The United States of America (USA) is the brightest destination for the students. The American degrees are recognized world over for a successful career. Student can overcome and experience almost any climate, landscape, lifestyle, and culture by selecting the right location, the experience obtained during campus life is itself very important for social communication. There are more than 3,800 universities and colleges in the USA, offering courses at various levels along with part time jobs.
HIGHER EDUCATION IN USA AND HOW IT’S BENEFICIAL FOR US:
Almost as important as the academic advantages of an international education are the chances it offers to experience life abroad. Quite simply, there is no better environment for Indian students to take hold of their future… and be the best they can be. A study abroad in USA has always placed great importance on the ability of students to work independently and to develop their own thinking.
The end result is that students emerge from an international education not only with a thorough understanding of their subject but also with analytical abilities and problem solving skills that are much prized by employers in later life.
USA EDUCATION SYSTEM:
Bachelor’s degrees: Most Bachelor’s degree programs can be completed in four years or less of full-time study. Each year, over one million bachelor degrees are granted at almost 3,500 colleges and universities across the United States, in many different fields of study.
Master’s degrees: A master’s degree can be completed in two years or less of study following the bachelor’s degree. Master’s programs often require a manor research paper in addition to coursework.
Doctoral degrees: Doctoral programs require an additional three to five years of study beyond the master’s degree. They are the highest degrees awarded and require coursework as well as original research and a dissertation.
Professional degrees: Medicine, dentistry and veterinary studies are 4 years programs following the 4 year bachelor degree course. Degrees in engineering, pharmacy or architecture can be earned through undergraduate study. It is also possible to enter these professions through graduate study.
Study pattern in United States:
American universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. The education system in USA is the most versatile and flexible higher education system for international students in the world.
REASONS FOR STUDYING IN USA:
USA Gateway to Success: More then 6,00,000 students from around the world choose to study in the United States. This number is growing at 25% each year for Indian students who are already the largest group of foreign students studying in America.
Academic Excellence: World’s finest post secondary educational system with excellent programs in traditional disciplines as well as professional fields U.S. universities spend $20,000 per year on each student compared to $7,225 in Britain, $11,572 in Australia, $12,217 in Canada.
Quality assurance: A systematic approach to ensuring quality standards in educational institutions and academic programs.
Variety of options: There are over 3,600 institutions to choose from. Some colleges provide abroad based education like liberal arts education, while others provide specialty programs. There are also vocational or technical schools.
Cutting edge technology: U.S. Universities are leaders in high quality education and are at the forefront of technology. U.S. Universities have outstanding facilities, libraries and laboratories.
Flexibility: The academic programs provide students with a variety of course and options. Students have the freedom to design their majors and programs of study, switch fields and petition specific courses. Independent study is also available to suit individual needs.
Hands on training: Cooperative educational programs, internships and practical training opportunities provide valuable practical experience to students. These programs offer financial assistance and enhance career prospects.
Global acceptability: American degrees are recognized and sought after by employers worldwide. The long-term career prospects of a student are enhanced as the studying in U.S. boosts and develop one’s self-confidence, independent thinking and cross-cultural communication skills.
Campus diversity: All educational institutions in the U.S. seek the presence of international students to provide cultural diversity and enrichment on their campuses Students from 160 countries study in U.S. Universities.
Support Services: Most universities in the U.S. will have an office of International students and services, which can provide a variety of services from campus orientation to assistance in resume preparation. Personal and career counseling services are also available.
Financial assistance: Scholarships, fellowships and assistant ships are available for eligible international students. They are also eligible to work for 20 hrs a week to partially meet their expenses.
Practical Work Experience: American Universities allow international students to stay back for one year after completion of studies in order to provide them with an opportunity to spend an additional year in the U.S. getting valuable, relevant work experience. Students can earn money during this period & most of the students also obtain lucrative jobs.
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
Financial assistance is of two different forms: Merit Scholarship and Educational Loan.
Merit Scholarship is financial aid offered by some universities and colleges to meritorious students. Education Loan can be sought from nationalized banks at an affordable rate of interest and convenient repayment terms.
Few lists of scholarships available in United States of America:
Dollars for Scholars
Scholarship Management Services
Leroy Nussbaum Engineering Scholarship Program 2011 at Itron Inc in USA
College Scholarships USA Ltd. (CSUSA)
PROCEDURE FOR SECURING ADMISSION TO US UNIVERSITIES:
Pre-Application Stage: Information collection through education fairs, events & consultants. Understanding the application process, Entrance exams training & preparation, Identifying & starting university selection, prepare the passport.
Test Taking & Universities Selection:
a) Test raining (GRE/GMAT/SAT/TOEFL) Video Sessions, Computer Adaptive Test Mock Sessions seeking application material for test registration
b) Actual Test Registration University selection Subject University Ranking Overall/Subject-wise Ranking Curriculum Prospectus
c) Faculty profile Demography Student, Research, Research facilities at university, Funding option/cost , Infrastructure
Application Documentation: Covering Letter, Application Fees, Application Form, Statement of Purpose, Essays, Resume, Transcripts, Mark sheets & Certificates, Bank Statement, Affidavit of Financial Statements, Test Score Reports.
Admission Confirmations: Unconditional, Admit Letter University I-20 Form, Financial Aid Assistantship/Waiver Letter.
Student Visa (F-1) : Visa Documentation, I-20 Form, Passport & Resume, Visa Fee, Test Score Report, Academic Documents, Affidavit, Bank Statement of Sponsor Affidavit, IT Returns, Solvency Certificate, Supporting Documents for all Finances.