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The USA is considered the go-to destination for education because of its world-renowned universities with a top-quality education system, and the variety of cultures the country has to offer. In most universities, the average class size is 15-20 students, which enables every student to attain individual attention and helps them gain more practical-oriented knowledge.
As it is a technology leader and the centre for excellence for day-to-day innovative and leading-edge technologies, it provides students with many opportunities to work with the best technology companies in the world. For students ardent about research, the USA is considered the best place to study, as it has research-oriented education with a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs to study. In the USA, students can choose courses from other majors/departments according to their interests. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Programs have 3 years of optional practical training (OPT) i.e, one could opt for 12 months plus 24 months of extension to stay back after a master's.
The USA is said to be the best place to Live, Learn and grow, as people there are individualistic, and are passionate and practical about what they do. The USA hosts the most international students in the world. It is said that 35% of the country’s students come across the world to study in the USA, which creates a multicultural environment. Within the Universities, there are many student organizations, technical clubs, events and other extracurricular activities to help students develop their interpersonal skills, and expand their horizons. The university campuses are safe and encourage students to live independently, which, in turn, empowers students to face new experiences which help facilitate their growth.
USA has the most affordable living expenses when compared to other countries. The estimated cost of living for a student who wants to live on campus would be $9,000 – $12,000 per year (Varied by Location & Experience in top ranked universities), which includes the expenses of room, board, food, travel and accommodation. Whereas, for students who want to live off-campus would be between $500 to $1000 per month. Urban Cities are typically expensive, and living is around $ 1000 per month. Most of the Graduate students from India prefer living off-campus because they can manage to cut down living expenses. Apart from these expenses, there would be some miscellaneous expenses which involve transportation, laptop, entertainment, etc.
It is important to understand the return on your investment and value for your money. The tuition fee for graduate programs varies with the universities, ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 per year. Some of the IVY league and private universities are expensive. However, most of the universities offer merit-based scholarships depending upon students UG percentage and GRE Scores.
Admission in USA universities is based on students’ academic grades as well as their score in the admission test, such as GRE/TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/DET. Student applying for an undergraduate course, student should take SAT/ACT test and for Masters student to need to take aptitude score test GRE or GMAT along with English Proficiency Test TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/DET
Once Admitted, students need to submit their financial documents in order to receive i20. After receiving i20, the VISA process must be initiated by filing DS 160 form, paying the VISA fees, SEVIS Fees and then schedule a VISA date.
All applicants for a US Non-Immigrant visa in F1 Category need to appear for the VISA Interview at US Consulate/embassy. After getting i20 from USA University (SEVIS ID) of your choice, you can apply for the F1 visa 120 days before you are scheduled to start your program. OFC Appointment: Passport & DS-160 Confirmation Page & Interview Appointment Confirmation Page
USA is the world’s leading terminal for international students, which would bring you an opportunity to mingle with different cultured people and improve your interpersonal skills. The international exposure will not only widen your cultural horizons, but also, teach you how to be more flexible, tolerant, adaptable and empathetic, which will shape you as a better person. Hence, International students land up with superior career prospects and employment skills.
USA is the biggest Technology Innovator, which is why students could get an opportunity to work with the best companies in the world. Also, One can have STEM OPT for 36 months, and USA allows an opportunity to continue working on H1b work VISA.