USA

USA is known for its world class educational institutes, wide variety of academic programs to choose from, and superior education quality. All these features make USA, the prime education destination for Indian international education aspirants.

America is famous for many other things, the most important being education. The world's biggest country, America is located in the Western Hemisphere with an area of almost 9,400,000 square kilometers. It is twice as large of all the countries of Europe combined, minus the U.S.S.R. It is two and a half times smaller than the Soviet Union.

The USA is advantageously placed in the middle of the North American continent, in the temperate zone between latitudes 25° and 49° N. It is bordered by the Atlantic in the east and the Pacific in the west-and controls the Panama Canal connecting these two oceans.

Selecting the right program and suitable institute from amongst the top universities in USA, is a task. The large number of programs and eligibility differences across Colleges in USA has created a need for expertise in guidance for international education and visa processes

The world's prominent colleges in USA and top Universities in USA based on international rankings, world class learning environment, power on scientific papers, academic variety, and international focus makes study in USA, a dream for every student.

  • The United States is the number one destination for international students seeking higher education overseas.
  • The education system in the USA is highly flexible with room to tailor the course work to suit your specific requirements.
  • The US hosts the highest number of international students, more than any other country in the world.
  • There is diversity and range of educational opportunities available in the United States in unparalleled. There are a wide number of universities to select from.
  • US universities attract world renowned faculty and are at the forefront of research and technological development.
  • Interactive learning, freedom of choice, liberal education, independent thinking and democratic principles are the fundamentals of US learning environment.
  • International students on successful completion of their US study are highly sought after by employers worldwide.
  • US universities encourage international students to get admitted for pursuing higher education. The students benefit from a wide range of support services for International Students.

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. Prior to their transition, overseas students have to prepare themselves for the climatic conditions.

Culture

USA is the country with diverse cultures and is the home for extensive groups of ethics, customs and values. People in United States tend to the human values and socioeconomic triumph. The people and culture in United States are much different from Indians. The students who choose the universities will come across the regional culture and rich traditions and customs. The nation has a multi-racial society that merges new immigrants despite of the country from which they come from. The culture of USA reveals a trend to hybridize pop culture, thus it is called as high culture. The expansion of American culture was apparent in many aspects like, music, dance, movies, sports, architecture, literature, poetry, cuisine and visual arts, which are highly followed by all around the world.

Cost of living in USA

The cost of living in US also depends upon types of accommodation you choose and your daily expenses. You can opt for Dormitories, Campus Apartments, Off Campus accommodation and Home stay (living with a host family). You might end up paying $3500 to $6000 approximately per semester for Dormitories, USD400– USD700 approximately per month while living with a host family, $400 approximately per month for shared campus apartment, $800 approximately per month for single campus apartment and USD300 to USD600 approximately per month for a rented apartment. You should keep additional $1000 to $2000 approximately if you are planning to stay in dormitory as it might be closed during vacations. Apart from accommodation, your living expenses will also include cost of food, groceries, clothing, sundry and phone. The cost of living in US might vary from $10,000 to $12,000 approximately per year.

Education System in USA

The US has the world's most developed educational system. Apart from the attributes listed above, students have the freedom to choose their subjects, change their majors or apply for multiple specializations. Although many programs have specific requirements it is possible for students to design their course work to suit their specific needs.

The US system also offers students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in their field through teaching and research fellowships. Many graduate programs provide opportunities for students to work as teaching/research assistants to undergraduates. Apart from the practical experience gained, the stipend from these teaching or research positions helps students to finance their education.

All US universities have international student support programs. These programs help international students to adapt to life in the US. The services offered, include: orientation programs, student socials, career support, and English and academic writing courses.

Bachelor's Degrees:

The Bachelors degree or undergraduate degree is a four-year course. It is usually structured to have four general areas of study - major, cognates, general education courses and electives. Although certain specifications have to be met, these programs are flexible and allow students many options. Some universities also accept international students who have completed a part of their undergraduate degree as a transfer student.

Graduate Degrees:

A master's program can be taken upon completion of 16 years of education. Certain universities accept students with a three-year bachelors degree into some programs, but in most cases, students who have not completed 16 years of education are required to complete one year of a masters program or a post graduate diploma. GMAT/ GRE and TOEFL/ IELTS exams are compulsory for admission.

Graduate programs can be research-based, coursework-based or a combination of both. Master's programs are usually one or two years in duration, depending on the university and the course. Successful graduates are awarded a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS).

Doctorates:

Doctorates or PhD's are awarded after advanced study beyond the bachelor's and master's degree; they can take anywhere from three to five years to complete, depending on a range of factors.

Intakes

US universities have4 intakes

  • Spring: January/February
  • Fall: August/September
  • Summer: April/May
  • Winter: December

Major intake is the fall intake, but most of the universities are open for Spring and few of them for summer & winter intake too. However all subjects commence in fall and only some in Winter and Summer intake

Cost of Living in USA

While the United States remains the most sought after destination for education for international students, the cost of education in the USA varies from one state to another, the type of university chosen and the course of study.

Universities in USA are majorly divided into two categories - Public/State institutions and Private institutions. The education cost at a Public/State institution is comparatively lower than that of a Private institution. There are a number of scholarships offered by the USA government, states as well as the Private universities to international students that helps them save a great amount on their study expense at US universities. Tuition will be the most expensive component of your educational costs. The price of tuition can range from $10,000 to $55,000 (USD) per year.

Most campuses offer a meal plan for students to allow dining in the on-campus facilities. These plans are offered at many different levels to accommodate individual budgets. Most campuses also require students to pay for medical insurance to allow them to utilize on-campus medical facilities for check-ups; basic testing and prescriptions for common illnesses (for example, head cold, fever, etc). This insurance typically runs under $1,000 per year.

Accomodation in USA

Accommodation costs will depend on personal preferences and the city you reside in. For example, staying on campus will usually cost you more than staying off campus. Undergraduate (bachelor degree) students in some universities may be required to stay on campus for the first year which may considerably increase the cost of living. Whether you decide to stay alone or live with friends will also affect your costs.

Accommodation will typically range from $3,000 to $8,000 per year. If you decide to rent an apartment, remember that extra costs such as electricity, phone line, furniture, and travel costs to and from the university are your responsibility.

Other costs to budget for are fees for student activities, which amount to a few hundred dollars per year and reference books, which can cost between $500 and $1,500 per year.

Working in USA

USA is one of the strongest economies of the world. The vast majority of Americans derive most part of their income from occupational earnings. In the United States, the highest earning occupational groups are the white collar professionals including management, physicians, mathematicians, financial managers, software publishers, computer engineers, hospitality, etc. USA has also been on the forefront in the telecoms, medicine, health care, and genetics.

International students can take up on campus jobs they are allowed to work 20 hrs per week during semester (on campus). On campus jobs may include teaching assistantship or research assistantship where a student is paid on an average $8 to $10 per hour thus student earns approximately $ 500-$ 1000 per month or can get a waiver in tuition fees. With this, a student can also do internship in the related field which may be paid.

During vacation the student is allowed to work for 40 hrs per week. On completion of the course, student is allowed to work for 1year popularly known as OPT (optional practical training). Students with certain degrees are allowed to work for 29 months. On completion of their OPT; the student can later apply for work on a H1 B visa (work permit visa).

Career Prospects

The United States is one of most popular and preferred destinations for foreigners to study and work.

Some of industries and fields which are growing and are hiring are:

  • Health Care
  • Computer Science
  • Data Analytics
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Marketing

Professional profiles which require highly skilled candidates are open to hiring of foreign candidates.


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