The USA is one of the most preferred study destinations among international students. There are several reasons that lead to several students harbouring the American dream. As per a recent raking report by the QS university, USA is a leading country when it comes to offering quality education. The USA boasts of the largest population of international students worldwide. There has been a significant rise in the numbers over the past few decades and the count has not crossed a million. International students make up 5% of the number of students enrolled in higher-level courses in the USA.

This can be attributed to the wide variety of options to satisfy varied academic and cultural preferences. The USA is home to more than 4000 universities. These include some of the top universities in the world. Latest rankings indicate that 16 out of the top 20 universities in the world are in the USA. The universities offer well-designed and highly valued programs across the graduate and undergraduate levels

The higher education system in the USA offers flexibility to the students to pursue subjects based on their interests.

Undergraduate: Undergraduate courses in the USA are the ones that a student pursues at a college or a university before earning a bachelor’s degree. Students usually achieve a bachelor’s degree in four years. Students can take up studies in a community college or a four-year university to attain a bachelor’s degree.

  • The first two years: Over the first two years of the undergraduate program in the USA, students are required to take up pre-requisite courses. These can be across a variety of subjects such as literature, social sciences, history, arts etc. This enables general knowledge of multiple subjects and forms the basis for the students before concentrating on a single subject or field of study.

Several international students take up the pre-requisite courses at a community college and thus secure an Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree. They can then transfer to a college or university with this degree.

  • The next two years:

At the start of the 3rd year, students are required to choose a major. A major is a specified field in which you will get your degree. For instance, if you choose your major as mathematics, you will get a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics. To fulfil the degree requirements of the major, you will have to complete multiple courses.

A striking feature of the academic structure of American universities is the capability to change your major multiple times, based on interest. This flexibility to change majors ensures that a student does what he/she finds maximum interest in. Students can also do double majors. This, however, will mean taking up more courses and thus spending more time and money.

Graduate: A graduate course from the USA means a master’s degree. A graduate course facilitates jobs at higher level positions. It is an ideal way to advance your career or enter a profession of your choice.

A graduate course can be taken up at a university or a college. A GRE (graduate record examination) test is mandatory for admission. There are other specific tests too such as GMAT for business schools or LSAT for law school, MCAT for medical school.

It is typically a 2-year long program.

A major part of the graduate study program is taught using the classroom mode and a student must submit a research paper called the master’s thesis or master’s project.

Opportunities for training and research

Students can access multiple research and training opportunities at the graduate level. They could assist a professor as a teaching assistant and thus, work on their skillset and knowledge. This can help them to earn to maintain their expenses. They can assist with research and gain further insight into their field of study.

  • All universities arrange for an International Student Orientation Programme, which is mandatory for international students to attend. This event is usually a two to three-day sequence of sessions wherein students are introduced to different facets of life in university. And given a clear understanding of campus life.
  • Students get their ID cards, bank account, on-campus housing, medical insurance sorted out during this period.
  • The USA is a beautiful country with lots of interesting tourist spots to explore ranging from the Grand Canyon to spell-binding national parks across the country.
  • If you can afford it, utilize the vacation time to explore the country. Limited opportunities to work are on offer when studying and you should contact your University for clarity on the number of hours that you are allowed to work when studying. Laws are quite strict and do not break them.

There is a multitude of subjects and courses offered by American universities. It is ideal to say that there is something for everyone. Here are some of the most popular fields:

  • Engineering
  • Business and management
  • Mathematics
  • Computer sciences
  • Physical and life sciences
  • Fine and applied arts
  • English
  • Health Sciences
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Education

This is not all, there are several other courses offered by American universities. If there a field of study that interests you. Contact Us and we will match you to the right university.

  • Community colleges cost approximately $18,000 a year (along with transport and other living expenses).
  • A four-year public college for international students can cost in the region of $40,000 to $45,000 a year.
  • Private non-profit four-year institutions can cost $50,000 (along with transport and other living expenses).
  • Food and living expenses in the USA normally range between $8000 and $12000, barring the cost of transportation and other expenses. Please do note that in many cases, staying on-campus can work out to be a better deal than renting out a separate accommodation. Safety issues and proximity to your classes should hold precedence.
  • Remember that in your quest to save money on rent, you may end up travelling a lot between your flat and university. Take a balanced decision.

Here are some scholarships that Indian students can avail to ease the funding of their study program:

  • Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships
  • Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship
  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme
  • Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowships for Indian Students
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
  • Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala Fellowship
  • The Indian Trust Fellowship
  • American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship
  • Tata Scholarships for Cornell University

We at Admissions Abroad offer complete guidance on funding and scholarships to help you get the education of your dreams.

The American Advantage

The American America is a coveted destination for students worldwide for its free culture and a magnetic appeal. Freedom, fun and opportunity abound in America. As a student, you will get to interact with other students from varied cultures and learn about coexistence. College life is an extremely enjoyable experience among friends and free vibes. Also, the colleges offer an opportunity for all-round development. You can engage yourself with creative classes such as dance or pottery or work on your writing skills by associating with a magazine. This helps broaden your creative horizons.

American universities also help you greatly with communication and social skills. Above all, the USA is home to Silicon Valley and university graduates are equipped to find amazing job opportunities in one of the many companies. The salary packages are handsome and career path bright. Excited to study in the USA? Let us make it easy for you.

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