As a prospective student planning to study in the United States, it is but natural to have many doubts.
- Should I study in the USA or any other country?
- Why have so many of my seniors went to US and not other countries?
- What and where should I study?
- Will it be more expensive than studying elsewhere?
- Will I get employment after studies?
- Can I stay back permanently in USA?
We will clarify all your doubts in this section. First, US is the best destination in the whole world, for higher education in the fields of science, technology and management. No other country extends its arms as widely as the US, to welcome international students. This is reflected in the fact that US hosts more international students than any other country in the world. A total of 6, 71,616 students went to the US to study there in 2008-09, which is an increase of 8% over the previous year. And USA attracts 23% of all International students, whereas Australia is attracts approx. 5.44 lakhs and UK next with 3.42 lakh international students. Germany and France are the other countries that attract 11% and 10% international students.
These international students from every continent in the world choose to study in the US because they believe that a US education would afford them the best preparation for their future. They leave homes, families and friends in order to pursue their dreams of an education in the US. In fact, International students who study in the US contribute more than $17.8 billion to the US economy!
US universities, US colleges and US schools consistently rank very high in world rankings, just one of the reasons to study in the US. Schools such as Harvard University, Stanford University, MIT, etc are all world famous and welcome international students. The US offers international students the most exciting, rewarding and comprehensive array of study options in the world. International students who choose to study in the US have almost unlimited study choices.
Furthermore, international students who successfully complete their US study are highly sought-after by employers worldwide. While the reasons international students choose to study in the US vary from student to student, some of the main reasons why students choose USA education are summed up below .
Academic Excellence – Best Universities:
The United States has one of the world’s finest university systems, with outstanding programs in virtually all fields. At the undergraduate level, excellent programs exist in traditional disciplines, as well as in professional fields. At the graduate level, students have the opportunity to work directly with some of the finest minds in their field of study, with the chance to become involved with exclusive research and educational opportunities. U.S. degrees are recognized throughout the world for their excellence. Around 80% of the research all over the world is being conducted & funded in USA by various universities & companies in USA. The no of noble laureates from USA is a testimony to it.
Variety of Educational Opportunities
USA has several thousand colleges and universities, boasting at least ten times as many campuses as in any other country. As a result, the higher education system in the U.S. has something for everyone. Some U.S. colleges and universities stress broad educational principles; others emphasize practical, employment-related skills; and still others specialize in the arts, social sciences or technical fields. As a result, students have a variety of options and educational opportunities if they are looking for a particular field.
USA Study Visa
As the higher education in United States of America is considered to be one of the best in the world hence, U.S.A attracts maximum number of Students from India compared to other countries like Canada, Australia or U.K. Because of the solid knowledge base of Indian students due to the age old unique Indian Education system and their ability to grab the new ideas fast, the Indian student has a very bright chance of getting a work Visa after finishing their studies, also popularly known as H-1 B Visa. The students are also eligible to work for 20 hours in a week during their studies.
Getting admission to a University in U.S.A is a multi-stage process which includes getting high scores in competitive exams like GMAT for Management courses, SAT for undergraduate courses and GRE for different Engineering streams and MSc. Programs apart from English Language ability test IELTS or TOEFL which is common for all the students who intend to do further studies from U.S.A.
The students are entitled to one year professional training (PT) after completion of certain full time programs which can further lead to arranged employment also popularly known as H1B. After moving on to the H1-B Visa, work permit, one can file for green card in USA with the help of company sponsorship. The maximum stay in USA on an H1-B visa is 6 years.
There are two visa categories for students wishing to study in the United States. The "F" visa is for non-immigrants who want to pursue academic studies and/or language training programs, and the "M" visa is for non-immigrants who want to pursue nonacademic or vocational studies. Students are encouraged to apply for their visa early to provide ample time for visa processing. The applicants have to fulfill certain preconditions to apply for above mentioned study visa categories.
The student must:
be enrolled as a full-time student in an "academic" educational program, a language-training program, or a vocational program in an approved institution; be proficient in English or be enrolled in courses leading to English proficiency; have sufficient funds available for self-support during the entire proposed course of study; maintain a residence abroad which he/she has no intention of giving up.