The United States of America is one of the most preferred destinations for people seeking higher education. Whether it is the quality of teaching and learning methods, flexibility of the education system, course options or the quality of research in the education system, the USA is considered number one.

Reasons to study in the USA

  • A degree from a US University dramatically enhances the chances for students in getting international offers and better-quality jobs.

  • At the undergraduate level, US universities offer various courses with the provision of specializing in multiple subjects and change majors during the later years.

  • The USA is renowned worldwide for being the top academic system in the world. As per the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Harvard and Stanford Universities top the list at first and second rank respectively with about 46 American universities ranking in the top 100. Undoubtedly, people with certification from US Universities are in demand in the professional world globally and today more than 30% of international students flock to the USA for higher education.

  • The US education system is built on providing students with practical knowledge and experience along with theoretical understanding. Students are provided with many opportunities to excel in their area of interest, as per their aptitude.

  • Technology is aptly applied to the education sector too. Students are encouraged to take part in research and training oriented programs that are powered by the latest technology and latest infrastructure.

  • To assist international students to study in the country, US universities provide an able support system in terms of financial support; scholarships etc. as well as helping new students adjust to their new environment.

  • Campus life at the universities is a lot more fun because of the culture there is marked by openness and freedom. International students get the chance to interact and exchange ideas as well as delve into their creative interests.

Higher Education in the US

  • Community colleges are the ones that have non-competitive college admissions with comparatively lower education fees. On completion of the two-year course, students are awarded an associate degree.

  • Colleges provide a bachelor’s degree to undergraduates and have a wider range of choices of subjects as compared to community colleges.

  • Technical schools that impart technical expertise to students mostly provide four-year courses with a degree at the end.

  • Liberal arts college offer residential programs and are known to have higher teacher-student ratios. Most courses offered here are for four years.

  • Universities are mostly research institutes that facilitate undergraduate and graduate courses.


Scholarships in the US for international students

State-sponsored scholarships where many state governments offer scholarship programs to students, take a look at some of them:

  • HOPE Scholarship in Georgia:

This scholarship was established in the year 1993 and is applicable at public and private colleges in Georgia.

  • Bright Futures by the state of Florida:

           This scholarship started in the year 1997and is funded by the Florida Lottery.Non-government scholarships are               sponsored by the private sector on need-related and academic base. These are mostly industry-specific, such                 as:

             1. The Avvo Scholars Circle was started this year for law students

             2. The CG Trader Scholarship is for students from the technology field.


Accommodation in the USA for international students

  • On-campus accommodation:

On-campus accommodation facilities are a convenient option for foreign students. It also proves to be economical and helps enhance social bonding with other students. There are different types of accommodation offered by American institutes and colleges — shared apartments, dormitory-style suites, studios, one-bedroom units and even family units.

  • Off-campus accommodation:

Off-campus accommodation for foreign students is expensive but there are pros like facilities of gender-neutral sharing, offsite laundry facilities, quiet hours etc. Students can choose to either share the accommodation or lease out the apartments on a single sharing basis. Most universities offer subsidized rates to international students for off-campus rentals.


Cost of studying in the USA for international students

As per the College Board, for 2017-2018, the average cost for an international student in the USA was about:

  • Tuition Fees at colleges was about $25,620 and at community colleges was about $3,570. However, one needs to keep in mind that there is a significant variation in the education fees from institute to institute.

  • Boarding and room rent at college worked out be about $10,800 and at a community college, it was about %8,400.

  • The transportation fees, books and other living expenses worked out to be about $17,580 in a community college whereas in a public college it was about $25,290.


Requirements for studying in the USA for international students

  • Proof of completion of secondary school;

  • TOEFL Score to test the English proficiency of students whose native language is not English; 

  • Some colleges ask for the SAT I or ACT Assessment scores too;

  • Proof of financial resources that need to be filled up in Form I-20.


Applying for programs in the USA

  • Step 1: Shortlist the institutes as per your interest and contact them;

  • Step 2: Fill up the application form of your chosen universities;

  • Step 3: Appear for SAT, ACT, GMAT, and TOEFL examinations for testing your English proficiency;

  • Step 4: The colleges start to send out the acceptance letter;

  • Step 5: You will then be required to pay an advance within a certain time to confirm your enrollment.

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