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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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    Learn_CS
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    Learn_CSWed, 11 Mar 2015 13:43:48 -0000

    Hi,
    I have completed BCA which is a 3 year program with 75% aggregate and have 1 year experience in IT industry. I wish to do MS in Computer Science in US university. Am I eligible for MS program with 3 years ,bachelor's degree and an year experience in IT.
    Kindly, any one reply.

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    kvkrisThu, 28 May 2015 14:09:45 -0000

    yes my friend you are eligible , firstly you have to write IELTS / TOEFL exam and then you have to write GRE to get your admission into various universities

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    vaibhav3302Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:38:37 -0000

    I was completed my graduation in 2010. After graduation I am doing job. Now I want to go USA for Master degree . so what I have to do ? Plz guide me….

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    monicaKatamThu, 26 Feb 2015 13:38:19 -0000

    Hello,I'm Srujana a graduate with aggregate of 2014 with 68% in my b.tech(EEE).I am interested in Embedded system and i want to pursue my Msc in USA so is it possible and how much score do i need to crack in GRE.
    and what is the fee structure and universities offering Embedded system

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    Yuvraj-rohit
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    Yuvraj-rohitTue, 03 Feb 2015 16:36:03 -0000

    Hello sir my self yuvraj.., having 2.6 yr experience and now i want to do master … So plz air im confused abt IELTS/TOFEL … I approache one consultant future link … They sufgest me that do IELTS … What do i do suggest me plz

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    Rahul ModiWed, 07 Jan 2015 05:47:32 -0000

    Hi,
    I have done BE and having 5 years of Exp. in IT, now i want to go for MS from US but the thing is all rules are not clear to me.
    1) After completing MS, for how much time i can work there without H1 visa.
    2) Is it necessary that the state from where you completed MS only in that state you can do job.
    3) i am thinking to pursue MS from a small University which having low tuition fees, and then i want to search job based on my experience in IT field. Is this approach feasible ? or i am going on wrong track ?

    Please suggest ASAP.

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    RLLENDERSun, 04 Jan 2015 08:36:59 -0000

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    dwlbhadiyadraSun, 21 Dec 2014 03:57:25 -0000

    I have completed diploma mechanical engineering
    So can i go to further study in usa?
    Suggest me
    Plzz

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    priya_abhiSat, 20 Dec 2014 05:51:19 -0000

    I am currently 2nd year student of MSC biotechnology from kaakathiya university warangal
    I want to purpus further PhD biotechnology in USA ….
    Pls help me……
    Is there any entrance exam…..?

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    shantanooMon, 15 Dec 2014 18:42:08 -0000

    Respected sir ,
    I have completed diploma in electrical. Can I get a admission for engineering in USA ?? …whts the procedure for this ??? ..
    pls tell me…

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    setuparikhThu, 04 Dec 2014 07:26:20 -0000

    i have completed my B.com & i want to apply for mba in u.s.a what all i need to appear, n what eligibility applies for me to get in good college there.?

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    shabbiralamMon, 24 Nov 2014 05:12:47 -0000

    Actually m completing my Diploma in Electrical and Electronics n i have a question regarding the lateral entry in the us colleges.Is there any lateral entry in the Us colleges after completing Diploma from an Indian college?

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    happyharshSun, 16 Nov 2014 14:43:07 -0000

    i want to complete my btech from usa ,currently i'm in 12th …i just want to know about the all expenses throghout the degree

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    raviwhabiThu, 20 Nov 2014 13:10:08 -0000

    Visit http://westcampus.nms.edu.in
    Enroll for the 2+2 American Bachelor's Degree Program
    Study 2 Years in India + 2 Years in USA
    Transfer to ANY university in USA after completing 2 years in India
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    yakannaFri, 14 Nov 2014 02:06:39 -0000

    i finished my b tech and masters in math from india,now i want to do ph.d in math how?please help me

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    mwishFri, 07 Nov 2014 05:50:40 -0000

    My friend in last semester of BSC (CS)…can he/she apply for MS (2015 session) in USA

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    jgreengoSat, 01 Nov 2014 13:34:06 -0000

    I completed B.Tech , to study MS in USA . What test should need to clear GRE or Toefl or IELTS

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    mgreen_bhardwajThu, 04 Sep 2014 09:45:19 -0000

    I want to pursue master in biotechnology from usa. I got 295 in gre and 73 in toefl . I have done my graduation in biotechnology with 78%. Can I eligible for the master program

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    anzel_gkWed, 20 Aug 2014 08:42:50 -0000

    Hi I have done 12th correspondence. …am I eligible to going abroad (USA ) please tell me if anybody knows
    ….

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    C SRIHARHASun, 10 Aug 2014 11:02:11 -0000

    I am studying Mtech, chemical engineering from JNT University, Hyderbad.
    I want to study PHD in US with scholarship or financial aid. Explain the
    formalities and procedures. by c harsha

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    Debasrita_PummySat, 02 Aug 2014 07:08:02 -0000

    I have completed my M.Sc degree in Physics with nuclear and particle physics special. What should I do in order to do my doctorate from US? Please suggest me the procedures I should follow.

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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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    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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    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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    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_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_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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