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Know why Indian students love studying in the US

The United States of America (USA) hosts the greatest number of international students in the world. Quality education, a unique curriculum, a multicultural environment, and abundant opportunities are just some of the reasons why many Indian students want to study in the USA.

Student visa requirements for the US

The US Government offers three different student visa types: Types of student visa Description
1 F-1 Student Visa to study at an accredited US college or university or to study English at an English language institute
2 J Exchange Visa (J-1) for participation in an exchange program, including high school and university study
3 M Student Visa (M1) for non-academic or vocational study or training in the US
Cost to study in the USA

Universities in the US are majorly divided into two categories - Public/State and Private. The education cost at a public/state university is comparatively lesser than that of a private institution. Your expenditure on tuition fees depends on the type of qualification and university or school you opt for. To cover tuition fees, you will need approx. $8,000 to $55,000 (USD) a year (indicative).

School Tuition fees in USD (indicative)
English language studies $700 to $2,000 a month
Community colleges $6,000 to $20,000 per year
Undergraduate bachelor degree $20,000 to $40,000 per year
Graduate programs $20,000 to $45,000 per year
Doctoral degree $28,000 to $55,000 per year
Scholarships to study in the USA

The amount of money available and the type of award varies between institutions. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenditures.
Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to study in the US as an Indian student:

S.No. Name of the UK scholarship Description
1 Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships (Government-funded) Applicable for international students who are applying to master’s or PhD programs; this scholarship covers tuition fees, accident and sickness coverage as per US guidelines, airfare, and living costs
2 Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program (Government-funded) This program is a part of the Fullbright program and aims to bring an accomplished young and mid-career professional from a developing country to study in the US for 10 months of non-degree graduate study and related practical experience
3 #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship (Non-Government scholarship) It’s a scholarship and social media campaign designed to welcome international students into the US higher education system irrespective of the subject area
4 UEFA(Non-Government scholarship) This is a summer program sponsored by Abbey Road Inc. which grants scholarships to 14-18 aged high school student that shows exemplary performance in their academics and extracurricular activities
5 AAUW International Fellowships (Non-Government scholarship) These fellowships are awarded to international women students for full-time study and research in the US. It supports both graduate and post-graduate students accredited in the US institutions
Intakes available in the USA

Unlike a single intake in Indian universities, American colleges and universities offer three intakes. In some universities, intakes may also be referred to as a semester. The three intakes available in the US are:

  • Fall:A popular intake among Indian students, The Fall intake starts in the month of September
  • Spring: Starts in January; it’s best if you miss the September intake
  • Summer: Available for limited programs and colleges, the Summer intake usually starts around May
Job prospects in the USA

Owing to a skills shortage across various sectors in the American market, international students with skills are in demand and those who are willing to settle in America have the option to apply under a Skilled Worker Visa and permanently work and reside in the country. Graduates are in high demand in the USA, especially in the field of healthcare, film production, real estate, retail sector, agriculture, engineering, and computers & information technology.

Top courses to study in the US

Here are the top fields preferred by international students:

  • Engineering and computer science courses
  • Life science courses
  • Business management courses
Top universities to study in the US (QS Ranking 2023)

There are various career opportunities post-graduation for international students study in UK. Here are the popular fields you can opt for higher education:

S.No. Institution QS Ranking 2023 (Globally)
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1
2 Stanford University 3
3 Harvard University 5
4 California Institute of Technology (CalTech) 6
5 University of Chicago 10
6 University of Pennsylvania 13
7 Yale University 18
8 Columbia University 22
9 Princeton University 16
10 Cornell University 20

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