Benefits of studying in the USA for Indian students

Why study in the USA?

When we plan to study abroad the first place that comes to mind is the USA and let’s look forward to the major benefits of studying in the USA. It is an international hub for many industries and top-class universities millions of students look forward to doing their higher education in the USA. It has a plethora of universities with modern labs and technologies, and mainly focuses on practical education with industry exposure which is most needed for technology students. Students having practical experience of job on the same line help them stand out in the present-day fast-running and competitive world. We get a great opportunity to mingle with people around the globe and acquire knowledge about the latest innovations taking place in different parts of the world and it also enhances your career opportunity back here in India.

The basic knowledge information that every student wants to have before starting their application process is eligibility criteria and what all documents are required.

Documents required for application processes.

Average Salary a student can earn in the USA

Most students try to pay off their college fees with the help of a part-time job, so here are a few things that you should know about the part-time jobs and salary system in the USA. The salary is paid on hourly bases. Being a graduate student, you need to work for a limited period and only when your CPT gets approved by the colleges. There are a few universities that provide CPT right from the first day and in a few universities, you need to complete one semester to get CPT, doing a job without authorization is considered illegal. The following is the major information that an international student should know

After completing a master’s students can get a professional job on OPT and can earn based on their profession. The popular jobs in the USA with average salaries ranging from 80,000$ to 144,830$ are program manager, project manager, industrial engineer, network architect, system analyst, business development manager, resource manager, budget analyst, financial analyst, data analyst, data scientist, system engineer, electrical design engineer, manufacturing engineer.

Cost of living for students in the USA

Students can make 2,400 to 4,000 per month living which they need will be spending nearly 1,000 to 1,500 per month on average based on their living styles. Here are a few basic rates for living expenses

  • Based on accommodation, if students choose to stay on-campus the hostel rents vary according to the universities but if students choose to stay in rental houses so rent per month varies from 1,320$ to 2,000$ based on the type of accommodation. Students can live in sharing where rent is shared by students living in the house making it 300$ to 800$ affordable for each individual.
  • Meals and groceries cost around 150 $ to 200$ depending on food penchants.
  • Annual shopping of clothes based on climatic conditions may be nearly 500$.
  • Other expenses like electricity, internet, entertainment, insurance, petrol, weekend activities, and international calling all together may cost around 600$ to 800$ based on your selections and choices.

Students should also have a calculation of extra expenses as follows

  • Travelling chargers that might be to other states or traveling back to India.
  • Hospital expenses that are not part of health insurance such as eye care, dental care, and skin treatments.
  • Gadget purchases like PC, Laptops, Cell phones, TV, furniture, and cars.
  • They should also look after their summer vacation expenses if they are going to stay back in the USA, trips to other states, entertainment, outings with friends, etc.

Cost of studying in the USA for Indian students

The major spending will be on college fees, we all know most students try to pay off their college fees with their earnings in the USA itself. So, the major information student should know is the average cost of different universities and courses in the USA. The tuition fee depends on the program you want to join, for postgraduate programs the tuition fee range between 20,000$ to 60,000$ per year and this would be based on the program students are interested, in and the university they choose. So below is the information about average fee structures based on programs. Program Maximum Tuition fee per year
1 Electrical engineering 30,000$ - 45,000$
2 Computer engineering 30,200$ - 55,000$
3 Aerospace engineering 23,500$ - 35,000$
4 Robotics 50,000$ - 60,000$
5 Civil engineering 25,000$ - 45,000$
6 Systems engineering 20,500$ - 45,000$
7 Software engineering 30,000$ - 45,000$
8 Information systems and technology 45,000$ - 55,000$
9 Data analyst 50,000$ - 60,000$
10 Mechanical engineering 25,000$ - 35,000$
11 Information systems 30,000$ - 40,000$
12 Cybersecurity 30,000$ - 45,000$
13 Industrial engineering 20,000$ - 35,000$
14 Master in Business courses 20,000$ - 70,000$
15 Master in Law programs 20,000$ - 50,000$
16 Master in Medicine 20,000$ - 65,000$
17 Master in Computer science & IT programs 20,000$ - 55,000$
18 Master in Education systems 20,000$ - 40,000$
19 Master in Humanitarian Sciences 20,000$ - 50,000$

Top Courses to Study in the USA

Every student chooses the course according to their interest and passion. The USA has a vast variety of courses for students from all streams. The following are the popular programs according to the professions

Engineering Specialization

Engineering is a highly chosen profession and millions of students apply for master’s programs in engineering specialization. The best engineering courses like Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Big Data, Information Technology, and Cloud Computing are trending in the USA, they also have huge job opportunities all over the globe. We also have courses like robotic engineering, mechanical engineering, solar engineering, biochemical engineering, and aerospace engineering which are thought with cutting-edge technologies making these programs worth doing and they are also evergreen fields for students with a passion to work on technology. Apart from these courses we also have the following course which is of huge demand in the USA

  • Software Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Automobile Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Aviation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
Business Administration Specialization

Nowadays with growing entrepreneurship and start-up companies’ future generations are looking up to set up their own business and are interested to have a thorough understanding of Financing, marketing, management, and strategizing the set-up of their business and the USA offers a wide variety of courses in MBA. The following are top courses in business administration specialization

  • International Business
  • Business Management
  • Project Management
  • General Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Technology Management
  • Finance Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • E-business & E-commerce

The USA also offers liberal art courses in different fields which can be chosen by the students who completed their minor in any field. Students interested in the following courses should start their application at least a year due to the time-consuming application process. The following are courses in liberal arts

  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Art History
  • Education
  • Fine Art
  • Theatre
  • Museum Studies

Intakes in the USA

The US universities offer three intakes that are fall, spring, and summer intake. The student should start their application 8-9 months before the intake starts, as they need to attend the English proficiency test, get all the documents done, check for different universities and programs, and send through their application universities will take 1 to 2 months to process the application, students should prepare all the funding documents before attending for visa interview. Information about the intakes, starting month, and deadlines are as mentioned below

Intakes Image Intake Semester Starting Month Deadlines based on university grading
1 Fall/August Intake August A, A+ grade Universities: November/ December of the preceding year A-, B, B+, C grade Universities: February/March of the current application year C+, C-, D grade Universities: June/ July of the current application year
2 Spring/January Intake January A, A+ grade Universities: March/ April of the current application year A-, B, B+, C grade Universities: July/ August of the current application year C+, C-, D grade Universities: October/ November of the current application year
3 Summer/May Intake May All the universities close their applications by March of the same year

Fall Intake

Fall intake begins in august, and the first semester of this intake ends in December. This intake is considered the starting of academics and all the scholarships are available for this intake, that’s the reason most of the students tend to apply for fall intake. In the fall intake, all the courses are available and all universities are open for this intake so students have a huge number of options based on their requirements. Students applying for fall intake have many part-time jobs option on campus, they also have options to apply for internship programs and get into social groups. Fall intake students also have the benefit of attending placement drives conducted at the end of the academic year in most universities.

Fall Intake

Spring Intake

Spring intake starts in January, and the first semester of this intake ends in April. This intake starts in the middle of the academic year due to which it has fewer scholarship options because most of the grants are given to the students in the fall intake itself. In spring intake part-time job options on-campus are not available and internship options in industries become very limited, most of the student groups have already formed at the beginning, so less probability of joining the group with a leadership position.

spring Intake

Summer Intake

Summer intake starts in May, and the first semester of this intake ends in August. In this intake, the USA has fewer university options, and most of the courses opened will be in languages or liberal art kind of programs.

spring Intake

Top Universities in the USA

Public universities are government-funded universities and are monitored by the government. These universities have programs right from languages to research-oriented doctoral programs. The following is information about highly ranked public universities, their location, and average tuition fees. University Name Location Tuition Fee
1 University of California Los Angeles Campus, & Berkeley 43,000$ & 44,115$
2 University of Michigan Ann Arbor 53,232$
3 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 53,666$
4 University of California Santa Barbara, CA 44,196$
5 University of Florida Gainesville, FL 28,658$
6 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 36,776$
7 University of California- San Diego La Jolla, CA 44,487$
8 University of California Irvine, CA 43,709$
9 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 33,794$
10 University of Texas Austin, TX 40,032$
11 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA 46,467$
12 University of Wisconsin Madison, WL 38,608$
13 University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, IL 34,316$
14 University of Georgia Athens, GA 31,120$
15 The Ohio State University Columbus, OH 35,019$

Private Universities

Universities are run by private organizations and people. They are charted and accredited by the USA government. They have fewer grants offered by the government compared to public universities and tuition fee is also a bit higher compared to public universities. University Location Tuition Fee
1 Massachusetts Institution of Technology Cambridge, MA 55,878$
2 Stanford University Stanford, CA 56,169$
3 University of Chicago Chicago, IL 60,963$
4 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 58,680$
5 Duke University Durham, NC 60,489$
6 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 58,720$
7 Northwestern University Evanston, IL 60,984$
8 Vanderbilt University Nashville 56,966$
9 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 58,866$
10 Rice University Houston, TX 52,895$
11 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 58,843$
12 Emory University Atlanta, GA 55,468$
13 Georgetown University Washington, DC 59,957$
14 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 58,924$
15 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 60,275$

Some of the best universities based on specialization

Best Engineering Schools
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • University of California- Berkeley
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Texas California Institute of Technology
Best Business Schools
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • North-western University
  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Yale University
  • Columbia University
Best Law Schools
  • Yale University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • New York University