USA has always remained the top choice for higher studies among international students. According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 2,32,851 Indian students went to the USA for higher studies in 2021. The number of Indian students in the US increased by more than 12% in 2021. US is home to the maximum number of top universities in the world. There is always an eagerness among international students for going to the US and experience the higher education system there.

Education System

Why Study in USA
US universities has carved a niche for themselves in the STEM courses. International students looking to pursue higher studies in STEM courses prefer to go to USA over other options. Also, it is not just the STEM courses, students looking to study business, management or arts courses can also find top universities in the US.

Education System in USA
US Education System is categorised into different groups. First, it is the primary school followed by middle school, and then post-secondary education. When it comes to higher education system in USA, there are 4 types of institutions in the USA namely State College or University, Private College of University, Community Colleges, and Technology Institutes.

Popular Courses

Top Courses in USA
Business and management, engineering, mathematics, and computer science and social sciences are some of the popular courses in USA. US universities are known to offer STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Some of the popular courses in USA are:
• Computer Science
• Mechanical Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Finance
• Biotechnology
• Data science and Analytics

Student Visa Process

Cost of studying in USA
The cost of studying in the US is a concern for international students. The cost of living and the studying cost makes up for total cost of studying in the USA. The average first year cost of studying MS in USA is around Rs 34.12 L including tuition fee and living expenses. Whereas, the first year cost of studying MBA in USA is Rs 38.26 L. The average tuition fee for an MBA course in USA is around Rs 27.77 L

USA Student Visa
There are different types of US student visas and F1 visa is the most popular one. Students applying for a program that requires more than 18 hours of study in a week require an F1 visa. Those who are planning to take up their bachelor’s as well as master’s in USA require F1 study visa. Apart from this, students going to vocational or technical students require M1 visa.
Student visa requirements for USA
Below we have mentioned some of the student visa requirements for USA.
• A valid passport.
• A copy of the photo you will use for your visa.
• Printed copies of your DS-160 and I-901 SEVIS payment confirmations.
• I-20 form.
• School transcripts
• English language test scores and any other official test scores mentioned on your university application.
• Diploma (if applicable)
• Bank statements or other proof of finances.

Earning and Spending

Post study work permit in USA
International students require an F1-Visa to study in the USA. This visa allows them to stay for 60 days in the USA after their graduation date. F1 visa holders can apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training) after completing their studies. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a one-year work and stay-back permit given to international students on completion of a degree program in the US. Working after studies in the USA is one of the most important factors that students choose to pursue higher education in the USA. Students should know everything about the post-study work visa in the USA before applying for the program.


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