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    International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is an international standardized test that measures the level...

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    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an international standardised test conducted to assess the level of English fluency of non-native speakers...

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    PTE (Pearson Test of English) is an English language proficiency test conducted by Pearson PCL group in association with Edexcel. Any person whose na...

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    Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is conducted by GMAC for admission to nearly 5400 management courses in various Business Schools...

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    Study in USA: Find Universities, Costs, Courses, Scholarships, Placements

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    Hitaishi Bhatia

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    Known for its ground-breaking innovation and researchs, the United States is a coveted destination among international candidates which ranks third in the order preceded by students looking to study in Canada and the UK. Every year, the country welcomes more than 1.1 million aspirants (Institute of International Education [IIE]) seeking to study in the USA to pursue an advanced degree from one of the globally renowned institutes of the world.

    While it is next to impossible to find the real factor that drives the student’s passion towards the country, there are several reasons that make US a preferred destination for international students. From being home to the top 13 institutes out of the major 20 top universities in the world (Quacquarelli Symonds World University rankings) to an endless variety of courses, diverse environment and employment opportunities to choose from, the USA as a country is a package that offers it all.

    As per the SEVP “SEVIS by the number report”, India is in fact one of the largest contributors of the student population (251,290) in the US after only China (478,732). A survey conducted by India Today in April 2020 reflects that 70% of Indian students prefer an international healthcare system amongst which the US stands at the 3rd most sought-after choice with 18% votes. This reflects that even though the COVID-19 pandemic across the world would suggest otherwise, the charm and fascination to study in the US is still highly intact among the international applicants.

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    Some salient points to be noted when hoping to study in the USA are as tabulated below.

    Visa Acceptance rate 80% (currently differs due to COVID-19)
    Total Institutions 4140
    Average Study Cost 35,000 to 40,000 USD
    Minimum TOEFL score 85 IBT
    Minimum IELTS score 6.5

    Study in USA: Top universities for International Students

    Some of the renowned institutes for studying in the US reputed across the globe along with their acceptance rate are as tabulated below.

    Rankings (US News 2020) Name of the Institute Acceptance Rate
    1 Princeton University 5.5%
    2 Harvard University 4.7%
    3 (tie) Columbia University 5.9%
    3 (tie) Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6.7%
    3 (tie) Yale University 6.3%
    6 (tie) Stanford University 4.4%
    6 (tie) University of Chicago 7.3%
    6 (tie) University of Pennsylvania 8.4%
    9 Northwestern University 8.5%

    Why Study in USA?

    Choosing a country to study miles away from home is a dream for some and a lifelong investment for many. In this context, the USA has been a favored destination for higher education among candidates across the globe for ages. According to the U.S. News & World Report, out of the 100 Global Universities, around 48 top universities are in the United States

    To learn what makes the USA such a hit among the students, let's discuss the advantages of studying in the USA in detail.

    • Top Universities: The United States of America boasts of a lion’s share when it comes to some of the high-ranked universities for higher education across the world. Times Higher Education ranks 15 American universities among its world’s top 20 universities. MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and Caltech are the top 4 universities in the world according to QS World Ranking
    • STEM OPT: USA provides a plethora of degrees that are ‘STEM eligible’ which allows international candidates a confirmed opportunity of staying back in the country for additional two years post completion of their degrees to gain practical training, beyond the standard allowance of one year, while students can simultaneously work for a US-based organization.
    • Flexible Education System: The Credit transfer system allows greater flexibility in the US education system. Students at an undergraduate level are motivated to explore various domains and choose a major of their choice by the end of the second year. Offering a range of conventional and non-conventional majors and minors to the flexibility of choosing which, when and how many classes to attend each semester makes for a highly strengthening system that allows each individual to grow and adjust as per their strengths and weaknesses.
    • Diverse Range of Courses: The country offers over 2 million programs through 4- and 2-year institutions providing Bachelor’s and Master's courses along with other programs including Doctoral, Vocational, Associate, and Certificate courses.
    • Research and Innovation: USA is at the forefront of Research and Development in the world. According to NSF, total money spent on research and innovation by Universities was around 22 billion dollars in the year - 2015.
    • Employment Prospects: After the degree completion, 62% of international students secure job/placements in the USA. The median salary range after a four-year degree in the USA is nearly 61,000 to 1, 20,700 USD at the mid-career level.

    Study in USA v/s COVID-19

    Even though the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic brought a halt to the world and has severely impacted the global economy, the one thing that it couldn’t touch was the spirit and passion of international candidates looking to study in the USA. A report by PIE News (April 2020) revealed that around 70% of Indian students still want to continue their studies abroad. While 9% of candidates chose to defer their admissions, only 1% of the total students wanted to stay back in India and start their studies.

    A similar report published in June 2020 by Vigo Stacey said that only 2% of the total South Asian students were considering to totally give up on the idea of studying overseas, with around 90% still seeking to pursue higher studies abroad. However, the rising concerns among the candidates also reflect a different story which has been explained in detail in the graph depicted below.

    International Applicants Studying in USA

    Since the zeal of the students around the world has been untouched, US universities have also taken all the preventive measures for the smooth functioning of the academic world and have kept their end of the deal. Some measures that have been taken by almost all the institutes of higher education in the US to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include moving of all the classes online; since the local IELTS/TOEFL/PTE centers were temporarily closed, universities endured to offer pre-sessional English courses online to the students in need; strict safety, health and hygiene measures; 24x7 student support.

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    Popular Courses to Study in USA

    While the US offers a diverse array of programs in almost every possible and imaginable field, there are few favorites among the international candidates which top the list of almost every aspirant. The list majorly includes STEM courses but other programs are equally unparalleled and are highly favored by many.

    Some of the top courses that you can apply for if you are an international applicant include:

    If you're looking for leading research and innovation opportunities in the field of neuroscience, climatic changes and other trending domains, the bachelor's programs at universities like MIT, Yale, UCLA, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Denver and Washington State University shall definitely form the part of your list.

    How to Study in USA: 6-Step guide

    A 6-step application process along with before and after measures are as compiled below.

    • Research the options: Since the USA is home to some of the great and most prestigious universities in the world, it is highly essential that you do thorough research regarding the factors that matter the most to you while making this vital decision. The factors may vary from rankings, expenses, prestige, availability of the program of your choice to the average acceptance rate and admission requirements of that organization.
    • Plan your finances: The cost of education in the USA depends on the program, type of institute (private or public) and level of study like Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. Whereas pursuing a bachelor's from the USA will cost you around 15,000 to 55,000 USD per year, the master’s program may require a fee of 15,000 to 30,000 USD per year.
    • Prepare your application: Plan your application way in advance and notice the trends as to what factors influence the admission process at the institute the most. Work on your overall student profile and give major emphasis to letters of recommendation, personal essay, statement of purpose and the interview process.
    • Look for standardized exams to study in the US: International applicants need to submit proof of their English proficiency in the form of IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Other test scores like GRE/GMAT or SAT/ACT might also be required depending upon the course and level of program you choose to opt for.
    • Apply for a visa: A valid visa is required to study in the USA for international candidates. Once a candidate has successfully received an offer of place from the university along with anI-20, the immediate next step is to apply for a student visa to the nearest US Embassy or through the consulate.
    • Be ready for departure: once the visa is approved, pack your bags, inform your university and get ready for a flight to your dream destination.

    When to study in USA: Application Cycle

    US universities observe a semester-wise application cycle for applicants seeking to study in the USA. Admissions take place in 3 semesters.

    • Fall semester
      • The semester starts late in August and ends in December or early January.
      • Many universities offer selected courses only during the fall semester.
      • Most of the Scholarships and job opportunities are available during this time only.
    • Spring Semester
      • Spring Semester starts in January and ends in early May.
      • Applications are considered comparatively less than those during the fall semester.
      • Spring applicants do not meet the eligibility for most of the applications.
    • Summer Semester
      • Summer semester is the shortest of all semesters.
      • It's two months long. Starting in June and ending in July.
      • Special summer programs are taught this semester.

    Cost of Studying in USA

    The basic cost of living and tuition fee breaks down to provide an estimated cost of expenses required to survive an academic year at the institute is as tabulated below.

    Tuition Fees Amount (in USD, per year)
    Average tuition Fees( UG) Public 2-year colleges 3,570
    Public 4-year colleges 9,970
    Private 4-year college 34,740
    Average tuition Fees (PG) Public institution 25,000
    Private institutions 30,000
    Health Insurance 2,000 to 36,740

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    Cost of living

    Other additional charges that form the list of expenses for international students comprising the cost of living in the USA is as follows:

    Type of Expenditure Cost (in USD, per month
    Food 250 to 1,200
    Transportation 120 to 250
    Utilities 589
    Internet pass 66.17
    Gas and Electricity 165
    Entertainment 215
    Books, Supplies and other Learning material 200
    Accommodation 450 to 1,200
    Living expenses for 1 year as Guarantee 80,000

    How to fund studying in USA: International Scholarships

    Universities in the US are highly generous when it comes to offering financial aid to academically bright and deserving candidates. Since there is a range of options to choose from, the country offers a perfect match for every budget and background.

    The scholarships available for international students to study in the USA are broadly categorized as merit and need-based which are discussed as follows:

    • Merit-based scholarship: Offered to meritorious students with excellence in the field of academics or non-academic. Impressive GPA and test scores like SAT/ACT and TOEFL/IELTS also from the ground for these awards.
    • Need-based scholarships: Provided on the basis of financial need to the outstanding students whose family income is insufficient and couldn’t cover the educational costs of the institute.

    While the number of need-based aid available for international students might be limited, there are many merit-based awards for the world’s brightest to study in the USA with a scholarship.

    Scholarships for International Students

    Some of the top studentships available for candidates seeking to study in the USA are as mentioned below.

    Name of Scholarships Administered by Benefits/Requirements Amount
    Federal Student Aid US Department of Education Offers scholarships, loans and work while study jobs Depends upon the federal funds available
    AAUW International Fellowship Program - Given to women pursuing graduate and post-graduate studies in USA on demonstration of academic excellence 18,000 USD – 30,000 USD
    Fulbright Student Program Bi-national Fulbright Commissions or US Embassies Operated in more than 155 countries worldwide, requirements differ across countries Tuition fee, airfare, health insurance, and other expenses as per federal funds
    Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program - Students pursuing a master’s degree in a topic related to ‘Development’; Citizenship of World Bank Member Developing Country Full tuition fee, airfare, a monthly living stipend, and health insurance
    Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program - Awarded on a 50% grant and 50% loan basis to students pursuing masters in the USA; Applicants should be a national of a developing country Assists in covering living cost and tuition fee

    Jobs after Studying in USA

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world economy hard in a range of aspects, USA, however, seems to be doing quite well overall. This is reflected in its latest reports of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics which reflects that nearly 20.5 million new jobs will be added in the country by the end of 2020.

    This is a huge jump of some 14.3% from the last decade and suggests the incoming of great opportunities in the country. While its employment rate last stood at nearly 57.3% in November 2020 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), its unemployment rate has been dangling between 6 to 7% for the last many months and has remained almost consistent.

    As per Statista 2020 latest reports, a projected employment change in the US by major occupational groups by the end of 2028 is as mentioned in the table below.

    Name of field Expected growth (in %)
    Healthcare Support 18.2
    Personal Care and Service 17.4
    Computer and Mathematical 12.7
    Community and Social Service 11.2
    Food and Services 10.9
    Construction 9.8
    Management 6.9
    Business and Finance 6.9
    Education 5.3
    Architecture and Engineering 4.2

    Since salary trends are one of the important factors you might want to consider when opting for a program in USA, some popular jobs in demand with their estimated salaries are compiled as follows (BLS, 2019):

    Occupation Employment Statistics Annual Mean Salary (in USD)*
    Management 146,875,480 53,490
    General and Operations Manager 2,400,280 123,030
    Advertising and Marketing 770,540 143,330
    Public Relations 79,160 132,630
    Administrative Services 307,280 106,550
    Computer and Information Systems 433,960 156,390
    Financial Managers 654,790 147,530
    Education and Childcare 52,360 53,690
    Architecture and Engineering 194,250 152,930
    Medical and Health Services 394,910 115,160

    *Nearly 2,080 hours per year. The wage is equal to or more than 100 USD per hour.

    To conclude, every country has its perks and disadvantages and the USA is no exception. Even though the pandemic continues to rise across the globe and with political scenarios worsening across the country, the United States has managed to keep its prestige alive and is always counted under the top 3 sought-after destinations for studying abroad.

    Because let’s face it, there is only one Harvard, Princeton and Stanford and these are not just the names but a brand in the world of academics. Hence, if you are an international applicant hoping to enroll overseas, the United States of America can be a fine choice to be considered in your list of worthy destinations for higher education.