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International English Language Testing System [IELTS]

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]

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Pearson Test of English [PTE]

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Graduate Record Examination [GRE]

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Graduate Management Admission Test [GMAT]

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Scholastic Aptitude Test [SAT]

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Study in the USA

USA Schools and Colleges are undoubtedly attracting huge number of students from around the world. There are 3 categories of schools and colleges to choose from that is, Community Colleges, 4 - year Private and Public Institutions. These institutions offer a plethora of courses and opportunities to the students.

With more than 30 globally ranked universities out of 100, USA is ranked #1 for being the best study option abroad. Known for its leading innovations and research, USA values students who have the potential to pursue higher studies.  

Visa Acceptance rate 80%
Total Institutions4140
Average Study Cost$35000
Minimum TOEFL score 85 IBT
Minimum IELTS score6.5

Why Study in the USA?

Choosing to study in the USA comes along with both pros and cons. But the benefits of studying in any USA university has been life changing for students and an overall development. Some other factors that can be considered for studying in the USA are:

Top Universities 

  • Times Higher Education ranks 15 American universities among its world’s top 20 universities. 
  • MIT, Stanford, Harvard and Caltech are top 4 universities in the world according to QS World Ranking

Flexible Education System

  • Credit transfer system allows greater flexibility in the education system. 
  • More than a million students transfer every year to a new US university from non-US institutions.

Millions of Courses

  • More than 2 million courses are offered under 4-year and 2-year institutions arrangement. 
  • 4-year institutions offer Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degrees. 
  • Community colleges and Vocational colleges offer Associate and certificate degrees.

Cultural Diversity

  • Around 1.08 million international students apply for American universities every year. 
  • 350,755 are only Chinese, 186,267 are Indian and 58,665 are Korean students.

Research and Innovation

  • US 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

  • Students can opt for work while study program and work 20 hours a week. 
  • After the degree completion, 62% of international students secure a job in USA.

Cost and Expenses of Studying at USA 

Tuition fees and Other Charges
FeesUnitAmount 
AveragePer credit
Average tuition Fees( UG)Public 2-year collegesPer year$3,570$135
Public 4-year collegesPer year$9,970$325
Private 4-year collegePer year$34,740$1,039
Average tuition Fees (PG)Public institutionPer year$25,000$967.5
Private institutionsPer year$30,000$1,269
Health InsurancePer year$2,000
Total Cost for UGPublic 2-year collegePer year$5,570
Public 4-year collegePer year$11,970
Private 4-year collegePer year$36,740
Total Cost for PGPublic institutionPer year$27,000
Private InstitutionPer year$32,000
Food Cost
GroceriesPer month$250
3 course meal in a RestaurantPer month$1,200
Transportation cost
Public transit( Trains and buses)Per month$120
Cars (After Purchase)Per month$800
Bike(Rented)Per month$250
Other Cost
UtilitiesPer month$589
Internet passPer month$66.17
Gas and ElectricityPer month$165
EntertainmentPer month$215
Books, Supplies and other Learning materialPer month$200
Total Living Cost$3,855
Room charges/ Type to choose
Home stayPer month$800
Student halls of Residence(Dormitory)Per month$450
Apartment on rentPer month$1,200
First time charges
Visa feesOne Time$170
Living expenses for 1 year as GuaranteePer year$80,000
Return airfareOne Time$900
Total $81,070
Earning
Allowed 20 hours per weekPer month$580

Application Cycle

Admissions at USA universities are offered semester wise. 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. 
    • Its two months long. Starting in June and ending in July.
    • Special summer programs are taught in this semester.

Top Scholarships for Students in the US

1. Federal Student Aid

  • Administered by: US Department of Education.
  • Application: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form needs to be completed for availing the scholarship.
  • Benefits: Offers scholarships, loans and work while study jobs
  • Amount: Depends upon the federal funds available.

2. AAUW International Fellowship Program

  • Beneficiary: Women (Non - US citizens) pursuing graduate and post graduate studies in USA
  • Requirement: Demonstration of academic excellence and commitment towards women
  • Application: Starts on October 1 and ends on November 15.
  • Amount: 18,000 USD – 30,000 USD 

3. Fulbright Student Program

  • Operated in more than 155 countries worldwide.
  • Administered by: Bi-national Fulbright Commissions or US Embassies.
  • Requirement: Differs across countries
  • Benefit: Tuition fee, airfare, health insurance and other expenses as per federal funds.

4. Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

  • Beneficiary: Students pursuing master’s degree in a topic related to ‘Development’.
  • Requirement: Citizenship of World Bank Member Developing Country.
  • Application: Starts from February 22 and ends on April 12.
  • Benefit: Full tuition fee, airfare, monthly living stipend and health insurance.

5. Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program

  • Beneficiary: Awarded on a 50% grant and 50% loan basis to students pursuing masters in USA.
  • Requirement: Applicants should be a national of a developing country.
  • Benefit: Assists in covering living cost and tuition fee.