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.
1. The student intending to apply for abroad studies first thing they need to get is a valid passport. Using this they can apply for the English proficiency test and during the application process, students should have properly scanned copies of the first and last pages of passports, should check the passport validation date, and apply for renewal of passport.
1. There are different kinds of tests needed to be given based on the stream and program you are applying to. The USA accepts IELTS, TOEFL, and Duolingo for the master’s program, and SAT and ACT for an undergraduate program. GRE and GMAT are mostly required for applying to management and business programs as well as GRE help increase your GPA score when you have less CGPA in your undergrad program. On the other hand, LSAT and MCAT are exams conducted to get admission into Law Schools and Medical Colleges. The types of entrance exams accepted, their application fees, the cut-off score required and application links are given as follows -
|S.no||Entrance Exam||Application Fee in INR||Required Score||Application Links|
|1||IELTS||15,500||6 to 7 Band||https://ieltsregistration.britishcouncil.org/orsnbc|
1. Students should have all the marks memos right from the tenth to the undergraduate program. They need to have attested certificates of Tenth, Intermediate/ Diploma, individual marks memos of all semesters in the undergraduate program and backlog memos, consolidated marks memos, and original degrees. If the student is pursuing the final year, they can get a course completion certificate from the respective college attested by the college administration.
1. Students should show the funding documents like loan approval from the bank, income proof of the person, property valuation papers, and a notary signed by the person supporting student education. These documents are required to make sure that student is capable of paying university fees and any kind of emergency during their study in the USA.
1. LOR is given by the professor stating about student’s academic and overall performance of the student during their bachelor’s, if the student has work experience, then they should also get a LOR from the company manager. Students need to have 3 LOR which are scanned and sent to the university through the mail. The mail IDs and contact details should be correctly provided so that the university can contact them for feedback.
1. The SOP is the kind of personal essay written by a student about them-self. It should include the reasons for selecting a particular program or university, and why only in the USA. It should include their educational background and professional experience, knowledge about the program they are applying to, and future career plans.
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.
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
Students should also have a calculation of extra expenses as follows
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.
|S.no||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$|
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 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
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
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
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
|S.no||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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|S.no||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$|
Universities are run by private organizations and people. They are charted and accredited by the USA government. They have fewer grants offered by the government compared to public universities and tuition fee is also a bit higher compared to public universities.
|1||Massachusetts Institution of Technology||Cambridge, MA||55,878$|
|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$|
|7||Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||60,984$|
|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