Higher Study in America (USA)
Study in USA
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 have the opportunity to work directly with some of the finest minds in their field of study, with the chance to become involved with exclusive research and educational opportunities. U.S. degrees are recognized throughout the world for their excellence. Around 80% of the research all over the world is being conducted & funded in USA by various universities & companies in USA. The no of noble laureates from USA is a testimony to it.
USA has several thousand colleges and universities, boasting at least ten times as many campuses as in any other country. As a result, the higher education system in the U.S. has something for everyone. Some U.S. colleges and universities stress broad educational principles; others emphasize practical, employment-related skills; and still others specialize in the arts, social sciences or technical fields. As a result, students have a variety of options and educational opportunities if they are looking for a particular field.
Industries & Research
The land of America has produced many great inventors and scientists. The period between 19th and 20th century was that of speedy growth for scientific development. However, the foundation for this development was laid prior to this period. The great scientists from America worked in various fields of science to make path-breaking discoveries and inventions. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Alva Edison, George Washington Carver, Barbara McClintock and many others brought glory to America by making valuable contributions in this field.
The economy of the United States is the world’s largest national economy. Its nominal GDP was estimated to be nearly $14.7 trillion in 2010, approximately a quarter of nominal global GDP. Its GDP at purchasing power parity was also the largest in the world, approximately a fifth of global GDP at purchasing power parity.
The famous companies based at USA includes Wal-Mart, JP Morgan, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Nike, GE, Apple, Chevron, Honeywell, Coco cola, Walt Disney, Amzon.com, Pfizer, Boeing, Ford motors, Citigroup, AT&T & many more.
The United States calls itself “a nation of immigrants.” Immigrants (from Europe) founded this country and have been coming in large numbers (from all over the world) ever since. Therefore you will find that all ethnicities and nationalities are represented, although not to the same extent in every city. The country is vast (over 9 million square kilometers) and populous (over 275 million people). In the US, you can encounter and experience almost any climate, landscape, lifestyle, and culture imaginable. By selecting the right location, you will be able to find a living experience that is perfect for you.
- Spring: January to May.
- Summer: May to July.
- Fall: August to December.
Requirements for Bachelor’s Program
- At least 12 years of education (HSC equivalent).
- Language Proficiency
- Most schools require TOEFL CBT score 173 to 250 or TOEFL iBT score 61 to 100
- Other Test
- It depends on universities. SAT I is required for almost all Universities
- SAT II is required for few Universities.
- Course Length
- Associate Degree: Approx. 2 years of full time study.
- Bachelor’s Degree: Approx. 4 years of full time study.
Requirements for Master’s Program
- At least 16 years of education.
- Language Proficiency
- Most schools require TOEFL CBT score 173 to 250 or TOEFL iBT score 61 to 100.
- Other Test
- It depends on universities. Sometimes it requires GRE General, GRE Subject Tests, GMAT etc.
- Course Length
- Master’s Degree: Approx. 2 years of full time study (with the exception of the LLM 1 year)
- PhD Degree program: Approx. 3 to 6 years.
Subjects for Bachelor’s & Master’s Program
Art and Art History, Biological Science, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, English, Film and Media Studies, Health and Society, History, Interdepartmental Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Mathematics-Applied, Mathematics-Statistics, Modern Languages and Cultures, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Psychology Clinical, Psychology Developmental, Psychology Social Personality, Religion and Classics, Statistics, Visual and Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering and Applied Science, Engineering Science, Geomechanics, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Optics, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Clinical Investigation, Dental Science, Epidemiology, Genetics, Health Services Research and Policy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Medical Statistic, Medicine, Microbiology-Medical, Microbiology and Immunology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Public Health, Toxicology, Nursing, BBA, MBA, Education and Human Development, Food Science, Law etc.
- Tuition Fees in $US
- It depends on universities. At most public universities it is $11,000 to $20,000 per year. In private colleges and universities it is about $30,000 per year.
- You must not expect financial aid for undergraduate studies mostly.
- At graduate level (masters, doctorate) there are more opportunities for financial aid from both public and private universities.
- Living & Other Expense in $US
- Food, cloth, transport, travel, telephone & incidental cost approximately $4000 to $10000 per year.
- Medical Insurance
- The cost of medical insurance between $500 to $1,000 per year for one person including doctor’s visits, medication, hospitalization, and surgery.
How to Apply to The University
- Check with the departments to see if there is a closing date for your application.
- You should write directly to the Institution’s Admission Office for detailed application information and forms.
- You can also download application form from university website.
- Some universities have an on-line application facility.
- Admission Office will inform you about the documentation, translation, and visa requirements.
- You should start at least one year in advance to compile the necessary information and documentation.
- The decision of the institution is usually announced within approximately six to eight months of the application deadline.
- Completed Application Form
- Money order/Application fee Documents
- Official English version of all educational documents including marks sheets.
- Transcripts should only be certified by the Ministry of Education or the issuing institution where you studied.
- School/College leaving certificate.
- One or more letters of recommendation
- TOFEL, IELTS test results
- Score report of SAT, GRE, GMAT (based on university requirements) etc
- Letter of financial responsibility directly from your sponsor
- Photocopy of your passport.
You can choose Homestay, Hostels & guest houses, Share accommodation, Rental accommodation, Boarding schools, University accommodation etc.
- Working in USA
- You cannot do a job while you are studying.
- Your visa do not allow you to work unless you are employed in an on-campus job or approved by the university.
- On-campus jobs do not provide enough funds to cover your tuition or living expenses.
- Type of Jobs for the Students
- Students at the school can usually find jobs like cleaning the grounds and buildings, guarding buildings at night, or working in the cafeteria, library, or offices.
- Sometimes students can baby-sit, perform house-cleaning or yard-work chores arranged through the school, camp counselor, Bartending/waiting tables, Computing, Trades, Fruit Picking, Poultry processing, Sewing machine operator, Farm laborer, Laundry worker
- Average wages: Between $6 to $25 per hour
- Credit Transfer Facility
- Students may apply for credit transfer program at undergraduate or postgraduate level in America.
- The maximum amount of credit that may be granted normally is not greater than 50% of the course.
- Most of the American universities consider minimum “B” grade for acceptance.
You have to submit the following documents to your target university:
- Your application form for the Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework program
- Official copies of your academic transcript
- Also include an official letter from head of the school/department of your university, from where you have already completed the courses.
- Detailed course outlines (Official Copy) including subject descriptions, methods of teaching and assessment, reading lists, number of hours of teaching etc.
- The academic level you are studying (e.g. First Year, Second Year etc.)
- How many credits you have completed
- An explanation of the grading system used at your institution.
- Information on the total units of study requirement (i.e. how many credits are required) for the completion of the degree.
- There is a huge number of scholarship available on the International Scholarship Database of VarsityAdmission.COM site
- You may also search scholarship in American Govt. Scholarship Database at Scholarships Database.
- Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs U.S. Department of State Provide Scholarship.
- The Association of Commonwealth Universities website provides a scholarships guide for Commonwealth postgraduate students offered by Governments, Rotary International, World Bank, World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, United Nations, Rockefeller Foundation and other +