Study in USA

Benefits of studying in USA
  • US universities and colleges are known for their academic excellence and quality assurance. A degree from an accredited US university is not only recognized but also sought after, by employers worldwide.
  • The long-term career prospects of a student are enhanced as the method of teaching is designed to apply theoretical knowledge and develop self-confidence, independent thinking and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • A large number of scholarships, fellowships and assistantships are also available to international students. They are also eligible to work part time during studies.
  • U.S. universities welcome international students for pursuing higher education in USA and have support systems to help students adjust comfortably to life in the U.S. Services at the international student office help student’s transition to the new environment. Support is offered through the year from organizing orientation programs to assistance with academic writing and building resumes as students get ready to graduate.
  • American universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. The United States is the number one and largest destination for international students seeking higher education overseas. The education system in USA is the most versatile and flexible higher education system for international students in the world.
  • American universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. The United States is the number one and largest destination for international students seeking higher education overseas. The education system in USA is the most versatile and flexible higher education system for international students in the world.
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About Country

The United States of America is a country in North America. There are 50 states in the United States of America.
The US is the most preferred education destination among International students. The current 671,616 International students studying in diverse universities and institutions across US make it the number one choice of International student’s world wide. In totality there are 4276 Institutions in US out of which 1700 Universities & Institutions offer Master Degree & Ph D, 1700 Universities offer Bachelors.
The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.

Weather

As USA is a big country, its climatic condition varies from place to place. There will be temperate climate in most part of the country. Usually the southern and western half of the country will be warm than the other regions and extreme hot in summer. The eastern and northern half region will be extremely cold and heavy snowfall in winters and will be pleasant in summer.
Places like Hawaii and Florida will have tropical climate, freezing in places around Alaska and semi-dry in Great Plains west regions of Mississippi River and dry in Great Basin of the southwest region.

Some facts

CAPITAL: Washington, DC
CURRENCY: US Dollar ( $) (USD)
LANGUAGE: Spoken: English is the de facto national language of the United States, with 82% of the population claiming it as a mother tongue, and some 96% claiming to speak it "well" or "very well". However, no official language exists at the Federal level. People speak many languages all over the country including English, Spanish, French, and German etc.
TIME DIFFERENCE: 11.5 hours behind IST

Major Regions/ Cities

The United States is divided into five regions.

  • Northeast
  • Southeast
  • Midwest
  • Southwest
  • West
Some of the biggest city of USA are -

  • New York City, New York
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Houston, Texas
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • San Diego, California
  • Dallas, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • San Jose, California
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • San Francisco, California
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Austin, Texas
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Major Economy

The economy of the United States is the world's largest. Its nominal GDP was estimated to be $14.3 trillion in 2009, almost three times the size of the economy of Japan, the world's second largest economy. In purchasing power parity terms, it is more than twice as large as the economy of the People's Republic of China. Notwithstanding, the U.S. economy also maintains a very high level of output per capita.
In fact, the US manufacturing output is greater than that of the countries of China, India, and Russia combined. In 2009, consumer spending, coupled with government health care spending constituted 70% of the American economy. The US is by far the world's economic center and hub of global wealth, with Americans owning 40% of the world's entire wealth. About 50% of the entire world's millionaire population reside in the United States.
The US Dollar holds about 60% of world reserves, as compared to its top competitor, the Euro, which controls only about 24%.

Education System
Education in the United States is mainly provided by the public sector, with control and funding coming from three levels: federal, state, and local. Child education is compulsory.

Primary school
American children start school at the age of five years. The first year at school is called kindergarten. It is required of all American children enrolled in the American education system.

Secondary school
Upon completion of fifth grade (the last year of primary school), American children enrolled in the American education system advance to secondary school. Secondary school most commonly consists of a total of seven years, referred to as sixth through twelfth grades.

Undergraduate school
Students who have completed high school and would like to attend college or university must attend what is referred to as an undergraduate school. These are schools that offer either a two-year degree (called an associate degree) or a four-year degree (called a bachelors degree) in a specific course of study. That course of study is called the major.

Graduate school
Students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree can continue their education by pursuing one of two types of degrees. The first is a master’s degree. This is usually a two-year degree that is highly specialized in a specific field. Students are sometimes admitted to a master’s degree program only if they have a bachelor’s degree in a closely related field. However, there are many exceptions to this, such as with students who want to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Students who want to advance their education even further in a specific field can pursue a doctorate degree, also called a PhD. A PhD degree can take between three and six years to complete, depending on the course of study chosen, the ability of the student, and the thesis that the student has selected. The thesis is a very intensive research paper that must be completed prior to earning the degree. It is always required of students pursuing a PhD, and may sometimes be required of students pursuing a master’s degree (depending on the school).
In the United States students entering postsecondary education typically have completed twelve years of primary and secondary education. Postsecondary (tertiary) institutions in the United States may be known as either a college or a university (but are also often informal referred to as school).
Undergraduate education commonly consists of two to four years of study at one or more institutions with the intent of completing either an Associates (two year) degree or a Bachelors (four year) degree. There are more than 4,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States from which students may choose.
Graduate or Professional Education in the United States typically follows the completion of a four year bachelors degree and may consist of a Masters, Doctoral, (PhD or EdD) or professional degree such as a JD (juris doctor, or law) degree.

Admission Timings:

INTAKE:

Fall – August/September
Spring – January/February
Summer – May/June

Ranking

There is no as such official ranking of Universities. There has been much debate since the late 1990s about both the usefulness and political correctness of college rankings in the United States. Still, A 2010 University of Michigan study has confirmed that the rankings in the United States have significantly affected colleges' applications and admissions.

Apart from QS world university ranking, following rankings are referred:

  • U.S. News & World Report College and University rankings
  • United States National Research Council Rankings
  • Faculty Scholarly Productivity rankings
  • The Top American Research Universities
  • Washington Monthly College rankings
  • Forbes College rankings

    • Other organizations which compile general US annual college and university rankings include the Fiske Guide to Colleges, Princeton Review, and College Prowlr. Many specialized rankings are available in guidebooks for undergraduate and graduate students, dealing with individual student interests, fields of study, and other concerns such as geographical location, financial aid, and affordability.

      Part time work during studies
      The student visa status allows students to work not more than 20 hours per week during semesters and not more than 40 hours per week during vacations with the permission of the international student office of the college or university in the U.S.

      Work opportunities after studies

      US Employment Rules for F1 Students

      Most international students in the United States hold an F-1 visa, which is the U.S. non-immigrant student visa. F-1 students are allowed to work in the United States, but only under certain conditions and in accordance with complex guidelines and restrictions issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
      Generally, all employment is contingent on remaining within the terms and restrictions of F-1 visa. There are several categories of employment during the term of your stay as an F-1 student in the United States. On-campus employment is the most freely available, and then there are four categories of off-campus employment: optional practical training (OPT), curricular practical training (CPT), severe economic hardship, and approved international organizations.

      Visa Requirement
      • Good academics
      • TEOFL/ IELTS /GMAT/GRE/SAT (As per the university requirement)
      • Finance to support education
      • Genuine Intentions to Study in USA

      Passport

      Visa appointment Letter and CEAC barcode I-20, SEVIS fee to be paid (you can choose to pay on-line and the receipt is good enough to present at the visa interview)
      Visa processing time: Most of the time result or wait is suggested after the interview at visa counter.

      English Requirement

      a)   TOEFL score taken within the last 24 months with an overall Score of minimum 550 / 213 / 79 or above with the minimum validity of 6 months at the time of applying.

      OR

      b)   IELTS score taken within the last 24 months with an overall score of minimum 6.0 (no band less than 5.5), with the minimum validity of 6 months at the time of applying.

      If the student doesn’t satisfy the above criteria for English he will need to study ESL at AIC.

      Fee Structure
      Tuition Fee Average $ 8,000 – $ 32,000 per year
      Living expenses Average $ 8,000 – $ 12,000 per year

      Academic Requirement

      Each USA application must be given individual attention. I-20 is processed with extreme care and student attention is needed from day one of the process.
      There is no fixed guideline for entry requirement in USA institutions.

      Admission Tests Details

      Most colleges and universities in the US require scores from one or more of the standardized admission tests. Students should visit individual college websites for information on admission requirements.
      All international students whose native language is not English are required to take the 'Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)'. Few institutions may accept scores from other English language examinations.

      Students aspiring to pursue undergraduate studies in the United States will be required by universities to take:

      • SAT Reasoning Test
      • SAT Subject Tests

      Most graduate departments require students to take one or more of the following:

      • GRE - Graduate Record Examination (General Test)
      • GRE - Graduate Record Examination (Subject Test)
      • GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test

      Programs in law, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine require:

      • LSAT - Law School Admission Test
      • MCAT - Medical College Admission Test
      • DAT - Dental Admission Test
      • PCAT - Pharmacy College Admissions Test
      • VCAT - Veterinary Aptitude Test

      Scholarship/ Bursaries

      The scholarship is made every year on the basis of the student's academic achievements and recommendations of his / her teachers - or coaches, if the scholarship in question is awarded for sport activity. It is also necessary to consider general financial situation of the institution, which can change with time and depend on the economic situation in the country.
      It is most often very difficult for international students to obtain aid in any form at Bachelor’s level. Hence, it is imperative that students who are financially sound or have brilliant academic background (including top-level scores in TOEFL/IELTS and/or SAT I and II) to consider further education at the bachelor’s level. However, at the Master’s level, aid in several forms is available for international students. Almost 78% of students at the Master’s level in US universities get funding in some form or the other.
      Most Doctoral level applicants get a complete tuition waiver along with a stipend or scholarship while pursuing their PhD programs. It is also possible for some universities to provide just the admission and no funding at all, based on their financial constraints and funding availability.

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