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United States of America

The U.S.A. is one of the world’s most popular and premium international student destinations. It has more international students studying than in any other country in the world. The country has always been a hub of inventions. Students therefore have first-hand knowledge about cutting-edge technologies coupled with excellent research opportunities. Seven out of the world’s top 10 and 76 of the top 200 universities are based in the United States.

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Higher Education System in U.S.A.

State College or University

A state school is supported and run by the state government. Each State in America operates at least one state university and possibly several state colleges.

Private College or University

As the name suggests, these schools are run privately. Tuition here is usually higher than the state schools.

Community College

These are two-year colleges that award an associate’s degrees. Community college graduates most commonly transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete their degree.

Institute of Technology

This school provides at least four years of study in science and technology. While some have graduate programs, others offer short-term courses.


Most of the universities/colleges have two major intakes – Fall and Spring.

  • Fall semester starts in late August or early September and ends in late December or early January.
  • Spring semester begins in January and ends in May or June. It can be divided into two academic terms of 16-18 weeks known as semesters.

Cost Involved

Cost of Living
  • Average amount spent towards living expenses per month by an international student – $1,000. This includes accommodation, food, entertainment, transportation, etc.
  • Average amount spent towards living expenses per month by an Indian student – $500 to $600. This includes accommodation, food, entertainment, transportation, etc. Average Indian couple spends around $1,000 to $1,200 per month.
Cost of Education

Though the tuition fee largely depends on the course and institute chosen by the student, here’s an average outline of costs that an international student may incur.

  • Private Institute’s Highest Cost – $35,000
  • Private Institute’s Lowest Cost – $18,000
  • State Institute’s Highest Cost – $25,000
  • State Institute’s Lowest Cost – $12,000
Requirement of Funds

As with most of the developed nations, students need to show proof of funds to study in U.S.A. too!

  • Students must show funds for the duration of the study mentioned on the i20. They are generally required to show liquid assets to cover the cost of the first year of study and living expenses and other assets to cover the remaining expenses.
Evidence of Funds
  • Student’s parents, siblings, spouse and grandparents are considered as natural sponsors for student visa application. Apart from the aforementioned family members, student can have two immediate blood relatives as sponsors.
  • Source of funds can include savings balance, deposits, provident funds, postal savings, education loan, etc.
  • Properties, share market investments, gold, etc. can be counted as the source of funds towards the further years of study.

Student Work Rights

During-Study Work Rights
  • International students on the F-1 status visa can work on campus for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and can work full-time during vacations/scheduled breaks.
  • The spouse of a student cannot work if on a dependent visa.
  • Students can expect a wage rate of $8 to $11 per hour depending upon the job profile and industry, making it to average of $600 to $900 per month.
Post-Study Work Rights
  • Student visa holders are eligible for a total of 12 months Optional Practical Training (OPT) per educational level completed.
  • Students with a degree from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors get an additional 17 months OPT extension (total of 29 months including 12 months OPT as stated above).

document checklist

Though the documents may vary from case to case, here is the most common checklist:

  • The documents that are needed to apply for the universities
  • Bank cheque of the application fee
  • Letter of Recommendation required for higher studies
  • The certificate copies of the standardized test like IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, etc.
  • The academics transcript
  • The Statement of Purpose and the Cover Letter All the affidavits
  • The documents related to financial sources
  • The C.V. for employment history and the certificate proof
  • The copies of passport’s first and last pages
  • The others documents depending upon your case
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