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Higher Education in USA

Higher Education in USA

Higher education in USA has become the top destination for international students as of 2024. Why the US? With nearly 4,900 accredited universities, the US offers an unparalleled combination of lifestyle, education quality, and overall experience. Thus, a US education is a valuable asset for Indian students.

In fact, a record number of Indian students, over 268,923, chose the US for higher education in the 2022-2023 academic year. This represents a 35% increase from the previous year, solidifying India’s position as the leading source of international students in the US.

Students who graduate from US universities can be confident in finding employment with good salaries. However, permanent residency is not immediately available after graduation.

The US has a long history of leading innovation and development, both in business and science and technology.

Even students with excellent academic records but limited funding can pursue their dreams in the US. Many universities offer scholarships and financial aid to international students.

 

US ACADEMIC SYSTEM

The US education system has several levels:

  • Preschool (optional): Ages 2-3 (play-based learning)
  • Elementary school: Kindergarten to 6th grade (ages 5-11)
  • Middle school: 7th to 8th grade (ages 12-14) (Some schools go up to 9th grade)
  • High school: 9th to 12th grade (ages 14-18)

Indian students typically complete 12th grade in India, which qualifies them for undergraduate programs (Bachelor’s degrees) in the US. These programs last 4 years and provide a broad foundation in a chosen field.

After a Bachelor’s degree, students can pursue postgraduate programs (Master’s degrees) lasting 1-2 years or Doctoral degrees (Ph.D.) which take 5-8 years. Scholarships and financial aid are available to help offset costs.

 

Higher Education in USA – Application Process

Most US universities accept applications online in April 2024. Requirements vary by program, but common documents include:

For all applicants:

  • Academic records: Transcripts, certificates (e.g., 10th & 12th grade for Undergrad programs, Undergrad certificates + transcripts for Graduate programs)
  • Standardized tests: Check for requirements (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, SAT/ ACT for some Undergrad programs & GRE, GMAT for some grad programs)
  • Supporting documents: Statement of purpose, CV, letters of recommendation (3), passport (copy), financial statements (if applicable).

For graduate applicants:

  • Research experience: Highlight relevant experience in your application

This streamlined online process allows you to apply efficiently to more universities. Remember to double-check specific requirements for your chosen program.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION IN USA – Stay Details

Living Costs in the US ( as on April 2024):

  • On-campus housing: $8,000-$12,000 per year (average)
  • Off-campus housing: Varies by location, can be more expensive if you live alone. And, can be economical if you share your housing with your friends. 
  • Homestay: Consider for cultural immersion (costs may vary)

 

Working as an International Student (as on April 2024):

  • F-1 and J-1 visa holders can work on or off campus for up to 20 hours per week during the semester, and full-time during breaks.
  • M-1 visa holders cannot work.
  • On-campus jobs often include library or cafeteria positions.
  • Off-campus work requires approval from USCIS.

Important Note: Double-check visa restrictions and USCIS regulations for the latest updates.

 

US STUDENT VISAS

Higher Education in USA visa sample

International Student Visas (April 2024):

  • F-1 Visa: Issued for full-time academic study. Complete studies by the end date on your I-20 form.

  • 60-day grace period: Allows enrollment in a new program or seeking employment.

  • H-1B visa: Required for long-term employment after graduation (employer sponsorship needed).

  • J-1 Visa: Issued for exchange programs, summer work, and certain internships.

  • Length of stay: Refer to item #3 on your DS-2019 form.

  • 30-day grace period: Allows enrollment in another program or finding a suitable job.

  • Academic Training (AT): Required for J-1 students seeking employment. Approval needed before working (new DS-2019 and written consent from OIE).

Remember: Visa regulations can change. Check with US Department of State for the latest updates: https://travel.state.gov/.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A US STUDENT VISA

The visa application process for Indian students in April 2024 has gone digital! Here’s a breakdown:

This simplifies the process and lets you focus on getting ready for your exciting US education!

"LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR VISA INTERVIEW"

Visa offices in India are: New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore (Virtual Consulate).

Questions to Prepare for the F1 Visa Interview

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