United States of America commonly known as USA is a country having migrants to try their luck from more than 150 countries.
It is a multicultural country where people find haven for education and migration purpose. It has the most number of universities and colleges i.e. more than 4000.
As it is known by all the US Dollar $ is a world wide accepted currency.
WHY STUDY IN USA
USA, the country which has experimented with democracy for more than 200 years is strong economically as well as culturally today with the base being the immigrants.
The United States has more institutions of higher education than any other country.
More than 4000 institutions offer undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees in many different specializations.
Financial Assistance :
The education definitely falls in the category of value for your money. USA education is the best investment for the future.
Technology & Research:
USA is known for its latest technologies and advancement which gives the student a very good chance to make his/her future in these fields.
The USA education system is flexible in terms of choice of courses within a college or university. During the course of study, a student can transfer from one course/stream to another or one institution to another.
International students from all over the world choose to study in the USA because an American education is the best preparation for their future.
Top Ranking Institution:
Amongst the top ranking colleges world-wide, majority of them are in USA.
English Language Requirements
All students must have the required English language proficiency with regards to the course. TOEFL score of 90 or above for Postgraduate and 80 above for Undergraduate studies are a decent score. IELTS score of 6.0 or above for Undergraduate degrees and 6.5 or above for postgraduate degrees is required. Over 2500 institutions in USA recognize the IELTS exams including several top ranked institutions.
Entry Requirements + Eligibility
Graduate:16 years of education required (10+2+4)
Some institutions accept 15 years education into their Bridge /Masters Programs
Good & strong academic background
Good scores in entrance exams like SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS etc
Strong recommendation letters
To the point Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement, essays & resumes
Certificates of achievement & extra -curricular activity participation
Strong financial background or good grades to get a scholarship
Statement of Purpose,
Mark sheets & Cert.,
Affidavit of Financial Statements,
Test Score Report
CALCULATING COLLEGE COST FOR STUDIES IN USA
When calculating the annual cost of a US education at a particular college or university, add at least $6,000 approx. to the published cost of tuition, fees, and room and board. The College Board publishes college costs, required admissions tests, and other useful information in The International Student Handbook of US Colleges.
When preparing a budget, you will need to account for the following costs:
Application fees about $50 to $75 per school
Academic entrance examinations will cost you around $100 to $200 per examination, and most students take at least 2 tests. Assume that you will be spending at least $500 on tests
Tuition and fees will cost between $5,000 and $30,000 Approx. per academic year (9 months), depending on the type and quality of institution
Books and study materials will cost $500 to $1,000 Approx. per academic year
Travel costs to the US vary, but will be between $500 and $2,000 Approx. Travel costs within the US will be between $300 and $700 Approx
Room and Board will cost between $3,000 and $7,500 Approx. annually. Allow an extra $1,000 to $2,000 for vacation periods when the dormitory might be closed
If you will be living off campus, the cost of renting an apartment will be between $300 and $600 a month, but could be much higher contingent on the location of the school. Meals should cost about $2,500 a year, assuming that you do not eat in restaurants too many times
Clothing will cost $500 or more annually
Health insurance will cost $300 to $500 Approx. a year per person, $2,000 to $3,500 Approx. per family
Personal expenses will cost around $2,000 Approx. per year
If you bring other family members with you, assume that your annual expenses will increase about 15% or $5,000 Approx. for each additional family member.
If you wish to buy a car, assume that it will cost you around $4,000 a year.
If you will be traveling during the summer, assume a cost of $50 to $75 Approx. a day for touring. If you will be continuing your education during the summer, add half the figure you calculated for the full year.
Assume that your costs will increase by about 5% per year due to inflation. Do not forget to include an allowance of about 10% to account for changes in exchange rates.
Use the financial planning worksheet to estimate your costs for a year of study in the US. Be realistic when estimating costs for personal expenses.
American Consulate has introduced a system of prior appointment for Visa Interview. On the given date, the applicant has to appear for a personal interview. The applicant should convince the visa officer that he / she has the necessary funds to cover the cost of education. The applicant should prove that he / she have strong ties with India and also that he / she is not an intending immigrant. While answering the questions, one should be brief and to the point.
One should not be surprised or angry if the officer is unable to review all the documents that are carried by the applicant. Since officers have very little time for each applicant, they may not be able to look at many or even any documents at times. Therefore one should be prepared to explain one’s situation orally and to answer all questions promptly, patiently and confidently.
The applicant will be informed whether he / she has been granted or refused a visa on the same day. The name of the University, whose I-20 has been submitted to the consulate, will also be mentioned on the passport. Therefore it is advisable to make the final selection of the University very carefully. If, for some reason, your visa is rejected in the first attempt, you can reapply after 3 working days.
The following is a list of some of the documents that you are supposed to carry along with you on the day of VISA interview:
Passport having validity of at least six months
Visa Fee Receipt
Interview Appointment Letter
I-20 and Admission Letter from the University / College mentioning the total cost of education in USA (If You have received Admission letters / Rejection letters from more than one University, carry all of them)
Evidence of Scholarship / Aid / Grant, if any
Educational Certificates, Degrees, Diplomas & Mark sheets
Score Reports of TOEFL and GRE / GMAT / SAT
Work Experience Certificate / Reference Letter from Employer, if Employed
Bank Statements / Pass Books of the sponsors for the last Three Years
Summary Statement of Assets and Total Income of Family Members
Income Tax papers of the sponsor and his Family for the last 3 years
Proof of all movable and immovable assets
SOME OF THE QUESTIONS LIKELY TO BE ASKED BY THE VISA OFFICER:
What is the purpose of your trip?
Which university are you planning to go to?
Who is sponsoring you?
Why do you want to do MS / MBA?
Why do you wish to study in the US and not in India?