USA Study Visa


Study Visa

Study Visa For United States

About United States (USA)

The USA is the world’s largest economy and the 4th largest country by geography. The USA has a thriving information technology and defense, The USA has over 18.5 students studying higher education courses. International students are over 1 million and account for over 5% of all higher education enrollments The USA has so much to offer for students across all streams that it becomes challenging for a student to zero in on the correct course and the most suitable university /college.

USA Higher Education – a Snapshot

The USA has over 4000 universities /colleges across its 50 states.

USA has the following categories of universities – State (funded by the state) / Private (managed by private entities) / Institute of Technologies (for Science & Technology) / Community Colleges (offering only 2-year certificates or associate degrees)

USA has the following categories of universities – State (funded by the state) / Private (managed by private entities) / Institute of Technologies (Science & Technology) / Community Colleges

Typical Cost of Studying in USA entails two types of costs

  • Tuition Fees
    • Bachelors Course (USD 10000 to 40000 p.a)
    • Masters Course (USD 10000 to 65000 p.a)
  • Living Costs include Food / Accommodation / Books / Transport / Utilities –
    • Dormitories / Student Hostels (USD 35000 p.a)
    • Apartments (USD 50000 p.a)

There are 4 types of degree courses

  • Undergraduate – (it is a Bachelors program and duration is 4 years)
  • Associate Degree – (equivalent to Diploma and is offered for 2 years)
  • Graduate – (It is a Master’s degree and varies from 2 to 3 years duration)
  • Doctoral         – (PhD equivalent and takes 5 to 8 years to complete)

Among the world’s top 20 ranked universities (QS rating) – 10 are in USA

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Cornell University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Yale University
  • Princeton University

USA offers hundreds of course / subject options among the following streams across Engineering & Technology / Business Management / Law / Medical Sciences / Liberal Arts / Biology and Life Sciences / Maths and Computer Science / Social Sciences\

Of late, there has been a significant interest shown by students from India to specialize in the following courses – MSc (Maths) / MSc (Computer Science) / MSc (Date Sciences) / Law / MA (Applied Economics) / MBA

Typically Admission Process in USA entails the following steps

  1. A student must understand his current skill set / educational qualifications / Experience and other curricular achievements
  2. Know the types of programs he/she can apply
  3. Prioritize the list of 1-2 courses he wants to study
  4. Evaluate and shortlist 8-10 universities /colleges to apply for admissions based on criteria of affordability/brand name/course or university ranking/cost of the complete course
  5. Prepare a Statement of Purpose or Essay as asked for by different universities
  6. Obtain Letters of Recommendation from current/previous professors (Education related) and from your superiors
  7. Apply to the SVEP approved Universities / Colleges at least 3 weeks before the cut-off date (preferably complete the process by mid-November of the year preceding the year of Fall intake) – SVEP is the Student Exchange Visitor Program

Steps to Apply for Student Visa USA

  1. Once the university offers you admission – they will issue you an I-20 or DS 160 form.
  2. The next step is to pay the SEVIS Fees (which can be done online also)
  3. 2-3 days after payment of SEVIS fees – you can submit the US Visa application
  4. The next step is to book an appointment with the US Embassy /Consulate nearest to your city
  5. For this, you need to pay the MRV Fees (Machine Readable Visa Fee)
  6. Note down the list of documents you need to carry for the embassy interview
  7. Attend the interview and wait for the result

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