Study In USA

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Monterey Institute of International Studies

Why Study in USA ?

Why Study in USA ?

The United States is the world's third largest country in population and in area. It consists of 50 states and a federal district. The conterminous (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) United States stretches across central North America from the Atlantic Ocean on the east to the Pacific Ocean on the west, and from Canada on the north to Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico on the south.

DESTINATION USA!

The United States has many competitive private and public institutions of higher education. According to prominent international rankings, around 15 American colleges and universities are ranked among the top 20 in the world. Higher education in the United States is an optional final stage of formal learning following secondary education. Higher education, also referred to as post-secondary education, third stage, third level, or tertiary education occurs most commonly at one of the 4,599 Title IV degree-granting institutions, either colleges or universities in the country. These may be public universities, private universities, liberal arts colleges, or community colleges. . As of 2011, the latest figures available in 2014, the US has a total of 4,599 Title IV-eligible, degree-granting institutions: 2,870 4-year institutions and 1,729 2-year institutions.

High visibility issues include greater use of the Internet, such as massive open online courses, competency-based education, cutbacks in state spending, rapidly rising tuition and increasing student loans.

Strong research coupled with funding have helped make American colleges and universities among the world's most prestigious, making them particularly attractive to international students, professors and researchers in the pursuit of academic excellence.

EMPLOYMENT

Most international students in the United States hold an F-1 visa, which is the U.S. non-immigrant student visa. F-1 students are allowed to work in the United States, but only under certain conditions and in accordance with complex guidelines and restrictions issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

Generally, all employment is contingent on remaining within the terms and restrictions of your F-1 visa. There are several categories of employment during the term of your stay as an F-1 student in the United States. On-campus employment is the most freely available, and then there are four categories of off-campus employment:

  • On-Campus Employment (upto 20 hours/ week while school is in session)
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) (upto 12 months full time in total)
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) (> or < 20 hours / week)
  • Economic Hardship (In case of severe hardships)
  • International Institutions

Education System

Education Chart

Education System


Education Chart

In USA, Under graduation / Bachelor's level education in USA starts post  completion of 12 years of primary and secondary education. Hence, education beyond class XII is also known as 'post-secondary' education, in USA.

Bachelor's programs are of four years duration, and are offered by different types of colleges namely Liberal Arts colleges (offering general education in arts and science), Upper-Division colleges( offering two years specialized undergraduate programs) and Community colleges( offering  Associate Degrees of two years duration). Specialized programs like Engineering are also offered, that are equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor's degree. These are known as 'transfer' programs.

Universities offer an extensive range of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which is ideal for research work.

Admission

Admissions are offered to international students without any bias. It is interesting to know that Early admissions are also a possibility for the some students who are yet to complete their 3rd year bachelor's degree. Some colleges/universities offer an Early Decision admission, for which the admitted students need to commit to enroll at the college. Normally, such colleges take 'Early action' in notifying the students of 'Early Decision' based on which the students have to accept the admission offer and make a deposit.

Required Tests

In addition to very good academic background from Class 10thto 12th, international applicants are expected to have very good scores in TOEFL and SAT, for admission into decent US universities at the bachelor's level. Some better universities require even scores from SAT Subject Tests, before they make an admission decision.

There are several other issues with respect to Bachelor's study in USA - like the location, size, majors offerings, admission requirements, deadlines, costs, financial aid, housing, student life, academic programs, latest technology on campus etc.

Cost of Education

Bachelor's level education in USA is costlier than Master's level as Students are expected to take more credits per semester, which leads to an increase in costs.

While the Average cost of tuition and fees is approx. 10,000-20,000 $ per year, depending upon program, institution and location, Living expenditure would add up to another 8,000-10,000 $ per year, according to the student's lifestyle.

Financial Aid is very rare for Bachelor's level international students. While there are several options like Federal Stafford Loans and others for domestic students, such facilities are not available for non-domestic applicants.

Since Bachelor's is a four-year program, the costs tend to be very high overall. This is one of the reasons why most students prefer studying from the Master's level in USA or elsewhere. Of all the international students, only 19% of them went for the Bachelor's level as against 79% for Master's level!

It is not easy to support oneself with part-time employment since the program is intensive and students hardly find time to work beyond their study schedules. Also, Teaching and Research Assistantships are available for Master's level and not for the Bachelor's. Thus, part-time employment options are limited and returns from the same are rare.

Accreditation

Accreditation of colleges/universities is very important in choosing the right institution, since that ensures uniformity in curriculum, proper designing of courses, meeting the infrastructure needs, proper faculty and facilities etc.

Six Regional Accrediting associations provide accreditation in six regions of USA - Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern and Western.

Whereas, National Accrediting Associations such as ACICS, AABC, ATS, DETC etc., provide specialized accrediting for various programs in technology, biblical studies, distance education etc.

Applying for a visa

After securing admission into the University one must start with the visa formalities.

Visa process for USA is relatively simpler, and yet, tough to obtain! For those who are fully prepared with the required documentation and interview preparation, the process becomes easy. However, professional guidance and careful planning of the whole process is very important for success!

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Intakes 

US universities have4 intakes

  1. Spring: January/February
  2. Fall: August/September
  3. Summer: April/May
  4. Winter: December

Major intake is the Fall intake, but most of the universities are open for Spring and few of them for summer & winter intake too. However all subjects commence in Fall and only some in Winter and Summer intake.

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 is 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

  • Undergraduate: 10+2
  • 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

Documents

Covering Letter, Application Fees, Application Form, Statement of Purpose, Essays, Resume, Reco Letters, Transcripts, Mark sheets & Cert., Bank Statement, Affidavit of Financial Statements,Test Score Report

Costs

Costs

Bachelor's level education in USA is costlier than Master's level as Students are expected to take more credits per semester, which leads to an increase in costs.

While the Average cost of tuition and fees is approx. 10,000-20,000 $ per year, depending upon program, institution and location, Living expenditure would add up to another 8,000-10,000 $ per year, according to the student's lifestyle.

Financial Aid is very rare for Bachelor's level international students. While there are several options like Federal Stafford Loans and others for domestic students, such facilities are not available for non-domestic applicants.

Since Bachelor's is a four-year program, the costs tend to be very high overall. This is one of the reasons why most students prefer studying from the Master's level in USA or elsewhere. Of all the international students, only 19% of them went for the Bachelor's level as against 79% for Master's level!

It is not easy to support oneself with part-time employment since the program is intensive and students hardly find time to work beyond their study schedules. Also, Teaching and Research Assistantships are available for Master's level and not for the Bachelor's. Thus, part-time employment options are limited and returns from the same are rare.

Students Visas

Students Visas

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Industry/Employment

Industry/Employment

USA is one of the strongest economies of the world. The vast majority of Americans derive most part of their income from occupational earnings. In the United States, the highest earning occupational groups are the white collar professionals including management, physicians, mathematicians, financial managers, software publishers, computer engineers, hospitality, etc. USA has also been on the forefront in the telecoms, medicine, health care, and genetics.

 

international students can take up on campus jobs they are allowed to work 20 hrs per week during semester (on campus). On campus jobs may include teaching assistantship or research assistantship where a student is paid on an average $8 to $10 per hour thus student earns approximately $ 500-$ 1000 per month or can get a waiver in tuition fees. With this, a student can also do internship in the related field which may be paid.

 

During vacation the student is allowed to work for 40 hrs per week. On completion of the course, student is allowed to work for 1year popularly known as OPT (optional practical training). Students with certain degrees are allowed to work for 29 months. On completion of their OPT; the student can later apply for work on a H1 B visa (work permit visa).

FAQ's

FAQ's

A transfer option is to complete at least 2 years of the Bachelors / Diploma program in any country and then apply for a transfer to the University that a student wants to attend in USA. The years waived off in your transfer status will depend on the courses covered in India and the grades for the same. It is rare that one can get exact transfer of credits.

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