USA is called as land of opportunities. There are more than 950,000 international students studying in the U.S. There has been a dramatic increase in the enrollment over the last 15 years, with many students coming to the country for short courses and undergraduate programs. Place where everyone gets enough opportunity to explore their possibilities to grow further in life. Immigrants have always been enthusiastic and adventurous to find out new avenues in foreign land. United States Is not an unknown land for Indians, Chinese or other ethnicities, as, foreign born immigrants constitutes a large and growing part of population.
America permanently holds the Peak spots for the brilliant universities in the world, which says a lot about the quality of post-secondary education. Those who study at American universities will be happy to know that their credentials will be universally recognized. This quality education is thereby upheld year after year and the degrees that students attained in the US are not just widely recognized and accepted, but also widely respected around the world.
U.S.A. has maximam number of universities in the top global list. Some of the universities such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Yale, Brown, Wharton, John Hopkins, Columbia are well known around the world for their undergraduate, graduate and M.B.A. programs. Admissions to all these top universities is highly competitive and you need to be one of the top 5% of your class to have a chance of admission.
Education system in the USA is different from any other country. The USA education system offers flexibility in terms of the courses , which enables you select your subject from a huge variety. You can now specialize in the area of your choice without having to take any unnecessary classes. You also have the flexibility to choose a class at any time during the academic year, since the some courses are offered multiple times during the academic year. The quarterly or semester system gives you a flexibility to complete your academic program at your own pace and take additional time on a research project if required. For instance, if you can complete the total number of courses required for you to graduate, you can finish up your master's degree within a year. You can also spread out your course completion schedule in such a manner as to devote more time for research and complete your course in a couple of years.
AMore than 28% of undergraduates from American private universities immediately pursue postgraduate education, while 72% secure positions in their chosen careers within six months of graduation. Post graduation degree is a signal to employers that you are a worthy candidate for their company. After studying Bachelors or Masters in the US, international students get the opportunity to stay in the US for 3 - 6 years for job opportunities without the need of H1B visa.
Getting into Stanford and Harvard was a dream for me as a young student in Dubai. I did not know that this dream can become a reality with hard work, commitment and my parent's support. I joined Stanford as a freshmen in 2017 and I am having a great time, learning a lot from an amazing faculty and classmates.
(Stanford University,palo Alto)
U.S. universities typically follow semester system with schools starting around August and September. A few universities may have trimester system too. Students can take courses in Fall, Spring or Summer.
The Education USA website https://educationusa.state.gov/ allows students to search for options and learn more about the process and programs. Students also can search for courses and institutions through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Site. Students applying for undergraduate admissions can also look at the College Board website (www.collegeboard.com)
Most students, domestic and international, apply to U.S. universities through Common App or the university's website. Approximately 700-800 universities participate in The Common Application. Some universities also accept applications madedirectly to their institution; the individual institution’s preference should be indicated on its website.
Students can apply to any number of universities. However, given that each application may require a student to fill our personal statement and essays, most of the students tends to apply to anywhere from 8-10 universities.
Majority of International students apply for STEM or business courses. U.S. has a lot of good Liberal arts Universities such as Reed College, Harvey Mudd, Bucknell, Colgate etc., but many international students are not aware of these universities and tend to apply only to the well known engineering or Ivy League colleges.
Most of the universities application fees is less than $75. Average fees is around $50 per application.
Admission requirements for U.S.A institutions are not totally straightforward, and can be found on university websites or by contacting individual admission offices. A counselor can easily confirm the minimum GPA, test scores, and other requirements for admission.Requirements typically include a combination of advanced coursework such as AP courses and test results, IB or college credits; SAT, ACT and SAT Subject test scores (if available); as well as a high school diploma. Typically, students apply through Common App. The high school transcript is one of the most important elements of the application process in the US, and other critical elements of an application include results on exams and standardized tests taken from ninth through 11th grade, and qualifications that are pending, such as AP and IB exams that will be taken in May of senior year. Applicants also have to write essays, SOP etc. and they play significant role in presenting a candidate's full profile. Graduate students would have to send their college transcripts, GRE or GMAT scores.
Each university sets its own fees. Annual tuition fees for international students range from about $25,000-$75,000 per year. Some scholarships are available for international students. You can visit each university website for more information on fees and scholarships.
Availability of financial help is another major incentive for international students to opt for higher education in the US. Most universities offer its students grants, loans and stipends to cover their daily expenses as well as tuition in some cases. University assistantship is provided on the basis of merit rather than financial need. If you can prove your excellence in academics, then your US education may even turn out to be free. Otherwise,obtaining grants and loans from banks is also easy if you can provide proof of your admission. On-campus work programs are also available for students who qualify for a specific kind of job. For instance, if you have a humanities major, you can seek employment at the library. If you are certified lifeguard, you can work at the Aquatic Center.
Many universities offer on-campus housing—typically single occupancy— for first-year international students. International students are usually integrated into first-year housing with domestic students. Many student residences are self-catered, meaning students prepare and cook their own meals. In cities, for-profit, privately run residence halls are common. Many students elect to live in these private dorms or other private rental accommodations after their first year.
Minimum monthly costs for housing and other living expenses in 2016 were estimated at 750-1,000 dollars outside major cities and 1,250 dollars in large cities where housing is expensive.
Universities typically advise admitted students on how to apply for a student visa and they issue the visa I-20 form. Students are advised to apply for a visa as soon as their offer of admission becomes unconditional. Students must receive a I-20 from the institution they plan to attend in order to complete the visa application. To obtain a visa, students must demonstrate they have sufficient funds for living costs.