Study in USA

Study in USA

Why Study in USA? USA Education System
Is USA the right choice? Advantages of Studying in USA
Required Tests Admission Process
Institutions List Visa Information
SEVIS Fee Applying for the Visa
Colleges and Universities List    

"For the students looking for the best overseas education and planning to put their careers on the fast track, USA is the hottest destination". This is because it has immense range of specialties, high quality of education, great opportunities, which attracts students from different countries of the world. Students can choose a suitable university from over 3800 universities and colleges available in USA that facilitates several educational programs. U.S provides a lot of offers for international students like, prestigious education in the world, assorted cities and towns, dazzling natural parks, different events and multicultural population.

Why Study in USA:

A few decades back studying outside home country was the business of rich, now, its business of rich and brainy. People do globetrotting to earn education, the good education. And when one considers going abroad for study; the United States is considered as ‘Hot Education Destination’.

The US schools, Universities and institutions offer excellent education and training quality. The education received from a US school / college / university department is recognized everywhere in the world. That’s why students from all over the world prefer USA when a foreign degree matters to them. Also the variety of courses offered in US schools / colleges is quite high.

The schools, / colleges, and university institutions in United States attracts students from all around the globe. These schools and institutes not only teach but also help incoming students in various others matters; like getting a tutor, earning scholarships or free-ships and or getting a part time job to meet study expenditures.

Anyone can opt and earn degrees or certificates from US institutions. The International students mainly choose to migrate to US at two stages-

After completion of 12 years of schooling or equivalent to earn undergraduate graduate degree; And
After completion of 16 years of education or equivalent (i.e. college education) to earn a Graduate Degree.

The students willing to join US schools / colleges / university institutions are offered admission on the basis of certain common tests, written test of school / college / university, and essay tests etc. USA have more than 4000 Colleges and Universities institutions where nearly 6 million International students study in different courses for various programs.

Your study and stay in USA will be a great experience; you will be able to share your knowledge with best brains, since scholars from all part of the world come here for study or work. You will also fortunate enough to learn about different cultures of the world as you will find communities from different sections of the society within campus.

The USA is leader in newest technologies which originates from its institutions. Stay and study in US means having enriched with latest technological knowledge which will give you an edge over others in real life. Hence a US degree is beneficial in several aspects and preferred over others.

USA Education System:

American education system is bit extremely dissimilar from the education system of your native country. The educational available in this country are fabulous especially in the higher level. Basically, the USA education system comprises of 12 complete years of primary and secondary education before getting admission in the university or graduate college. It is not necessary that these 12 years of basic education must be completed from within USA and hence, students from other countries are also welcome for higher education. The highlight of USA education system is its adaptability of cutting-edge technology in all the fields of study. In addition to this truth, another impressive element about US education system is that many world leaders, bureaucrats and prominent business tycoons cherish the education system of the country after studying from there.

Needless to say, acquiring an educational experience from the land of USA will drive people to a magnificent and brilliant career life. The education of US starts at the age of five in the 'primary school'. After completing five grades, the student will enter 'secondary school' to get the 'high school diploma' after successful completion of twelve grades. Those who complete high school and would like to attend college or university must attend 'undergraduate' school. These are schools that offer either a two-year degree (Associate Degree) or a four-year degree in a specific course of study. The course of study is called the 'major', which comprises of the main or special subjects.

The next level of education system in the US is 'graduate school'. After getting the undergraduate degree, the education can be continued for next two levels. The first one is, studying to get 'master's degree' as an extended specialized study of the subject taken up in the under graduation course. It is of two years duration. The next level is to pursue PhD that leads to a doctorate degree. The minimum duration for this is about three years and may vary up to even seven to eight years depending upon the specialized and chosen topic and the ability of students in presenting their thesis.

Types of Degrees:

Associate Degree:
Associate degrees are awarded after two years of undergraduate study at some colleges and universities. At associate-level, majors are usually in vocational areas such as health sciences, computer information systems, accounting, graphic design, catering and hospitality management.

Associate degrees are a great choice if you do not want to commit to four years studying abroad in the USA. You can earn an American degree within two years, paying less than for a bachelor's degree.

On completion, you can join the third year of a program at a four-year university, and earn a Bachelor's degree after two further years of study.

Bachelors Degree:
The most common type of undergraduate program is a Bachelor's degree, awarded after four years of successful study. There is a huge choice of subjects at Bachelor's-level

Depending on your major, the degree you earn will usually be a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). However, some universities also offer other types of degree such as Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) etc.

Graduate Degree:
Graduate Schools and specialized colleges (Ex: College of Engineering, College of Management etc.) offer various degree programs such as Engineering, Arts and Sciences at the post-graduate level, leading to Master’s and Doctoral level degrees. These degrees are called the ‘Master of Arts (M.A), Master of Sciences (M.S), duration of the Master’s level programs are of two years and Doctoral level are of four years duration.

Doctorate:
Admission into Doctoral level programs is possible normally after completion of Master’s. However, US universities are flexible in admitting even those with a Bachelor’s degree. But, the length of program might be longer than for those with a Master’s degree. Typically, the duration of Doctoral level programs is between 3 and 6 years, depending on the field of research and university. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) duration range from one to five years, depending upon the course and level of study.

Is USA the right choice:

If you are thinking of applying to a US University, you have to consider few things before taking on application process?

At first, you will need to define your goal and set your career priorities. This will help you in choosing ‘right program and right school’. USA degree are recognized world over,
Evaluate your funds if you could meet the study and stay cost in the USA. The US offers both scholarships and study loans to International students, and students are allowed to work on part time basis to meet the study and stay cost.
If you do not have sufficient funds make sure that you may get scholarships or study loans or grab for a job if required or how else you shall meet the study expenditures if you shall not get scholarship / study loan / job.
The study and living cost vary in different United States, hence choosing a right program in a right college is of utmost importance.
According to the Web site for NAFSA: Association of International Educators- ‘81 percent of international students studying at the Undergraduate level in the United States receive no assistance to pay for their education. At the graduate level 47 percent must fund their own education’.
International students are offered accommodation in college housings but in some cases you may have to make your own housing arrangement. Before leaving your home country consider arrangement for housing.

Advantages of Studying in USA

The United States is a most preferred study destination among International students. The advantages of studying in USA are -

Apex Institutions of Learning - The United States has worlds’ top notch institutions. These institutions are leaders in terms of course curriculum and training quality in what they offer.
Infinite Study Choices - The US colleges and university institutes offers numerous study choices.
International Recognition - Humans strive for identity and having a degree from a US institution make you recognized every where
Industrial Training and Research - Learning in an American school means not only confined to classes and attending lectures or doing experiments in the laboratories but also having real industry experience.
Community and Culture - You will find people of America’s very warm and hospitable nature
Familiarity with Technology - The Colleges and Universities in America encourages students to learn newest technologies, no matter in what discipline one has got the admission.
Flexibility - The USA education is flexible. Classes are offered under semester scheme and course is divided into credits. A student can choose how many credits he / she want to earn in a semester or quarter, and what elective and optional classes one has to take.
Campus Life - Since American education is open to all International students, you will make a lot of friends, from all over the world. You will learn a lot about other cultures and communities and enrich your experiences.
Global Vision - The American schools, / colleges, / universities focus on global aspects of education. Students are trained keeping focus on entire human community and not only America. Thus they are prepared better to work and deliver quality services in any part of the world.

Required Tests:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - For entry in to Graduate Programs
TOEFL/IELTS is used to evaluate the English proficiency for admission to any course.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for admission to MBA and other management programs.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is required for admission in to bachelor level courses
Law and Medical schools usually require different exams like LSAT and MCAT

IELTS for USA

USA Says Yes to IELTS

Over 3,000 institutions and programs in the USA accept IELTS scores as proof of English language skills. Over a million people each year are now using IELTS to open doors throughout the English-speaking world and beyond.

http://www.ielts.org/pdf/USA_Recognition_List.pdf

Admission Process:

For International students, admission to USA universities and colleges can be very competitive. Each university / department has its own admission requirements depending upon the course of study selected. Successful admission for International students to a top USA school require preparation & research. The admission process is a long one, and should ideally begin at least 6 - 12 months before your expected arrival in the USA. Organizing and planning are very important because timely completion of all the necessary steps is key.

Undergraduate: 10 + 2
Graduate: 16 years of education required (10 + 2 + 4) or some programs require 10+2+3+2
Some institutions accept 15 years of formal education into their Bridging / Masters Programs
Good & Strong academic background
Good scores in entrance exams like SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS etc
Strong recommendation letters
Concise & informative statement of purpose / personal statement, essays & resumes
Certificates of achievement & extra - curricular activity participation
Strong financial background or good grades to get a scholarship

Visa Information

Step-by-step procedure to obtain F-1 (student) visa appointment for USA:

It is important to obtain an I-20 from the U.S University that you wish to attend, before you apply for a visa appointment. The SEVIS tracking number on the top-right of the I-20 is exclusively allotted for you and all I-20s sent to you will come with the same number. Hence, it is very essential to apply for the visa with the I-20 on hand and not with any other SEVIS number. Doing so may cause rejection of the visa application. Please carry the photocopy of the first page of your passport to the Bank, without fail.
Once you have the I-20 on hand, visit the or nearest branch of HDFC Bank to make payment of Rs. INR 6580 towards visa application fee. The fee can be paid in cash or by D.D, favoring 'U.S Embassy, Visa Fees.
VFS service charge - INR 359 and HDFC Bank Charges - INR 21 Total Service Charge - INR 380 payable to VFS towards service charges for handling your passport. This amount may be paid by D.D favoring "VFS Global Service Pvt. Ltd." or by cash, in designated HDFC branches within respective regions. Please note that these fees are similar for all four consular districts.

Here are the contact details of US Consulates of USA, Hyderabad for any further information or clarification:

Consulate General of the USA, Hyderabad

Paigah Palace
1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane
Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003

Telephone: +91 (40) 4033-8300
Tel: +91-(0)40-40338300
Fax: +91-(0)40-40338304
E-mail: hydniv@state.gov
Internet: http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov/
For more information or applying for visa appointment, visit www.vfs-usa.co.in

New Visa rules / procedures

The US Consulates have implemented the following new rules and procedures, which are specifically applicable for F-1 (student) Visa applicants:

The US Dollar exchange rate against the Rupee has been reduced from Rs. 48 to Rs.47. As a result, the application fee will now be Rs. 6,580 (amount will change as per $ rate on that particular day) only. All the non-immigrant applicants are advised to make payment of Rs. 6,580 (amount will change as per $ rate on that particular day) to HDFC Bank towards application fee. Please note however, that HDFC Bank's service charges and VFS fees are separate.
The Student Visa applicants must apply for a visa appointment only 120 days before the start of semester and not earlier.
For Emergency visa appointments, students can apply only six weeks before the start date as indicated on the I-20 and not before.
For scheduling/postponement/pre-ponement and cancellation of appointments, the following procedures and rules are to be followed:

Postponement:
You can move your appointment to a later date only once. To move your appointment to later date a second time, first cancel your current appointment and then book a new appointment.

Preponement:
To move your appointment to an earlier date, cancel your current appointment and then book a new appointment.

Cancellation:
You can cancel your appointment only two times. After the second cancellation your HDFC Visa Fee Receipt is deactivated for 90 calendar days. You will not be able to book another appointment until the 90 days have passed.

Emergency Visa appointment:

To move your appointment to an emergency date you must not cancel your current appointment. When you see the ‘Emergency Appointment’ link in the appointments calendar, click on it and follow the instructions. Book an emergency appointment only if you qualify for one and can provide documentary evidence of the emergency. Penalties apply to those that misuse this system.

Notes:

Your HDFC Visa Fee Receipt can be used to book a visa interview appointment and appear within one year from the date of issuance. The Fee Receipt will expire if you do not actually appear for the interview within one year and you will need to buy a new receipt if you still wish to travel to the U.S.
You can change or cancel your visa interview appointment up to two business days before your appointment unless your appointment is at the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai. If your appointment is at the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai you can change or cancel your appointment up to five business days before the appointment.

Of course, V&U Intellect is always there to guide you through the visa processing, for which we provide our services.

Sevis Fee:

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) manages the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVP is a program under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency within Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) acts as the bridge for varied government organizations that have an interest in information on foreign students. SEVP uses web-based technology, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), to track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents throughout the duration of approved participation within the U.S. education system.

SEVIS Fee for F-1visa applicants (full payment): $200

The fee is used to:

Maintain and update SEVIS
Hire and train SEVIS Liaison Officers
Staff and manage the SEVP Office to:
 
Support the current version of SEVIS and develop and deploy the next generation of SEVIS
Develop SEVP policies and procedures
Offer SEVIS-related training, assistance and problem resolution to the schools and exchange visitor program sponsors
Maintain enforcement oversight to ensure that:
 
Schools are maintaining accurate, timely information
Students or exchange visitors who fail to maintain status either leave the United States or apply for reinstatement.

Applying for the Visa:

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