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Info for Indian Students Wishing to Study in USA

by Abhishek Jha

USA has always been a dream destination for international students. India is no exception. Students with different backgrounds, at different points in their academic ladder, wish to study in American colleges. Besides the privileged international degree, America is also home to some of the best colleges for various disciplines.

Find below some important information for students who wish to study in USA. Information includes the basics of the American study system in, costs involved, eligibility, documents required, costs involved, visa and insurance info, etc.

Duration
Bachelor's Degree: 4 years of college
Master's Degree: 2 years of college
Doctorate Degree

Eligibility Requirements
On the basis of level of education, there are certain eligibility requirements that the applicants must meet to be considered as a valid applicant.

Undergraduate Programs/Bachelor's Degree

For admission to undergraduate programs in USA, candidate must have completed high school or equivalent. High school passing certificates/diplomas would be required during the application process.

Also there are certain standard tests deigned specifically for pursuing higher education English speaking nations of the world, for example, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). Scores of these tests are usually valid for a year or more. Along with high-school certificates, test score would also be an important document in the application.

Master's Degree

For those seeking admission to master's programs must have a bachelor's degree. Other than bachelor's, major-specific test score is an important document for a master's application. Some of the popular major-specific exams are GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Examination).

Besides the basic requirements mentioned above, academic and extracurricular certificates, experience and recommendation letters also form an important part of the application*.

*List of documents varies from college to college; therefore for complete list of documents for a particular college or any university, get in touch with your counselor.

Doctorate Programs

Doctorate programs require a master's degree or a bachelor's degree with substantial professional experience, other than the essential score cards, recommendations and experience certificates.

Tuition Fee in American Colleges

Bachelor's Degree
Public College - $ 8000-15000
Private College - $ 10000-20000

Master's Degree
Public College - $ 10000-20000
Private College - $ 15000-25000

Average tuition fee for a Ph.D program can cost anywhere between $18000-30000.

Mentioned above in the chart are indicative figures of tuition fee in colleges in United States of America. The variations indicate the range that can see difference in the fee due to various factors like the subject being pursued, location of the college or the application strength. However, these huge amounts can be arranged with the help of scholarships, loans and other kinds of educational financial aids.

Living Expenses & Other Costs

Living expenses and other unseen expenses, often total up as much as the tuition fee itself. Some of the other expenses that one must remember to include are:

Expenses/Cost Amount
Test Writing Fee
Application Fee Approx. Rs 25,000 for 4-5 universities
Accommodation 500-700$ /month
Food Approx. $ 300 / month.
Books & Supplies $ 500-1000/year
Visa Application Approx. Rs. 5000
Traveling Cost (Air fare) Rs. 20000-50000
Student Health Insurance Rs 15,000 - 20,000 per year

Test Fee: There are some mandatory tests like IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, GRE & SAT that charge a considerable fee. For each, check out test details individually.

Accommodation Options: Some of the popular accommodation options in United States are campus hostels - single rooms/ double room / dorms, staying in apartments or staying with a host family. Costs vary as per the choice of kind of accommodation as well as the city. Discuss with your counselors at length.

Visa Application: While VISA application procedure will be taken care of by the counselor, it is important to take note of pre requisites of a successful application.

  • Acceptance of application from govt. approved US school (SEVIS I-20)
  • Bona fide Student
  • Full time course studies
  • English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS)
  • Proofs of Adequate Funding

Health Insurance: Health insurance is a must for international students as costs for medical treatments are quite high in US. Find out more about different companies offering international students health insurance and their policies for making the right choice.

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    anshul-kureriya-
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    anshul-kureriya-Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:21:39 -0000

    sir, i am student of electronic and communication engineering and i have complete my graduations and i want complete my PG . i want study in Europe please saggist me

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    vishal095
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    vishal095Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:54:37 -0000

    plz tell me i m complete my degree bca from ignou can i do mca from us or uk

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    learn3577
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    learn3577Sun, 15 Jun 2014 05:28:23 -0000

    sir I have completed 10th standard and I wish to join in us so please guide and can I take sat exam

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    kevatTue, 03 Jun 2014 06:10:39 -0000

    Hey,
    I'm study in electrical engg. In diploma but degree course in usa ,so im not know in this process detail. So please u say rules and in this process..

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    rahulshah2303
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    rahulshah2303Fri, 02 May 2014 16:59:24 -0000

    Broward college florida has opened a center in mumbai recently. Students can study for 2 years in mumbai and then transfer to any american university for the balance 2 years to complete their bachelors degree. You can enrol in any stream such as engineering, science, business or arts. Website is http://westcampus.nms.edu.in

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    kuljit_kaur_kalkat
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    kuljit_kaur_kalkatThu, 17 Apr 2014 06:56:50 -0000

    i have done MCA in india,can i apply for further studies in usa

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    ankit_emoMon, 14 Apr 2014 09:05:59 -0000

    Is it necessary to have 4 year graduation in India to study in USA

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    ans -ansMon, 07 Apr 2014 01:47:03 -0000

    about admission?

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    Rohitawsm_25
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    Rohitawsm_25Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:51:18 -0000

    Hello everyone… can anyone tell me all about Study in USA..
    How should i get admission for hotel management… im Appeared 12th HSC from Aurangabad,Maharashtra.. waiting for result.. tell me the requirements for my dream.. im belongs to middle class family.. so..
    plz sir/madam help me..
    if u have any information then plz mail me on Rohitawwesome@gmail.com..
    thank u..

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    suriya15julbtSun, 16 Mar 2014 18:09:37 -0000

    Mam, I m Suriya Narayanan Doing M.Tech Energy Engineering in NIT trichy..I did my B.Tech bio technology in mepco schlenk engg college..Also i am a SC student,,i want to know about all Information for to do Ph.D in USA or any other Foreign Countries..My B.Tech Project in "Protease Production"..And i am going to do Project in CO2 sequestration by micro algae (DBT Funded Project)..Kindly provide Details …thankyou !

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    riya20Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:47:33 -0000

    Can anybody tell me the procedure of getting documents verrified in USA ,as i did my MBA from INDIA

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    niraj07Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:54:41 -0000

    i am studing in gujrat engineering college i got visa for usa in which college i get admission and how will in get admisssion i am studying in sem2 which exam i have to give or m credit will be transfered………………..

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    veerendra2006Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:18:27 -0000

    i am pursuing my correspondance btech E&C in KSOU mysore.Am i eligible to do MS in US.
    I dont no whether KSOU is approved by AICTE or not.
    can you please let me know how to check whether a university is approved my AICTE or not.

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    rikeenThu, 23 Jan 2014 10:32:33 -0000

    hi..i m doing m.sc. in enviornmental science in india if i want to do the job in canada then i have to again do m.sc. in canada yes or not and if yes for how many years and please guide me for this

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    Amit_raj_rathiWed, 22 Jan 2014 23:16:37 -0000

    I m complete my engg. From 2012 .. In textile technology ..
    We will plan gre exam in July ..
    Please confirm textiles scope good in US & Also can we apply for spring 2012 season ..

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    roopeshrupuTue, 21 Jan 2014 14:19:09 -0000

    hi this is roopesh from india am pursing B.Sc 3 years course after this my education will be of 15 years or do i require 16 years of education?
    and is IELTS is accepted every where in USA?

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    Gouth1450Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:59:43 -0000

    i would like to ask.. what would be the position after MS.. like getting a pretty job.. everything we do is just for getting a good job… as of my knowledge until 2012 fall there are only 40K visas given for MS in US.. but after it drastically changed to 1Lak.. is this gonna affect employment in US.. ?? until before on an AVG 1Lak people had gone to MS.. now 2Lak people are going.. can anyone explain me if got any idea about this.. ?? am working in a MNC now.. will dat bo good to leave this job and go for MS.. ??

    Thanks in Advance

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    palparampSun, 08 Sep 2013 15:34:23 -0000

    I am currently 2nd year student of computer science(b.tech) from landran college chandigarh.i want to pursue further degree and job placement in usa.plz help.

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    theeba_3285Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:15:24 -0000

    I finished my mca degree. please help me to my doubt. how many tests i need to complete? like (GRE, GMAT, IELTS)

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    Urop SoniMon, 22 Apr 2013 07:45:21 -0000

    Now, I m studying BCA last Semester.I want to apply for Master's in USA in the January Intake.. I also waz doing 1year diploma in computer application course..so my degree total make 4 years so I m illegible for admission in masters in USA..??

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    birjeis farahTue, 22 Jan 2013 03:43:36 -0000

    i want to know how to apply for PhD in US

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    anassanaWed, 16 Jan 2013 07:50:13 -0000

    hi, i finished b.tech-it ,i have seen in many US universities offering double MS degree, so i wanna pursue double MS degree in MS in IT as well as in MBA.
    now i need ur guideness to offer me the details abt the course term in years .and im confused in choosing the exams in GRE or GMAT.
    thanking you

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    xahid3Sun, 06 Jan 2013 20:03:07 -0000

    good but are there any scholorships for people like me because i am not from a rich family and my family cannot efford that much of amount and its my dream to study in usa please suggest me something which can i effort
    thankyou

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    smitraMon, 15 Oct 2012 13:29:16 -0000

    My son is a final year student of Indian three years B.Sc. in Biotechnology at Calcutta. After clearing GRE and TOEFL, he wishes to get admission in MS. course in USA university. Is he eligble?

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    blogmeSun, 24 Jun 2012 19:26:58 -0000

    Globally there are many universities that offer accredited degrees. Accreditation guarantees quality of education and makes the university accountable. US universities are hugely popular in this regard. However even among them there are some that merely serve as "diploma-mills" without giving much to the students. To ensure that one gets admission into the right university it's important to know the main education providers in the segment.

    Source: 100Careers.com

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