Why Study in the US?
Looking at current world statistics for higher education, of the 1.2 million students pursuing postsecondary education outside their home countries, more than one-third choose to study in the United States. The trend over the years has been increasingly towards the US and a lot of people are beginning to notice. But the question remains, why is the US such a popular destination for a lot of aspiring minds? What does the US offer others seem not to have as much? Here are some pointers.
Academic Excellence :
Looking at the top 100 universities in the world, one can easily see a great majority of them come from the US. The United States has one of the world’s finest university systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields. At the undergraduate level, excellent programs exist in traditional disciplines as well as in professional fields. At the graduate level, students often have the opportunity to work directly with some of the finest minds in the world. U.S. degrees are recognized throughout the world for the excellence.
Cutting-Edge Technology :
U.S. universities pride themselves on being at the forefront of technology and educational techniques, and in making available to their students the best possible equipment and resources. Even if your field does not directly involve science or engineering, you will become skilled in using the latest technology to obtain and process information. You will find ways to stay connected with people in your field all over the world.
Although many programs are highly structured, you will generally find many course choices. At the advanced stages of a degree you will be able to to tailor your course work to fit your specific needs. When you choose topics for independent study for a graduate thesis or dissertation, you can emphasize ideas that are important to you, your field, and your country.
Campus Life :
U.S. universities provide a rich variety of academic, cultural and athletic activities that add new dimensions to your educational experience and also help you make new friends.
Eligibility Criteria, Application Documents Requirement :
Compared to other countries, admission procedures of US universities, schools, colleges and institutes are highly competitive for international students. The procedure is even more competitive in the top educational institutes. To earn admission in the top and high-ranking schools in USA you must have good grades, adequate financial support either by achieving scholarships or merit based financial aids, completed challenging coursework, and good command over the English language
Application Documents Requirments* :
It is normal procedure for international students to apply directly to their chosen institution. Applications can usually be accessed via the institution website. Typical applications require:
Subject/ major/ course choices
Education details (for example high school name, address and qualifications)
Standardised test details
Work experience (if applicable)
An application fee
High school transcript or mark sheets
An essay or a statement of purpose(sometimes referred to as a personal statement this is a summary of why a students has chosen USA a country for further education and also reason for the course and institute selected. This is a very important document,)
Original or certified academic documents demonstrating previous qualifications and grades (high school transcripts and/or predicted or actual examination results) — if documents are not in English, translations may be required
Proof of English proficiency if not an English speaker (TOEFL or IELTS)
Financial documents for visa purposes — financial information forms and bank statements/ sponsor letter proving you can pay for your education
Two reference letters — an academic reference from one or two current teachers, plus most want a reference from a counsellor or school official
Copy of passport
*Additional materials may also be required. The above information is a guideline. Students should contact their chosen institutions for further information.
Variety of Educational Opportunities :
The higher education system in the United States has something for everyone. With the colleges and universities stressing on a range of educational aspects one can easily find the area of focus intended. Some programs focus on study abroad educational principles: others stress practical, employment-related skills; and still others specialize in technical fields, the arts, or social sciences. As a result, if you are looking for an institution where you can study a particular field – no matter how unusual or specific – you can usually find several from which to choose in the United States.
Opportunity for Research,Teaching & Training :
If you are a graduate student,you may be able to gain valuable experience in research or teaching while you help to finance your education.This practical component of your education will prove useful in your future career and may give you insights into your field that would not be possible through course study alone.
International students are some of the most valued researchers and teachers in U.S.universities because they bring new skills and ideas to the classroom and laboratory.Many graduate programs in the United States offer training that enables students to become teaching of research assistants.
Support Services for International Students :
At most institutions, services from the international student office help students from abroad to live and learn in their new environment. From orientation programs at the beginning of your degree program to assistance with resumes as you get ready to graduate, you will find people at the university and in the community who are interested in your success.
Experience in an international setting is a marketable commodity. Your long-term career prospects can be enhanced by and experience that develops self-confidence, independence, and cross-cultural skills – attributes in demand by employees world-wide.
For undergraduate programs a student should have completed 10 + 2 .
For Graduate programs the students must have completed 16 years of education i.e. 10+2+4.
Some institutes accept 15 years of formal education into their Bridge or Masters program.
The student must have good scores in entrance exams like SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc….
The language proficiency test scores should be TOEFL score of 90 and above for Postgraduate and 80 above for Undergraduate studies. IELTS score of 6.0 and above for Undergraduates and 6.5 and above for Postgraduates studies.
Strong recommendation letters and Certificate of achievement and extra curricular activity participation proof.
The statement of purpose i.e. the personal essay should be such that it stands out amongst the lot of students letter.
These eligibility parameters are what institutes in USA consider before admitting a student in a course.
Visa Documents Required :
The student must apply to an institution approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Once this institution decides an application is complete and academically eligible the student will be sent a SEVIS document.
After the student receives the I-20 or D-2019 form from their institution it is time to arrange an interview with their nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
Then is the Personal Interview:
Students must provide a completed DS-156 and DS-158 form. Some students may be required to complete a DS-157 form.
Students who are bringing their children will be required to fill out a separate form.
A valid passport with at least six months validity, one passport sized photograph as well as the non-refundable application fee.