financial assistance. To benefit from these opportunities, one has to make sure to send all the required documents by particular deadlines. In addition to this, the presentation of the application package is also important because one is judged by the image one projects.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
University of Michigan
Johns Hopkins University
University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
There are several steps to apply for a student visa:
1. Screening of the Resume
3. Apply to the universities/College
4. Receive Form I- 20
5. Pay SEVIS I-901 Fee before you start your US visa application.
6. Submit the online Application Form DS-160 visa
7. Print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
8. Pay the visa fee.
9. Schedule a Biometric appointment and Interview appointment.
10 .Get the Visa